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Thompson in sparkling form as rain wipes out fixtures

 

By Ian Callender

It is as you were in the Long's SuperValu Premiership after rain washed out three of the scheduled fixtures on Saturday, with only the mid-table clash between Bready and Eglinton going ahead at Magheramason.

Out-of-favour International Stuart Thompson scored the only half-century of the game and his 71 proved the difference in a 44 runs win for Eglinton although after his dismissal, the visitors lost their last three wickets for two runs and failed to use up all 50 overs. David Scanlon was responsible for the early finish, running through the tail to finish with five for 26.

Needing exactly 200 to win, David Rankin (47) got Bready off to a fast start but only Ross Dougherty (41) of his team-mates could stay any length of time and they were bowled out in the 41st over for 150, Thompson bringing himself on as fourth change bowler to take the last two wickets.

No new dates have been confirmed for title favourites Donemana's game at Fox Lodge although the game at Beechgrove between the two remaining rivals, Brigade and Coleraine, will almost certainly be played on Saturday September 9 by which time it would be a fight for second place.

The rain also extended Drummond's fight against relegation, postponing the first of their must win games, against Ardmore.

Beaten Senior Cup finalists Ballyspallen were celebrating on Saturday night with the Sam Jeffrey Shield after beating Newbuildings in the final - but only after an incredible unbroken ninth wicket stand of 65 between Mark Averill and Johnny Martin.

Defending 189, Trent McKeegan and Peat Salmon had the Championship leaders in all sorts of trouble, reducing Ballyspallen to 46 for six and then 125 for eight but the rest of the game belonged to Averill.

He may have failed to take a wicket in his eight overs but he starred with the bat, cooly steering his side home with 72 not out, superbly supported by Martin who finished with just eight.

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