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Bond’s Glen celebrate shock victory over Coleraine


Newbuildings' Ben Mills

Newbuildings' Ben Mills

Newbuildings' Ben Mills

Bond’s Glen produced the shock result in the first round of the North West Senior Cup with a stunning six-wicket victory over Coleraine.

Professional Rehan Afridi was the star of the show for the Bee Gees, seeing his side to their 146 target with an unbeaten 92 (11 fours and four sixes) after taking two wickets for just 13 runs in his 10 overs.

It was the first time in two years that bowlers in the North West have had the chance to bowl 10 overs in a match — due to the Covid-19 pandemic — as the Senior Cup is the only competition being played this year over the full one-day distance.

The batsmen, though, are also out of practice because only three teams managed to bat out the maximum 50 overs.

However, it was the three favourites — the first-round draw was seeded — who batted first. And all three won by more than 100 runs.

Ardmore posted the highest total of the day, 348 for five, after Dhram Singh and Rachit Gaur put on 176 for the first wicket in just 29 overs.

Gaur hit 93 off 102 balls against his former club and Singh went on to make 149 with 12 fours and nine sixes.

Singh then added three wickets for good measure, as did Peter Harrigan, as Strabane were bowled out for 220.

Ballyspallen hit 286 for eight against Killyclooney with Stephen Kennedy the all-round performer here, following up his 134 (17 fours and four sixes) with four wickets to his name in his side’s 119-run victory.

Donemana totalled just two runs fewer at St Johnston, Kyle Dougherty top-scoring with 76, but nine players reached double figures as opposed to just four in the Donegal side’s line-up as they were bowled out for 145.

Brigade won the last two-innings 50-over Final in 2019 and they eased into tomorrow’s Quarter-Final draw with a six-wicket victory over Fox Lodge.

David Barr, with an unbeaten 54, saw the home side to their
victory target of 128 in the 26th over.

Earlier, the Warriors bowling duo of Ross Allen and Ryan Macbeth shared nine wickets, Allen’s five-for taking him to 25 for the season.

Ben Mills was the five-wicket star for Newbuildings as Glendermott were bowled out for 100 and Mark Hanna then hurried the home side to victory with 75 not out from just 41 balls, with 12 fours and four sixes.

It was all over in just the 12th over.

Eglinton, meanwhile, chased down Burndennett’s 238 for the loss of just four wickets with Tommy Orr hitting his maiden senior hundred, an unbeaten

Junior side The Nedd put up a respectable 128 against Bready
before going down by seven wickets.

Today’s 40-over League action (12.00): Group A: Ardmore v Fox Lodge, Bonds Glen v Strabane, Bready v St Johnston, Glendermott v Brigade. Group B: Ballyspallen v Burndennett, Coleraine v Newbuildings, Killyclooney v Eglinton.

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