Andrews hits double hundred but loses
There were two matches played in Division 2 of the Billy Henderson Properties league on Saturday and Ardmore moved to the head of affairs with a crushing win over Sion Mills at the Bleachgreen.
Batting first, Sion posted a reasonable total of 158 with Johnny McCrea top scoring with 35 and support coming from Johnny Friel with 28 whilst Donnell and Lucas also made it into the twenties. Chris McDonald was the pick of the home attack claiming 3 for 24 and there were 2 wickets apiece for Dessie McCourt, Paul Brolly and the improving Conor Brolly.
Ardmore's reply got off to a false start when Ger Brolly was run out without scoring but it was all action after that as Paul McDowell with 76 not out and Adrian Murphy with 64 not out passed the winning mark in less than 20 overs. The Bleachgreen side might now be clicking into gear after losing to St Johnston in the league and more recently to The Nedd in the Sperrin Springs Cup and in Murphy they have found a guy who could well bat them back to the top flight.
And speaking of The Nedd what a superb start for Vinny O'Hara's side who recorded win number 4 of the season already when they outpointed a fancied Burndennett outfit on Saturday. The visitors batted first and the two Mark's, Pollock and Doherty scored 40 and 30 respectively as their side were all out for 153. Mark Averill was the most successful of the home attack returning figures of 3 for 29 whilst there were two wickets each for Keith Burns, Declan Canning and Gareth Burns.
The Nedd's top order were all among the runs, Alex Steele making 33 with the Smyth brothers Ian and Gary adding 28 and 25 but it was that man Averill who proved the difference as he made an unbeaten 31 to steer them home to a 3 wicket win. Stephen Williamson making his first appearance of the season claimed 4 for 51 for Burndennett. Six points now for The Nedd and a growing air of optimism around Ballykelly that they are definitely on the up.
Individual performance of the day came up at Kesh where North Fermamagh hosted Bonds Glen in the Sammy Jeffrey Shield.
The second highest invidual contribution in the home team's 284 for 6 was 20 from Niall Murray, as Emlyn Andrews hit 24 fours and 10 sixes in a wonderful knock of 203. Richard Hepburn and David Robinson claimed 2 wickets apiece in a damage limitation excercise for Bonds Glen's bowlers in the face of Andrews' onslaught.
To score a double century must be a pretty special feeling but to score one and end up on the losing side, well, that's another story. Keith Hamilton with 67, Roy Robinson (49), Martin Mehaffey (40) and Willie Jackson (23) all combined to help the Bee Gees shoot down the total with an over and a bit to spare as Fermanagh wilted.
Jimmy Maguire, Lionel Semple and Chris Faris all claimed two wickets for the home team but a last wicket partnership between David Robinson with 14 not out and Leslie Curry with 5 not out saw the visitors win a thriller.