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Bready leapfrog Coleraine as Premiership race hots up

By Ian Callender

Six games into the season and every team in the Long's SuperValu Premiership has lost at least two or won two matches.

Leaders Coleraine lost to Fox Lodge and surrendered top position to Bready, who had the biggest win of the day at Eglinton.

Missing their influential skipper, Ireland international Stuart Thompson, Eglinton subsided to 81 all out in 28 overs and they only lasted that long because of Josh Martin's 17 not out in a last-wicket stand of 30.

Irosh Samarasooriya scored 100 not out himself in Bready's 236-7 and shared a century stand for the sixth wicket with Craig Young who hit 44 before taking 2-7 in five overs with the new ball, including Eglinton professional Mike Erlank, caught behind for two.

Coleraine posted 233-7 at Ballymagorry with Tim Chopra (57) and son Rishi (52) the top scorers but the other family member, Varun, had a bad day with the ball and the Foxes got up to win by three wickets with two balls to spare in an exciting finish.

Brian Allen (66 not out) put on 113 for the fifth Fox Lodge wicket with Cebo Tshiki (97) but despite losing three wickets for 10 runs, the in-form Allen saw them home.

Defending champions Donemana are up to third place, just 24 points off the lead, after picking up maximum points - just - against Ardmore.

Gary McClintock (82) got Donemana off to a fast start, hitting seven fours and five sixes, and professional Malith Cooray (65) maintained the momentum to take them to 283, bowled out at the start of the last over.

Jordan McGonigle then took 4-28 and seventh bowler Levi Dougherty, with his fourth ball, ended the Ardmore innings on 182 to give them 25 points for a 101-run win.

Brigade's title ambitions are crumbling after they suffered a third defeat, unable to chase down Strabane's modest total of 208-9 at Beechgrove.

The home side probably thought they had done the hard bit when only one Strabane batsman scored more than 25 - Aaron Gillespie carrying on his good form with the North West Warriors to hit 80 - as Ryan Macbeth and David Barr each took three wickets.

But Kushpal Purewal Singh then claimed three wickets himself to reduce Brigade to 75-6 and despite a stand of 98 between skipper Andy Britton (85) - another in-form batter - and Nick Donnell (36), both were dismissed by Rachit Gaur in the space of six runs and they fell 16 short, bowled out with nine balls unused.

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