BURNDENNETT TOP AS LEAGUE TAKES A BREAK

The Championship looks like being a really competitive division this season and as clubs now take a break from league action for several weeks it is Burndennett who finished this weekend in pole position in the table.

Eddie McGettigan’s men have played one game more than the sides around them however, and the only two teams still unbeaten are Ballyspallen and Glendermott.

Ironically those two will contest the only league game pencilled in between now and June so weather permitting we are sure to have a new leader before then.

Still, take nothing away from ‘Dennett who recorded a thumping 157-run at Newbuildings on Saturday. Runs from Mark Roulston (63), Mark Doherty (59) and Lee Pollock (46) set the visitors on their way towards their formidable 281-9; Peter Allen (4-25) by some way the pick of Newbuildings’ bowlers.

The home side’s reply failed to fire if truth be told- overseas man Clinton Pienaar the best of it as he made 38 while Roulston completed a man-of-the-match performance taking 4-37.

Glendermott and Ballyspallen kept the pressure firmly on as they recorded home wins over St Johnston and Killyclooney respectively. Both the visiting sides had won their previous games, so these were telling performances from the title-chasers.

Ramees Machingal looks to be a very useful addition for the Saints and his 42 along with 31 from Jack Macbeth helped the Donegal side to a respectable 155 all out. The Cooke boys- David and Gordon- shared six of the visitors’ wickets with Ben Mills adding 2-22.

Glendermott had little trouble chasing down the target if truth be told; another unbeaten half century for David Cooke and 31 from Simon Killen breaking the back of it despite a couple of wickets for Andrew Fleming.

‘Spallen claimed the honours in the game of the day as they accounted for a dangerous Killyclooney team by 21 runs. The runs were shared among the home team’s batsmen with Mark Averill (45), Graham Kennedy 37 and Craig Averill (36) faring best in a total of 214.

William Finlay was very impressive for ‘Clooney as he picked up 5-38 while Andre Henry and Richard McMorris added two wickets apiece.

The visitors were going well in reply after a good start from skipper Darren Moan (53) and Andre Henry (47) but they couldn’t sustain it down the order. Once Alan Colhoun went for 23 when they were 178-5 the wheels came off and the last five wickets fell for just 15 runs to allow Ballyspallen to close it out.

The final game saw Bonds Glen add to Drummond’s woes as the Roe Valley side continue to struggle after last season’s relegation. Curtis McElwee top scored here with 31 while Ricky McDaid added 27 in Drummond’s total of 123 all out.

Derek Curry (4-20) was the pick of the hosts’ bowling while Roy Robinson made a half century as the Bee Gees responded emphatically. New overseas man Ewald Roberts added 26* and Jonny Haslett 23 to steer their side to a comfortable win.

It may be early in the season and there is little chance of relegation from the Championship this year, but these have to be very worrying times for Drummond.

Teams get the weekend off this time due to the Test match in Dublin and it’s a spate of cup action both domestically and at National level after that, before we return to the bread and butter of the Long’s SuperValu promotion race at the start of June.

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At Bonds Glen, Bonds Glen (24) beat Drummond (1) by 7 wickets.

Drummond 123 all out (27.2 overs; C McElwee 31, R McDaid 27, D Curry 4-20, D Robinson 2-20)

Bonds Glen 124-3 (20.4 overs; R Robinson 50, E Roberts 26*, J Haslett 23)


At Bridge Park, Ballyspallen (21) beat Killyclooney (4) by 21 runs

Ballyspallen 214 all out (48 overs; M Averill 45, G Kennedy 37, C Averill 36, D McCallum 23; W Finlay 5-38, A Henry 2-13, R McMorris 2-32)

Killyclooney 193 all out (49.1 overs; D Moan 53, A Henry 47, A Colhoun 23; G Kennedy 2-29, C Averill 2-32)


At Newbuildings, Burndennett (25) beat Newbuildings (0) by 157 runs

Burndennett 281-9 (50 overs; M Roulston 63, M Doherty 59, L Pollock 46, R McCay 20, E McGettigan 20; P Allen 4-25, T McKeegan 2-32)

Newbuildings 124 all out (31.4 overs; C Pienaar 38, J McIntyre 23; M Roulston 4-37; M Snodgrass 2-10, S McCay 2-26)


At the Rectory, Glendermott (23) beat St Johnston (2) by 6 wickets

St Johnston 155 all out (43.1 overs; R Machingal 42, J Macbeth 31, D Barnard 22; D Cooke 3-20, G Cooke 3-43, B Mills 2-22)

Glendermott 156-4 (36 overs; D Cooke 58*, S Killen 31, J Lynch 22, B Robinson 20; A Fleming 2-26)