Bready Intermediates clinched the Qualifying One cup with a relatively comfortable 74-run win against Eglinton at Beechgrove.

They recovered from a first innings batting collapse as they slumped to 66 for 7, with Jamie McCombe making 31 of those.

An 8th wicket stand of 53 between Marc Fleming and Dean McCloskey allowed them to post 122 - Rochard Keys (3-25) and Neil Stewart (2-15) the main wicket takers.

Cameron Knight then produced a match defining new ball burst, as the teenager claimed 5 for 10 as Eglinton were skittled for just 54 - Brooke Crumley also taking two wickets.

Bready produced a much more typical batting display second time around as they made 230 for 9.

Brothers Robert and Colin Spence shared a fifth wicket stand of 74, with Robert top scoring with 65 and Colin making 39. Jamie McCombe also hit 40, with Mattie Mills' 3 for 29 the best of the bowlers as Bready set Eglinton an unlikely 299 to win.

To be fair to the villagers they made a brave fist of it with the top six all getting starts. Richard Keys hit 3 sixes in a run-a-ball 40, as he and Karl O'Doherty (22) shared an opening stand of 64.

Scott Adair (38), Neil Stewart (32), skipper Glen Spratt (28) and Dylan McElhatton (23) all chipped in but the target was always out of reach.

Luke Kelly took three wickets, while Brooke Crumley and Man of the Match Cameron Knight two in the 74-run victory.

Well done to Bready and special praise for Brigade who hosted the game superbly, with their groundstaff working tirelessly to ensure the game got finished on Saturday night.


At Beechgrove, Bready II beat Eglinton II by 74 runs

Bready II 122 (38.2 overs; J McCombe 31, M Fleming 28*, D McCloskey 28; R Keys 3-25, N Stewart 2-15) and 230/9 (50 overs; R Spence 65, J McCombe 40, C Spence 39; M Mills 3-29, S Adair 2-28)

Eglinton 54 (27 overs; C Knight 5-10; B Crumley 2-22) and 225 (46.2 overs; R Keys 40, S Adair 38, N Stewart 32, G Spratt 28, D McElhatton 23, K O'Doherty 22; L Kelly 3-40, B Crumley 2-35, C Knight 2-41)