Thompson and Moran star as Brigade beat Strabane
The continued absence of Niall McDonnell and the inability to secure a last minute replacement for professional Faisal Iqbal proved to be the difference as Strabane were unable to defend 250 on a spendid track at Beechgrove.
Peter Gillespie had batted superbly striking 15 boundaries in his 80 to help Strabane post 250 for 8, although they had looked on course for 275-280 which may have been enough.
Mark Gillespie hit 6 fours and a six in his 53, while there were useful knocks from Mono Sharma (26) and Derek Lynch (18).
For Brigade there were two wickets apiece for Ifty Hussain (2-44), Johnny Thompson (2-50), and Trevor Britton (2-53).
In reply Marty Deans struck two early blows dismissing Harry Chappell for 3 and Hussain for 10 to leave Brigade on 29 for 2.
Regular openers Mattie Moran and Gareth McKeegan then added 108 to put the home side firmly in the driving seat.
McKeegan hit 7 fours and a six in his 45, while Moran (78) crashed 11 fours and a six, before both were trapped lbw by Aaron Gillespie (2-32).
The crucial moment came shortly after. when Thompson on six was caught on the deep midwicket boundary by Aaron Gillespie, but unfortunately for the youngster he stepped over the line when completing the catch, and from then on Thompson dominated the run chase.
He hit 7 fours and 3 sixes, sharing an unbroken 5th wicket stand of 90 with Trevor Britton (20*).