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Brigade claim Premiership title without bowling a ball

 

Champion skipper: Andy Britton
Champion skipper: Andy Britton

By Ian Callender

Brigade won the Long's SuperValu Premiership yesterday without bowling a ball after Eglinton's dramatic reversal of fortunes.

After beating the champions-elect by an astonishing 115 runs on Saturday, Eglinton, the only remaining challengers, crashed to a seven wickets defeat to basement side Glendermott to hand the Beechgrove side, under the captaincy of Andy Britton, their first title since 2011.

On the dismissal of international Stuart Thompson, Eglinton collapsed from 115-3 to 139 all out and Glendermott knocked off the runs in the 26th over with an unbroken stand of 65.

In yesterday's other game the collapse was even more dramatic - and fatal. After bowling out Ballyspallen for 70, Strabane slumped to 67-8 and after taking three overs over the next two runs, Stuart Kennedy took the final two wickets in the space of four balls to give the home side a one run victory.

The defeat leaves Strabane bottom of the table, with only a home game against the champions to come, but at least they are only 16 points behind their victors who leapt up to fifth with Coleraine and Glendermott still in danger in between.

Yesterday's results completed a remarkable weekend when Eglinton were bowled out in the 28th over on Saturday for 203, and then rolled over Brigade for 88, while at The Rectory, Coleraine dismissed Glendermott for 32 with Graham Hume and Stephen Hutchinson each taking five wickets in 11.1 overs.

Eglinton: Eglinton 139 (28.2 overs, S Thompson 60, T Orr 34; A Johnston 3-31, S Moore 2-22, R Laird 2-23) Glendermott 140-3 (25.2 overs, S Laird 38, A Johnston 33 not out, K Wijerathne 32 not out, D Cooke 21; M Mills 2-27). Glendermott won by 7 wickets.

Bridge Park: Ballyspallen 70 (26.4 overs, G Kennedy 22; R Logue 3-4, C Peiris 3-11, A Gillespie 3-16) Strabane 69 (40.4 overs, P Gillespie 22 not out; Stu Kennedy 3-3, J Millar 3-25, G Kennedy 2-12). Ballyspallen won by 1 run.

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