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Barr leads way as Brigade seal perfect weekend


Cool customer: David Barr hit 148 in Brigade’s Cup victory
Cool customer: David Barr hit 148 in Brigade’s Cup victory

By Ian Callender

Brigade charged into the semi-finals of the Senior Cup yesterday to confirm their early-season dominance in the North West.

For the second successive week, Donemana were their victims and although the final margin was only 14 runs, it was an even more emphatic victory than their league success at Beechgrove.

Yesterday, they went into the lions' den at The Holm and piled up 330-8. Donemana could face only 11 overs before rain washed out the match but that was enough to give Brigade victory - only 10 overs needing to be bowled to constitute a match.

Skipper Andy Britton - who else? - took the vital wicket to put the home side on the back foot and they could only reach 40-1 by the time the rain arrived.

Two players who deserved to be on the winning side, however, were David Barr and Kyle Magee. Coming together after the early loss of Ross Allen and Ifti Hussian, they put on 258 for the third wicket with Barr hitting 148, including 14 fours and seven sixes, and 17-year-old Kyle Magee scoring his maiden senior century. He hit 10 fours and five sixes in his 107 from 119 balls.

It completed the perfect weekend for Brigade, who maintained their huge gap at the top of the Long's SuperValu Premiership on Saturday with a five-wicket victory over Eglinton, Allen taking 5-22 as the home side were bowled out for 125.

Donemana were chasing exactly the same total at Strabane but lost only four wickets, with Bilawal Iqbal seeing them home with 53 not out.

Bready are now four points behind Donemana in third place after a low-scoring victory against Ballyspallen.

After a delayed start, the champions were bowled out for 111 with Jamie Magee scoring half of them, but it proved more than enough as Bready skipper David Scanlon came on second change and removed his Warriors team-mate Brendon Louw in his second over and six overs later had figures of 5-19, with Ballyspallen dismissed for just 74.

The most exciting finish on Saturday was at Sandel Lodge where Glendermott claimed a second successive win.

Coleraine, with six wickets left, needed just 26 from the last six overs but Keshan Wijerathne broke the 43-run partnership and Gordon Cooke took two wickets in the 38th of the 40 overs. Brother David Cooke was on a hat-trick in the next over and Gordon completed the comeback with the last wicket from the final ball.

All four quarter-finals in the Gallagher Challenge Cup were washed out on Saturday and NCU officials will meet tonight to confirm that the semi-finals, due to be played on Saturday week, will be put back a week to allow the games to go ahead on Sunday, June 30. Next weekend is ruled out due to the T20 inter-pro festival in Dublin.

NORTH WEST SENIOR CUP Q-FINAL: Brigade 330-8 (D Barr 148, K Magee 107, A Britton 23; A McBrine 3-74, B Iqbal 2-54) Donemana 40-1 (11 overs). Brigade won by runs (DLS).

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