Conor Brolly proved the Ardmore hero as he struck the last two deliveries to the boundary to seal a one-wicket win against Fox Lodge, while Glendermott beat Brigade by 10 runs in a high scoring encounter.

Chasing 201, Ardmore lost their ninth wicket on 193 to the third ball of the last over, bowled by Aaron Heywood (3-31). A wide was followed by a single for last man Sean Gormley leaving the equation six to win off two balls.

Brolly hit the fifth ball in the air to long-on where not only was the catch spilled, but the ball trickled over the line. He then thumped the last ball through extra cover, securing the points which keeps them in second place.

Conor Brolly

Fox Lodge now go to Brigade on Saturday where a win for either will ensure their progress, while the loser will still go through unless Bonds Glen can shock leaders Bready.

The result was tough on Fox Lodge who despite the absence of Brian Allen, Jason Milligan and Johnny Robinson made Ardmore fight all the way. Luke Hayes made an unbeaten 78 in their total of 200 for 7, which was almost enough until Brolly's last gasp intervention.

Fox Lodge

Glendermott won the Waterside derby as 62 from Nauman Anwar, plus boundary laden contributions from Stevie Moore (37), Tylor Moore and Craig Mooney - 41 apiece with the trio hitting a combined 12 sixes, saw them post 278, with 90 coming in the last eight overs.

Brigade gave it a real shake though with half centuries from DD Barr, Adam McDaid and Kyle Magee before falling ten runs shy.

Bready still top the group after a 50-runs win over St Johnston. Irosh hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in a top score of 69 from 54 balls as they posted 235 for 8. He shared a fifth wicket stand of 95 in 16 overs with Ian Young (29), after a solid opening stand of 57 between Jamie Magee (32) and David Rankin (31) had laid the foundation.

St Johnston ended on 185 for 9 - a last wicket stand of 54 between David Macbeth (45no) and Stewart Lapsley (14no) the highlight of the reply.

Bonds Glen kept their hopes alive with a seven-wicket demolition of Strabane. Three wickets for Derek Curry and Sam Kincaid saw the Red Caps dismissed for just 128.

That was never going to be enough, and Rehan Afridi thumped 12 fours and 2 sixes in his 70, adding 104 for the first wicket with Mattie Barr (44) in just 11 overs. Rhys Logue (3-29) took three wickets but it was too little, too late as the Bee Gees won at a canter in the 16th over.

Eglinton beat Killyclooney to ensure they top Group B. Jack Martin (4-21) and Richard Wylie (3-23) spun Killyclooney out for 115 - Tim Dougherty making 35 and William Finlay 31.

'Fish' then hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in a top score of 49 in just 24 balls as the villagers romped home by six wickets in the 19th over.

Gareth McKeegan hit 85 as Newbuildings beat Coleraine by 14 runs at Sandel Lodge. He shared stands of 89 for the second wicket with Ross Dougherty (28) and added 74 in 56 balls with 'JT' as they made 195 for 9 - four wickets for Scott Campbell.

'Soupy' made 45 in the reply, but three wickets for Ben Mills and Trent McKeegan saw them finish on 181 for 9.

Burndennett's Conan Pollock (5-24) and Gary Neely (4-35) reduced Ballyspallen to 60 for 9, but a last wicket stand of 51 between Michael O'Brien (28) and Zak Guy (16) almost doubled the score.

Conan Pollock

It mattered little as Mark Pollock (44) and Marty Mehaffey (34) both hit four fours and two sixes in the seven wicket win.

Burndennett now entertain Coleraine next Saturday with the winners joining Eglinton, Newbuildings and Donemana in the cut-off.

FIXTURES SATURDAY JULY 24TH

GROUP A
Ardmore v Glendermott
Bready v Bonds Glen
Brigade v Fox Lodge
Strabane v St Johnston
GROUP B
Killyclooney v Ballyspallen
Burndennett v Coleraine
Newbuildings v Donemana

NW 40-OVERS LEAGUE SCORES

At Eglinton, Eglinton (23pts) beat Newbuildings (2pts) by 6 wickets
Killyclooney 115 (26.2 overs; T Dougherty 35, W Finlay 31; J Martin 4-21, R Wylie 3-23, Ste Dunn 2-17)
Eglinton 118/4 (18.1 overs; R Wylie 49, D McElhatton 23no, T Orr 20)

At Bridge Park, Burndennett (24pts) beat Ballyspallen (1pt) by 7 wickets
Ballyspallen 111 (36.5 overs; M O'Brien 28no; C Pollock 5-24, G Neely 4-35)
Burndennett 112/3 (18 overs; M Pollock 44, M Mehaffey 34, M Doherty 21)

At Magheramason, Bready (24pts) beat St Johnston (1pt) by 50 runs
Bready 235/8 (40 overs; I Samarasooriya 69, J Magee 32, D Rankin 31, I Young 29; D Anthony 2-30, I Macbeth 2-48, D Barnard 2-65)
St Johnston 185/9 (40 overs; D Macbeth 45no, D Lapsley 31, S Macbeth 29; I Young 3-20, D Scanlon 2-8, R Kelly 2-41, S Lazars 2-47)

At Bonds Glen, Bonds Glen (24pts) beat Strabane (1pt) by 7 wickets
Strabane 128 (34.4 overs; A Gillespie 28, T Hassan 20; S Kincaid 3-3, D Curry 3-32, R Afridi 2-19, D Robinson 2-19)
Bonds Glen 130/3 (15.1 overs; R Afridi 70, M Barr 44; R Logue 3-29)

At The Rectory, Glendermott (21pts) beat Brigade (1pt) by 10 runs
Glendermott 278/9 (40 overs; Numan Anwar 62, T Moore 41, C Mooney 41, S Moore 37; R Barr 4-37, N Donnell 2-73)
Brigade 268/9 (40 overs; A McDaid 74, D Barr 62, K Magee 50, R Allen 32; A Johnson 3-36; N Anwar 2-26, C Ross 2-64)

At The Bleachgreen, Ardmore (20pts) beat Fox Lodge (5pts) by 1 wicket
Fox Lodge 200/7 (40 overs; L Hayes 78no, J Heywood 36, A Logue 23; R Gaur 2-30, D Singh 2-40)
Ardmore 202/9 (40 overs; J Wilson 48, R Brolly 44, T Koen 41; A Heywood 3-31, A Walker 3-45)

At Sandel Lodge, Newbuildings (21pts) beat Coleraine (4pts) by 14 runs
Newbuildings 195/9 (40 overs; G McKeegan 85, J Thompson 31, R Dougherty 28; S Campbell 4-27)
Coleraine 181-9 (40 overs; S Campbell 45, S Hutchinson 22, P Wallace 21, B Mills 3-31, T McKeegan 3-39, G Mitchell 2-13)