County win clash of the titans
The clash of the titans provided an exciting match of wildly changing fortunes before County squeezed home by 2 wickets with 4 balls to spare.
After winning the toss, Limavady's top order batting was simply blown away by Jimmy Boyland and John Mooney as the visitors slumped to 27 for 4.
Stuart Thompson had continued to bat belligerently as he watched the carnage from the other end, but Eddie Richardson trapped him lbw for 37 and at 67 for 6 Limavady were in deep trouble. Skipper Decker Curry joined Mark McDaid and together they rallied the innings in a stand of 93.
It ended when McDaid (36) pulled skipper for the day Richie Lawrence straight to Boyland at deep square leg. Curry upped the tempo but the returning Boyland flushed out the tail leaving the Limavady skipper 86* from a total of 220. Boyland, bowling with considerable hostility, finished with 5 for 37 and Mooney 2 for 48.
With André Botha out injured, County were a batsman light so really needed a good start. But they were quickly reduced to 28 for 3 and the pendulum had swung towards the visitors.
Brian Shields (52), Ciaran Garry (25) and Richie Lawrence (25) all dug in, but once they had departed and County were 146 for 6 with less than 12 overs left, the force was definitely with Limavady.
Boyland and Richardson came together and turned the match again. They deftly picked off the bowling and combined with hard running had reduced the target to just 9 runs off the final 2 overs.
Boyland straight drove the first ball for 4 and was then trapped lbw by Thompson for an excellent 44. Jonathan Andrews struck the next ball straight into Curry's waiting hands at short mid wicket and we wondered - was there yet another twist?
But Richardson (37*) and Cormac McLoughlin stayed calm and saw County home with 4 balls to spare. Thompson (4 for 49) was the most successful of the Limavady bowlers although Curry (1 for 35) bowled with great guile when the pressure was on.