Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

McBrine century can't stop Bannsiders

Coleraine are out on their own at the top of the Premiership after a superb chase at Donemana.

Set 260 to win in 38 overs after a rain interruption, deposed Warriors captain Niall McDonnell scored 62, Paul Douglas hit 61 from 43 balls and captain David Cooke saw them home with 38 from 15 balls, including four sixes and two fours.

It was actually a better strike rate than Andy McBrine who hit a 62-ball 100 with 12 fours and six sixes as Donemana scored 126 in the first 16 overs.

They went on to score 319 for seven in their 50 overs but rain interrupted the Coleraine innings and although they needed almost seven runs an over, the visitors won by four wickets with 16 balls to spare.

The Bannsiders are clear at the top because Brigade crashed to their second successive defeat of the weekend, bowled out for 106 by Bready who, after three straight wins, are off the bottom of the table.

After toppling Coleraine by six wickets, they completed an astonishing double by hammering the other joint leaders on Saturday morning.

David Rankin, Trevor Hamilton and Mark Fleming ripped through the Brigade batting line-up in 39 overs and Rankin and David Barr needed less than 20 to complete a 10 wickets win and send Bready confidently into their last three games of the season.

They have been replaced at the bottom by Glendermott who lost by eight wickets to Fox Lodge who, after their six wickets victory over Brigade on Saturday, are now level with the Beechgrove side in second place just one win behind Coleraine, although they have played a game more.

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