Brigade seal Sam Jeffrey success

Brigade won the Sammy Jeffrey Shield for the first time on Saturday afternoon following a 98-run victory over Coleraine at Newbuildings.

Andy Britton’s men had taken a narrow, 14-run lead into day two courtesy of the skipper’s century on Friday and they piled on the pressure at the very start of the second innings.

David Barr made 70 (6 fours, 4 sixes), Adam McDaid 35 and Iftikhar Hussain 27 as Brigade raced to 124-1 after 23 overs; a lead of 137 overall.

Back came the Bannsiders however and Rory Knox (3-48), Ravi Karunaratne (2-33), and Stephen Hutchinson (2-54) saw the next five wickets fall for the addition of just 43 runs.

At 167-6 it was anyone’s game, however Jamie Millar’s 62 at Number 8 put the Waterside men firmly back in the driving seat. Millar hit 5 fours and 4 sixes in his knock and added to his 41 not out on Friday and a couple of solid bowling spells, saw him claim the man-of-the-match award.

In all, Britton’s men added 95 for the last four wickets, leaving the north coast side with a target of 277 to win.

Half centuries for Mattie Hutchinson (55) and Marcus Poskitt (53) had Coleraine on course for an upset at 129-2 at halfway before a flurry of wickets ended the game as a contest.

Three wickets in seven balls between Iftikhar Hussain (3-33) and Millar (2-40) put an end to the batting side’s hopes and although Rory Knox (20) and Stephen Hutchinson (15) offered token resistance, the innings closed on 178.

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