DONEMANA

  • Skipper- Ricky Lee Dougherty
  • Ins- Malith Cooray, Graham Boyd
  • Outs- Imran Butt
  • Overseas player- Malith Cooray

While they won't want to say so publicly this is set to be a massive year for Donemana Cricket Club. Can they become the first team to win seven senior cup titles in a row? And can they then go on and become the first to do the league and cup double in three successive years?

On the personnel front there's a change of overseas player at the Holm this summer with 28-year old Sri Lankan Malith Cooray replacing Imran Butt.

Cooray boasts the profile that Ricky-Lee Dougherty's team seem to favour- a top order batsman who bowls with decent wheels.

Graham Boyd's return from Bonds Glen doesn't hurt either and if both McClintocks are available regularly this summer, the champions could be hard to work with again.

If there is one imponderable it could be the amount of game-time that Andy McBrine will miss given his Ireland and Warriors committments.

Former Irish International Jordan McGonigle insisted that the team would focus on just one match at a time and they would have to deal with those concerns as they arose.

"Our ambition from the start will be to retain the League and Cup double which we've won the past two seasons.

"If there is one area the boys would like to improve upon it would be to progress much further in the Irish Senior Cup.

"We've shown recently that we're capable of competing with anyone and it would mean a lot to get a really good run going this season."

In terms of domestic competition Donemana have been in a class of their own for the past couple of seasons.

As things stand it looks as though this could be a year or two of consolidation down at Sandel Lodge and therefore the "Big Three" may well now be down to a shoot-out between Donemana and Brigade.

Eglinton, Bready, Ardmore and maybe even Coleraine might have something to say about that, but it would take a brave man to bet against the Holm side adding to their honours board in 2018.