Sunday’s North West T20 finals day was played in front of a very large crowd at the Rectory with the first game, the Eric Cooke Cup final, won by Newbuildings in a thrilling finish.

Marty Mehaffey’s men batted first in the decider and made a respectable 128-8 in ideal batting conditions. Stephen Wallace fared best as he made 33 with Mark Hanna adding 20, while for the Bee Gees, Ewald Roberts (2-9), David Robinson (2-28) and Kyle Moore (2-31) were tidiest.

The reply was stop-start as the Glen lost regular wickets in the chase- Ash Buchanan the best of it for them with 22. They did hang in however and got it down to the last over needing just 7, however Trent McKeegan (2-27) bowled a cracker to keep it to four.

Jason Dunn’s 3-11 was an excellent effort in the circumstances and deservedly helped him to the man-of-the-match award.

At the Rectory, Newbuildings beat Bonds Glen by 2 runs
Newbuildings 128-8 (20 overs; S Wallace 33, M Hanna 20, E Roberts 2-9, D Robinson 2-28, K Moore 2-31)
Bonds Glen 126-9 (20 overs; A Buchanan 22; J Dunn 3-11, T McKeegan 2-27)


In the Faughan Valley final, Brigade made it a weekend to remember as they beat Bready by 5 wickets. The league leaders made 139 having been put in by Andy Britton which was better than looked likely when Mark Simpson (4-22) had them reeling at 7-3 in the 2nd over.

Runs from Andrew Austin (37) and a very valuable 40 from Ryan Barr helped make things more competitive although Jonny Robinson chipped in with late wickets (3-39) to keep Brigade on top.

The cup finalists’ reply was emphatic- Iftikhar Hussain making 42 and David Barr 38 and although Reece Kelly weighed in with 3-19, the Beechgrove boys had plenty to spare.

Brigade beat Bready by 5 wickets
Bready 139 all out (19.1 overs; R Barr 40, A Austin 37, M Simpson 4-22, J Robinson 3-39)
Brigade 145-5 (19.2 overs; I Hussain 42, D Barr 38, R Kelly 3-19)