Premiership title settled but real dogfight at the bottom
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
BRIGADE won the Premiership yesterday without bowling a ball after Eglinton’s dramatic reversal of fortunes.
After beating the champions-elect by an astonishing 115 runs on Saturday, Eglinton, the only remaining challengers, crashed to a seven wickets defeat to basement side Glendermott to hand the Beechgrove side the first title since 2011.
On the dismissal of international Stuart Thompson, Eglinton collapsed from 115-3 to 139 all out and Glendermott knocked off the runs in the 26th over with an unbroken stand of 65.
In yesterday’s other game the collapse was even more dramatic – and fatal. After bowling out Ballyspallen for 70, Strabane slumped to 67-8 and after taking three overs over the next two runs, Stuart Kennedy took the final two wickets in the space of four balls to give the home side a one run victory.
The defeat leaves Strabane bottom of the table, with only a home game against the champions to come, but at least they are only 16 points behind their victors who leapt up to fifth with Coleraine and Glendermott still in danger in between.
Yesterday’s results completed a remarkable weekend when Eglinton were bowled out for 203 in the 28th over on Saturday, and then bowled out Brigade for 88, while at The Rectory, Coleraine dismissed Glendermott for 32 with Graham Hume and Stephen Hutchinson each taking five wickets in 11 overs.