BURNDENNETT FACE BALLYSPALLEN IN SAMMY JEFFREY FINAL

Burndennett reached the final of the Sammy Jeffrey with a relatively comfortable four-wicket win in a low scoring tussle with Bonds Glen. Skipper Mark Mooney is looking forward to the decider against Ballyspallen on Saturday.

“Burndennett are as a team and club are over the moon to have reached a final it's been a long time coming,” said Mooney.

"We have a full team available and few lads from the seconds pushing for a spot so it's going to be a hard pick.

“The T20 this year has been a breath of fresh air with everything going on and credit to the NW for getting it going.

“We as a team think we have a good chance with the side we have and experience to lift the cup this year.

"Gary Neely has been excellent with both bat and ball for us and I'm hoping we can back him up with a big performance on Saturday in what is sure to be a tough tussle with Ballyspallen.”

FOXES WIN ANOTHER THRILLER

One side who have certainly put their supporters through the mill this season are Fox Lodge who were involved in another last ball thriller at Killyclooney. Johnny Robinson held his nerve to put the Ballymagorry side into the Faughan Valley final after a nail-biting four-run verdict.

Skipper Aaron Heywood paid tribute to their opponents and also his team for reaching their first Faughan Valley final.

“All credit to Killyclooney on getting the pitch in shape considering the conditions during the week before. I knew this game had the potential to be an entertaining game and I don't think that disappointed. The match ebbed and flowed throughout and luckily for us during the tight stages of the game some one of our lads were able to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

“Although we got off to a good start, a total of 123 was probably 20 runs under par but I had 100% faith in our bowling attack to defend it. Darren Moan (49) anchored the innings really well for them and whilst he was there he could have won the game for them, so it was pretty much a case of game management for us and targeting that desired wicket, which luckily for us came before it was too late.

“I have put my trust in Jonny Robinson this season with the ball and he has shown his experience and skill throughout time and time again. These types of tight encounters are where you can find out a lot about your players and it goes without saying that no one shies away from me when things are tight. Although I personally enjoy the high pressure scenarios, I don't think the supporters will want any more of those until next season at least!”

Newbuildings will be Fox Lodge’s opponents, with the game scheduled to be held at Ballymagorry on Saturday 12th.


BREADY YOUTH SHINES IN WIN OVER NEWBUILDINGS

Bready’s teenagers were to the fore as their Thirds reached the final of the Q3 competition with a comprehensive win against Newbuildings. Nathan McCombe and Gavin Roulston shared a second wicket partnership of 154 as they posted 174 for 3. McCombe just missed out a century as the 15 year-old made 98, while 14 year-old Roulston scored an unbeaten 56.

Alana Dalzell then claimed four wickets for just nine runs as Newbuildings were dismissed for 58, with Gavin Roulston taking two in the comprehensive win.

They will have home advantage in the final on Sunday, when they face Ardmore, who beat Eglinton by nine wickets.

BOWL-OUT MISERY FOR STRABANE

A season to forget ended for Strabane on Sunday when they lost their bowl-out in the Eric Cooke Cup at Ardmore. The Red Caps failed to hit the stumps with their first four attempts and with the Bleachgreen side hitting twice, they exited the competition. Ardmore now face Glendermott in the final at The Rectory on the 12th.