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Eglinton slip-up sees deadlock at the summit of Premiership

By Ian Callender

It's deadlock again at the top of the Long's SuperValu Premiership after Eglinton slipped up, in an exciting finish against Brigade who remain one of five teams with a chance of winning the title.

Chasing 208 for victory, Brigade slumped from 154 for three to 202 for eight but Chris Dixon and Nick Donnell scrambled the last few runs to move the Beechgrove side within two points of the top, with a game in hand.

Earlier, Oraine Williams had continued his superb batting form with 91 before he ran out of partners with one over unused.

Defending champions Coleraine joined Eglinton at the top after a six wickets win over Ardmore, the trusty David Cooke seeing them home with 10 balls to spare after a third wicket stand of 146 between Sauaj Randiv and Rishi Chopra.

The highlight of the game, though, was a 99th career century for Decker Curry, who has just two games left before he turns 50.

Bready beat Drummond by four wickets to almost end their relegation worries for another year. Drummond must win their last two games,both against Donemana, the first starting tonight at The Holm, and hope Bready lose at Brigade on Saturday to leave the teams level on points in seventh place.

Scores: At Magheramason, Bready beat Drummond by four wickets

Drummond 197-8 (50 overs, R McDaid 63, K Morrow 37, A McDaid 23; D Scanlon 2-38, C Olphert 2-38, A Lucas 2-44) Bready 199-6 (47.1 overs, D Rankin 56, D Scanlon 42 not out, D Allen 35 not out, B Crumley 29; R McDaid 3-33).

At Eglinton, Brigade beat Eglinton by 2 wickets

Eglinton 207 (49 overs, O Williams 91, R Allen 26, S Thompson 25; A Britton 4-30, R Hunter 3-40, D Hyatt 2-32) Brigade 209-8 (47.4 overs, D Hyatt 71, R Hunter 40; S Thompson 4-38, O Williams 2-57)

At Sandel Lodge, Coleraine beat Ardmore by 6 wickets

Ardmore 202-4 (D Curry 102 not out, R Brolly 44, P McDowell 27; G Cooke 2-16) Coleraine 203-4 (48.2 overs, S Randiv 81, R Chopra 69, D Cooke 22 not out; S Dunn 3-38).

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