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Donemana do chasing pack a favour with win over leaders

 

By Ian Callender

Donemana did the chasing pack in the Long's SuperValu Premiership a huge favour yesterday when they inflicted a third defeat on leaders Bready at The Holm.

A total of 336-8 looked to put them out of sight but a superb ninth wicket stand between David Scanlon and Andy Lucas got the champions within 11 runs, Scanlon the last man out in the last over for 60, from 32 balls, having hit three fours and six sixes.

Strabane moved up to second place with a maximum points win against Fox Lodge, after matching exactly Donemana's total, thanks to a century from Aaron Gillespie and a whirlwind 40 not out from Peter Gillespie. Unlike, the leaders, however, the Foxes never threatened victory and fell 139 runs short.

Fox Lodge still have 30 points to spare over Ardmore who are running out of games. Their six wickets defeat by Coleraine yesterday leaves them adrift at the bottom with just four to play.

Brigade, meanwhile, were still celebrating their 12th Senior Cup triumph yesterday, with skipper Andy Britton named man of the match after taking 7-24 in the fourth innings at Eglinton. The home side were bowled out for 184, after being set 279 to win.

Scores: At Strabane Park, Strabane (25pts) beat Fox Lodge (0) by 139 runs. Strabane 336-8 (50 overs; A Gillespie 124, R Gaur 110, P Gillespie 40 not out, L Finlay 2-54, A Heywood 2-56) Fox Lodge 197 (41.1 overs; C Tshiki 72, L Hayes 31, A Heywood 30, R Gaur 2-27, K Singh 2-29, R Logue 2-41, R Gallagher 2-42) At Sandel Lodge, Coleraine (23pts) beat Ardmore (2pts) by 6 wickets: Ardmore 159 (40.3 overs; S Lazars 75; G Hume 4-13, R Chopra 2-38, S Campbell 2-50) Coleraine 160-4 (38 overs; S Campbell 51, T Chopra 43, M Poskitt 29) At The Holm, Donemana (20pts) beat Bready (5pts) by 11 runs: Donemana 336-8 (50 overs; D McGerrigle 85, A Riddles 73 not out, A McBrine 43, W McClintock 37, RL Dougherty 29; G McFaul 3-43, I Samarasooriya 3-50) Bready 325 (49.3 overs; D Rankin 94, D Scanlon 60, A Lucas 42, A Austin 34, C Young 20; D McGerrigle 2-30, J McGonigle 2-39, M Cooray 2-51, A McBrine 2-61).

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