Sides eyeing senior cup glory
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
THE NORTH West Senior Cup may be only a T20 competition this year but it is still the biggest prize in the region and tomorrow, weather permitting, this year’s finalists will be decided.
The famous competition is 132 years old and since its inception it has been a two-innings final. But, unlike the NCU who decided their Challenge Cup competition would not take place this year because club cricket is restricted to 20 overs per side, there were no such qualms from their northern neighbours.
The vote was overwhelming for the four group winners in this season’s T20 Championship to compete for the Senior Cup in the knock-out stages and, even in this extraordinary season, the winners will go into the record books alongside the record-breaking runs of Clooney and Donemana.
It is Brigade who are hoping to continue their winning sequence this year, Andy Britton’s side having won the trophy for the last two years and they are away to Bready tomorrow in a repeat of the 2018 North West T20 final which the Beechgrove side won.
Donemana won the T20 competition last year and so went on to represent North West in the All-Ireland T20 finals. If they beat Coleraine tomorrow they will be one win away from the same stage again this year and in the knowledge they will have won the Senior Cup for the 23rd time – a number only Sion Mills can better.