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Dixon is the difference as Brigade book last four tie

By Ian Callender

Published 27/06/2016

On target: Ryan Eagleson, who took two wickets, bowling for Carrickfergus in their Premier League defeat against Waringstown at The Lawn. Waringstown yesterday followed up with a bowl-out success to reach the semi-finals of the O'Neill's Ulster Cup
On target: Ryan Eagleson, who took two wickets, bowling for Carrickfergus in their Premier League defeat against Waringstown at The Lawn. Waringstown yesterday followed up with a bowl-out success to reach the semi-finals of the O'Neill's Ulster Cup

Brigade bounced back from their Senior Cup semi-final defeat on Saturday to reach the last four of the O’Neill’s Ulster Cup with a 12 runs victory over Civil Service North at Stormont.

Chris Dixon hit Ben Adair for 17 from five balls in the last over and that ultimately proved the difference because CSN managed only eight from the final over of the match, bowled by Brigade skipper Andy Britton.

But there was double disappointment for Bready as they followed up their semi-final defeat to Coleraine with a penultimate ball loss to North at Comber yesterday as Pieter Malan won the match with an undefeated 83.

Malan hit five fours and four sixes and faced 62 balls in a perfectly paced innings but it was slow in comparison to Kyle Hamilton’s whirlwind 81 for Bready which included 10 fours and two sixes from just 46 balls.

Just as important as Dixon’s last over heroics for Brigade was team-mate David Murdock’s 34 from 20 balls with three fours and two sixes as the Beechgrove side scored 76 from the last seven overs.

Brigade must return to the NCU for their semi-final next Sunday after being drawn against holders North Down while Ardmore will host Waringstown in the other game after both teams progressed via bowl-outs with no play possible in the North West yesterday.

Waringstown did not even travel to Strabane but, on their home pitch, they were successful with professional Cobus Piennar on target with both his attempts, while Ardmore knocked out CIYMS.

The North West Cup final will be between Donemana and Coleraine, the latter ending a run of five semi-final defeats in the last five years with a nine wickets victory over Bready and Donemana  staying on course for a fifth successive triumph with a five wickets defeat of Brigade.

In the Ulster Bank Premier League, defending champions Waringstown made it four wins out of four with a 67 runs success over Carrickfergus. Instonians are now their closest challengers after beating Lisburn by 121 runs but CIYMS’ weekend started as it finished with defeat, by eight wickets at North Down to leave them propping up the table.

Meanwhile, Paul Stirling received a boost ahead of next month’s vital ODI series against Afghanistan when he was presented with his county cap before Middlesex’s Championship game against Lancashire.

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