Newbuildings and Ballyspallen win in National Cup
So while the region fared really poorly in the Irish Senior Cup there was at least much better news when it came to Sunday's National Cup second round ties.
Sion Mills came within a whisker of beating Laois despite the fact that the Tyrone side were dismissed for just 57 as conditions proved difficult for batting. Armand Smit (4-11) and Usama Raees (3-15) did the damage for the visitors but they then struggled just as badly themselves in reply.
Lee Finlay claimed three wickets and Mark McNulty two as Laois were reduced to 20 for 6, however unfortunately for Sion, Smit (24*) held firm. The home side missed a glorious chance to get him early too, and that would really have set up a grandstand finish, but as it was, the North West men went out.
Both Newbuildings and Ballyspallen fared much better however with both progressing smoothly into Round 3.
Peat Salmon, who else, was at the centre of Newbuildings' win as the West Indian made 63 while Ross Hunter added 37 to help their side to a total of 188 all out- Muhammad Arshad (5-18) and Daniel van Zyl (3-44) best with the ball for the visitors.
Subramanya Ramnathpur made a brilliant 87 for the visitors in their reply; however Graeme Robb worked over the other end to ensure that Newbuildings progressed.
Ballyspallen made it through as well- The Kennedy boys Graham (78) Stephen (56) playing a big part in helping their side to 239 for 9 against Civil Service Leinster. Saeed Akbar (3-20) and Mubasher Siddique (3-45) were best with the ball for Service,
Siddique was to the fore in the reply as well- his 44 and 34 from Keith Webster the best of their 146; Creighton Wilson sealing ‘Spallen's progress with 5-25.