Eglinton’s Stuart Thompson strikes ton to sink Bready hopes

Ireland international Stuart Thompson

Ireland international Stuart Thompson

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Ireland international Stuart Thompson struck a century as Eglinton completed a brilliant weekend by thumping Bready in the North West Premiership on Sunday night.

Thompson top scored with 111 as Eglinton piled up 267 for five batting first. There were other good contributions from Andrew Pierce, Chris Pierce and Stephen Smyth while Marc Fleming claimed three for 43.

Bready’s reply started well enough as David Barr (55) and David Rankin (32) helped them reach 79 without loss. But Richard Wylie (3-19) removed both players and professional Ernest Kemm as Bready collapsed to 188 and their second defeat of a bad weekend.

Brigade meanwhile kept the pressure on leaders Strabane with a 39-run win over Ardmore at Beechgrove. Johnny Thompson top scored with 40 as Briagde were all out for 184.

In reply Mark Simpson claimed the crucial scalp of Decker Curry and although Andrew Riddles made 26 and captain Adrian Murphy 44, Ardmore lost their last five wickets for 40 runs to finish 145 all out.

Andy Britton, Simpson, Digvijay Amarnath and Simon Dunn took two wickets as Brigade clinched a fourth league win in five games.