Barry Chambers (Strabane Chronicle)
BURNDENNETT CLINCH SAMMY JEFFREY
Burndennett claimed a rare senior trophy as they beat Premiership side Ballyspallen in the Sammy Jeffrey final at Bridge Park.
Despite their Championship status the visitors went into the game as favourites having beaten top-flight opponents in Bready and Strabane in the group stages.
(Sammy Jeffrey winners Burndennett)
'Spallen hadn't won a game in their group campaign and they struggled here too as only Graham Kennedy got to grips with the visitors' attack. The Warriors man clubbed three sixes and a four in a stylish 45 but only opener Andy Christie (15) added anything else of note.
Conan Pollock finished with excellent figures of 4-9 as 'Spallen posted exactly 100 all out.
Andy Barr looked impressive as he opened 'Dennett's reply and although wickets tumbled at the other end, Barr was playing the same role as his brother was at Beechgrove.
Derek Corscadden (2-12) and Stuart Kennedy (2-23) tried hard to keep the Roe Valley men in the contest, however Barr's 54 (2 fours, 5 sixes) was enough to earn the Man of the Match award as he steered Mark Mooney's men to a deserved four-wicket win.
“Burndennett are over the moon at winning the Samuel Jeffrey, having last won it a decade ago but we haven't tasted much success since,” said skipper Mooney.
(Mark Mooney gets the trophy from Coke McMichael)
“After narrowly missing out on promotion last year and with all that is going on we put our minds to winning a trophy. Beating a few premier league teams also helped getting the lads going. “
We are hoping we can keep all the players and improve in other areas but we are certainly up for whatever challenges next season will throw at us.”