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Foxes find going tough against big guns

By Ian Callender

Published 11/07/2011

Fox Lodge continue to bully the minnows in the Henderson Properties Senior League but they seem as far away as ever from competing with the big boys.

They scored 315 for seven yesterday against Coleraine with professional Daryl Brown hitting exactly 100 and Brian Allen 72 but they must wait until tonight to complete the match.

When bad light stopped play, the Bannsiders were 238 for five with 12 overs left. David Cooke is 49 not out.

But it was all so different for the Foxes on Saturday when they crashed to a 188 runs defeat to Brigade who amassed 357 for two in their 50 overs.

Chris Dougherty and Ifti Hussein put on a record 331 for the second wicket before the latter was caught for 175. Dougherty batted through the innings for 145.

After that it was mission impossible for Fox Lodge with Ryan Brace helping himself to four wickets, including Brown for just two.

Limavady have a two points advantage at the top of the table after a nine wickets victory over bottom of the table Bonds Glen —whom they bowled out for 101 — because Saturday morning joint leaders Strabane lost in sensational circumstances to Donemana.

Defending 283 for seven, Strabane appeared to have the game won when they reduced the home side to 194 for nine but a game is never over when James McBrine is at the wicket.

Sure enough, he blasted 97 from just 50 balls with nine sixes and six fours and Jordan McGonigle was calm and collected at the other end — he made 13 not out and Donemana won, easing up, with 21 balls left.

The one positive for Strabane was the return to form of ex Ireland player Peter Gillespie who scored 82.

There were two centuries at The Rectory but although Ray Silva hit 129, Glendermott were bowled out for 223 and Steven Clarke then plundered an unbeaten 126 as Bready waltzed home with 20 overs to spare!

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