ACTION PACKED WEEKEND IN LEAGUE AND CUP

There was no shortage of entertainment for followers of Championship cricket with action across three competitions over the past weekend.

Things got under way on Friday night with the final group stages in the Eric Cooke Cup where Bonds Glen recorded an 8-run win at Killyclooney that saw the visitors through to the last four as Group winners.

A half century from Roy Robinson accounted for almost half of the Bee Gees total of 108, however the home side couldn’t get them- skipper Darren Moan (29) the best of their reply of 100-9.

Newbuildings were already assured of a place in the semi-finals regardless of the outcome and they will play St Johnston who topped Group B despite a 17-run defeat at Burndennett. Mark Roulston with 31 runs and figures of 4-8 was the main reason that ‘Dennett won for the first time this season in the T20 but it counted for little with the placings already decided.

Second-placed Glendermott will go to Bonds Glen hoping to secure a spot in next month’s finals day at Ballyspallen.

And so to Saturday’s league programme that saw the Rectory lads tighten their grip at the top of the Championship table with a convincing win at Ballyspallen. Four wickets for Alan Johnson and three for David Cooke saw the home side dismissed for a very disappointing 83, and although the visitors needed more than 30 overs to chase them down- runs from Simon Killen and David Cooke rounded off a comfortable day out.

Killyclooney did their cause no harm with a 52-run win over Burndennett after lower order runs from Andy Lynch, Richard McMorris and Alan Colhoun saw the hosts recover from a poor start to make a competitive 242-9. Mattie Barr’s half century for Burndennett, added to his earlier 4-wickets were to be in vain as the chase fell short.

Newbuildings had 59 runs to spare over Bonds Glen in a low-key affair while Drummond recorded their first league win of the season with a fairly comprehensive display at the Boathole. Runs from Ian Macbeth and Andrew Fleming helped the Saints to just beyond 200 as they batted first, but the Roe Valley men were always in control after that.

Kyle Morrow made 40 at the top of the order before an unbroken stand between the experienced pair Ricky McDaid and Chris Moore claimed a handy win for the visitors.

The focus switched to the National Cup on Sunday and the North West will have three representatives in the next round after a solid effort across the board. Drummond won the all-local clash against Killyclooney courtesy of Morrow’s excellent 98 in their 250-9 and although ‘Clooney made a real scrap of their reply, they came up 30 runs short.

St Johnston went through after a low-scoring game at Templepatrick. The home side made 141, however a rain delay saw the North West side set a revised target of 112 in 22 overs to win. Rammohan Goud and Ian Macbeth made 32 apiece to break the back of it for the visitors who mind you lost 6 wickets along the way.

Five wickets for Gareth Burns and 74 runs for Graham Kennedy set Ballyspallen on their way to an impressive win at home to Railway Union. The Leinster side were dismissed for just 144 and despite a bad run with the bat of late, Mark Averill’s men made no mistake in their reply.

Glendermott were well beaten by Knockharley despite a fighting knock from David Cooke. The southerners posted 273-7 after a flying start from their top order and the home side couldn’t keep pace, try hard though they did.