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Brigade continue march towards retaining North West Senior Cup after smashing Glendermott

 

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Brigade skipper Andy Britton

Brigade skipper Andy Britton

Brigade skipper Andy Britton

Brigade remain on course to retain the North West Senior Cup after an emphatic eight wickets victory over Glendermott yesterday in the final round of group games in the Long's SuperValu T20 Championship.

Last year's double winners needed less than 10 overs to pass their noisy neighbours' 94 all out at The Rectory and confirm top spot in Group 2.

They will be joined in tomorrow's semi-final draw by T20 Cup holders Donemana, who won Group 4 despite their final match being abandoned, Coleraine, who had already sealed Group 1 last week, and Bready.

Coleraine failed to get on the field for their game against runners-up Eglinton yesterday, one of three matches which failed to start, which included the Group 3 decider at Ballymagorry between Fox Lodge and Bready, denying the home side the chance of overtaking their opponents.

All four games started late, with the Limavady Road derby reduced to 16 overs, but Brigade needed only 13.4 overs to bowl out Glendermott with skipper Andy Britton, despite bowling off only four paces because of a groin strain, wrapping up the innings with four wickets for two runs in his two overs.

The home side, thanks to a sensational start by Scott Laird, who hit 41 off 15 balls with five sixes and two fours, were 52-1 after four overs, but Ifti Hussain had the opener caught at long-on from his first ball and they lost their last six wickets for eight runs.

With dark clouds looming, Brigade were in a hurry and David Murdock, promoted to open, did his job with 46 off 17 balls, which included four sixes - one of which cleared the clubhouse and another hit a car.

With Ryan Hunter he added 75 in just six overs before he was bowled by Gordon Montgomery just four short of victory.

Brigade had to win to top the group because Newbuildings stayed on their tails to the end, impressively chasing 180 to beat St Johnston with two overs to spare in another 16 overs contest.

It was actually plain sailing after an opening stand of 110 in seven overs between Gareth McKeegan (63 with seven fours and three sixes) and Mark Hanna (45 with five sixes and two fours) and Johnny Thompson and Ross Dougherty then added 53 in five overs for the third wicket, leaving just 13 more to secure the win.

Earlier, 15-year-old Ireland international Scott Macbeth hit 54 not out, with four sixes and four fours, in the Saints' 179-4.

Killyclooney's hopes of repeating their home success and overtaking Donemana were dashed by a deluge which ended their game at The Holm after eight overs although they were already up against it after losing two wickets in the first over and being reduced to 59-5.

Belfast Telegraph