There were only three matches down the leagues at the weekend as most clubs wanted to support their first XI’s in the first rounds of the Irish Senior and National cups.
The outstanding game of the day though was at Ballykelly where The Nedd overcame Limavady in a local derby which ebbed and flowed throughout.
Half centuries from Johnny Young (67) and Dillon Moore (60), aided by cameos from Mark McCann (39) and Alex Steele (29) propelled The Nedd to 251 for 8 in their 40 overs.
Jamie Doey (4-28) was best with the ball for the Roesiders.
Michael Lynch then hit a quite brilliant 137 to take Limavady to the brink of victory, before four wickets apiece from Johnny Young and Vinny O’Hara – the last three of which fell on 235, saw Limavady dismissed for 235. The bragging rights stay in Ballykelly until the return fixture.
In Q3, Maghera were 64 run winners over North Fermanagh. It was Stewart pere et fils who were among the runs, with Aaron hitting 5 boundaries in an unbeaten 52 from 45 balls, while Alfie cored 35.
Chris Evans (34) and Mark Creevy (21*) also chipped in as they posted 194 for 5.
In reply, the Kesh side managed 130 for 9, with Ian Wilson hitting 38 and Asif Mohammed 31.
Mark Creevy (3-13) and Ivan Hill-Nicholl (2-4) both among the wickets.
In Q4, Tommy Orr hit an unbeaten 78 from just 65 balls (7 fours) as Eglinton chased down 133 to beat Bready by 7 wickets.
Glenn Spratt was also among the runs with 29, while Adam Kelly (2-25) was best with the ball.
Kevin Atcheson (35) and Lindsay Allen (20) top scored for the Magheramason side, with Paddy Singh taking 3 for 8.
In the Derry Midweek League, Ritchie McBrine hit 119 as Donemana beat Bonds Glen, while half centuries from Jordan McCorkell and Jason Dunn helped Newbuildings to a 9-wicket win against St Johnston.
Ardmore beat Grove Hill in the local derby at The Bleachgreen, while 66 from Aidan Logue and 43 from Ali Doherty saw Fox Lodge beat Killyclooney by 45 runs, despite a fine half century from William Finlay.
In the final game, Burndennett beat Bready by 6 wickets with Lee Pollock hitting an unbeaten 45 as they chased down 88 – Dale McGonigle taking 3 for 16.
Brooke Crumley top scored for Bready with 33, while Marc Fleming hit 20. John McGettigan (3-10), and Conor Patton (2-17) were the most successful of the ‘Dennett attack.