Brigade totally outplayed Glendermott on the first day of the NW Senior Cup final at Eglinton and go into Saturday leading by 260 runs with 8 wickets and 31 overs left in their second innings.

Batting first Brigade were kept in check in the early stages as two wicket apiece from Keshan Wijerathne and Alan Johnson, plus 1-37 from Gordon Cooke saw the contest evenly balanced at 135 for 5 in the 35th over.

However, the momentum was swinging decisively towards Brigade as David Murdock had just struck some lusty blows to get the ball rolling his 31 from 21 balls.

Skipper Andy Britton strode to the middle and he and Johnny Thompson took the initiative away from the underdogs in a 6th wicket stand of 110 from just 69 balls.

Thompson hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in his top score of 66 from 73 balls, while Britton cleared the ropes 3 times as well as six fours in his whirlwind 61 from only 42 balls.

Having brought up the 200 in the 41 st over, the accelerator was really pressed, as 40 runs came from the next two overs bowled by David Cooke and Wijerathne.

Ross Allen made a run a ball 20 as Brigade finished on 293 for 8, getting a further r12-run boost as Glendermott were penalized for slow over rate - 3 hours 50 minutes for them to complete 50 overs, although there were numerous stoppages during the day.

Glendermott lost early wickets as Ryan MacBeth and Andy Britton both struck twice to leave them reeling at 42 for 4.

Scott Laird (30) chanced his arm, and Alan Johnson (37) also benefitted from a dropped chance early to give the innings some respectability.

Rachit Gaur (3-28) bowled with pace, and with spinners Ross Allen (2-34) and Johnny Robinson (1-12) also among the wickets, Glendermott were dismissed for 139.

Brigade skipper Andy Britton opted to bat again rather than enforce the follow-on and they extended their 166-run lead to 260, finishing the day on 94 for 2 after 19 overs - Barr (27) and Allen (15) the men out.

Ifty Hussain (23*) and Kyle Magee (18*) are unbeaten overnight and with a powerhouse middle order to come, a chase of over 400 is on the cards.

Play at Eglinton on Saturday starts at 11am.