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Cooke on the boil as Coleraine lead table

By Ian Callender

Coleraine are out on their own at the top of the North West Premiership after a resounding 136 runs victory over defending champions Donemana on Sunday.

The Bannsiders put themselves in pole position to take over from the Tyrone side by dismissing their visitors for 90 with former Ireland international Gordon Cooke, now 37 years-old, taking four for 15 in eight overs.

Earlier, he had been run out for 45 after sharing a sixth wicket partnership of 112 with his older brother, David, who finished 83 not out.

Eglinton caused the surprise of the day with a 11 runs win at Strabane Park to join Donemana on two wins (out of three).

Only Tim Chopra and Andrew Pierce passed 30 for Eglinton but Jonny Gardiner, Simon Olphert and Karl O'Doherty all reached double figures to get the visitors from 140 for six to 201. It proved so vital.

Strabane, admittedly without five players, were 146 for four in reply but Peter Gillespie was run out by the footballing skills of Gardiner and of the Red Caps' bottom four, only Marty Deans had limped into double figures when the overs ran out.

Brigade picked up their second win and condemned Bready to their third straight defeat with a seven wickets victory at Beechgrove after bowling their visitors out for just 84.

Mark Simpson had figures of two for 11 in his 10 overs and an unbeaten 27 from Warriors assistant coach Ian McGregor saw the home side in the 17th over.

Fox Lodge left Bready on their own at the bottom after winning their first match, a 57 runs success over Glendermott at The Rectory.

Four of the Foxes batsmen got to 30 but none reached 40; it was still enough to post a 254 for eight which they defended comfortably.

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