Strabane, Coleraine share top spot as ‘Bee Gees’ relegated

Iftikhar Hussain smashes a 'six' for Brigade at Glendermott on Sunday. (2108KM04)
Iftikhar Hussain smashes a 'six' for Brigade at Glendermott on Sunday. (2108KM04)
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IT WAS a telling weekend in both the promotion and relegation stakes in Division One of the Long’s SuperValu league with the first piece of business now confirmed following Bond’s Glen’s relegation to the second tier.

Ironically the ‘Bee Gees’ enjoyed their best weekend of the season having scored an impressive 339 at Donemana on Saturday and then beating Creevedonnell at home in Sunday’s T20 game. With Fox Lodge securing a nail-biting last ball win at Coleraine on Saturday and Glendermott beating both Creevedonnell and Brigade in the space of two days, however, Richard Hepburn’s team’s number was up and their two-year stay in the top flight is now at an end.

Not only was that win on Sunday not enough to keep them up but it also means that Stephen Scroggie’s side is now also on the verge of relegation themselves, needing four wins from their final four games to have even a sniff of a chance of a play-off place.

At the other end Strabane’s impressive win at Limavady coupled with Coleraine’s defeat means that there’s a tie for top spot although Bready, Donemana and the ‘Roesiders’ remain very much in contention.

It was a really frustrating weekend for Eglinton as Karl O’Doherty’s side won the Sammy Jeffrey Shield in convincing fashion against Drummond on Saturday before losing the Ulster Shield final to NCU side Muckamore in horrible fashion. The two teams finished on exactly the same total but the Belfast side was awarded the trophy by virtue of having lost fewer wickets. Killyclooney are all but relegated from Division 2 after Ardmore won twice at the weekend including a crucial verdict over Richard McMorris’s team.

Scorecards from all the latest games in today’s Derry Journal