Nightmare week for Brigade as they lose four

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IT’S BEEN a nightmare week for Brigade in North-West cricket circles, the men from Beechgrove having lost four games in the space of five days to crash out of the Faughan Valley Cup and lose ground in their title quest.

Donemana followed up their midweek win at Glendermott by reaching the semi-final of the Northern Bank Senior Cup, edging out fellow Tyrone side Fox Lodge in a real ‘nip and tuck’ affair.

But Strabane are four points clear at the summit of Senior One by virtue of a thumping 96 run win at home on Saturday against Brigade. Their inspirational South African captain, Jonathan Beukes, scoring another century as he put beleaguered Brigade to the sword.

Bond’s Glen, meanwhile, created a piece of North-West history when they fielded an overseas professional for the first time, but despite the best efforts of Sri Lankan, Gihan Dilruk, they remain pointless at the foot of the table after losing heavily at Eglinton.

In Senior Two, Ardmore remain unbeaten after winning a close encounter at Burndennett, but two wins over the weekend for Creevedonnell puts them right back in the promotion race.

The cup semi-finals dominate the fixture schedule next weekend with Strabane hosting Bready on Saturday, while Donemana entertain Coleraine on Sunday.

There’s also a scheduled league game between the pair, while Brigade have home advantage over Eglinton and Fox Lodge travel to The Rectory to take on Glendermott.