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Brigade sit fourth after first day of action in Costa Del Sol

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Tough taskmaster: Ifti Hussain caused serious problems for Brescia. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Tough taskmaster: Ifti Hussain caused serious problems for Brescia. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Tough taskmaster: Ifti Hussain caused serious problems for Brescia. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Brigade ended the much-delayed day one of Finals Week at the European Cricket League with a win two, loss two record and fourth place in the standings.

The T10 tournament was due to start on Monday but persistent rain on the Costa del Sol washed out the first three days, forcing the organisers to pack the 20 games  each of the five teams play the others twice — into two days and put back the finals to tomorrow, when only the top four are involved.

The other consequence was the round-robin games are now all F5s (five-over a side).

The All-Ireland champions, who bowled first in all four games, lost their first and last games but enjoyed a revenge victory over Italian champions Brescia and Swedish side Albi Zalmi.

It was a nightmare start for the Brigade batsmen in the opener. Set 69 to win, they could manage only 25 for eight in reply with extras accounting for 14 of those runs, while there were six ducks.

The bowlers restricted Albi Zalmi to 50 for three in match two and, although they lost six wickets, Brigade reached their target with three balls to spare.

Their first afternoon match was the second against Brescia and a change of bowling order paid dividends for the North West side.

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Having conceded 19 and 15 in the first two games, skipper Andy Britton gave the first over to Ifti Hussain and and he took two wickets for just three runs. The Italians never recovered and could total only 39 for eight with Britton also enjoying himself as number four bowler, with figures of two for nine. 

But English champions Tunbridge Wells look to be the side to beat and they hammered 83 off their five overs in the final game of the day and, despite an unbeaten 35 from Hussain, Brigade fell 25 runs short.

Tunbridge Wells, who  Brigade play today at 8am, and Pak I Care, from Barcelona, who they play twice (at 10am and 4pm) start day two with three wins.  


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