Home advantage for Brigade in final
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
BRIGADE will have home advantage in the North West Senior Cup final on Saturday with cup specialists and fierce Donemana the visitors.
It will be the sixth time the teams have met in the decider and Brigade will be aiming to break the habit of lifetime and come out on the winning side for the first time.
The previous five deciders – the first back in 1965 - have, of course, been two innings games but this year it could hardly be more different, a 20-over match will decide the winners of the 132-year old competition.
Still, there is no doubt the best two teams are in the final – their semi-final victories could hardly have been more comfortable.
Donemana took a wicket with the second ball of their game against Coleraine and 19.4 overs later Coleraine could total only 96-8 with veteran David Cooke needing to hit three sixes in some late resistance just to get them that far.
Cooke finished 41 not out and received good support from Will Smale (30) but Ireland international Andy McBrine, Levi Dougherty and Jordan McGonigle each finished with two wickets, all for less than 20 runs.
Donemana took only 13.5 overs to pass the total thanks to Gary McClintock’s 34, which included three sixes and two fours and a quick 24 from McBrine. The T20 Cup holders lost two late wickets but still had five to spare at the winning post.
Brigade, batting first, had the huge margin of 86 runs against Bready as skipper Andy Britton starred with bat and ball, hitting 47 not out and then taking 3-10, including a double wicket maiden as the home side were 0-2 at the end of the first over.
The Senior Cup holders piled up 156-5 with Ifti Hussain chipping in with 43 and Ryan Hunter 32 which was still more than twice as many as any Bready batsman could muster; their top score was 15 as Colin Dixon and Ryan Macbeth also took two wickets.
The second place finishers in the group stages of the T20 Championship went through to the semi-finals of the Faughan Valley Cup and Newbuildings and Fox Lodge will contest the final on Saturday week, after victories over Eglinton and Killyclooney respectively.
The Sam Jeffrey Shield final on Saturday will be between Ballyspallen and Burndennett while Ardmore will meet Glendermott in the Eric Cooke Cup decider after the Bleachgreen side won a bowl-out yesterday against Strabane 2-0.
Conor King and Jared Wilson were the successful bowlers after two attempts to play the game were foiled by a waterlogged pitch.