BREADY WOES CONTINUE AFTER HEAVY STRABANE DEFEAT

Strabane wicketkeeper Kevin Martin attempts a catch as the ball came off the bat of Bready batsman David Barr.  (DER2913JB107)
Strabane wicketkeeper Kevin Martin attempts a catch as the ball came off the bat of Bready batsman David Barr. (DER2913JB107)

League action dominated the North West cricket scene on Saturday as the Premier League title contenders all bared their teeth with several wide-margin wins.

Coleraine and Eglinton have swapped places at the top of the Long’s SuperValu table already this season but the Bannsiders have had the best of the head-to-head’s, and it was a similar story at the weekend.

Strabane had recovered from a poor start to post wins over the reigning champions and current leaders and they moved into second with a comfortable verdict over Bready. That defeat stretched the Magheramason side’s run to five defeats from five!

If Bready are to take something from the weekend it will be that the two sides above them also lost- Glendermott to a rampant Brigade while Fox Lodge blew a golden opportunity to win in Donemana.

In the Championship St. Johnston continue to dominate. Alan Macbeth’s team were pushed right to the wire by Creevedonnell before escaping with the narrowest of wins.

Ardmore continue to keep the Saints company after seeing off Sion Mills while Bonds Glen aren’t out of it after professional Gihan Dilruk hammered an unbeaten 197 to give them the points against Killyclooney.

The Bee Gees really needed to win in Donegal to keep their hopes alive but it was the home side who made it eight straight league wins to take control of the promotion race.

All the details, including scorecards, in today’s Journal.