Glendermott oust Bready in Cup
The first round of this year's North West Senior Cup was played in glorious sunshine on Saturday and there was one big-name casualty in the opening exchanges when champions Bready where knocked out by newly-promoted Glendermott.
The Rectory side posted an impressive 260-7 in their 50 overs as they batted first, with David Cooke hitting 7 fours and 4 sixes in his 83.
Gordon Montgomery weighed in with a very valuable 74 (10 fours and 2 sixes) while Gordon Cooke's unbeaten 36 helped take his side to that competitive target.
David Scanlon 2-47 was the pick of the visitors' bowling, but they were surprisingly found wanting with the bat.
Marcus Poskitt made 28 and Jamie Magee 23 at the top of the order but when Irosh Samarasooriya was out for 42, Bready looked in trouble.
Alan Johnson (3-24) and Keshan Wijerathne (3-34) ensured there was no way back for the Magheramason men as the home side won with 76 runs to spare.
Donemana beat Coleraine for the second time in three weeks as they too booked their place in the next phase.
Graham Hume made a composed 61 but that apart the Bannsiders struggled with the bat. Dominic Madden with 21 was the only other player among the runs as Coleraine posted just 128 all out.
Dean Mehaffey with 4-36, Bilal Iqbal (2-10) and Jordan McGonigle (2-19) did the damage with the ball.
The former 6-time winners had little difficulty reaching their target; Graham Boyd (37 not out), Iqbal (34) and Gary McClintock (31) saw to it that they had plenty to spare at the line.
Rishi Chopra was a surprise inclusion in the visitors' travelling party and he fared best with the ball taking 3 for 31. It was however to count for little as Donemana cruised through to Round 2.
Brigade easily saw off the challenge of championship side Burndennett as the Tyrone outfit were bowled out for just 75 at Beechgrove.
Four wickets apiece for Johnny Robinson (4-17), and Ryan Macbeth (4-28) left the visitors with an uphill task to keep pace with their hosts. David Barr with an unbeaten 31 ensured Brigade had a smooth passage through, albeit they did lose 3 wickets on the way to the win.
Strabane also saw off second-tier opposition as Peter Gillespie's side recorded an 8-wicket victory at Newbuildings.
The home team struggled for runs as they batted first- Jack McCorkell (29), Todd Killen (23) and Darnell McCallum the best of it for them as Newbuildings made a modest 125 all out. Some wayward bowling from the Red Caps late on made things a bit more challenging, but in truth they were never extended.
Ryan Gallagher and Chathura Peiris shared six wickets but it took the Premiership side less than 20 overs to chase the target down.
Rhys Logue hit 14 fours on his way to an unbeaten 67 and Aaron Gillespie added 22 as Strabane proved far too strong.
Ballyspallen also moved into the quarter-finals as they also had 8 wickets to spare over Championship St Johnston. This one was due to have been played at the Boathole however the clubs agreed to a switch after the Donegal venue required a bit more time to recover from substantial renovation over the winter.
The Saints made 176 as they took first use here- Kevin Martin with 3 fours and 4 sixes in his 60 while David Lapsley added 4 fours and 3 sixes on his way to 54.
Jacques Moss (20) was the only other contributor of note while Graham Kennedy (3-28), Stephen Kennedy (2-20) and Steven McCloskey (2-37) bowled tidily for 'Spallen.
An unbroken stand worth 117 runs between Graham Kennedy (57*) and skipper Adam McDaid (56*) ensured that the Roe Valley out went safely through to Sunday's draw.
The closest game of the day was at Ballymagorry where Ardmore had 24 runs to spare over the home team.
A late 40 from former skipper Gary Neely added to Jarred Wilson's earlier 31 combined to help the Bleachgeen team post a total of 164 all out in their 50 overs.
Adam Walker (3-21) and Coenie Nel (3-25) were best with the ball for the Foxies, while Jason Milligan chipped in with 2-38.
On a pitch where the ball wasn't coming on to the bat, the hosts also found scoring difficult. The top and middle order never got going as Decker Curry (3-11), Wilson (3-41) and Ciaran Curley (2-17) took contol.
The tail did wag as Jamie McIntyre (24), Adam Walker (16*) and Lee Finlay (12)- batting at 9, 10 and 11 got the home side to within 24 of the target, but no closer.
If that game was tight, it was nothing like Killyclooney where Bonds Glen were on the end of a 10-wicket hammering in the final tie of the day.
The Bee Gees could muster only 121 as they batted first- Raymond Curry making 37 of those and Roy Robinson 33 while Andre Henry and William Finlay picked up three wickets apiece for 'Clooney.
The home side were unlikely to mess up from there and they never lost a wicket in their reply. Brothers Giles (55) and Darren Moan (46) ensured the maximum win for their team as they also progressed to the last eight.
The winners were joined in the draw by Eglinton who had a bye after the demise of Drummond.