Strabane joined Bready in second place in North West Senior League One last night, when they completed a 17 runs victory over Fox Lodge.
Ryan Gallagher took four wickets as the Foxes were bowled out for 225 to leave the Red Caps just two points behind leaders Brigade and with a game in hand. And they will expect to maintain their championship challenge this weekend with home games against lowly Donemana and Eglinton.
Fox Lodge are on their travels as all but Brigade and Glendermott, who met last Sunday, face back to back games over the next two days. Next up for the Foxes is tomorrow’s visit to Eglinton before they face Bready at Magheramason.
Limavady’s woes continued last Sunday with defeat in the ClubTurf Ulster Cup final, their fifth loss in six games, and are this weekend away to St Johnston, still with only one win this season, and then Glendermott who the Roesiders will fancy taking on with the short boundaries at The Rectory.
Brigade go into the weekend as outright leaders and they will be confident of maintaining their winning run and assured of a share of the lead with a home win against Coleraine on Sunday. It will be the culmination of another difficult weekend for the Bannsiders who are at Bready.
Last night’s result: Strabane 240-5 (J Beukes 79, P Gillespie 52, K Martin 45) Fox Lodge 223 (39.1 overs, A Britton 53, G Heywood 42, J Robinson 24, M Mooney 20 not out; R Gallagher 4-21, J Beukes 3-15). Strabane won by 17 runs.
Tomorrow’s fixtures (1pm): Bready v Coleraine, Eglinton v Fox Lodge, St Johnston v Limavady, Strabane v Donemana.
Sunday: Bready v Fox Lodge, Brigade v Coleraine, Glendermott v Limavady, St Johnston v Donemana, Strabane v Eglinton.
Ulster Shield final: Bonds Glen v Muckamore (Ballymagorry).