Brigade duly retained the North West senior cup on Saturday afternoon after an emphatic 226-run win over Glendermott at Eglinton.

In truth it turned out to be a low-key final which saw the Beechgrove side opting not to enforce the follow-on with a 166-run first innings lead and the Rectory side responding with a turgid fourth innings reply.

The gulf that many felt existed between the teams in the run-up to the game was clearly in evidence throughout, with Brigade in such command that everybody bar Roy Torrens and Bertie Faulkner got an over in the second innings.

The Rectory side battled hard, particularly in Friday's first session, however that century partnership between Johnny Thompson and skipper Andy Britton in the first innings changed the course of the contest.

Up until that point there wasn't much in it- Gordon Montgomery's men able to keep their illustrious neighbours within reach before Thompson and Britton let the handbrake off.

From 87-4 off 27 overs, Brigade added 218 more from the last 23 with 12 of those coming in 'penalties' after Glendermott took more than half an hour over the allotted time to bowl their 50.

It was to matter little in the grander scheme of things however as a first innings total of 305 left Glendermott with a mountain to climb straight away. The runs were shared around, and as well as Thompson's 66 and Britton's 61 there were contributions from David Murdock (31), David Barr (29), Kyle Magee (21) and Ross Allen (20*).

Steve Moore, Keshan Wijerathne and Alan Johnson all picked up two wickets apiece for the beleaguered bowling side. Glendermott will have known when it came their turm to bat that they needed 250 to keep things interesting, however they were soon in the wars.

Scott Laird, promoted last week from Number 9 to the top of the order led what defiance there was, but in truth there wasn't a lot. Johnson's 37 in the middle was the best of it as Rachit Gaur- who was an injury doubt having missed the previous few games- fared best with the ball with 3-38. Britton, Ross Allen and Ryan Macbeth all chipped in with a couple of wickets each as Montgomery's men were all out for 139- a deficit of 166.

With rain threatening on Saturday, the game went straight on into its second innings and in keeping with recent follow-on trends, Brigade decided to bat again. The second innings was pretty much more of the same with the league leaders' batting unit once again sharing time in the middle. They faced 19 overs in total on Friday evening by which time Brigade had reached 94-2; an overall lead of 260 with 8 wickets still In hand-all but over as a contest already.

Play started early on Saturday and skipper Britton opted to declare after 42 with his side on 276-8. Magee top scored this time with 46, Iftikhar Hussain 44, the skipper himself 42 not out and Thompson 41.

Steve Moore prevented the damage from being much worse as he returned excellent figures of 5-64, leaving Glendermott needing an unlikely 443 to pull off the biggest upset in the cup's long history. The game was up and Glendermott knew it.

Johnson (37) again battled hard after the top order gave way, but in truth there had been little more than pride at stake since the middle of Friday afternoon. The Bonds Street side seemed more focused on batting the 50 overs than trying to claw back the mammoth deficit although Gordon Cooke took advantage towatds the end as Andy Britton threw the ball to anyone who looked his way.

Cooke top scored with an unbeaten 74 (12 fours) while Ryan Barr added a late 31 not out to put a modicum of respectability on the outcome, but it was only ever that as Glendermott closed their weekend's work on 226-8.

Gaur was again best with the ball as he helped himself to 3-25 while Macbeth added 3-27 on the second day of a final that will hardly live long in the memory.

Skipper Britton deservedly won the man-of-the-match award for the second successive year and he will now have his sights set on matching Andy McBrine's three-in-a-row next year.

Gordon Cooke won the champagne moment for his superb catch to dismiss Gareth McKeegan at the very start of the contest. The final margin was a whopping 226 runs, handing the Beechgrove side the second of five trophies available to them.

They will make it three in the coming weeks if they win one of their last trio of league games starting against Donemana at the Holm next weekend.

For now though it was all about celebrating their success this weekend. While Britton was man-of-the match this was a team effort in every regard. In the past, the Limavady Road side has relied on three or four key players, as is the case with most teams.

Now however there is a really solid look to Brigade, borne out by the fact that they have yet to lose in league or cup all season. While they will toast their success over the coming days, they will now be looking at how they can take their total dominance domestically to the next level, and in particular All-Ireland competition over the next few seasons.

NW Senior Cup Final, At Eglinton, Brigade beat Glendermott by 226 runs

Brigade (1st inns)
D Barr c R Barr b G Cooke 29
G McKeegam c G Cooke b Wijerathne 5
I Hussain c R Laird b Johnson 17
K Magee b Johnson 21
J Thompson lbw b Wijerathne 66
D Murdock c D Cooke b Mills 31
A Britton c R Barr b Moore 61
R Allen not out 20
J Robinson b Moore 10
R Gaur not out 5
Extras 40
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 305

Fall: 1-11 2-45 3-66 4-80 5-135 6-245 7-261 8-278

Bowling: K Wijerathne 10-0-42-2; R Laird 7-0-36-0; G Cooke 10-1-37-1; A Johnson 10-0-44-2; B Mills 4-0-25-1; S Moore 4-0-38-2; R Barr 2-0-22-0; D Cooke 3-0-41-0.

Glendermott (1st inns)
S Laird c Robinson b Gaur 30
R Robinson c McKeegan b Britton 2
K Wijerathne c Thompson b MacBeth 0
B Mills c McKeegan b Britton 0
D Cooke c McKeegan b MacBeth 11
A Johnson b Allen 37
G Montgomery c Thompson b Gaur 1
S Moore c Magee b Gaur 7
G Cooke not out 11
R Barr b Allen 15
R Laird c MacBeth b Robinson 7
Extras 18
Total (all out, 32.4 overs) 139

Fall: 1-2 2-23 3-24 4-42 5-65 6-92 7-100 8-111 9-128 10-139

Bowling: A Britton 5-0-20-2; R MacBeth 6-0-38-2; R Gaur 6-0-28-3;
R Allen 10-1-34-2; J Robinson 5.5-0-12-1.

Brigade (2nd inns)
D Barr lbw b Moore 27
R Allen b R Barr 15
I Hussain c Moore b Wijerathne 44
K Magee c Cooke b R Laird 46
J Thompson c Mills b Moore 41
D Murdock c D Cooke b Moore 11
A Britton not out 42
G McKeegan c Wijerathne b Moore 3
J Robinson c G Cooke b Moore 6
R Gaur not out 19
Extras 22
Total (8 wkts dec. 42 overs) 276

Fall: 1-28 2-69 3-129 4-182 5-202 6-202 7-214 8-220

Bowling: K Wijerathne 7-1-26-1; R Laird 7-0-56-1; R Barr 6-0-32-1; G Cooke 3-0-21-0;
S Moore 10-1-64-5; B Mills 6-0-27-0; A Johnson 2-0-22-0; G Montgomery 1-0-18-0.

Glendermott (2nd inns)
S Laird c Allen b MacBeth 13
G Montgomery c McKeegan b Britton 0
R Robinson run out 6
K Wijerathne c Magee b MacBeth 36
A Johnson b Hussain 36
D Cooke c McKeegan b Gaur 26
G Cooke not out 74
S Moore c Robinson b Gaur 15
R Barr not out 31
Extras 14
Total (7 wkts, 50 overs) 216

Fall: 1-1 2-13 3-18 4-23 5-73 6-109 7-141

Bowling: A Britton 7-1-22-1; R MacBeth 7-2-27-2; I Hussain 7-3-1-3-1; J Thompson 3-0-22-0; R Allen 5-2-14-0; K Magee 4-0-23-0; R Gaur 6-1-25-3; J Robinson 5-0-23-0; D Barr 4-0-24-0; G McKeegan 2-0-20-0.