Brigade hold their nerve to claim bowl-out win over Ardmore and clinch O’Neill’s Ulster Cup

Brigade cheer their Ulster Cup win
Brigade cheer their Ulster Cup win

Brigade are the 2016 O’Neill’s Ulster Cup champions after they beat Ardmore 3-2 in a bowl-out at a soggy Bready on Sunday evening.

It was a match that was very much in the balance before the rain came shortly after the start of the second innings with the Bleachgreen team 14-1 after 5.1 overs in reply to Any Britton’s men’s 163 all out.

The first innings was all about Ryan Hunter as the Beechgrove batsman held things together with a really impressive knock. As wickets tumbled around him Hunter stood firm, posting a 59-run stand with Iftikhar Hussain (28) after a slow start.

In the end though the Brigade man fell just 5 runs short of a deserved century; Hunter the last man out having hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 95.

The reply was only in its early stages when the rain arrived but there was time for Andy Britton to have Paul McDowell caught behind for 4 just before the delay and then the inevitable bowl-out.

Ryan Macbeth put Brigade 1-up but that was quickly cancelled out by Decker Curry.

Marlo Jardine put Ardmore 2-1 up but straight away it was level again as that man Hunter was on the money.

Ironically it was former Ardmore man Iftikhar Hussain who had the final say as he struck the final blow in a 3-2 win.