Brigade Pen Pics
1. Mattie Moran has firmly established himself in the opening role, forging an effective partnership with Gareth McKeegan. he can be destructive on his day, but has yet to add consistency to his qualities.
To date he played 15 games for Brigade, scoring 415 runs at an average of 27.67.
That includes 4 half centuries, with a highest score of 88. He can appear ponderous in the field, but maybe the motivation of a senior final appearance will shake this apparent lethargy.
He does have safe hands though, not surprising perhaps given his prowess on the rugby field - he has taken five catches.
2. Gareth McKeegan - the powerful left-hander is very similar to Moran in that he has the capability of destroying any attack on his day, but yet again too rarely shows it for the Beechgrove side.
He has scored 428 runs this season at an averages of 23.78, having played in all 18 games. He has three half centuries to his credit, with a highest score of 72.
McKeegan has proved effective behind the stumps, and although not the most aesthetically pleasing of glove-men, he gets the job done.
He has taken 15 catches and four stumpings, and will be hoping to significantly add to that number during the two innings showpiece final.
3.Iftikhar Hussain - 'Ifty' has the epitome of consistency since coming to the North West as a professional back in 1998 with Ardmore. Either opening the innings or batting now at his preferred number three slot, he has the ability to score heavily, as evidenced in his unbeaten hundred in the semi final win against Coleraine.
He has unhappy memories of Cup finals though, being part of the Ardmore side dismissed for 17 against his current employers, while he was also part of the Limavady side steam-rollered by today's opponents Donemana.
The former Pakistan A international has scored 723 runs at a healthy average of 45.19, with four half centuries to his name as well as passing the hundred mark twice - his highest score is an unbeaten 112.
A very competent off spinner with a very effective quicker ball (although it's lost the surprise factor after 15 years) he can be relied on to be very parsimonious.
He has 21 wickets to his name at 19.52, with a best bowling return of 4 for 16 - in addition he has taken 3 catches.
4. Harry Chappell - It's fair to say that it hasn't been the best of campaigns for the former Essex Second XI player, brought in as a late replacement for the former Pakistan Test player Ata-Ur-Rehman who had proved so effective for Brigade in 2011.
A very technically correct player, he has thus far flattered to deceive not scoring the volume of runs that Brigade would haveve hoped for.
One get the feeling though that the big stage of a cup final may just be the catalyst that he might need to showcase his undoubted talent.
He has 219 runs at 21.90, passing 50 just twice with a highest score of 58 not out. With the ball he hasn't featured much since his mauling at the hands of Glen Addicott in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. His five wickets have cost 30.50 with a best bowling return of 3 for 52.
One area where Chappell has excelled is in the field, where he has taken ten catches - his turning effort to dismiss Chinthaka Jayasinghe in the semi-final was probably the game defining moment.
5. Johnny Thompson - 'JT' has been a revelation this season, although maybe surprisingly with the bat rather than the ball.
His excellent campaign has earned him international recoginition in recent weeks, making a return to the Ireland A ranks after a long spell in the wilderness.
He will need no motivation against his former club although at times his over exuberance can detract from his performances. Much will be expected from him especially with the absence of Mark Simpson, and one hopes the burden of responsibility doesn't prove too much for the 29 year old.
The stats show he has 791 runs to his name, with 8 fifties and one century - his highest score is 126.
In addition he has taken 23 wickets at 24.96, with best bowling figures of 4 for 32 - he has also taken 6 catches.
6. Trevor Britton - 'Ted' has reinvented himself from a tailender into a very reliable middle order batsman, providing some much needed steel into the soft underbelly of the Brigade batting line-up.
An effective off-spinner, who gained international recognition with Ireland A a few years back but has since fallen off the radar, he rarely disappoints with the ball, and like Thompson will be keen to put in a good showing against one of his former clubs.
Britton has scored 253 runs at an average of 25.30, with a highest score of 37.
His 18 wickets have come at a cost of 26.50 each, with best bowling figures of 3 for 14. He has also taken 3 catches.
7. Chris Dixon - The teenager is a very talented cricketer but has yet really to fully settle in the Brigade ranks, flitting between the first and second teams.
A powerful striker of the ball who has the ability to clear the boundaries at ease, he tends to very vulnerable early in his innings, and doesn't play spin particularly well unless firmly established.
Brigade though have high hopes for him and have persevered despite his lack of runs.
In the 12 games he has played this year, he has a total of 80 runs at an average of 6.67, with a highest score of 24.
Dixon hasn't featured at all in the bowling stakes, and has taken two catches in the outfield.
8. Dean Curry - The teenager has established himself in the senior set-up at Beechgrove this year, but like Dixon has really yet to illustrate the returns that his undoubted talent warrant.
He has represented Ireland at various youth levels and certainly has time on his side to become a truly exceptional cricketer.
He has scored 158 runs at 11.29 with a highest score of 25.
His left arm seamers have taken 7 wickets at 21.86 with his best figures being 2 for 35.
He is an excellent fielder with a strong and accurate throw - he has four catches to his credit.
9. Mark Snodgrass - The former Killyclooney man has proven to be a revelation since breaking his way into the first team ranks earlier this season.
He has played a major role with both bat and ball, helping to secure wins against Waringstown and Coleraine in the semi-final of the cup.
Although still quite raw, he plays in a refreshingly uncomplicated style and it appears thus far to be working for him.
In the 8 games he has played Snodgrass has scored 112 runs at 37.33, with a best score of 51 not out in that aforementioned Ulster Cup win against Waringstown.
His bowling has seen him take 15 wickets at just 14.07, with his best analysis being 5 for 31. He has taken just the once catch.
10. Nick Donnell - The former Irish youth international is another who has flattered to deceive in Brigade colours.
Possessing undoubted talent, Brigade fans have seen all too breif glimpses of his potential, and to date he has really to cement a place in the first team ranks.
He has genuine pace but has a tempestious side to his character, which means he can easily lose control and allows him to become distracted from the job at hand.
Although having played 15 games, the stats show just how much of a peripheral figure he has become in the line-up.
He has scored 45 runs at 9.00, while taking 3 wickets at 33.33. He is an excellent out-fielder, with six catches to his credit.
11. Dale Culbert - 'Billy' is yet another player who has been in and out of the senior fold this year, but in the absence of Simpson could have a vital role to play.
He has been preferred to Ryan Brace in the final side and will be expected along with Donnell and Curry to try and fill the void left by Simpson.
The former Killymallaght player hasn't been in any sort of form this year, but has the ability to keep things tight if allowed to settle.
His figures for 2012 show he has scored 40 runs at exactly 10, while his 7 wickets have come at a hefty 46.29.
Like many in the Brigade ranks, he is a quite superb fielder and has 8 catches to his credit.
The 12th man duties will be carried out by Gareth Connor and Ryan Brace.