Bready completed what will go down as one of the most remarkable great escapes by beating St Johnston by seven wickets on Sunday to preserve their North West Premiership status.
The Magheramason club earned their place in the promotion/relegation play-off by winning five of their last six league matches and yesterday’s outcome at Strabane was never in doubt.
St Johnston scraped just 162 for eight with David Fleming top scoring with 49 and Alan Macbeth contributing 42. Craig Young, the Ireland bowler, conceded just 16 runs in 10 overs and there were three wickets apiece for Marc Fleming and Trevor Hamilton.
Bready knocked off the target with almost 16 overs to spare, David Rankin crashing eight fours in a top score of 71 with David Barr adding 41.
On Saturday the North West Warriors stunned the Leinster Lightning by 71 runs at Strabane to win their first match of the interprovincial series. The Warriors posted 230 for eight with Niall McDonnell top scoring with 41 and Andrew Riddles making 38. Riddles took four wickets as the Lightning were bowled out for 159.