Andy Britton leads the charge for Brigade to life Sam McConnell Memorial Cup

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Brigade might have declined the opportunity to play off for the North West Premiership title, but they secured their second piece of silverware in the space of eight days on Sunday.

Andy Britton and Iftikhar Hussain both struck quickfire half-centuries as the Beechgrove men beat Donemana to win the Sam McConnell Memorial Cup final.

The pair managed to upstage Donemana’s Andy McBrine who looked to have played a match-winning innings of 93.

The Ireland international struck 10 fours and five sixes and faced just 45 balls as Donemana piled up 163 for seven in 15 overs.

Ricky-Lee Dougherty also contributed 45 but Britton limited the damage against his former club by taking four for 27 in three overs.

Donemana might have thought they had a winning total but Brigade made a mockery of that as Hussain and Britton blasted a second-wicket partnership of 96. Hussain hit 76 from only 42 balls including seven fours and three sixes.

Britton was even more severe on the Donemana attack, his unbeaten 56 coming from 25 balls and including six fours and three sixes.

It was so comfortable for Brigade that they made it home with 12 balls to spare.

Donemana were due to play Eglinton in the Faughan Valley final later in the afternoon but the rain became too heavy. The trophy went to Donemana, the Senior Cup winners triumphing 2-1 in a bowl-out.

In the NCU the Junior One title race was settled in the rain at The Lawn. Waringstown seconds defeated Civil Service North by 27 runs to earn a share of the title with Muckamore seconds.

That completes a remarkable season for the villagers, whose first eleven have already been crowned Premier League champions. The thirds also won their league.

Waringstown rounded off their Premier League campaign with an eight-wicket victory over Instonians on Saturday.