Demolition at Donemana
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
Defending champions Bready have emerged as the main threat to Brigade’s imposing lead to at the top of the Long’s SuperValu Premiership.
While the Beechgrove side made it seven wins out of seven with their narrowest success of the season – by three wickets against Strabane – Bready were hammering Donemana at The Holm by 215 runs.
Irosh Samarasooriya led the champions’ charge with 137 of his side’s 330; they were actually bowled out with seven balls unused. The Sri Lanka professional, who faced just 113 balls and hit 13 fours and six sixes shared a fourth wicket stand of 147 in 23 overs with Ross Dougherty, who hit a run-ball 70, including eight fours and a six.
Donemana, who never like to waste time out in the middle in a fruitless cause, lost four wickets for 28 in the first nine overs and were all out in the 25th with three wickets each for Bready skipper, David Scanlon, Cameron Knight and Samarasooriya.
Brigade, though, remain the team to beat – their lead is still 45 points although Bready have a game in hand, against Eglinton – but they travel to the international venue for what is now a top of the table clash next weekend.
It needed a remarkable seventh wicket partnership of exactly 100 between Ifti Hussain and Rachit Gaur to keep their 100 per cent record intact on Saturday. Chasing 217 for victory, they slumped to 120-7 but Gaur hit 55 not out, including the winning boundary with six overs to spare, immediately after Hussain had brought up his century, to deny Strabane a dramatic victory.
The Red Caps are now 14 points adrift at the bottom of the league after a sixth defeat of the season yesterday by Ballyspallen, for whom Adam McDaid hit 16 fours in his 90 as the visitors reached their target of 192 in the 35th over.
It was a good comeback by Ballyspallen who were on the receiving end of a David Cooke century in Glendermott’s 15 runs (DLS) victory on Saturday. Professional Brendon Louw replied with 86 not out but when the rain arrived, ‘Spallen, with five wickets down, were still behind the required run-rate.
Coleraine suffered a fourth successive defeat, bowled out for 167 by Eglinton for whom Jamie Millar continued his fine form with 64 of his side’s 228-7. Stevie Dunn then ripped through the top order, including professional Graham Hume, to reduce the Bannsiders to 9-3 and Varun Chopra's 52 was always in a losing cause.