AARON OFF DOWN UNDER
Strabane all-rounder Aaron Gillespie is off ‘Down Under’ again this season. The 21 year-old enjoyed a successful season there in 2016-17, but a shoulder injury meant he missed out last season.
The Warriors and Ireland Wolves star is playing in the same league, but has switched clubs and will be playing in the Victorian and New South Wales League for Allbury CC, starting in late September once his visa is processed.
“My previous spell in Australia benefitted my game tremendously and hopefully this will be the case next year as well,” said Gillespie.
“It’s a tremendous boost to be playing outdoors week in, week out on grass pitches and helps me to hit the ground running when the season starts. I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait for the campaign to begin.”
It’s been a great season for Strabane, who have defied the critics to launch a title challenge until they faltered in the run-in, also making the last four of the Irish Senior Cup before being knocked out by holders Waringstown.
D-DAY FOR FOXIES
Saturday sees the most important day of the season for Fox Lodge who travel to Ardmore in a relegation battle.
Defeat for Fox Lodge would leave them in real danger of automatic relegation, whereas a win would guarantee them a play-off slot at the very least.
They almost beat Donemana at the weekend, losing by just three wickets despite a brilliant hundred for Jason Milligan.
The Ballymagorry side have been in this position before and survived. You wouldn’t bet against them pulling off another great escape.
KING HENRY DRIVING KILLYCLOONEY TOWARDS PROMOTION
While the battle for the Premiership may be over, there’s still a lot to play for as the Championship enters its final phase.
Glendermott and Ballyspallen hold the top two slots with two matches remaining, but there’s still hope for Killyclooney who have been on a roll in recent weeks.
Overseas player Andre Henry has led the charge, scoring 225 and 145 in his last two matches to soar past the 1000 runs landmark for the season.
Killyclooney have a home game against St Johnston on Saturday, followed next week with an away trip to Glendermott.
It’s a tough ask, but two wins may be enough to get them a play-off slot if Ballyspallen or Glendermott slip up.
It’s already been a good week for the Killyclooney club, as they secured the Midweek league after beating Donemana in a high-scoring game, as Fox Lodge lost to Burndennett.
They were due to play in the Midweek Cup final against Donemana at Bonds Glen on Wednesday night as they attempted to win the double.