Brigade beat Donemana to stay top
Brigade have strengthened their position at the top of the Premiership table with an emphatic win against nearest challengers Donemana at Beechgrove on Saturday.
The hosts were simply too strong for the visitors with skipper Andy Britton claiming the honours as he returned figures of 6-35 that saw Andrew Riddles side bowled out for a modest 166. Britton took full advantage of friendly conditions early on and Donemana simply never recovered from his opening burst.
A 69-run stand between Andy McBrine (49) and Dwayne McGerrigle (30) was the best the Holm men had to offer with the bat, however runs were hard come by as the bowlers dominated the opening exchanges.
Johnny Robinson (2-32) backed his skipper up well and to be fair to Brigade they adapted much better to the conditions in their reply.
David Barr made 56 and Gareth McKeegan 46 at the top of the order in an opening stand of 121 before birthday boy Johnny Thompson with an unbeaten 27 that included four sixes closed the game out.
The league leaders had 6 wickets and more than 20 overs to spare with Jordan McGonigle faring best of the Donemana attack as he picked up 2-30.
The two sides were due to meet in yesterday's Senior Cup quarter-final tie in Tyrone with the pressure very much now on Andrew Riddles' team given Saturday's defeat.
Bready continued their decent run to stay on the heels of the leaders as they were seven wickets too strong for Coleraine.
For the first time this season the Bannsiders' key men- Scott Campbell and Graham Hume- missed out with the bat, and that was to prove costly.
Campbell's 16 and an unbeaten 15 from Stephen Hutchinson was pretty much the sum total of the visitors 89 all out; with David Scanlon (2-14) Gregory McFall (2-16) and Andy Lucas (2-19) doing the bulk of the damage.
David Rankin made 34 and Andrew Austin 24 not out as the current champions had little difficulty chasing down the small target. Hume with 2 for 19 ensured at least a bonus point for his side.
Elsewhere Glendermott posted their first league win of the season when they had 111 runs to spare over Eglinton at the Rectory.
David Cooke (44) and 40 from Alan Johnson gave the home side a solid start, however the real fireworks came in the latter overs.
An unbroken 10th wicket partnership worth 76 between Scott Laird and Ben Mills helped lift the home side's final total to 229 for 9. Laird was by far the aggressor as he slapped 2 fours and 6 sixes in his 36 ball- 64 not out.
Young Mills's contribution should not be underestimated however and he certainly did what needed to be done at the other end.
Laird is well capable of an innings like this although the visitors were unable to reply in kind. In fact if anything the villagers seemed overawed by the target and but for Mike Erlank their innings would have been wrapped up very quickly.
The South African made 60 out of Eglinton's 118 all out and if you take away Scott Adair's 22, there isn't a whole lot left to share around.
Alan Johnson and Steve Moore claimed three wickets each for the Bonds Street side while Gordon Cooke and Keshan Wijerathne split the other four in a convincing win.
Strabane might just have got away with one as their game at home to Ballyspallen was abandoned 7 overs short of a contest.
The home side's order was found wanting here as well- Chathura Peiris out on his own by some distance as he hit 7 fours and 3 sixes on his way to 94 out of a total of 179.
Mark Averill (4-29) was best with the ball for the Roe Valley men although Stuart Kennedy and Brendon Louw backed him up well with two wickets apiece.
The visitors had reached 56-2 after 13 overs when the rain came but would have fancied a crack at a reduced target had they been able to get another seven in.
These two were also set to go toe-to-toe in the cup yesterday as well on a day when Brigade took a massive step towards the Premiership title.
Killyclooney were the only one of the Championship sides to claim a win on Saturday as they beat St Johnston in a rain-affected match.
Andre Henry made 84 and Giles Moan 50 as 'Clooney posted 240- 7 in their reduced 44 overs.
After more rain the game was reduced further- down to 20 overs-with the Donegal side set 151 to win from there.
In the end however they could manage just 113 with David Lapsley top scoring on 34. Jason Wallace claimed four wickets and Henry three more as the hosts won by 38 runs.
Ardmore had looked well on course to see off Newbuildings having dismissed the visitors for 111- Decker Curry picking up 5 wickets for the 'Green side. As it was however the rains came and the game was abandoned before Peter Harrigan's men could finish the job.
There was less play but a similar outcome at Bonds Glen where only 17 overs were possible before that too joined the 'try again' list.