The sun shone on the wonderful facility, which is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the progressive club, and although they may have lost the match, the club won many plaudits for their efforts.
NWCU News 2017
NW Under 13 squad NW Under 13 squad ( ) ZZZZ11:08 amZZZZ
The NW have selected the following Under 13 match for a game against the U17 girls at Burndennett.
Under 15 squad named Under 15 squad named ( ) ZZZZ12:29 amZZZZ
The North West selectors have named their squad for next week's Under 15 interpro series which is being held in the region.
Under 13 trial match Under 13 trial match ( ) ZZZZ4:36 amZZZZ
There will be a NW Under 13 trial match at Ardmore this week.
Black Sunday for NW sides Black Sunday for NW sides ( ) ZZZZ2:17 pmZZZZ
The three remaining North West sides in the Irish Senior Cup took their leave of the competition on Sunday evening after comprehensive defeats for all of them.
Latest from Tyrone Latest from Tyrone ( ) ZZZZ5:28 amZZZZ
Can Donemana make it six in a row? Firsts for both Reeve Kelly and Trevor Hamilton plus all the latest cup draws.
Succesful Primary School Blitz at Ardmore Succesful Primary School Blitz at Ardmore ( ) ZZZZ10:43 amZZZZ
Fun in the sun for local schools at the Bleachgreen.
Foyle beaten by Friends Foyle beaten by Friends ( ) ZZZZ9:50 pmZZZZ
Winning is a habit someone once said and for much of the season that was the mantra of the First XI and especially the Under 15s but twice now in three days that lovely habit has just disappeared.
Cork in the rain - it's just not proper cricket Cork in the rain - it's just not proper cricket ( ) ZZZZ7:54 pmZZZZ
Much debate on what constitutes proper cricket and scheduling issues arise with the NW trip to Cork.
Miserable week complete for Brigade Miserable week complete for Brigade ( ) ZZZZ2:22 amZZZZ
Following on from a disappointing weekend for Brigade last time, Andy Britton now has to pick his team up for the remainder of the season after another poor couple of days for the Limavady Road side this weekend.
Latest happenings in Tyrone Latest happenings in Tyrone ( ) ZZZZ8:58 pmZZZZ
It was a debut to remember for Burndennett's new overseas player Ruqeno Weavers at the weekend as he took four wickets to put a dent in Strabane's promotion hopes.
Tyrone latest Tyrone latest ( ) ZZZZ1:39 amZZZZ
All the latest happenings in Tyrone cricket rounded up by Barry Chambers.
Tyrone round-up Tyrone round-up ( ) ZZZZ12:49 amZZZZ
At the crease with Barry Chambers as he rounds up all the action from a busy week in Tyrone.
Date changes for Strabane and Ulster Plate Date changes for Strabane and Ulster Plate ( ) ZZZZ2:13 amZZZZ
Strabane will now host Cregagh in the National Cup on June 4, while all the Ulster Plate matches have been switched to June 25.
Family affair for Killens Family affair for Killens ( ) ZZZZ8:15 pmZZZZ
Father and daughter team Clarke and Melanie Killen officiated the Eric Cooke Cup match between St Johnston and Ballyspallen.
New kit for Bonds Glen New kit for Bonds Glen ( ) ZZZZ2:16 amZZZZ
Bonds Glen unveiled their new coloured kit and training tops ahead of their opening group fixture at home to Killyclooney in this season's Eric Cooke Cup.
Tale of two centuries Tale of two centuries ( ) ZZZZ11:30 pmZZZZ
It was a tale of two centurions at the weekend as Gary McClintock and Manu Sharma scored their maiden senior hundreds for Donemana and Strabane respectively.
New book on the history of Strabane Cricket Club. New book on the history of Strabane Cricket Club. ( ) ZZZZ7:39 amZZZZ
North West of Ireland cricket historian Billy Platt is on course to publish a 700 page book on the history of Strabane Cricket Club during the 2018 cricket season.
Donemana down Clontarf as NW sides hold their own Donemana down Clontarf as NW sides hold their own ( ) ZZZZ11:30 pmZZZZ
Eight Premiership sides went into battle up and down the country with half of them surviving what has recently become a first round cull.
NW sides look to end barren spell in Irish Cup NW sides look to end barren spell in Irish Cup ( ) ZZZZ9:58 pmZZZZ
North West clubs go into the first round of the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday trying to turn around a recent dreadful record in the competition - not having a winner since 2004, when Limavady beat Strabane.
Club Head Coach Development Programme Club Head Coach Development Programme ( ) ZZZZ7:32 amZZZZ
The programme will be a pilot scheme for the 2017 season, working with 5 local coaches with the aim of developing a structured pathway for aspiring Club Head Coaches.
Teams Administration Manager wanted Teams Administration Manager wanted ( ) ZZZZ7:24 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland is seeking to recruit an International Teams Administration Manager, to ensure the efficient running of all Ireland International Teams.
Kennedy stars as Ballyspallen win Charity Cup Kennedy stars as Ballyspallen win Charity Cup ( ) ZZZZ8:25 amZZZZ
Ballyspallen won the Sam McConnell Charity Cup with a convincing 8-wicket win over Premiership side Fox Lodge.
Charity finals on Sunday Charity finals on Sunday ( ) ZZZZ11:29 pmZZZZ
The Derry Midweek Charity finals Day will take place at Bready on Sunday starting at 1pm.
Great Scott Great Scott ( ) ZZZZ11:07 pmZZZZ
Strabane begin life in the Championship with a new captain at the helm. Barry Scott is the man charged with the responsibility of leading the Red Caps back into the top echelons of NW cricket, where a club of their pedigree and stature belong.
NW Preview 16: Bonds Glen NW Preview 16: Bonds Glen ( ) ZZZZ12:59 amZZZZ
There are just a couple of changes up at the Glen but despite being sorry to lose Trevor Britton back to CIYMS the club will be more than happy with their winter's work.
NW Preview 15: Glendermott NW Preview 15: Glendermott ( ) ZZZZ12:44 amZZZZ
It has been a difficult close season at the Rectory as the Waterside club struggled more than most with changes to UK Borders Agency regulations governing overseas players.
NW Preview 13: Strabane NW Preview 13: Strabane ( ) ZZZZ11:19 amZZZZ
It will be a first ever taste of 2nd tier cricket for the Red Caps this summer and in a very competitive league, new captain Barry Scott will find plenty of challengers looking to upset the promotion favourites.
NW Preview 14: Newbuildings NW Preview 14: Newbuildings ( ) ZZZZ11:19 amZZZZ
It was very much a waiting game over the past few weeks for Newbuildings after Peat Salmon was selected as part of the Jamaica squad for games against Barbados- the first of which saw Oraine Williams selected to play and ending any chance of him being able to return to the North West this season.
Umpiring opportunities in NE England Umpiring opportunities in NE England ( ) ZZZZ11:54 amZZZZ
The North West Cricket Union (NWCU) has unveiled a great opportunity for the unionís umpires to visit the North East England and stand in a wide array of matches in conjunction with Northern Universities Sports Club (NUSC).
NW President relishing new season NW President relishing new season ( ) ZZZZ3:35 amZZZZ
It was no surprise that there were few changes in personnel at this year's North West General Meeting and definitely not a shock that Connie McAllister was elected unopposed for a second term as President.
NW Preview 12: Donemana NW Preview 12: Donemana ( ) ZZZZ3:29 amZZZZ
There are few changes to report at the Holm as the "double" champions set out to defend their league and cup trophies after a convincing 2016 campaign.
NW Preview 11: Brigade NW Preview 11: Brigade ( ) ZZZZ12:48 amZZZZ
Quite a few changes at Beechgrove over the close season but no doubt the club will feel that they have recruited well as they bid to wrestle the senior title away from holders Donemana.
Brigade sign Faisal Iqbal Brigade sign Faisal Iqbal ( ) ZZZZ9:56 amZZZZ
Pakistan Test batsman Faisal Iqbal will be back in the North West this summer after Brigade announced at the weekend that they had signed the 35-year old as their overseas player for 2017.
North West joins forces with NUSC North West joins forces with NUSC ( ) ZZZZ3:45 amZZZZ
The North West Cricket Union (NWCU) has confirmed it has joined forces with the NUSC based in North East England.
Ardmore sign Rameez Alam Ardmore sign Rameez Alam ( ) ZZZZ1:48 amZZZZ
Ardmore have signed Pakistan top order batsman Rameez Alam ahead of the season which gets under way next week.
NW Preview 10; Ardmore NW Preview 10; Ardmore ( ) ZZZZ1:27 amZZZZ
Not too many changes to report over the winter at the Bleachgreen- Stevie Dunn heading back to Coleraine and Dean Curry expected to join up again with dad, Decker, and a change of professional, appears at this stage to be pretty much the height of it.
NW Preview 9: Killyclooney NW Preview 9: Killyclooney ( ) ZZZZ12:07 amZZZZ
It was a very decent season at 'Clooney last time and having struggled to make much impact on the Championship in previous years, the appointment of Darren Moan as skipper brought about huge improvement.
UKBA ruling on professional cricketers UKBA ruling on professional cricketers ( ) ZZZZ10:21 amZZZZ
Within the past two weeks, the Union has been made aware that the Home Office is interpreting 'professional cricketer' as including anyone who has ever played First-Class cricket, regardless of how long ago, or how many or few times.
NW Preview 8: St Johnston NW Preview 8: St Johnston ( ) ZZZZ9:47 pmZZZZ
Not for the first time the St Johnston preview is as handy as they come- the same skipper, no pro, no ins and no outs!
NW Preview 7: Eglinton NW Preview 7: Eglinton ( ) ZZZZ4:56 amZZZZ
Things have certainly been looking up at the village club over the past couple of seasons, although what impact the loss of Oraine Williams might bring about this year remains to be seen.
NW Preview 6: Bready NW Preview 6: Bready ( ) ZZZZ1:25 amZZZZ
It has been a few seasons now since Bready have been competitive in the senior title race although they did manage to negotiate a path away from the relegation battle in 2016 a little more comfortably than had been the case in the previous years.
NW Preview 5: Fox Lodge NW Preview 5: Fox Lodge ( ) ZZZZ12:49 amZZZZ
The Foxies are back at the top table after an absence of two years and while skipper Brian Allen's main aim might be consolidation, the NW Development Officer will be keen to ensure that his team stays competitive rather than just try to survive.
NW Preview 4: Burndennett NW Preview 4: Burndennett ( ) ZZZZ12:59 amZZZZ
It has been a fairly testing couple of seasons for the 'Dennett boys after the superb 2014 campaign when they only just lost out in the promotion race to St Johnston, however with the benefit of hindsight, that final day defeat at Drummond was possibly a blessing in disguise.
NW Preview 3: Coleraine NW Preview 3: Coleraine ( ) ZZZZ9:02 amZZZZ
David Cooke takes over the reins at Coleraine this season and the new skipper looks to have a decent side around him to start the summer.
Historic indoor interpro blitz Historic indoor interpro blitz ( ) ZZZZ9:51 amZZZZ
44 players and 10 coaches descended onto the Meadowbank Indoor Arena in Magherafelt on Sunday as in a first of its kind, a youth interpro blitz was held.
NW Preview 2: Ballyspallen NW Preview 2: Ballyspallen ( ) ZZZZ7:32 amZZZZ
There are a few changes at Bridge Park ahead of the new campaign starting with Lee Ritchie taking over the captain's armband from Stephen Kennedy.
Charities benefit from Ardmore History book Charities benefit from Ardmore History book ( ) ZZZZ7:30 amZZZZ
Billy Platt, the Author of History of Ardmore Cricket Club 1860 - 2015 wishes to acknowledge the sincere support shown by Ardmore Cricket Club towards the publication, especially by Mr Dermot Ward and Mr George Chambers
NW Preview 1: Drummond NW Preview 1: Drummond ( ) ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
It's a case of "as you were" for Drummond in 2017 although there is currently some uncertainty over Adam McDaid who has been talking to Coleraine over the winter.
Williams debut for Jamaica gives Glendermott major headache Williams debut for Jamaica gives Glendermott major headache ( ) ZZZZ3:49 amZZZZ
Oraine Willams' first-class debut for Jamaica has given Championship side Glendermott a major headache ahead of the 2017 campaign.
NW clubs success in grant applications NW clubs success in grant applications ( ) ZZZZ8:44 pmZZZZ
There was a positive start to the new season for a handful of North West clubs after they were successful in securing some grant funding from the Department of Social Development small grants scheme.
First-class players rule in NW First-class players rule in NW ( ) ZZZZ4:52 amZZZZ
The NW have clarified the ruling on first-class players being allowed to play in NW cricket.
NW hold Spring AGM NW hold Spring AGM ( ) ZZZZ4:26 amZZZZ
The North West Cricket Union held it's Spring General Meeting at Eglinton on Tuesday night with returning Chairman Andrew Fleming assuring members that proposed new governance structures within the Union were now on track.
Jack Glenn Memorial game planned Jack Glenn Memorial game planned ( ) ZZZZ2:53 amZZZZ
The cricket community in the North West is considering a memorial event to mark the life of Jack Glenn, the young cricketer whose remains were found in the River Foyle last week.
Bready extend deadline for groundsman job Bready extend deadline for groundsman job ( ) ZZZZ1:33 amZZZZ
Bready CC have extended the deadline for applications for the position of Head Groundsman.
Bready in late professional switch Bready in late professional switch ( ) ZZZZ10:35 amZZZZ
Injury forces Bready to change professional.
Death of Bobby Brolly Death of Bobby Brolly ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
Everyone at the club is saddened to learn of the passing of club stalwart Bobby Brolly.
General Manager appointed General Manager appointed ( ) ZZZZ2:25 amZZZZ
Peter McCartney has been unveiled as the North West Union's new General Manager.
New professional at Bready New professional at Bready ( ) ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
Bready have signed exciting 21 year-old all-rounder Sibonelo Makhanya as their professional for the 2017 season.
Bready Seek Head Groundsman Bready Seek Head Groundsman ( ) ZZZZ12:28 amZZZZ
Bready CC is one of those outstanding venues and now, along with the North West Cricket Union, wishes to build its expertise and resources to accommodate the increased opportunity of hosting high level international cricket.
9 coaches achieve Level 2 9 coaches achieve Level 2 ( ) ZZZZ8:00 amZZZZ
The NW have nine new Level Two coaches following their successful completion of the course last week.
Safeguarding Workshops being held in NW Safeguarding Workshops being held in NW ( ) ZZZZ10:56 amZZZZ
The NW have organised a series of Safeguarding workshops over the coming months.
NW hosting fast-bowling workshop NW hosting fast-bowling workshop ( ) ZZZZ1:47 amZZZZ
Stuart Barnes holding fast bowling coaching workshop this weekend.
Glendermott confirm Williams to play for them Glendermott confirm Williams to play for them ( ) ZZZZ11:00 pmZZZZ
Glendermott will have Oraine Williams in their ranks for the 2017 season.
Umpiring boost for NW Umpiring boost for NW ( ) ZZZZ2:28 amZZZZ
Ten new umpires have qualified to officiate in the NWCU, including the first female official.
BOC statement on overseas players BOC statement on overseas players ( ) ZZZZ8:41 pmZZZZ
The NWCU BOC met on Wednesday 8th February 2017 to discuss the changes to the Home Office immigration rules relating to overseas sports persons for the 2017 season which were received on Tuesday 7th February 2017
Major boost for NW Major boost for NW ( ) ZZZZ8:02 pmZZZZ
The NW will receive a major boost with the creation of two new roles within the Union ranks.
Professional switch on the card between Eglinton and Glendermott? Professional switch on the card between Eglinton and Glendermott? ( ) ZZZZ12:49 amZZZZ
Glendermott and Eglinton are considering a switch of professionals following the news that the Home Office had requested Cricket Ireland enforce the regulations for overseas players.
Tributes paid to Jack Glenn Tributes paid to Jack Glenn ( ) ZZZZ12:38 amZZZZ
Irish and North West cricket followers were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Jack Glenn in Londonderry.
Brigade and Bready to host major NW finals Brigade and Bready to host major NW finals ( ) ZZZZ1:18 pmZZZZ
Local cricket and the NW have confirmed the venues for both the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup and T20 finals day for the forthcoming season.
Welcome To Coaching Course - NWCU Welcome To Coaching Course - NWCU ( ) ZZZZ2:47 pmZZZZ
The North West got this years Club and Coach Education calendar underway with a Welcome to Coaching Course at the Vale Centre in Greysteel last Sunday.
Hobson's choice for Ardmore Hobson's choice for Ardmore ( ) ZZZZ2:46 amZZZZ
Ardmore have signed 22 year-old South African all-rounder Thomas Hobson for their 2017 campaign.
St Johnston seek CDO St Johnston seek CDO ( ) ZZZZ1:29 amZZZZ
St Johnston are seeking a CDO for the 2017 season.
NW working hard behind the scenes NW working hard behind the scenes ( ) ZZZZ3:41 pmZZZZ
Preparations for the new season may appear to have been low-key in the North West so far however Union officials released a statement this weekend which suggests that plenty of work has already been going on in anticipation of another busy 12 months across the region.