Too little too late as Bonds Glen relegated
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE AS BEE GEES RELEGATED
How ironic that Bonds Glen's relegation from Division 1 was confirmed after their best weekend of the season, however despite posting 339 against Donemana on Saturday and a crushing 7-wicket win over Creevedonnell on Sunday, Glendermott's defeat of Brigade meant that the Bee Gees 2-year top flight sojourn has come to an end for now at least.
The Creevies are perched precariously themselves after Sunday's reverse knowing that only four straight wins for them and a series of losses for Glendermott, Fox Lodge and Brigade will give them any hope of staying up. Based on this rout there is little hope of that, only Andy Barr's 29 offered any resistance to the Bee Gees for whom Gihan Dilruk (4 for 15) was on song with the ball.
Two wickets each for Richard Hepburn and Leslie Curry as well saw the visitors restricted to just 95 all out and despite a rare failure for Dilruk at the moment, David Robinson's 36 and 25 not out from "Mackey" sealed a cosy 7-wicket win.
The win lost some of its gloss with the news that Glendermott had won the Waterside derby after another out-of-sorts performance from the champions. Harry Chappell top scored with 41 for the Beechgrove boys while Iftikhar Hussain and Johnny Thompson both added 36 and Trevor Britton 31 in a modest looking 223.
Roy Silva and Stuart Cochrane both picked up 4 wickets apiece but Glendermott will have been disappointed that some untidy work in the field allowed the visitors to get that many. The home side's reply was soon in bother after a lively opening burst from Johnny Thompson; Simon Killen, Gordon Montgomery and Alan Johnston all back in the hutch with just 24 on the board while Bob Robinson had to go for treatment on a bruised shoulder after taking a hit.
Roy Silva led the fightback however, taking on Thompson and Mark Simpson and winning too before being undone by Iftikhar Hussain for 47. That looked the end of the road for Glendermott but Charlie Elder had other ideas as he and Garth Watson gave it a go. Elder had hit 5 fours and 2 sixes to put the hosts back in it before Thompson returned to the attack and bowled him just two short of his half century.
That was to be as good as it got for Mark Simpson's men however as Robinson returned to the trenches and fought off everything that a fired up Thompson and company sent his way.
The rain came with Watson unbeaten on 53 and his team-mate on 30; Glendermott on 195 for 5 from 37 and a bit and miles ahead on Duckworth/Lewis.
That left a very strange complexion to the bottom of the Division 1 table on Sunday night, the two teams who were supposed to slug out the play-off place; Glendermott and Fox Lodge now suddenly joined on the 12-point mark by the outgoing champions.