Barry Chambers (Strabane Chronicle)
BREADY’S CUPS OVERFLOWETH
There was no shortage of success for Bready with three trophies in three days for the Magheramason club.
First up was the T10 Senior Plate as they easily accounted for Fox Lodge, as they lost only two wickets chasing a modest Fox Lodge total of 56.
Early wickets for Reece Kelly (2-8) and Davy Scanlon (2-10) ensured that the Ballymagorry side were always on the back foot. They were indebted to an unbeaten 30 from Jason Milligan, which included three sixes, to ensure their bowlers had anything to bowl at. Dean McCloskey (1-5) and Khayat Bhavsar (1-14) were the other wicket takers.
The target proved little obstacle for the home side despite the loss of Andrew Austin to the third ball of the reply, bowled by Ali Doherty. A second wicket stand of 40 between Ian Young (25*) and Ian Rankin (19) took Bready to the brink of victory, with skipper David Scanlon (12*) finishing the job with three overs and four wickets to spare.
Next up was the Under 15 cup final at Eglinton, where two early wickets by Alice McLaughlin had Bready on the back foot.
However an unbroken third wicket partnership of 84 between Gavin Roulston and James McKillop soon repaired the damage. Left-hander Roulston top-scored with an unbeaten 40, while skipper McKillop made 32 not out in a total of 99 for 2 in their 15 overs.
Off-spinner Aaron Cooke then took three wickers for just five runs as Eglinton were restricted to 54 for 7.
The third trophy was an emphatic nine-wicket triumph in the Q3 final where Roulston and Cooke were again very much in the frame as they beat Ardmore.
Cooke picked up three wickets and Roulston a brace as the Bleachgreen side were kept to a well below par 82 for 7 in their 20 overs.
Ryan Clarke (12) shared an opening stand of 37 with Nathan McCombe, who went on to make an undefeated 42.
Gavin Roulston was also unbeaten on 25 as they sealed the win with five overs to spare, capping a memorable weekend.