SPALLEN CLAIM SAMMY JEFFREY TROPHY
Ballyspallen picked up the Sammy Jeffrey Shield on Sunday afternoon after a protracted but enthralling final against Glendermott at Eglinton.
The game was rain-affected throughout, leading to both captains agreeing to reduce the second innings to 40 overs a side in an unsuccessful attempt to get the contest finished on Saturday night.
The Rectory outfit batted first on Friday and had to dig deep to post 188-6 from their 50 overs. Garth Watson top scored with 48 (5 fours, 2 sixes) while Gordon and David Cooke both chipped in with 42.
Steven McCloskey (2-44) fared best with the ball for the Roe Valley side who themselves found scoring tough in reply.
It took a century stand for the 4th wicket between the Averill brothers to help nose 'Spallen in front in the end of Day 1- skipper Mark making 49 while Craig's unbeaten 91 was to have a huge influence in the eventual outcome.
The former Eglinton man hit 7 fours in his composed innings as his side ended the first half with a 9-run lead; Gordon Cooke (2-19) bowling very well for Glendermott throughout.
The second innings continued in much the same vein as the first with half centuries from David Cooke (58) and Alan Johnson (53) the highlight as Glendermott made 167-9.
Runs were still proving hard to come by; Mark Averill (3-31), Gareth Burns (2-29) and Graham Kennedy (2-33) with the wickets as Ballyspallen kept it tight.
All of that left Averill's men with 159 to win and by close of play on Saturday they had reached 54-4 with Ben Mills (3-23) among the wickets.
Crucially however Darnell McCallum was still there and although the West Indian struggled all weekend with a virus, he had enough about him to keep the Glen's attack at bay.
Wickets continued to fall at a pace at the other end to keep Jason Lynch's side in with a chance but McCallum's defiant 81 not out (6 fours, 5 sixes) was enough to take the Shield to the Bridge.
There were a couple of games in the Championship- the first of those seeing Newbuildings posting a very welcome win at Drummond.
Indeed it was quite an achievement too given that the visitors had to promote no fewer than six players from their 2nd XI squad for the match.
It was one of them that proved the difference between the teams too- Stephen Donnell claiming 5-40 to add to his earlier 28 runs as Newbuildings won by 58.
Dean Mehaffey made 52 and Jason Dunn 40 as the batting side posted 158, with Damien Carling (4-19) faring best with the ball.
The hosts could manage just 100 in reply; Andy Christie's 37 the best of that as Donnell and Dunn (3-14) secured the win.
In contrast, the other game was a 600-plus run thriller as Killyclooney chased down St Johnston's 313-6 to win by 1 wicket in the final over.
David Lapsley hit 8 fours and 13 sixes in his superb 134 while Ian Macbeth (54), Shyam (40) and Nathan Cole (30) all chipped in to the big total.
Clooney- desperate to stay in the promotion race- were indebted to Derek Lynch who hit 9 fours and 10 sixes in an equally entertaining 134 while Giles Moan added 57 at the top of the order.
With the last pair at the wicket the home side still needed 16 to win, but they were in safe hands as William Finlay kept his nerve to make an unbeaten 37 as he and Keith Stevenson got them over the line.
At Killyclooney, Killyclooney (20pts) beat St Johnston (5pts) by 1 wicket
St Johnston 313-6 (50 overs; D Lapsley 134, I MacBeth 54, P Shyam 40, N Cole 30)
Killyclooney 315-9 (49.1 overs; D Lynch 134, G Moan 57, W Finlay 37*, D Moan 21; N Cole 3-63, I MacBeth 3-74; J Cole 2-59)
At Drummond, Newbuildings (22pts) beat Drummond (3pts) by 58 runs
Newbuildings 158 (42.2 overs; D Mehaffey 52, J Dunn 40, S Donnell 28; D Carlin 4-19)
Drummond 100 (21.5 overs; A Christie 37, R McDaid 23; S Donnell 5-40, J Dunn 3-14)
Sammy Jeffrey Final
Glendermott 188-6 (50 overs; G Watson 48, G Cooke 42*, D Cooke 42; S McCloskey 2-44) and 167-9 (40 overs; D Cooke,58, A Johnson 53, B Mills 22*; M Averill 3-31, G Burns 2-29, G Kennedy 2-33)
Ballyspallen 197-6 (50 overs; C Averill 91*; M Averill 49; D Cooke 2-19) and 161-8 (35.4 overs:D McCallum 81*, B Mills 3-23, D Cooke 2-29)