Bready and Brigade claim Sam McConnell Cup wins

Bready’s Women’s team and Brigade’s men’s side started the 2022 season in the same way they finished 2021 this afternoon, collecting the first trophies of the new campaign- the Sam McConnell Charity Cups.

Despite the weekend rain the two games were played in idyllic conditions at the Rectory with Alana Dalzell’s side striking first as they saw off Fox Lodge in the early start.

A half-century partnership between Abbie McKnight (33) and Kayleigh Barnard (29) helped the Magheramason side post a competitive 93-4 from their 20 overs. The pair batted really well despite Lucy Neely (2-22) and Mollie Devine (1-7) bowling 8 solid overs between them.

The Foxies never really got going in reply, skipper Devine (12) the only player to make double figures in a total of 48-8 in their 20.

Alana Dalzell returned superb figures of 3-4 from her 3 overs with Mansi Bhavsar bowling well to claim 3-14 in a comfortable win for last season’s league and cup double winners.

The second game also resulted in a fairly straightforward win after Brigade restricted Eglinton to 98 all out in the men’s final.

It took a late, rearguard action from Richard Wylie (30) and Dylan McElhatton (16) to get the villagers that far- two wickets each for Ryan Barr, David Barr, Iftikhar Hussain and Ryan Macbeth doing the damage for the Irish T20 champions.

Brigade’s reply started very brightly with Ifti (36) and David Barr (13) putting on 42 for the opening stand. Jack Martin (3-11) and Wylie (2-28) gave Eglinton some hope when they claimed a flurry of quick wickets, however Graeme McCarter steered his side home with an unbeaten 36 as they won by 5 wickets in the penultimate over.

A crowd of around 250 was treated to a really good day’s cricket, especially after Saturday’s washout, as the season really starts to click into gear.


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