DAVY'S ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Bready have been the form team in the early season running, racing out of the traps to secure two maximum point wins and sit proudly at the Premiership summit.

Skipper Davy Scanlon knows the importance of early season wins, and the confidence it breeds, especially in a young squad that has shown fragility in recent years with their brushes with relegation.

"It's always important to put early wins on the board," said Scanlon. "We have produced very strong bowling displays in the league which set up the comprehensive victories.

"I was obviously surprised at beating Donemana so comprehensively. I think we got them on an off-day. With the 'Foxies' we just followed up what we did so well the first week."

Was their superb start due to any change in their preparations?

"Not really, pre-season has been relatively the same. There's a band of young players pushing hard at the minute so putting pressure on rest of us.

"Gregory Mc Faul - who took three wickets against Fox Lodge - has been excellent along with Conor Olphert, who has worked a serious amount over the winter, and is reaping rewards.

"There is a nice balance to the squad with old heads myself, Craig Young, Ryan Barr, David Rankin and our Sri Lankan professional Irosh, who are all helping younger lads along. One thing I have noticed is that our fitness in the field has definitely improved and that's a tremendous asset to have in backing up the bowling unit."

Frustratingly for the 33 year-old, the league is going into hibernation for a five-week period which doesn't sit well with the opening bowler.

"It's definitely hindering us not playing another league game until June with this momentum we've built up. Instead of playing a solitary T20 game on a Saturday, I would have loved to get another league game in before the week off for the Test game.

"Having said that I am very happy with how we sit at the minute and our start. We will be looking to keep training and working hard over the next couple of weeks so that we are ready for our next league match away at Ardmore."

Even more impressive is the fact that Bready have been missing some regulars, and this increased depth at Magheramason is a welcome asset for Scanlon.

"We still have Andrew Austin, Ross Dougherty and Reece Kelly to fit in so competition is fine.

"There is good depth with Gregory McFaul, Jamie McCombe, who opened the batting versus Fox Lodge as well as the likes of Cameron Knight and Marc McCloskey who are pushing hard as well as Davy Allen. I believe I'm also trying to trust the younger lads to give them a bit more game time this year."

It could well be that the reigning NW T20 champions may have another trophy in the cabinet before the end of the season.