Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Neely comes up short as Roemen snatch trophy

Limavady won the Twenty20 Faughan Valley Cup final yesterday with an exciting five runs victory over Fox Lodge at Beechgrove.

The Foxes needed six off the last over but with the last pair at the wicket and captain Gary Neely was run out coming back for a second off the second ball to give the Roesiders, for whom Ian McGregor hit 55 not out, their second trophy of the season.

It completed another good weekend for Limavady who extended their lead at the top of Senior League One with a crushing victory over Killymallaght on Saturday.

It was no so much the seven wickets margin but the speed with which they reached their target of 168; it took them just 26 overs with young Adam McDaid, opening the batting, hitting 13 fours and a six in his 67 and Decker Curry finishing 70 not out. Their second wicket partnership was 141.

The Foxes lost also on Saturday, a result which had a significant bearing at the bottom of the table. Their conquerors were Glendermott who, at the 10th attempt, won their first game of the season thanks to a fourth wicket stand of 173 between Bob Robinson (88) and Johnny Thompson (95). It helped them to a final total of 295 for nine and they needed all but 20 of those runs as Darryl Brown matched Thompson’s score and Brian Allen made 73 in a third wicket partnership of 154.

It set up a thrilling finish because the Foxes still had four wickets and five over s remaining with just 26 runs wanted.

The win allowed Glendermott to catch Coleraine who found that 272 was not enough to see off Eglinton at Sandel Lodge. There were two big century stands in this match also with first Tim Chopra (100 not out) and Mohammed Salman (83 off 65 balls) putting on 166 for the Bannsiders but West Indian professional Simon Jackson (85) and Jason Brown (77) took advantage of dropped catches, to respond with 158 and that proved the winning one, Eglinton getting home with six wickets and one over to spare, despite having only 47 overs because of their slow over-rate.

The other game to start — Donemana’s game against Bready did not — will continue tonight with Strabane 19 for one from six overs, needing another 165 to win the game and stay just two points behind Limavady.

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