Alistair Bushe (News Letter)
ANYONE at Beechgrove on Saturday would have seen the good, the bad and the downright ugly from Brigade.
Their Bob Kerr Irish Cup match against Instonians was billed as one of the ties of the round, but instead it turned into a rout. Instonians cantered home with almost embarrassing ease, chasing down Brigade's modest 183 for the loss of just one wicket and with almost 16 overs to spare.
But it all looked so different earlier in the day. Niall McDonnell and Chris Dougherty provided the home team with the most dynamic of starts, adding 88 in less than 16 overs with the Instonians bowling getting hit to all corners of Beechgrove.
But once Dougherty became the first of five victims for South African Davey Jacobs, Brigade collapsed in spectacular fashion, losing five wickets for just 14 runs.
Without being disrespectful to Jacobs, he is primarily a batsman, and his gentle part-time medium pacers should not be ripping the heart out of any top order.
Youngster Ben Wylie took the decisive scalp of McDonnell who struck eight fours and four sixes in his 86 from just 83 balls. McDonnell apart, Brigade were abject until a late flurry from Ryan Brace (23) helped them scramble to a mediocre 183 all out.
They failed to use more than 10 overs of the innings, with Jacobs claiming five for 37, Andrew White two for 31 and Wylie two for 16.
Johnny Thompson gave Brigade a flicker of hope when he bowled John Stevenson with the fourth ball of the Instonians innings, but from there Rory McCann and Jacobs dominated the home bowling with embarrassing ease.
Jacobs finished one run ahead of his partner, with his unbeaten 91 coming from 101 balls and containing 13 boundaries. McCann's 90 also came from 101 balls and he struck exactly the same number of boundaries.