‘CLOONEY GO TOP AS TITLE RACE REACHES HALF-WAY
The action is coming thick and fast at the minute in the Championship and it is Killyclooney who hold the lead in the promotion race as that reaches its mid-way point in the season.
Darren Moan’s team crushed previous leaders Glendermott last Saturday as half centuries from Andre Henry, Andy Lynch and the skipper himself helped the home side post 265-7 from their 50 overs.
Glendermott were never seen with a chance of chasing those down as 4 wickets for Jordan Connor and 2 apiece from Henry, William Finlay and Mark Gordon combined to dismiss the Rectory outfit for just 78.
Burndennett sealed an impressive win over Bonds Glen- Ewald Roberts with 41 out of the Bee Gees modest 87 all out as Mark Roulston and Stephen McCay claimed 3 wickets each.
The home side wasted little time- just 10 overs in fact- to chase those down; McCay with an unbeaten half century in a 9-wicket romp.
Ballyspallen stayed in contention at the top as they recorded a narrow verdict at home to Drummond. Jamie Millar’s 39 was the best of the visitors’ 112 all out as Craig Averill and Gareth Burns claimed 3 wickets each for the hosts.
‘Spallen got there in good time, having used up less than half of their 50 overs but 3 wickets apiece for Millar and Steve Moore kept the Bridge Park men honest ‘til the end.
Newbuildings warmed up for next Sunday’s cup semi-final at home to Eglinton by losing twice in the league at the weekend. On Saturday Marty Mehaffey’s side lost at the Boathole- Rammohan Goud, Andrew Fleming and David Macbeth among the runs for the home team while Peter Allen helped himself to 4 wickets for the visitors.
Allen and Fleming were at it again in the second innings= the former top scoring with 39 in Newbuildings reply while the North West chairman added 3 wickets to his day’s work. In the end the visitors just couldn’t hang in long enough as St Johnston carved out a comfortable win.
And on Sunday it was the Curtis McElwee show as Drummond claimed the points at Newbuildings in a match brought forward from next Sunday to allow Mehaffey’s men their chance to book a senior cup final spot.
McElwee was only brought into the visitors’ attack as 5th change but wrapped up the Newbuildings innings in double-quick time as he posted the remarkable figures of 4-1 from 2 overs. The same player then made a telling 46 as Drummond secured a vital 5-wicket success- just their second league win of the season.
Next weekend the Sammy Jeffrey Shield gets under way on Saturday and there’s a full league programme on Sunday- Newbuildings’ senior cup match notwithstanding.
Sam Jeffrey Shield
Drummond v Bonds Glen
Burndennett v Killyclooney
Ballyspallen v Newbuildings
Glendermott v St Johnston
Senior Cup semi-finals
Donemana v Brigade
Newbuildings v Eglinton
St Johnston v Killyclooney
Glendermott v Burndennett
Bonds Glen v Ballyspallen