COLERAINE, BRIGADE FORCE THE PACE IN TITLE RACE

North West Warriors batsman Jason Milligan is given out to lbw during their Interprovincial T20 Blitz match against the Northern Knights. DER2913JM153
North West Warriors batsman Jason Milligan is given out to lbw during their Interprovincial T20 Blitz match against the Northern Knights. DER2913JM153
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With the final of the Danske Bank Senior Cup dominating the horizon for local cricketers, Coleraine, Donemana and Brigade took the opportunity on Saturday to keep themselves in the championship hunt going into next weekend’s league break.

The Bannsiders recorded the easiest of wins over Glendermott on the north coast while the reigning champions made short work of Bready’s competitive total at the Holm. Brigade came out on the right side of a turgid scrap in Strabane but the performance of the day was at Ballymagorry where Fox Lodge had a crushing 10 wickets in hand over previous league leaders Eglinton.

In the Championship, Ardmore closed the gap on St. Johnston to four points after the Donegal side’s eight game winning streak was ended by Drummond, Lee Brolly’s side also have two matches in hand as they easily accounted for Killyclooney. Burndennett stunned Bond’s Glen with a narrow one wicket win while Creevedonnell stay in the hunt after beating Sion Mills.

On Sunday, the North West Warriors again came-a-cropper as they lost both of their Interprovincial T20 games against the Northern Knights and Leinster Lightning, the latter result meaning Kevin O’Brien’s men won the trophy outright.

In the Championship, Burndennett made it a perfect weekend when they recorded their second win as many days with a home victory over Sion Mills.