At the Crease, With Barry Chambers
WITH the Premiership put on hold due to the Warriors’ match in Dublin the focus switches to this weekend’s games in the second tier and the chance for one or two to chase back-to-back wins.
Two of last Saturday’s successful sides come face-to-face at Burndennett where Glendermott are the visitors. Skipper Mark Roulston was in excellent form with the bat for his team as they stunned St Johnston at the Boathole and with Jimmy Boyle and the father and son combination of Stephen and Ross McCay in their corner the home side will fancy their chances again.
Gordon Montgomery has a match-winner or four in his own ranks however and in Roy Silva in particular they boast a player of the highest quality at this level. The visitors probably start slight favourites in this but Burndennett won’t mind that one bit.
The two other winning teams from last weekend also lock horns as Killyclooney host Creevedonnell in what will be a keenly contested affair.
The home side pulled off a shock, but thoroughly deserved win at promotion hopefuls Drummond first up and now that both Mark Gordon and James Colhoun have recovered from injury and Ellis McGarrigle has joined from Saturday’s opponents, they have a good balance to the team.
Creevedonnell aren’t short on experience themselves however and the home side will need to be very wary of in-form players Allen Patterson, Stephen Scroggie and Jordan Curry as well as overseas man Mo Hanware.
St Johnston travel to Sion Mills needing to get their promotion push up and running while the home side, celebrating their 150th anniversary this season will be looking to get a first win as soon as possible. Sion looked set fair to chase down Creevedonnell’s 181 at the weekend before a lack of depth in the lower and middle order found them out.
In such a high profile year for the Mill side it would be a disaster if they were to get caught up in a relegation scrap.
The final match sees Bonds Glen host Drummond as the home team attempt to kick start their campaign after a narrow defeat at The Rectory.
To their credit the Bee Gees fought back really well having looked out of it at the half way stage and if they can show the same intent in the coming weeks they would have a chance.