Bee Gees staying alive
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
BOND’S GLEN produced the shock result in the first round of the North West Senior Cup with a six wickets victory over Coleraine.
Professional Rehan Afridi was the star for the Bee Gees, seeing his side to their 146 target with an unbeaten 92 (11 fours and four sixes) after taking two wickets for just 13 runs in his 10 overs.
It was the first time in two years that bowlers in the North West have had the chance to bowl 10 overs in a match as the Senior Cup is the only competition being played this year over the full one-day distance.
The batsmen, though, are also out of practice because only three teams managed to bat out the maximum 50 overs. However, it was by the three favourites – the first round draw was seeded - who batted first. And all three won by more than 100 runs.
Ardmore posted the highest total of the day, 348 for five after Dhram Singh and Rachit Gaur put on 176 for the first wicket in just 29 overs, Gaur hitting 93 off 102 balls against his former club and Singh going on to make 149 with 12 fours and nine sixes.
Singh then added three wickets, as did Peter Harrigan, as Strabane were bowled out for 220.
Ballyspallen hit 286 for eight against Killyclooney with Stephen Kennedy the all-round performer here, following up his 134 (17 fours and four sixes) with four wickets in his side’s 119 runs victory.
Donemana totalled just two runs fewer at St Johnston, Kyle Dougherty top scoring with 76 but nine players reached double figures as opposed to just four in the Donegal side’s line-up as they were bowled out for 145.
Brigade won the last two-innings 50-over final in 2019 and they eased into tomorrow’s quarter-final draw with a six wickets victory over Fox Lodge, David Barr with an unbeaten 54 seeing the home side to their victory target of 128 in the 26th over. Earlier, the Warriors bowling duo of Ross Allen and Ryan Macbeth shared nine wickets, Allen’s five-for taking him to 25 for the season.
Ben Mills was the five-wicket star for Newbuildings as Glendermott were bowled out for 100 and Mark Hanna then hurried the home side to victory with 75 not out from just 41 balls, with 12 fours and four sixes. It was all over in the 12th over.
Eglinton chased down Burndennett’s 238 for the loss of just four wickets with Tommy Orr hitting his maiden senior hundred, an unbeaten 104, and junior side The Nedd put up a respectable 128 against Bready before going down by seven wickets.