Huge weekend looms for Bready and Brigade
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
IT’S a huge weekend for Bready and Brigade coming up with each team one game away from meeting in next month’s North West Senior Cup final.
But before the cup action, Bready can clinch the Premiership title, while after their cup semi-final, Brigade head to Dublin for the All-Ireland T20 final.
Only Donemana can deny Bready the league title and, as fate would have it, the teams meet at Magheramason tomorrow with the home side looking to complete an 11-match clean sweep.
Skipper Davy Scanlon admits it has been his bowling attack which has been key to their undefeated season with Steve Lazars the big difference.
“We haven’t had a left-arm spinner in recent years and Steve has been a different weapon this season,” said Scanlon.
“Conor Olphert and Gregory McFaul have also done a great job and with me and Irosh (Samarasooriya) and then Ian Young, Craig’s brother, back to shore up the attack, you’d have to say 80% of our 10 wins have been down to the bowlers. The batters haven’t had to chase too many.
”The game Scanlon is looking forward to, however, is Sunday’s Senior Cup semi-final at home to Eglinton, for a very good reason.
“The Senior Cup is the one final I have never been involved in, in my 10 years at the club (Bready’s last final was 2011) and having avoided Brigade and Newbuildings you could say it’s the best draw we could have hoped for. But with the confidence in the team, we were happy with a home draw,” he said.