Impressive Brigade Win Euro League Group
Brigade will return to the Costa Del Sol next month to compete in European League finals week after a superb effort saw them win their Group in Malaga this afternoon.
It was nothing more than Andy Britton’s men deserved, and having lost their first match against Griffins on Monday morning, they rattled off eight wins on the bounce after that to clinch the honours.
Amazingly, four of those wins came against Royal Tigers of Budapest, including two on Friday’s final day.
The Beechgrove boys were in fine form in the morning Qualifier where they accounted for the Tigers for the third time this week, meaning they went straight into the afternoon’s decider.
Skipper Britton showed his quality with the bat as he top scored with 48 in a total of 120-6, hitting 5 sixes and 2 fours in a 22-ball knock. Adam McDaid, who has had a superb tournament, chipped in with 29- that pair sharing a 64-run stand for the third wicket.
Zahir Safi anchored the reply hitting 4 sixes and 2 fours in an unbeaten 44 but ‘Britz’ ensured his side kept the advantage as he picked up 2-23. A wicket apiece for the Barr brothers David and Ryan as well as one for Ifti restricted the Hungarians to 100-5 in their reply.
The Waterside men then went and put their feet up while the Tigers took on Griffins in the final qualifier, emerging from that to set up contest number four between the teams.
And in a high scoring decider it was to be more of the same as the North West side timed their chase really well to book their flights back to the sun in four weeks’ time.
The Tigers posted a very competitive 122-4 from their 10 in the final with Zeeshan Kukikhel hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes in a whirlwind 33 at the top of the order. Abhishek Kheterpal smashed 3 sixes and a four in his 31 with Stan Ahuja chipping in with a valuable 28.
It looked for a few overs that the batting side might get away to a bigger score, but the bowling side fought back well with Britton’s 2-29 the pick of them.
Graeme McCarter (17) and Ryan Macbeth (16) flew out of the traps at the start of Brigade’s chase with 35 coming off the first two overs. Three quick wickets for the Tigers then opened the contest back up before the final say fell to McDaid and Hussain.
That pair posted an unbroken 83-run stand with some superb batting – 4 fours and 3 sixes in Adam’s 18-ball 42* and 3 fours and 2 sixes in Ifti’s 34 not out as Brigade won comfortably.
A fully deserved success with everyone playing their part as the Limavady Road men celebrated a really impressive tournament.