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Decker Curry one step closer to a ton of centuries

By Ian Callender

Decker Curry is just two innings away from bringing up his century of centuries.

The phenomenal Ardmore run machine, now in his 49th year, scored 115 against Eglinton - sharing a third wicket of stand of 104 with Andrew Riddles (60) - but when he was sixth out with the total on 206, leaving just 25 to get from four overs.

Mark and Craig Averill cleaned up the tail for the addition of just nine runs.

Senior Cup finalists Eglinton, now nearer the top of the Premiership table than the bottom after their fifth win, will certainly miss Craig Averill in next weekend's game against Donemana. As well as taking three for 38 he launched the Eglinton innings with 84.

Coleraine are still top of the table after Saturday's 13 runs win over basement club Bready but they missed out on the chance of extending their four points lead when their second and final attempt to play their game against Brigade was rained off yesterday.

Niall McDonnell top scored for the Bannsiders with 76 in his side's 210 for eight but in the only rain-interrupted match a seventh wicket stand between Andrew Austin (41) and Reece Kelly got the visitors to within 32 of their revised target of 203 in 45 overs. But Kyllin Vardhan took three of the last four wickets in 12 balls to maintain their 100 per cent record.

It proved much more straightforward for Donemana who bowled out St Johnston for 96 at The Holm and then knocked off the runs in just 17.5 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Brigade, left level on points with Donemana in second place after yesterday's wash-out, had just three overs and four wickets to spare when they passed Strabane's modest 157 for nine at Beechgrove.

But the story of the day at Brigade was the return to action of Dougie Huey, now well past his 60th birthday, but he continues to prove he can do a job in senior cricket. Opening the bowling with Andy Britton (27) he bowled his six overs for just 14 runs.

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