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Eglinton's win delays Brigade bid to capture a third trophy

 

By Ian Callender

Brigade must wait until Saturday for a chance to claim their third trophy of the season after Eglinton defeated Bready yesterday to delay the Premiership celebrations.

Eglinton's six wickets victory leaves the Beechgrove side, who claimed a facile 226 runs victory in the Senior Cup final on Saturday, needing a maximum of seven points from their final three league games so they can clinch the trophy with a 12th straight win at Donemana this weekend.

The cup final turned into a non-event after Andy Britton's decision not to enforce the follow-on, but no one in the Brigade camp cared a jot when the skipper lifted the trophy for the second year in a row on Saturday.

Britton was determined not to bat last in the two-day contest, so even with a lead of 166, and despite Glendermott having been bowled out for 139 in their first innings, the plan was always to add to their huge advantage.

"Just in case they got 250-300 in their second innings, that was the reason I didn't ask them to bat again," confirmed Britton. "I didn't want to chase even 80 or 100, I just wanted to put the game to bed."

Britton took advantage of the declaration rule in the final, and pulled out after 42 overs of their second innings, setting Glendermott a notional 443 to win.

"I asked the umpires to tell me when there was half an hour left before lunch so we could get at them," added the skipper.

That plan worked as well as Glendermott went into lunch at 18-3 although it rendered the last 45 overs a total bore as the noisy neighbours on the Limavady Road were not going to hand them an early finish.

"Gordon Cooke actually said to me 'you batted again so we'll keep you out for the whole 50 overs'. So I just asked the boys 'who wants to bowl?'

He gave everyone the opportunity with even wicket keeper Gareth McKeegan taking his pads off and the only reason all 11 didn't bowl was because David Murdock had injured his groin when batting.

SCORES

LONG'S SUPERVALU PREMIERSHIP

Eglinton: Bready 124 (38 overs, R Dougherty 38, R Kelly 20; Si Dunn 3-21, L Ritchie 2-16, J Millar 2-17, St Dun 2-26) Eglinton 126-4 (22.3 overs, T Orr 57, J Millar 25; R Dougherty 2-20). Eglinton won by 6 wickets.

SENIOR CUP FINAL

Eglinton: Brigade 305-8 (J Thompson 66, A Britton 61, D Murdock 31) and 276-8 dec (K Magee 46, I Hussain 44, A Britton 42 not out, J Thompson 41; S Moore 5-64) Glendermott 139 (A Johnson 37, S Laird 30; R Gaur 3-28) and 216-7 (G Cooke 74 not out, A Johnson 36, R Barr 31 not out, D Cooke 26; R Gaur 3-25, R MacBeth 2-27). Brigade won by 226 runs.

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