Brigade face Donemana in NW Senior Cup final
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
FOR the first time since 2014, Brigade and Donemana will meet in the North West Senior Cup final as they extended the remarkable sequence of at least one of them being in every final since 2008.
Next Saturday’s final, at Beechgrove, between last year’s double winners Brigade and the team that won the cup six years in a row from 2012, may be only a T20 match but for the players it will make no difference, it’s the chance to win another Senior Cup medal.
Brigade recovered from losing David Barr to the first ball of the match to post 156-5 with Ifti Hussain taking advantage of two lives to hit 43 and skipper Andy Britton clubbing three sixes in his unbeaten 47.
Bready’s start was even worse, however, with Britton matching opposite number Davy Scanlon’s first-ball wicket and then taking another with his third ball before the home side had managed a run. It got even worse as they collapsed to 25 for six before taking the game into the 19th over but still lost by 86 runs.
Donemana, batting second at home to Coleraine, had five wickets to spare but it wasn’t that close. They won in the 14th over and lost their fourth and fifth wickets with just six runs required.
Graham Hume took two early wickets for the Bannsiders but Andy McBrine hit a quick 24 and Gary McClintock had three sixes and two fours in his 34.
Earlier, McBrine had taken the big wicket of Hume, trapped lbw for six, but Will Smale looked good when hitting five boundaries in his 30 and David Cooke, as reliable as ever, ended 41 not out, including three sixes, one of them a reverse sweep, but a target of 97 was never going to be a problem for Donemana.
In next Saturday’s other final, Ballyspallen will meet Burndennett for the Sam Jeffrey Shield.James Thompson was the match-winner for ‘Spallen, Senior Cup finalists in 2017, with three late wickets as St Johnston needing 36 from the last seven overs with seven wickets left were bowled out 11 runs short.
Killyclooney also faltered at the last over in the Faughan Valley Cup, needing 11 to beat Fox Lodge, Johnny Robinson was the Foxes hero, conceding only six and in the final on Saturday week they will play Newbuildings for whom Johnny Thompson and Jason Dunn shared an unbroken stand of 72 to get the better of Eglinton.