It was most definitely a season of two halves for the Beechgrove side, who in the early part of the campaign languished in the relegation zone.

However, aided by cup runs their confidence and momentum returned and they finished the season as the form team, winning the Faughan Valley and Senior cups, and securing a third place in the Premier League.

There's no doubt the turning point in their season - having slumped to 40 for 7 in the cup at Ardmore, they looked dead and buried, and if Andy Britton had been caught off a regulation catch, it might have been all different.

As it was Britton and teenager Kyle Magee proved men for a crisis and it wouldn't be the only time they showed their fighting qualities.

Gareth McKeegan produced arguably the innings of the year on his way to a double hundred at Donemana, which saw him top the Beechgrove run charts.

Andy Britton topped the averages with 494 at 38, while DD Barr and Johnny Thompson both hit 400 runs.

Niall McDonnell and Ifty Hussain passed the 300 run mark, while Kyle Magee and David Murdock both scored over 200 runs.

Britton topped the wicket taking charts with 39 wickets, aided by that inspirational seven-wicket spell which helped Brigade collect the senior cup just as Eglinton were looking threatening.

Johnny 'Bap' Robinson collected 34 wickets, while Ryan MacBeth also did well taking 29.

Ifty Hussain was steady taking 25 wickets, while Mark Simpson came back into the side in the latter part of the season to claim 23 victims.

There's no doubt Brigade will be happy enough with two trophies, but will look for greater consistency in the league.

BRIGADE BATTING

Top Run Aggregates

# Name Club Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Runs
1 G McKeegan Brigade 22 23 1 632 217* 28.73 532 102.26 1 1 1 52 33 632
2 A Britton Brigade 23 18 5 494 85 38.00 427 99.30 - 4 1 31 22 494
3 D Barr Brigade 22 22 - 454 76 20.64 646 60.99 - 1 - 53 4 454
4 J Thompson Brigade 20 20 4 431 59 26.94 532 67.67 - 3 - 22 18 431
5 I Hussain Brigade 23 22 3 368 56 19.37 445 71.46 - 2 3 45 2 368
6 N McDonnell Brigade 22 20 7 355 64* 27.31 408 72.30 - 2 2 29 6 355
7 K Magee Brigade 23 17 3 257 64 18.36 516 49.03 - 1 4 27 8 257
8 D Murdock Brigade 17 16 3 202 49 15.54 217 88.02 - - 1 15 11 202
9 J Robinson Brigade 19 14 5 103 23* 11.44 79 101.27 - - 1 11 3 103
10 C Dixon Brigade 14 10 1 75 23* 8.33 116 61.21 - - 1 5 4 75
11 R Macbeth Brigade 22 9 6 67 40 22.33 92 72.83 - - 2 6 1 67
12 N Donnell Brigade 2 2 - 41 36 20.50 78 52.56 - - - 1 - 41
13 A Barr Brigade 1 1 - 21 21 21.00 35 60.00 - - - 3 - 21
14 M Gillespie Brigade 2 1 - 9 9 9.00 12 75.00 - - - 1 - 9
15 M Simpson Brigade 12 3 1 7 7* 3.50 8 87.50 - - 2 - - 7

BRIGADE BOWLING

Top Wicket Takers

# Name Club Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM wds nbs Wkts
1 A Britton Brigade 23 155.1 23 667 37 7-24 18.03 4.30 25.16 1 - 17 1 37
2 J Robinson Brigade 19 129.1 7 597 34 4-16 17.56 4.62 22.79 - - 19 1 34
3 R Macbeth Brigade 22 130.3 8 605 29 4-17 20.86 4.64 27.00 - - 37 3 29
4 I Hussain Brigade 23 174.1 33 580 25 3-12 23.20 3.33 41.80 - - 9 1 25
5 M Simpson Brigade 12 83 20 301 23 4-22 13.09 3.63 21.65 - - 19 - 23
6 J Thompson Brigade 20 120.1 11 570 15 3-37 38.00 4.74 48.07 - - 15 2 15
7 D Barr Brigade 22 64.4 7 309 12 3-15 25.75 4.78 32.33 - - 5 1 12
8 K Magee Brigade 23 24.4 1 165 10 3-13 16.50 6.69 14.80 - - 4 2 10
9 C Dixon Brigade 14 5 - 29 2 1-2 14.50 5.80 15.00 - - 1 1 2
10 N McDonnell Brigade 22 4 - 24 1 1-2 24.00 6.00 24.00 - - 2 - 1
11 N Donnell Brigade 2 8 - 58 1 1-58 58.00 7.25 48.00 - - - 2 1
12 G McKeegan Brigade 22 1 - 12 - 0-12 - 12.00 - - - - - 0
13 A Barr Brigade 1 5 - 38 - 0-38 - 7.60 - - - - - 0