FAUGHAN VALLEY CUP GROUP GAMES
The first round of matches in the North Westís domestic T20 took place on Sunday with two games scheduled at the Bleachgreen and two at Eglinton. A few late cry-offs meant that Strabane werenít able to field a team in the first at Ardmore while in the afternoon game, Bready continued their fine run with a 5-wicket verdict over Gary Neelyís side.
Ardmore made 125 as they batted first with Ciaran Curley top scoring on 36 and skipper Neely adding 27. The Davids-Scanlon (3-17) and Rankin (3-29) were best with the ball for the visitors.
Bready had a few problems passing the target despite the top order all getting among the runs. Rankin made 41, Kyle Hamilton 32 and Irosh Samarasooriya 25 but Ardmore kept going- taking the game until 3 balls from the end before the Magheramason side closed out the win.
Down at Eglinton, Donemana gained a small measure of revenge for Saturdayís defeat at the Holm as they recorded a last-ball win over Stuart Thompsonís team.
A fine half century from Mike Erlank (1 four, 3 sixes) helped the hosts make a respectable 115-6; Adam McDaid chipping in with 21 while there were two wickets apiece for William McClintock and Malith Cooray.
Just as was the case 24-hours earlier the visitorsí reply was dominated by McClintock (43) and Ricky-Lee Dougherty (20*) as they took it right down to the wire. Needing 2 to win from the final delivery of their 20 overs, Graham Boyd found the boundary rope to seal the 5-wicket victory.
Stuart Thompsonís team fared much better in the second contest however- posting an 8-wicket win over an inexperienced Fox Lodge outfit.
The Foxies made 106-8 in their 20 overs with Adam Walker top scoring with 22 not out and Jamie McIntyre making 17. Josh Martin (4-23) and Mike Erlank (3-13) were best with the ball for the villagers who had little difficulty passing the target.
Erlank (27 not out) and Andy Millar (25) were best for them as Eglinton got the job done with 22 balls to spare.