Brigade have hit the top of the NW Premiership with just three games to play, after victory over Ballyspallen yesterday.

While leaders Bready were winning the Sam Jeffrey Shield at the weekend, Andy Britton’s side took advantage with Cameron Melly top scoring with 65 in the Beechgrove side’s 217. The hosts were never up with the required rate and fell 56 runs short.

Ardmore and Killyclooney also leapfrogged Bready, Ardmore after a 20 runs victory over Burndennett despite Niall McDonnell hitting 103 from 79 balls (nine fours and five sixes) for the losers, while Killyclooney needed an unbeaten ninth wicket stand of 24 between Mark Gordon and Jordan Nelson to get up to beat Fox Lodge by two wickets.

In yesterday’s other game, Eglinton's hopes of a top eight finish were dealt a blow in a 60 runs defeat by Strabane.