Brigade see off Newbuildings to reach Senior Cup decider

Brigade will meet Eglinton in this season’s senior cup final after the Beechgrove side posted a narrow 3-wicket win over Newbuildings in Saturday’s semi-final. It was very much a team effort from the hosts who just about fended off a fiery spell from former player Johnny Thompson as they successfully chased down the visitors total of 185.

‘JT’ really seemed to relish the occasion as he picked up 4-36 to force his team into the match and with Brigade still needing 33 runs with only 3 wickets in hand, the game was in the balance most of the way. Skipper Andy Britton made an unbeaten 22 (2 sixes) however as he and Ryan Macbeth (12 not out) guided them home with bits to spare.

A half century from Adam McDaid (8 fours, 1 six) and 33 from Kyle Magee looked to have the 2018 double winners well on their way, however Thompson’s burst kept Newbuildings’ big support in fine voice right to the end.

Earlier, Mark Hanna’s 45 and 42 from Ross Hunter had helped the visitors to their competitive total, with cameos from Ben Mills (22) and Gareth McKeegan (21).

Ross Allen was easily the pick of the home attack- the left arm spinner returning figures of 2-9 from his 10 overs. David Barr (2-26), skipper Britton (2-46) and Macbeth (2-27) were also on target as Brigade advanced to the showpiece weekend.

Glendermott are through to the Sammy Jeffrey decider where they will face Strabane; Nauman Anwar continuing his remarkable summer as he made a 74-ball unbeaten 150 in a 9-wicket win at St Johnston. The Pakistani batsman also scored a century as the two teams tied in last weekend’s original match, but there was to be no repeat here.

Anwar thumped 18 fours and 9 sixes, sharing an unbroken second wicket stand of 87 with Todd Killen who made 42 not out. He also dominated a 125-run opening partnership with Bob Robinson who scored 15.

David Macbeth (61 not out) and Alan Macbeth (50) had earlier top scored for the Saints in their total of 210-8 with Steve Moore (2-44) faring best with the ball for Glendermott.

Both finals have been set for the weekend 10th and 11th September- the senior final to take place at Eglinton with a toss of coin to take place on Monday coming to decide the venue for the Sammy Jeffrey decider.

Elsewhere, Donemana beat Ardmore by 36 runs in a rearranged game which had a distinct end of season feel with both teams missing key players and juggling their batting orders.

Mark Moore (26) and Joe Robinson (25) got starts, but Donemana were wobbling at 76 for 6, when Gary McClintock went on the offensive. He hit 5 sixes and 3 fours in a top score of 60 from just 37 balls before he was well caught by Dharam Singh off the bowling of Sean Gormley.

Billy Dougherty and Graeme Boyd (34) then shared an eight wicket stand of 79 in ten overs to take Donemana to 217, despite a five-wicket haul for Rachit Gaur.

Ardmore too lost early wickets to slip to 52 for 4, with South Africans Tyron Koen (5) and Jared Wilson (0) both trapped lbw.

The ever-consistent pairing of Dharam Singh (57) and Rachit Gaur (52) shared a fifth wicket stand of 79, and at 131 for 4, the pendulum had swung back towards Ardmore.  However former Irish international Jordan McGonigle accounted for Singh, the third lbw of the innings, and he went to claim the wicket of Gaur as well, finishing with 4 for 22. Sean Gormley (27) struck a few lusty blows, but Donemana prevailed, winning the lacklustre match by 36 runs.

In the Championship Bonds Glen piled on the runs as they beat Burndennett by 134. Overseas professional Rehan Afridi got them off to a fast start as he hit a 17-ball 35 which included 3 sixes and fours.

Raymond Curry was once again in the runs as he top-scored with 58, sharing a third wicket stand of 79 with teenager Sam Kincaid (40). Derek Curry then inflicted further punishment of the tiring Burndennett attack as he hit 5 sixes and 4 fours in a 23-ball half-century as the Bee Gees posted an imposing 290 for8.

Mark Pollock (57*) and skipper Marty Mehaffey (50) both scored fifties in the chase, but that man Raymond Curry was once again in the centre of things as he took four wickets for 23, and with Matty Barr taking 3 for 50, the home side ran out emphatic 134-run winners.

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