Andy McBrine showed Donemana what they have been missing when he returned from international duty to hit 101 and take two wickets as the Senior Cup holders consolidated their lead in Group B of the Long’s SuperValu 40-over League.
McBrine scored his runs in a third wicket stand of 183 with Dean Mehaffey who batted through the innings for 100 not out in Donemana’s 260 for three which proved 83 runs too many for Burndennett.
Coleraine and Eglinton were the other Group B winners, the Bannsiders defeating Killyclooney by 116 runs after posting 224 for eight and Eglinton passing Ballyspallen’s 139 with five wickets in hand.
The match of the day was the clash between the last two unbeaten teams in Group A and it didn’t disappoint with Bready preserving their record after a nine runs victory over Ardmore, who were, crucially, penalised six runs for a slow over-rate.
Jamie Magee (101) and Irosh Samarasooriya (106) shared a second wicket stand of 171 in Bready’s 291 for three and Jarred Wilson did everything but take the visitors to victory, finishing 108 not out.
Brigade are still a threat to the top two in the first stage of the competition and will overtake Ardmore with victory at Beechgrove next week.
Since their opening day defeat to Bready they have bowled out the opposition in every game and produced their best performance on Saturday, dismissing Strabane for just 66 for a 79 runs victory. Skipper Andy Britton led the way with figures of four for 17.
Fox Lodge complete the current top four, who go into the Premiership play-off games next month, after an exciting 11 runs victory over Bonds Glen. Set 217 for victory, the Bee Gees were well placed at 188 for five but two quick wickets by Adam Walker saw the visitors finish on 205 for nine.
Glendermott are still bottom of the eight-team league but won their first game, chasing down St Johnston’s 192 with three wickets and more than eight overs to spare.