Eglinton spoil Brigade party
Brigade's title champagne remains on ice with two matches left to go in the regular season after the league leaders were hammered on their own patch by second-placed Eglinton on Saturday afternoon.
This was supposed to be the Beechgrove team's title party, however missing Ryan Macbeth and Gareth McKeegan from their starting eleven, the home side looked totally out of sorts. No doubt Andy Britton will have wanted to have gone through the Premiership season unbeaten however they found the villagers in decent nick here as Eglinton kept their own slim hopes alive.
Andy Millar got the ball rolling as he hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in his 59 as the top of the order, however it was in the latter stages of their innings that the game turned towards the visitors.
Richard Wylie hit a breezy 34, skipper Stuart Thompson added 26 and a last-wicket partnership worth 35 between Lee Ritchie (36*) and Stephen Dunn (15) saw Eglinton post a very competitive 203 all out.
They didn't hang about either- using just 28 overs to accumulate their total as Iftikhar Hussain (3-36), Ross Allen (2-17) and Rachit Gaur (2-35) fared best with the ball for Brigade.
On a day when the home side looked disjointed, their batting capitulated in reply. Kyle Magee made 33 and skipper Britton 23 however after that it was all about the bowlers as Jamie Millar claimed 3- 20 while Ritchie, Dunn and Jack Martin all picked up two wickets apiece.
The response was just 88 all out meaning Brigade didn't get any of the handful of bonus points that would have taken them to the title. The Limavady Road side now have games against Donemana and Strabane with which to claim the league trophy, but they've made it harder than it should have been.
The days other trio of games all affected the relegation race which has really intensified after an enthralling afternoon's cricket.
Coleraine looked dead and buried before recording a maximum point win over Bready last time out and the Bannsiders were at it again here as they thrashed fellow relegation contenders Glendermott at the Rectory.
Graham Hume was once again the star of the show for the visitors, hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes in his unbeaten 54 as Coleraine posted 169-8 in their 50 overs.
Scott Campbell chipped in with 35 and Rishi Chopra 27 while for the hosts, Ben Mills (3-39), Keshan Wijerathne (2-29) and Alan Johnson (2-31) restricted the damage.
Their response with the bat however was a simply awful effort as Gordon Montgomery's side were shot out for 32-in just 11 overs.
Gordon Cooke top scored with just 11 as Stephen Hutchinson (5-5) and that man Hume (5-24) tore through the batting order with little or no resistance.
It was a sensational effort from the two seam bowlers and now lifts Coleraine to the heady heights of fifth place in the table. The home side however now have it all to do as they slipped to the bottom with just two games to go.
Both Strabane and Ballyspallen remain in the mix as well after they fell to heavy defeats against Donemana and Bready respectively.
The Red Caps came up 142 runs short at the Holm as half centuries from Andy McBrine and Bilawal Iqbal helped Donemana to post 250 all out as they batted first.
McBrine's innings lasted just 28 balls and contained 8 sixes and a 4 as the Park side's bowling struggled to cope.
Levi Dougherty added 49 while Ritchie McBrine (29) and Andrew Riddles (22) completed the scoring. Aaron Gillespie (4-20) Kevin Gallagher (3-32) and Chathura Peiris (2-33) were the pick of the bowling for Strabane.
Tommy Barr's men simply never got going in reply and only Tom Harper with 29 and Rian McGettigan with a late cameo of 16 managed to make any inroads. Iqbal (4-13) and Andy McBrine (3-44) ensured they got no closer.
Things were little better for 'Spallen as 80 from Marcus Poskitt (7 fours and a six) allowed the outgoing champions to post 214 all out in their innings. David Rankin added 37 and Jamie Magee 35 while Graham Kennedy was easily the pick of the visitors bowling as he picked up 5-35.
Kennedy was again in the mix with the bat- his 45 (6 fours and a six) the best of the Roe Valley men's reply. Reece Kelly with 3 for 12 took the bowling honours for his side while Irosh Samarsooriya and David Scanlon added two wickets each to seal an 83-run win for Bready.
Those latter results will have put an awful lot of emphasis on Sunday's afternoon's game between Ballyspallen and Strabane at Bridge Park.
The winner of that can breathe a little easier for at least a week, however defeat could mean that the relegation spots will be filled by either one of them and Glendermott, heading into the end of the season.