NW CRICKET: Mark Olphert’s men win O’Neill’s Ulster Plate

Bready cheers their Ulster Plate win.
Bready cheers their Ulster Plate win.

Bready II’s are the new O’Neill’s Ulster Plate winners after Mark Olphert’s side proved too strong for holders Brigade at Eglinton on Sunday.

The Beechgrove outfit never really threatened to retain their crown if truth be told, bar the efforts of David Murdock as he made 51 in their 134 all out.

Nick Donnell’s unbeaten 22 at the end put a bit more gloss on the total after Dale McGonigle (3-22) was best with the ball for Bready.

Reece Kelly claimed 2-9 despite only bowling a couple of overs having felt an injury while James Long added 2-25 to help restrict Dougie Huey’s men.

Davy Allen made 21 at the top of the order in Bready’s reply but the real damage (literally), came from Robert Spence and his brother Colin who sealed the deal in emphatic fashion with an unbroken 64- run stand.

Both batsmen hit 3 fours and 3 sixes in their respective knocks- Robert finding the Eglinton pool table via the clubhouse window on his way to 44 not out while Colin closed out the win with two massive blows in his 35 not out.