Brigade in pole position to claim Premiership title after ending Coleraine's reign
Brigade have the opportunity to win the Long's SuperValu Premiership on Saturday after they ended Coleraine's reign with a thrilling nine runs victory at Beechgrove yesterday.
The Bannsiders went into the game knowing if Donemana beat Eglinton - which they did by 92 runs in a 26 overs game - then they would retain the title, but despite a superb eighth wicket stand of 73 between Gordon Cooke and Jarred Barnes, rescuing Coleraine from 60 for seven, they lost their last three wickets for nine runs.
Ryan McBeth made the breakthrough, bowling Cooke for a backs to the wall 23 from 81 balls and after Mark Simpson trapped Varun Chopra lbw for two, McBeth won the game by hitting Barnes' stumps after an heroic 52.
It means the destination of the Premiership title moves to Donemana on Saturday with the home team having the huge incentive that if they beat Brigade and follow up with victory over Ardmore the following Saturday, they will be champions!
In the NCU, it was Muckamore who were celebrating their return to the Premier League yesterday, when their last remaining challengers, Woodvale lost by 73 runs at Downpatrick.
LONG'S SUPERVALU PREMIERSHIP
At Beechgrove, Brigade beat Coleraine by nine runs
Brigade 151 (45.1 overs, R Hunter 42, J Robinson 35, D Barr 20; S Randiv 3-14, V Chopra 2-15, S Hutchinson 2-28) Coleraine142 (48.2 overs, J Barnes 52, S Randiv 23, G Cooke 23; J Robinson 3-36, M Simpson 2-22, A Britton 2-23).
At the Holm, Donemana beat Eglinton by 92 runs.
Donemana 217-7 (26 overs, W McClintock 73, A Riddles 35, A McBrine 28, O Williams 3-32, A Millar 2-37) Eglinton 125 (20.2 overs; S Thompson 30, M Averill 25, A Millar 20, J McGonigle 3-7, W McBrine 3-46, R McBrine 2-33)
At Drummond, Drummond 119 lost to Donemana 122-5 by 5 wickets
At Beechgrove, Brigade 242-8 beat Bready 205 by 37 runs
At Eglinton, Coleraine 187-8 beat Eglinton 181 by 6 runs
At Strabane Park, Ardmore 269 beat Strabane 235-6, by 34 runs
ULSTER BANK PREMIER LEAGUE
At The Lawn, Civil Service North beat Waringstown by 5 wickets
Waringstown 136-5 (20 overs, D Dawson 52, L Nelson 27) Civil Service North 138-5 (18.3 overs, J van der Merwe 65, S Getkate 41, G McCarter 21 not out; J Carson 2-14)
At Shaw's Bridge, Derriaghy 161 lost to Instonians (139-5) by 5 wickets (DLS)
At Middle Road, Carrickfergus 144-5 beat Civil Service North 137 by 11 runs (DLS)
At Wallace Park, Lisburn 34-1 (8 overs) v North Down. Rain. Abandoned