Brigade, Limavady set for Championship showdown

Mark McDaid knocks one away during the rain effected Limavady v Eglinton match. INLV3411-110KDR
Mark McDaid knocks one away during the rain effected Limavady v Eglinton match. INLV3411-110KDR

STRABANE’S grip on the North-West Senior Championship was all but ended at Beechgrove on Saturday as Brigade inflicted a fifth defeat of the campaign on the holders, ending the Tyrone men’s brief stint as ‘top dogs’ in local cricket.

The win means that Mark Simpson’s team go into their final three games locked together with Limavady on 24 points although the ‘Roesiders’ have a game in hand. Crucially, the two sides are due to meet in a 20/20 replay in the coming week which could go some way to deciding the destination of the title.

Andrew Riddles’ side scraped past Glendermott at The Rectory on Saturday to retain their place at the top while Coleraine thumped a badly out-of-sorts Fox Lodge.

Donemana remained on the leaders’ tails on Saturday with a convincing win over Bready but in this incredulous season the Holm side then saw their chances go up in smoke the following day against the same opposition when the cup holders got their own back.

Creevedonnell claimed their sixth Samuel Jeffrey Shield of the past 12 years when they beat The Nedd in a very low scoring contest at Eglinton while Drummond joined Stephen Scroggie’s men in the promotion hot-spot when they recorded two wins in as many days against The Nedd and St Johnston.

Sunday’s top billing went to Bond’s Glen and Eglinton as they battled against each other in the scrap to avoid relegation and it was the home side who came out on top leaving the ‘Villagers’ facing a really difficult task to avoid the trap door from here.

Strabane recorded a big win at home to Glendermott also on Sunday as the domestic cricket season now heads into its final throes.