Brigade setting the pace but Limavady battle on

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IT SEEMS it wouldn’t be a Saturday if it didn’t rain this summer and the elements contrived to disrupt the domestic programme again last weekend as the season tries to wind its way to a conclusion.

Brigade managed to steer clear of any difficulties and a 12 noon start time afforded the league leaders ample time to crush bottom club Eglinton and take another step towards regaining the Billy Henderson Properties senior title.

Nearest challengers Limavady will continue their game at home to Bready this evening in a strong position after rain prevented the visitors from setting off in pursuit the home side’s 248 for 9.

Donemana pulled off another one of those never-say-die wins, this time against Coleraine while Fox Lodge and Glendermott had a distinct end-of-season feel to it.

The Division 2 title race remains in the melting pot as Drummond drew level with Creevedonnell at the top of the table following their resounding win at home to Killyclooney while Stephen Scroggie’s side were unable to complete their home match with Ardmore because of rain.

The visitors resumed last night needing 110 more runs from 23 overs and with 6 wickets in hand, however, should Creevedonnell successfully defend the score, they will go to The Nedd later this week knowing that a win will seal promotion to the top flight for the first time in 30 years.

The Division 2 favourites were in action again on Sunday in the final of the Sperrin Springs Cup, however, there was to be no repeat of their Samuel Jeffrey celebrations after they were beaten in a cracking contest against St. Johnston which went to the penultimate ball. Bready exposed Eglinton’s problems in no uncertain fashion in the Faughan Valley decider later in the day, the ‘Villagers’ on the receiving end of a heavy defeat for the second time in 24 hours.