Belfast Telegraph

Cricket: Strabane seek title and a little touch of revenge

By Ian Callender

Strabane may be assured of at least a play-off to retain the Henderson Properties North West Senior League One title, but they will expect to have won it outright after tomorrow’s final round of games.

A visit to Donegal to face basement side St Johnston is the only obstacle standing in their way — and with a home defeat to the Saints one of their four losses to date, they have a wrong that they want to put right.

Phil Eaglestone again misses the game but the Ireland opening bowler, who is on international duty in Toronto, will be keeping close tabs on the action back home, hoping that Marty Deans along with Peter and Mark Gillespie can set up the revenge victory which will give the Red Caps the north west championship outright for the first time since 1968.

Mark Gillespie needs just one wicket tomorrow for his 50th of the season and Peter Gillespie is just three runs short of 1,400 runs as the retired Ireland international continues to enjoy his new lease of life at club level at 36 years of age.

A Strabane victory will also relegate St Johnston back to Senior Two — although an Eglinton win at Coleraine will have the same effect — and end Brigade’s hopes of a play-off, but that will not stop the Beechgrove side chasing their 13th win of the season when they go to Donemana.

The battle for promotion from Senior Two up to the top flight has two more weekends still to run.

But Bonds Glen need to beat Ballyspallen to send them into the last round level with Ardmore who have only one more match, against The Nedd next week.

The Bee Gees’ last game is against Drummond, one of their three losses.

Tomorrow’s Senior One fixtures (1pm): Coleraine v Eglinton, Donemana v Brigade, Glendermott v Bready, Limavady v Fox Lodge (Eglinton, noon), St Johnston v Strabane (noon).

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