Advantage Clooney as Burndennett stun Strabane
ADVANTAGE 'CLOONEY AS BURNDENNETT STUN STRABANE
Another Saturday and another big win for Killyclooney as the Championship table-toppers put Bonds Glen to the sword by a full 10 wickets to keep their impressive league start in full swing.
Four wickets for Jordan Connor and a couple each for Andre Henry and Andy Lynch were enough to see the visitors dismissed for just 105, and the brothers Moan soon took care of that. Darren made an unbeaten 51 and Giles 46 not out to claim maximum points and keep Killyclooney well ahead of the chasing pack.
Strabane were unable to keep pace after they fell to a surprise defeat down the road at Burndennett. The home side introduced a new overseas player just before the contest; 26-year old pace bowler Ruqeno Weavers the man in question, and the South African had an immediate impact claiming 4-22 as Strabane's batting let them down for once.
Chasing Burndennett's modest 128 all out the Red Caps could manage only 97 in reply with Tommy Barr (26) and Khushpal Singh (25*) faring best of the batting unit.
Gerard McAuley (29*) and Stephen McCay (27) top scored for the home side while Kevin Pretorius bowled very well to pick up 4 wickets for Strabane despite the defeat.
Newbuildings warmed up for their senior cup tie with Glendermott on Sunday with a league contest against the same opponents at the Rectory on Saturday and it was to be the same conclusion both times.
The visitors made 210-5 in the first of those with a half century from Mark Hanna assisted by 38 from Tommy Thompson, 31 from Chris Wallace and an unbeaten 30 from skipper Marty Mehaffey. Ben Mills (3-31) was the pick of the Glendermott bowlers.
Overseas man Sheldon Pillay made 38 in Glendermott's reply with Gordon Montgomery chipping in with 28, however three wickets for Ross Hunter and two apiece for Thompson and Jason Dunn saw them fall 88 runs short.
The final game was a cracking affair as Ballyspallen edged out St Johnston by 2 wickets at the Boathole.
The Saints made 152-6 in their reduced 42 overs with Alan Macbeth (38), David Lapsley (35) and Jack Macbeth (30) faring best for them.
Graham Kennedy and Stephen McCloskey picked up two wickets each with Kennedy then making 44 in the reply as the Roe Valley side got home with very little to spare.