It’s the Andrew Austin show as Bready reach North West semis

Andrew Austin
Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin struck a superb century as Bready won an excellent cup quarter-final against Strabane at Magheramason on Saturday.

The Ireland under-19 international struck 10 boundaries in his 106 as Bready piled up 266 for seven batting first.

Professional Gavin Wallace three sixes in an over off youngster Rhys Logue on his way to a half-century, the West Indian’s 63 coming off just 42 balls and contained seven fours and four sixes.

Strabane’s reply started well enough as Manu Sharma and Barry Scott put on 37 for the first wicket and Sharma and Peter Gillespie added 74 before the opener played all around one from Wallace and was gone for 39.

At 100-2 Strabane were right back in the contest and although Aaron Gillespie and skipper Ryan Gallagher were dismissed softly, Peter Gillespie and overseas man Pretorius took the score to 188 for four before the former Ireland International was trapped lbw by David Rankin for 69 .

Pretorius was still going strong but on 48 he was the victim of a bizarre catch and Strabane lost their last five wickets for 13 runs to be dismissed for 223. Wallace finished with 4-47.

Coleraine had few problems seeing off last year’s beaten finalists, Eglinton, as Scott Campbell’s team marched into yet another semi-final with an eight-wicket victory.

Gordon Cooke (3-30) did the early damage when Eglinton batted first, with Rishi Chopra (2-12), Varun Chopra (2-17) and Roshen Silva (2-22) all getting in on the act. Oraine Williams hit six fours in his 48 but the rest of the villagers’ batsmen struggled to stay with the Jamaican and it took late cameos from Scott Adair (23) and Chris Pierce (19) to get the total up to 145 all out.

Campbell (35) and Tim Chopra (53 no) then effectively ended the game as a contest with an opening stand of 59, with Silva finishing 31 not out.