Eglinton go into Sunday’s semi-final with home advantage over favourites Brigaade.

Skipper Tommy Orr is aware of the importance of the game to everyone at the village club as they aim to win the famous trophy for the first time since 2006.

The semi-final is very important for Eglinton Cricket Club and of course the team itself,” said Orr. “The win in the last round against Ardmore has given everyone real confidence that we hope will carry through to this game.

“The step up to captain this season has been a great honour for me and everyone at the club has been so supportive which I really appreciate.”

The arrival of Irish passport holding South African Liam Doherty has given the club a boost, and his almost 500 runs at the top of the order has been a real help.

“Liam has been a fantastic addition to the club on and off the field, with his rapid strike-rate at the top of the order a crucial element to our game.

Spin has played a major part in the North West’s most successful sides this year, but Orr is backing all his bowlers, not just the spinners to do the business against Brigade.

“Our front-line seamers took early wickets to beat Ardmore, and the spinners supported them. We have of course Mike Erlank in our armoury and I expect him to have a major role to play with both ball and bat.”

There’s the added incentive for Orr and his young charges that they will be guaranteed another home tie in the decider if successful, with Eglinton set to host the showcase two-day match once again at the end of July.

“With the final here, it could potentially be a wonderful few days for the club, the players and the entire village. It would be certainly be a huge personal honour if I could help them achieve that goal.”

Eglinton have won the trophy 9 times: 1944, 48, 53, 54, 56, 68, 90, 95, and 2006.