It’s advantage Brigade after the end of another rain affected day at Eglinton in the North West Senior Cup final.

The Beechgrove side did well to add 92 runs to their overnight 126 for 4 to gain what could well prove to be a crucial 48-runs first innings advantage.

Simon Dunn (3-23) removed dangerous hitters Andy Britton (19) and David Murdock (6), and when Jamie Millar trapped former team mate Ross Allen for 39, Brigade’s lead was just 24.

Successful appeal by Jamie Millar

However Ryan Barr (29*) and Ryan Macbeth plundered 24 runs from the last two overs to seize the initiative.

Macbeth then removed Jamie Millar and Scott Adair cheaply, while Nick Donnell bowled first innings Craig Averill for 0, to further tighten their grip on proceedings.

Tommy Orr (33*) is still there along with Robbie Miillar (11*) as Eglinton moved to 66 for 3 in the 17th over – a lead of 18 - before a torrential downpour saw play abandoned in mid-afternoon.

Play continues on Sunday at 11am. 

 NORTH WEST SENIOR CUP FINAL

Eglinton 1st innings 170-7 (C Averill 46, A Millar 41 not out; R Macbeth 3-26)

BRIGADE 1st INNINGS
(overnight 126-4, D Barr 60)
R Allen lbw b J Millar 39
A Britton c A Millar b Dunn 19
D Murdock c J Millar b Dunn 6
R Barr not out 29
R Macbeth not out 3
Extras 21
Total (7 wkts, 50 overs) 218

Fall: 1-39 2-56 3-107 4-123 5-156 6-180 7-194

Bowling: M Mills 3-0-23-0, L Ritchie 6-1-12-1, R Wylie 10-1-45-2, R Millar 9-0-53-0, A Millar 1-0-10-0, S Dunn 10-2-23-3, C Averill 10-1-34-0, J Millar 1-0-9-1

EGLINTON 2nd INNINGS
T Orr not out 33
J Millar lbw b Macbeth 2
S Adair c Olphert b Macbeth 9
C Averill b Donnell 0
R Millar not out 11
Extras 11
Total (3 wkts, 16.5 overs) 66
Fall: 1-5 2-35 3-46

Bowling: A Britton 4-0-12-0, R Macbeth 6-0-29-2, N Donnell 4-0-17-1,
R Allen 2-0-5-0, I Hussain 0.5-0-1-0

Continues today at 11am.