Brigade into Euro League eliminator

Brigade will have to do things the hard way if they are to qualify for tomorrow’s European Cricket League Grand Final after another mixed bag of results in Friday’s group phase.


Three defeats and a win over Sweden’s Alby Zamli mean that Andy Britton’s team will face Brescia CC in a morning eliminator with the winners of that playing the losers of the Pak I Care v Tunbridge Wells qualifier for a place in the decider.


It’s a tough ask for the North West side who haven’t managed to beat either of the top two in four tries so far this week. That said, it would be no surprise to see an improved showing from Brigade in the knock-out phase and they will feel they are far from finished yet.


Friday’s early morning game saw Britton’s men beaten by Tunbridge Wells for the second successive match. Graeme McCarter’s unbeaten 33 (5 fours and a six) helped Brigade to a total of 49-3 as they batted first in this one. Dave Smith’s 36 not out however ensured the English champions were able to ease to a 9-wicket win with 11 balls to spare.


McCarter was at it again in Match 2 as he clubbed 4 sixes and 2 fours in his 38 against Catalunian outfit Pak I Care. David Murdock added 23*- the two openers batting the full 5 overs with McCarter run out off the final delivery in a score of 62-1.


Considering that the pair took 38 runs off the first 10 deliveries, 62 was probably below par, and so it proved. Muhammad Kamran (27* off 12 balls including 4 sixes) and Muhammad Isan (14*) posted an unbroken 46 run partnership in 18 balls that saw the Spanish champions home for an 8-wicket success.


The Limavady Road side then found Alby Zamli more to their liking in the lunchtime game. Murdock smashed 4 sixes and a four in his 15-ball 33*, while Iftikhar Hussain hit 3 sixes and a four in his 30* as Brigade posted 72-1 from their 5 overs.


Sami Khalil’s late 17 not out was best of Zamli’s reply of 56- some excellent bowling from Ryan Barr (2-5), Ryan Macbeth (2-14) and David Barr (1-4) sealing the win.


A busy day ended with a bizarre loss- Brigade restricted to just 44-4 by Pak I Care- with 17 of those coming in the last over.


PIC needed just 8 deliveries to knock off the required runs; Jack Hall going for 38 in his first over of the competition (5 sixes, 3 wides and a no-ball that went for 4 leg byes). Fair play to Jack for putting his hand up but it was all a bit light hearted as the Spaniards qualified in style for the early game on Saturday morning.


The competition now looks set to return to its original 10-over format for Finals Day. That will be good news for the North West club for sure.


Tomorrow, as they say, is a new day.Brigade have to settle for Euro League eliminator

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