Limavady will be the team everyone has to catch in Senior One of the North West League after another dominant weekend which shot them clear at the top of the table.
After hammering Coleraine by 163 runs in the only game to beat the weather on Saturday, they followed up by defeating Brigade yesterday by eight wickets.
The demolition of the 2006 and 2007 champions was particularly impressive, dismissing Brigade for 115 and then knocking off the runs in just 23 overs.
Star of the weekend was Chris Moore who scored 71 of Limavady’s 258-3 on Saturday and yesterday took four wickets and scored an undefeated 41. Moore ripped out the top order to reduce Brigade to 34 for four and only 41 not out from Mark Simpson got Brigade into three figures.
It was scarcely a challenge for the early pacesetters and although they lost Saturday’s century-maker Ian McGregor and Richard McDaid early, Moore and Decker Curry put on an undefeated 85.
Defending champions Donemana failed to get out on the field at the weekend, so now face Twenty20 games against Fox Lodge and Glendermott.
The Foxes crashed to 103 all out, to lose to Strabane by 128 runs. Bready were just as emphatic in beating Eglinton by eight wickets thanks to a century partnership for the second wicket between David Rankin (55) and Con de Lange (68 not out).
Coleraine lost one of their “must-win” games against Killymallaght after being dismissed for 149. Mallaght won by seven wickets in the 28th over with Derek Bland 83 not out.
In the NCU, North Down were the only Premier League winners of the weekend as yesterday’s three scheduled games followed the other four Saturday ties as wash-outs. It looked plain sailing for the champions, chasing Instonians 212 for two in 42 overs but suddenly North Down needed 33 off four overs. Neil Russell saw them home with Sutherland hitting the winning boundary.
In the first round of the TCH Challenge Cup, Lurgan beat Instonians and Armagh scraped past Muckamore by one wicket. Bowl-outs decided the other four games with Holywood (against Laurelvale) and Dunmurry (against Dundrum) each failing to hit the stumps with their five attempts. Derriaghy beat Downpatrick and Saintfield knocked out Cliftonville.
Revised second round draw: Derriaghy v Waringstown, Saintfield v CSNI, Bangor v North Down, Laurelvale v Carrickfergus, Armagh v Lisburn, Instonians v Dundrum, Ballymena v Woodvale, and CIYMS v Lurgan.