Belfast Telegraph

Cricket: Strabane just one win away from Senior League title

By Ian Callender

It will be top against bottom on the final day of the Henderson Properties Senior League on Saturday and victory will give Strabane the title and send St Johnston back into Senior Two after just one season in the top flight.

Eglinton’s victory over the Saints on Saturday left the Donegal side two points adrift at the bottom while Strabane’s win against Glendermott keeps them two points clear at the top with what should be a straightforward final game to come.

St Johnston made 157 for eight in their must-win game on Saturday, David Macbeth top scoring with 39, but Eglinton’s Karl O’Doherty matched that and, significantly, all seven Eglinton batsmen required reached double figures as they won with three overs to spare.

Glendermott, missing both Stephen Smyth and captain Gordon Montgomery, had reached 90 for four when Mark Gillespie was introduced to finish off the innings, taking five of the remaining wickets for just 10 runs in 6.4 overs. His brother, Peter, after surviving an early chance, then hurried Strabane to victory with 84 not out as the Red Caps reached their target of 137 in the 27th over.

However, Strabane will be taking nothing for granted because St Johnston’s only league win this season was their shock success at Strabane Park last month. And that will give second placed Brigade hope going into their final game at Donemana. Brigade had the biggest win on Saturday, by nine wickets at Bready, ending the Magheramason side’s hopes of a first title success.

Johnny Thompson took two early wickets to reduce Bready to three for three and two more at the end as the home side lost their last five wickets for two runs, dismissed for just 73.

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