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Captain Fantastic Gary Neely steers Ardmore to victory

By Richard Bullick

Captain Gary Neely led the way with four wickets as surprise packages Ardmore hit the front in the North West's Long's SuperValu Premiership.

His fellow former Irish international Decker Curry chipped in with two wickets at The Bleachgreen as Ardmore defended their relatively modest total of 176 against visitors Brigade.

Ryan Brolly and Ciaran Curley shared a stand of 70 before Ryan Macbeth blew away the Ardmore lower order with a six-wicket haul but Brigade couldn't capitalise.

Nobody got more than 31 and they were all out in the 46th over still 23 runs short which was enough for Ardmore to go clear at the top of the table thanks to Coleraine's loss at home to Donemana.

Having beaten Coleraine in the recent Cup final, Donemana may now fancy their chances of a late tilt at the league title this win over the champions in their own backyard. RESULTS: Long's SuperValu Premiership:

At Bleachgreen: Ardmore beat Brigade by 23 runs. Ardmore 176 (R Brolly 44, C Curley 42, D Curry 26; R Macbeth 6-29, I Hussain 2-30, A Britton 2-32) Brigade 153 (C Dixon 31; G Neely 4-24, D Curry 2-25).

At Sandel Lodge: Donemana beat Coleraine by 49 runs. Donemana 182 (A McBrine 42, W McClintock 33; V Chopra 3-20, R Chopra 2-31, S Campbell 2-34) Coleraine 133 (R Chopra 36, S Campbell 28; A McBrine 4-28, J Frylinck 2-33, R McBrine 2-34).

At Eglinton: Eglinton beat Drummond by 125 runs. Eglinton 193 (O Williams 50, R Allen 33, A Pierce 30; J Millar 4-14, S Dunn 2-49) Drummond 68 (S Thompson 5-14, O Williams 3-12).

At Strabane Park: Strabane beat Bready by 5 wickets. Bready 164 (B Crumley 72, A Austin 30; K Singh 3-16, A Gillespie 3-32, R Gallagher 2-27) Strabane 165-5 (P Gillespie 59 not out, Mark Gillespie 38 not out, K Pretorious 28; R Kelly 2-22).

At Strabane Park: Strabane v Coleraine match abandoned..

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