Belfast Telegraph

Cricket: Bready in hot pursuit of Senior League One leaders Strabane

By Ian Callender

Bready will have Strabane in their sights at the top of the table when they resume their Henderson Properties Senior League One clash at Donemana this evening.

The Red Caps went clear at the summit with victory over league and cup double-chasers Brigade on Saturday and with games against Glendermott and St Johnston to finish the season they are favourites to retain the title.

But Bready can take it all the way with victory tonight — they need 124 off 18 overs with seven wickets in hand — and then win at home against Brigade next weekend and at Glendermott on the final day.

A run-rate of seven an over is not a difficult ask at The Holm and with professional Viraj Perera still in the middle, the Magheramason side will still be confident of chasing down Donemana’s 245 for five.

In contrast, an innings of 41, by Mark Gillespie was top score in the top of the table game at Beechgrove as Strabane were restricted to 164 for eight.

Glendermott are sure to have a big say in the destination of the championship and if their recent form continues could yet bring Brigade back into the race. The Rectory side’s latest win was at Coleraine where Hancke von Rauenstein (63) and in-form Stephen Smyth (59) saw them to victory with an unbeaten third wicket stand of 112.

At the bottom, the losers of next Saturday’s game between Eglinton and St Johnston seem set to be relegated. Both have still won only once after Decker Curry scored 102 not out for Limavady yesterday in their 86 run win over Eglinton, who were bowled out for 194.

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