DAVID Barr took six wickets and then scored 94 not out to see Brigade into the semi-finals of the North West Senior Cup but, arguably, it was not even the most impressive performance of the day.

In the other quarter-final played yesterday, Johnny Thompson hit an astonishing 144 for Newbuildings and then took three wickets to knock cup kings Donemana out of the competition.

Thompson came to the middle in the 18th over but then saw five wickets fall at the other end for 43 runs to leave Newbuildings on 143 for eight with 20 overs still remaining.

The last two wickets, however, added 130 with Thompson scoring all but 12 of the runs off the bat. He shared a seventh wicket stand of 72 with Gregory McIvor and then dominated the strike and runs in the last wicket partnership of 58 with Gary Mitchell who faced just two balls.

In the end, 128 of Thompson’s runs came in boundaries – 16 sixes and eight fours – and he was last man out with five and a half overs unused.

Ireland international Andy McBrine was back in the Donemana side and produced the remarkable figures of 10-4-9-3, while the other 35 overs went for 259!

Newbuildings’ total of 273 proved enough but only just as Dwayne McGerrigle, promoted to open the batting and William McClintock both scored 71, the former from 52 balls with six fours and six sixes and the T20 captain facing just 40 balls and hitting seven fours and five sixes.

When McClintock was out, Donemana were still on course for victory on 210 for four but Ross Hunter took four wickets and Thompson then followed up his bowling heroics as last year’s cup winners collapsed from 233 for four to 235 for nine. The final margin was 28 runs.

Barr’s bowling performance came first at The Bleachgreen, as Ardmore collapsed from 157 for four to 192 all out, the occasional leg spinner taking six for 36.

He then dominated the reply, in a second wicket stand of 85 with Adam McDaid and although a further four wickets fell Barr was still there, just six short of his century having hit just nine fours, when Brigade won with eight balls to spare.

The other two quarter-finals take place today with Eglinton at home to Bonds Glen and Bready hosting Ballyspallen.

There are also two Premiership games and if Newbuildings win at Ardmore and Fox Lodge beat Donemana then Bready will be crowned champions, with a game to spare, after their nine wickets victory over Eglinton in the only game yesterday.

Mattie Mills top scored from No 9 for Eglinton as they were bowled out for 126, Irosh Samarasooriya taking four of the wickets, and David Rankin then maintained his fine recent form with 70 not out and sharing an unbeaten partnership of 90 with Jamie Magee as Bready eased to their maximum points win in the 30th over,