Strabane looked favourites for relegation after an opening day horror display, but once they got their full team out onto the park, they emerged as potentially title challengers before falling away.

Ryan Gallagher returned from Australia, and all-rounder Rachit Gaur came from Railway Union (before bizarrely returning again there at the end of August) to bolster their side and add depth.

Their batting was led by Aaron Gillespie who hit two hundreds and four fifties on his way to 664 runs at 36.89.

He was followed by his uncle Peter, who also scored a hundred and five 50's in making 591 runs at 49.25.

Sri Lankan overseas player Chanthura Peiris was a solid and consistent all-rounder, and he too hit a century and also four 50's in his 535 runs at 33.44.

Ryan Gallagher made 345 at 21.56, Rhys Logue 339 at 19.94, and Kushpal Purewal Singh 299 at 24.92.

Gaur was the club's other centurion, which saw him score 293 runs at a healthy average of 293 at 36.62.

The spinning duo of Ryan Gallagher and Kushpal Singh did their bit for the Red Caps, with Gallagher's haul of 31 wickets at 20 good enough for 7th in the overall NW charts, while Singh's 28 victims at 22.25 saw him finish 10th.

Peiris captured 22 but at a cost of 32, while the only other bowlers to make it to double figures were Rhys Logue (17) and Rachit Gaur (13).

Overall Strabane can be pleased with their efforts, which included a run to the Irish Cup semi-final.

If they add a bit to their bowling armoury, there is no reason why 2019 can't be a season to enjoy at The Park.

STRABANE BATTING

Top Run Aggregates

# Name Club Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Runs
1 A Gillespie Strab 18 18 - 664 125 36.89 503 82.70 2 4 3 65 16 664
2 P Gillespie Strab 16 15 3 591 119 49.25 487 86.24 1 5 - 49 10 591
3 C Pereis Strab 18 18 2 535 104* 33.44 310 92.58 1 4 2 38 14 535
4 R Gallagher Strab 17 17 1 345 54 21.56 262 71.76 - 2 - 25 2 345
5 R Logue Strab 18 18 1 339 54 19.94 661 44.02 - 2 3 25 - 339
6 K Singh Strab 17 15 3 299 95* 24.92 237 60.34 - 2 1 20 2 299
7 R Gaur Strab 12 10 2 293 110 36.62 162 88.89 1 - 1 31 2 293
8 T Barr Strab 10 8 2 98 39 16.33 138 55.07 - - 1 3 2 98
9 G Gillespie Strab 17 15 1 94 22 6.71 209 23.44 - - 2 4 - 94
10 Michael Gillespie Strab 3 3 1 43 24 21.50 33 72.73 - - - 1 1 43
11 Mark Gillespie Strab 2 2 1 39 35* 39.00 48 72.92 - - - 5 1 39
12 C Graham Strab 12 7 2 25 12 5.00 38 55.26 - - - - - 25
13 J Gillespie Strab 3 3 1 19 12* 9.50 14 85.71 - - - 2 - 19
14 M McNulty Strab 11 7 3 19 9* 4.75 20 30.00 - - 1 - - 19
15 Tom Harper Strab 14 10 5 9 4 1.80 43 18.60 - - 2 - - 9
16 Taylor Rouse Strab 8 2 1 7 7* 7.00 10 70.00 - - 1 1 - 7
17 M Sharma Strab 1 1 - 5 5 5.00 23 21.74 - - - - - 5

STRABANE BOWLING

Top Wicket Takers

# Name Club Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM wds nbs Wkts
1 R Gallagher Strab 17 148.5 12 633 31 4-31 20.42 4.25 28.81 - - 23 2 31
2 K Singh Strab 17 136 6 623 28 5-50 22.25 4.58 29.14 1 - 28 2 28
3 C Pereis Strab 18 159 10 712 22 3-27 32.36 4.48 43.36 - - 41 4 22
4 R Logue Strab 18 133 5 640 17 3-30 37.65 4.81 46.94 - - 8 - 17
5 R Gaur Strab 12 78.1 8 347 13 3-18 26.69 4.44 36.08 - - 15 4 13
6 A Gillespie Strab 18 72.4 4 427 8 3-39 53.38 5.88 54.50 - - 26 3 8
7 Tom Harper Strab 14 29 - 168 3 1-10 56.00 5.79 58.00 - - 13 1 3
8 Taylor Rouse Strab 8 13 - 64 2 1-11 32.00 4.92 39.00 - - - 2 2
9 T Barr Strab 10 27 - 130 1 1-35 130.00 4.81 162.00 - - 8 - 1
10 M McNulty Strab 11 5 - 32 - 0-32 - 6.40 - - - - - 0