Waringstown stun Brigade as Addicott smashes hundred
Despite the inconvenience of a delayed start the match at Beechgrove was a cracker as runs flowed on what appeared to be a damp, green track.
To their credit the Brigade pitch has played really well all season and the batsmen were soon in charge as the hosts batted first. They lost Mattie Moran early doors but Gareth McKeegan looked in superb touch as he took on the holders' attack. It has to be said that the NCU lads certainly didn't bowl or field like a champion outfit as several chances were spilled and runs aplenty conceded on the floor as well and the batsmen made the most of their reprieves.
McKeegan and Iftikhar Hussain put on 75 for the second wicket before the former received a juicy full toss from Kyle McCallan that he could have put wherever he wanted and he chose to lob it straight back to the retired Irish International. His 59 contained 8 fours and 3 sixes but Brigade retained the impetus as Hussain then joined up with Johnny Thompson.
That pair looked likely to take the game away from Waringstown as they reached 183 for 2 with 8 overs left however Hussain then went for 71 (8 fours and a six) before Thompson fell for a thoroughly entertaining 89 that included 8 fours and 5 sixes. The North West champions then lost quick wickets in a vain attempt to keep the rate going and the curtain finally fell with the total on 245 for 7, still a monumental looking ask for the visitors.
Waringstown weren't in the mood to give up their title easily however and Simon Harrison (39), James Hall (20) and Lee Nelson (31) gave them a solid if unspectacular start. While there may have been few fireworks early on however they were about to arrive in the shape of the visitors' overseas professional Glen Addicott.
With his side 123 for 3 and overs running out the South African was savage on the Brigade bowlers while McCallan kept watch at the other end. Addicott blasted 5 sixes in one Harry Chappell over and didn't waste anything that Nick Donnell or Dale Culbert served him up either in a show of power hitting.
Such was his dominance that when McCallan fell to Johnny Thompson for 35 he was replaced by David Dawson and in the 34 runs between there and victory, Dawson's share was 1.
In all the South African smashed 10 sixes and 4 fours in an innings that lasted 75 balls and was unbeaten on 116 as Waringstown progressed with 6 wickets and an over to spare.
To be fair to them Brigade didn't do much wrong here, they just found Addicott in uncompromising form and with the two sides set to meet again next week in the Ulster Cup they will be hoping to find a way through a bit quicker then.