It's senior cup final day this coming Saturday and although much of the build-up has been curtailed as a result of the ongoing pandemic, that will matter little to players and supporters of Brigade and Donemana.

We might be playing one innings as opposed to two and 20 overs instead of 50 but the fact is that the North West has been rewarded for taking a punt on their blue riband competition by ending up with the final that everyone wants to see.

Brigade, the current league and cup holders against the team who in the early part of the last decade broke their hearts on an annual basis on showpiece weekend. The odds are probably against William McClintock's men who will be taking on the champions in their own back yard, but if you know Donemana you'll know how much they enjoy being the underdog.

(Cup final captains Andy Britton and William McClintock)

In fairness, both teams were given a stern test by Championship opponents in their qualifying groups; the home side almost worried out of it by Newbuildings while the Tyrone outfit only saw the back of Killyclooney in the final game of six. It is when the chips are down though that this pair seem to thrive.

McClintock's side is much the same as last season except for Andrew Riddles and an overseas pro while the availability of the skipper's twin brother, Gary, has been a factor in their charge to the final. And William was insistent this week that travelling to the Limavady Road venue was little inconvenience for his side.

"We are happy enough going into Beechgrove to play Brigade as we have a decent record in there to be honest.

"I think it is also a good venue for a final so we donít have any concerns about that.

"I expect we'll be more or less unchanged from our match against Coleraine and everyone should be available. Weíve chopped and changed about this year player wise particularly at the start of the season due to players being unavailable through work.

"Having the same team from an impressive win against a strong Coleraine side will do us the world of good on Saturday.

"There's no reason why we canít win it- we'll certainly give it a good rattle and try our hardest to bring back the seniour cup to Donemana."

Also on Saturday, Burndennett are involved in cup final action as they go to Ballyspallen to contest the Sammy Jeffrey Shield.

It has been another excellent season for Mark Mooney's men and they will feel they have little to fear from the Premiership outfit.

'Dennett's batting has held up really well throughout the shortened campaign with skipper Mooney, Ross McCay, Mark Pollock and Mark Doherty all among the runs.

Gary Neely has led the attack with his usual vigour and this is another game that could easily go either way.

Both finals start at 2pm on Saturday with Sunday set as a reserve date in case of bad weather.

Matches can go down as far as 5 overs a side, even at the first attempt, however If no result is possible on either day, a bowl-out will be used to determine a winner.