Brigade duly collected the North West senior cup last weekend with a bloodless victory over Glendermott and skipper Andy Britton could theoretically add two more trophies this weekend to the couple he already has in his locker. One more league win starting from this Saturday would see the title trophy also arrive at Beechgrove and then on Sunday, Strabane Park is the setting for the regional T20 finals day which also involves the cup winners.

For a side that hasn't lost a single game in league or cup you'd be forgiven for thinkiing that might be a formality, however the opposition on both days is provided by Donemana.

The Holm outfit haven't really been at their best over the past couple of seasons however they could yet finish with silverware if they can get the better of the Waterside team in Sunday's T20 decider.

Obviously Donemana won't want to see Brigade clinching the title on their patch on Saturday either, so it makes for a very interesting couple of days cricket coming up.

Skipper Andrew Riddles was focusing on the positives in his camp as he looked forward to both matches, suggesting that the two games were important for his side as well.

"Brigade have been very good this year, you can't take that away from them. Considering all the players are 'outsiders' they have gelled very well and they have been the best team in the league for sure."

"We don't like losing to anyone, especially at the Holm so with a full squad available this weekend we can hopefully give a better account of ourselves."

"Winning the T20 Cup wouldn't make it a fantastic season- we know full well it has been a below-par year, however winning it would book a place in the All-Ireland T20 finals day which is another motivating factor."

"We definitely have the players to do it- in fact we have won all six of the T20 group games we played this year so we have a good chance."

Realistically, it will matter little to Britton and Brigade when they clinch the senior title, however the one thing they will want to do is protect their winning run as long as possible. There is no great amount of pressure to win on Saturday, however the T20 trophy is now high on the wanted list as it would cap off an incredible quadruple of domestic trophies.

That looks sure to make their Faughan Valley decider one of those not-to-be-missed matches of the summer.

Action at the Park gets under way at 12 noon with the first game being the Eric Cooke Cup final between Ardmore and Fox Lodge. Brigade and Donemana will take to the stage at 4pm for their joust.

Admission for the day is £5 (£3 concessionary) with all proceeds going to the Derry Midweek League charity fund.

The Championship season is also heading towards its conclusion and the picture there could be quite a bit clearer come Sunday night.

Burndennett are still out in front having won all nine of their league games so far however the acid test of their credentials will come this weekend, and particularly on Saturday with the visit of Ardmore.

The Bleachgreen team are right behind the Tyrone outfit in the table and a win for them would see Ardmore leap-frog their rivals with just two games to go.

Having led the race the whole way through it would be tough luck on Mark Mooney's team, however a win for them in this crunch clash followed by a win over Newbuildings on Sunday would all but confirm their promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history.

Senior club members are in no doubt that this is the biggest weekend in Burndennett's history; something that skipper Mooney is happy to buy into.

"It's been a great season for the club no matter what happens but obviously we're all hoping that we get the promotion we feel we deserve."

"We've been very consistent this year; something that hasn't always been the case at the club. There is a bit of confidence about that comes from winning games and there is a real buzz about the place for the weekend."

"Both games will be tough. Ardmore have quite a few big players and that is going to be a difficult match for both teams. We also know however what the reward is for winning."

"It would be brilliant to be promoted with this group of players. I'd imagine there will be a long party at Burndennett if we are able to finish the job."


While most eyes were on the senior cup final at the weekend, Eglinton certainly wasn't the only cricket venue attracting a crowd on Saturday.

Strabane Park was the setting for a charity cricket blitz organised by a committee representing Gary Gillespie and his partner Aimee who lost their baby, Ara Grace, earlier this year.

Four teams, made up of current and former players from a range of clubs as well as guests from other sports played two semi-finals and a final at the Park in a venture that raised an impressive £3000 for the local SANDS charity.

Speaking on behalf of the couple, Michael Gillespie said that they had been completely blown away by the level of support they had received.

"It was great to see quite a few 'old hands' back on the field and a pleasure to welcome players from the likes of Newbuildings, Fox Lodge, Burndennett, Bready and the surrounding areas."

"We also had several players from the women's league and a huge delegation from Strabane Rugby Club joining in for the day."

"We only realised the wonderful work that SANDS does at close quarters when this tragedy happened and we were delighted to be able to do something positive in Ara Grace's name."

"We cannot thank our friends who joined us enough for making it such a special day. While it would take forever to name everyone individually, it is only fair to mention Davy Caldwell who volunteered to umpire all three matches, handed out the awards and also made a generous donation on behalf of the Derry Midweek League."

"It really was a case of the cricket and sporting community pulling together and we are extremely thankful."


Finally for this week, the North West Women's cup final takes place tomorrow night (Friday) at Burndennett CC. The match will see Fox Lodge and Killyclooney lock horns for the right to claim the coveted women's trophy.

The Ballymagorry side will start slight favourites on league form however despite that, Jessica McDonald’s team have earned a well-deserved spot in the decider. Players such as Gail Nelson, Amber Nicholl and Cody Wallace have flourished as the season has progressed, however ultimately their availability will be crucial for Friday night.

On the other hand, Hannah McLaughlin’s side are no strangers to the atmosphere of the cup final. While they may have the advantage here in terms of experience, the game could go either way depending if the pressure gets to key players, like Emma Allen, Mollie Devine and Sarah Black.

Both sides would greatly appreciate all forms of encouragement at the match, so why not come down and support?