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Brigade sweating over top-four spot after losing thriller



Conor Brolly

Conor Brolly

Conor Brolly

Defending Premiership champions Brigade may have to win their final group game against Fox Lodge to be assured of a top-four finish after losing a high-scoring thriller against Glendermott yesterday.

Bonds Glen, who defeated Coleraine in the first round of the Senior Cup on Saturday, followed up yesterday by beating Strabane by seven wickets to put the pressure on the Beechgrove side next weekend.

The Bee Gees are away to Bready and can overtake Brigade with victory, if the champions slip up. The best finish in yesterday’s full league programme was at Ardmore, where Conor Brolly hit the final two balls for four to give the home side a one-wicket victory over Fox Lodge.

Results: Group A At Magheramason, Bready (24pts) beat St Johnston (1pt) by 50 runs

Bready 235-8 (I Samarasooriya 69, J Magee 32, D Rankin 31, I Young 29; D Anthony 2-30, I Macbeth 2-48, D Barnard 2-65) St Johnston 185-9 (D Macbeth 45 not out, D Lapsley 31, S Macbeth 29; I Young 3-20, D Scanlon 2-8, R Kelly 2-41, S Lazars 2-47)

At Bonds Glen, Bonds Glen (24pts) beat Strabane (1pt) by 7 wickets

Strabane 128 (34.4 overs; A Gillespie 28, T Hassan 20; S Kincaid 3-3, D Curry 3-32, R Afridi 2-19, D Robinson 2-19) Bonds Glen 130-3 (15.1 overs; R Afridi 70, M Barr 44; R Logue 3-29)

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At The Rectory, Glendermott (21pts) beat Brigade (1pt) by 10 runs

Glendermott 278-9 (Numan Anwar 62, T Moore 41, C Mooney 41, S Moore 37; R Barr 4-37, N Donnell 2-73) Brigade 268-9 (A McDaid 74, D Barr 62, K Magee 50, R Allen 32; A Johnson 3-36; N Anwar 2-26, C Ross 2-64).

At The Bleachgreen, Ardmore (20pts) beat Fox Lodge (5pts) by 1 wicket

Fox Lodge 200-7 (L Hayes 78no, J Heywood 36, A Logue 23; R Gaur 2-30, D Singh 2-40)

Ardmore 202-9 (J Wilson 48, R Brolly 44, T Koen 41; A Heywood 3-31, A Walker 3-45)

Group B

At Sandel Lodge, Newbuildings beat Coleraine by 14 runs

Newbuildings 195-9 (G McKeegan 85, J Thompson 31, R Dougherty 28; S Campbell 4-27)

Coleraine 181-9 S Campbell 45, S Hutchinson 22, P Wallace 21, B Mills 3-31, T McKeegan 3-39, G Mitchell 2-13)

At Eglinton, Eglinton (23pts) beat Newbuildings (2pts) by 6 wickets

Killyclooney 115 (26.2 overs; T Dougherty 35, W Finlay 31; J Martin 4-21, R Wylie 3-23, Ste Dunn 2-17) Eglinton 118-4 (18.1 overs; R Wylie 49, D McElhatton 23 not out, T Orr 20)

At Bridge Park, Burndennett (24pts) beat Ballyspallen (1pt) by 7 wickets

Ballyspallen 111 (36.5 overs; M O’Brien 28no; C Pollock 5-24, G Neely 4-35)

Burndennett 112-3 (18 overs; M Pollock 44, M Mehaffey 34, M Doherty 21)

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