Brigade relishing Day 2 challenge

It’s another early start for Brigade on Friday morning ahead of four more 5-over games that will decide the line-up for Saturday’s European Cricket League finals.

The Beechgrove side are first on again with an 8am start against a Tunbridge Wells side that were impressive in their 25-run win over Andy Britton’s team on Thursday. After that Brigade will play Pak I Care for the first time at 10am, Alby Zalmi at 1pm and finish their group phase against the Spanish champions again at 4pm.

It was a case of ‘honours even’ after Thursday’s matches, however skipper Andy Britton knows just how big of an advantage it would be if they were able to claim one of the two top spots in the table by tomorrow evening.

Those top two will play off on Saturday morning with the winners of that going straight into the Grand Final later in the day. The loser of that qualifier then has a second bite at making the final as they play the winner of the 3rd v 4th qualifier on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a mixed day for sure but the two losses were heavy and we will go back tonight and talk about that and try to fix things” said the skipper.

“We have four more games tomorrow and we’ll be aiming to do what we did in the group phase and finish strongly. If we can win 3-4 of those matches that would get us into the top two but even if we don’t, I still believe we have enough about us to come through the play-offs as well.”

Iftikhar Hussain was again one of Brigade’s standout players and the former Pakistan ‘A’ man admitted that they had changed things as they went between games today.

“Five overs is no time at all so you have to adapt. After our first game we changed things around- Andy suggested I bowl first up to try to keep things tight and I was happy to do that.”

“Full and straight with pace off worked best throughout the day but with the innings being so short you literally have to take a ball by ball approach.”

“We’re in an OK position going into Friday and the two wins in the middle of the day helped us get a bit of momentum. It’s definitely still all to play for.”


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