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Cricket: Brigade make final push for league and cup double

Brigade enter the last chance saloon in their bid to complete the league and cup double tomorrow when they take on fellow title hopefuls Bready at Magheramason.

It is 37 years since Ross Torrens led the Beechgrove side to the double but defeat would leave them as far away as ever from emulating the rare feats of Limavady, twice, and Donemana in the last 20 years.

After losing four games by the start of July, the league title was scarcely on the radar for the new-look Brigade but seven straight wins propelled them to the top of the table and after beating Strabane in the Senior Cup final there was double talk on the Limavady Road.

It was Strabane who gained their revenge, however, last weekend when they won the top of the table league clash at Beechgrove to put themselves in pole position to win the championship outright for the first time since 1968.

Bready have never won the Senior One title and most neutrals would love to see David Lecky’s side take their challenge to the final day of the season. They will complete their own double tomorrow if they beat Brigade after their thrilling last over, one wicket win at Beechgrove but, realistically, both teams know that if Strabane win at home to Glendermott today the race is all but over because the Red Caps’ last game, next Saturday, is against St Johnston, who have recorded only one win all season.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Henderson Properties Senior League One (1pm): Bready v Brigade, Coleraine v Limavady, Eglinton v St Johnston, Fox Lodge v Donemana, Strabane v Glendermott.

Belfast Telegraph

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