Fox Lodge stun Bready
There was league action as well with two of the three scheduled fixtures settled in double quick time. Strabane put the disappointment of their narrow midweek loss to Bready behind them with a crushing win at Creevedonnell as the home side were blown away by Phil Eaglestone. Only Richard Philson with 15 and Jack Glenn (10) made double figures in an awful batting performance from the hosts who finished 63 all out with Eaglestone returning figures of 6 for 26. Little doubt then where the points were headed after that and although Gary Neely trapped Andy Lynch lbw early on, 39 not out from Kevin Martin which included 4 sixes and 2 fours and 14 not out from Peter Gillespie sealed a 9-wicket win.
Limavady went one better when they had all ten to spare against a Bonds Glen team still to record a league win this season. The visitors batted first here but it was the same old story as only Richard Hepburn with 19 and Colin Hall (18) offered anything in the way of resistance. Andy Britton with 4 for 35 and Des Curry (2 for 5) did most of the damage although to be honest the Roesiders' attack didn't really need to be extended to keep their visitors in check. Des Curry hit yet another half century and skipper Andrew Riddles added 27 not out as Limavady got themselves back on track in the title race. Conversely games really are now running out for the Bee Gees who find themselves marooned at the foot of the league table.
Game of the day in Division 1 was undoubtedly at Magheramason where Fox Lodge ended Bready's good recent run with an unexpectedly comfortable win. Batting first Bready were indebted to an excellent century from opener David Barr (6 fours) and 61 from Brian Crumley (5 fours, 1 six) as they made a solid 241 for 7 in their 50 overs. Jonny Robinson (3-54) and Wajihuddin (2-57) did best with the ball for the Foxies who up until here had won just once in the league all season. There was little sign of any crisis of confidence however as Jason Milligan and Brian Allen got the reply going in thoroughly convincing fashion. The openers put on 98 for the first wicket before the former skied one to Ryan Barr and was gone for 47 and runs dried up for a few overs after that as Wajihuddin and Allen settled in again. The batsmen were soon back in charge however and that pair then recorded a century stand for the second wicket as the Foxies closed in on a vital two points. Brian Allen went for 80 (8 fours, 1 six) but Wajihuddin was there at the end with 65 (6 fours and a six) accompanied by Dean McCarter (26 not out).
Incidentally there was a very welcome spectator at the game, Ian Young having recovered enough from the horrific leg injury he sustained in Bready's cup match at Burndennett to be released from hospital this week and able to watch his team-mates in action.