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T20 Cup defeat for Bready

Thursday, 24 August 2017

BREADY'S hopes of winning the inaugural All-Ireland T20 Cup were ended by hosts Waringstown at the Lawn on Sunday after the NCU side posted an emphatic 67-run verdict at the tournament's semi-final stage.

A 110-run partnership between James Hall and Greg Thompson did the bulk of the damage after the North West side's overseas man Irosh Samarasooriya had given his side an encouraging start by picking up three quick wickets.

Hall was in excellent form hitting 3 fours and 5 sixes before becoming the Sri Lankan's fourth victim (4-23) but by then the damage had been done as Waringstown recovered from 41-3 to post 164-4 in their 20 overs. Thompson was unbeaten on 47 (6 fours and a six) at the end and in truth, Bready never looked likely to chase down the target.

David Rankin (22) and Andrew Austin (21) offered some resistance but it was the bowlers on top all the way after that as James Mitchell (3-17), Lee Nelson (2-9) and Kyle McCallan (2-32) bossed the second half. The final total was 97-9 as the villagers moved into the decider where they lost out narrowly to Clontarf.

Strabane moved to the top of the Championship table with their second resounding win in as many days when they beat Bonds Glen by 9 wickets up at the Park. Rhys Logue was bang on form for the Red Caps as he claimed 4-4 while Ryan Gallagher added 3-28 as the Bee Gees were dismissed for 89- only Graham Boyd (25) and Roy Robinson (24) showing much cop with the bat for the visitors.

Tommy Barr's men wasted little time in securing a 9-wicket win; Aaron Gillespie (36*), Barry Scott (20*) and Manu Sharma (20) wrapping up maximum points.

Neighbours Burndennett posted an equally valuable win at the other end of the table as they won a much tighter game at the Boathole.

David Lapsley top scored with 36 and Alan Macbeth added 23 in a total of 148 all out with Mark Roulston (3-15) and Ruqeno Weavers (2-20) were best with the ball for 'Dennett.

Lee Pollock's unbeaten 31 proved invaluable for them in reply- that and 26 from Stephen McCay edging the visitors home for a crucial 3-wicket victory after Ian Macbeth (3-28) and Jacob Maroske (2-24) had given the Donegal team early hope.

The bottom of the table is starting to look a lot more congested after these two games with none of Bonds Glen, Burndennett, St Johnston or Glendermott able to breathe easily just yet.

Clontarf were crowned the inaugural All-Ireland T20 champions after a 10-run victory against Waringstown in a thrilling encounter later in the day.

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