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Brigade follow up stunning win over rivals with T20 final victory

By Ian Callender

In Senior Cup Final week, Brigade already have a trophy in the Beechgrove clubhouse after beating holders Bready by five wickets in the Faughan Valley T20 Cup decider last night.

With Mark Simpson taking four wickets in his four overs, Bready were bowled out for 139 and Brigade, who now go onto All-Ireland finals day on August 18, won with four balls to spare.

Brigade's Gareth McKeegan was the stand-out performer on Saturday with a stunning 216 not out to take the Senior Cup finalists to a last over win against Donemana at The Holm.

Set 287 to win, McKeegan scored all but 60 of the runs off the bat despite facing just 21 balls more than his five partners in a memorable display of hitting which included 180 in boundaries (21 fours and 16 sixes).

The visitors were 111-4 - William McClintock took all four wickets - but McKeegan was already in charge and then dominated the unbeaten stand of 176, of which Kyle Magee scored 34.

Brigade are still in the bottom half of the table but now just seven points behind Donemana and 22 behind new second place team Strabane who bowled out Coleraine for 93 and won by seven wickets.

It allowed Bready to increase their lead at the top to 48 points after easing past Ardmore's 174 with six wickets and 17 overs to spare. Like McKeegan, David Rankin batted through the innings for a more modest 77.

Ardmore are now 32 points adrift at the bottom after Eglinton leapfrogged Fox Lodge with a nine wickets win at Ballymagorry, reaching their target of 101 in 11.1 overs.

FAUGHAN VALLEY CUP FINAL

The Rectory: Bready 139 (19.1 overs; R Barr 40, A Austin 37; M Simpson 4-22, J Robinson 3-39) Brigade 145-5 (19.2 overs; I Hussain 42 not out, D Barr 38; R Kelly 3-19). Brigade won by 5 wickets.

ERIC COOKE T20 FINAL

The Rectory: Newbuildings 128-8 (20 overs; S Wallace 33, M Hanna 20; E Roberts 2-9, D Robinson 2-28, K Moore 2-31) Bonds Glen 126-9 (20 overs; A Buchanan 22; J Dunn 3-11, T McKeegan 2-27). Newbuildings won by 2 runs.

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