MC GETTIGAN DELIGHT AS BURNDENNETT MAKE STRONG START

Burndennett are the surprise Championship leaders after a strong showing at Newbuildings on Saturday. They recorded a thumping 157-run win, with half centuries from Mark Roulston (63), Mark Doherty (59) as well as 46 from Lee Pollock which set the visitors on their way towards their formidable 281-9; Peter Allen (4-25) by some way the pick of Newbuildings’ bowlers.

The home side’s reply failed to fire if truth be told- overseas man Clinton Pienaar the best of it as he made 38 while Roulston completed a man-of-the-match performance taking 4-37.

Eddie McGettigan, Burndennett skipper was delighted to be at the summit, but admitted there was still a lot of hard work ahead after their struggles of recent times.

“We are of course very happy with the start we have had,” said McGettigan. “We were disappointed about the St.Johnston, game as we know we have the beating of them.

“Our new signings have been a great boost for us and we know it’s going to take a really good team to beat us from now on in and we as a team believe we will be competing for the league this year.

“Everyone is doing their bit scoring runs and most importantly we are enjoying it again,” he added.

“I think Ballyspallen is going to be the team to beat but we can do it, It’s good to be in a team with no money changing hands and everyone is competing for a place in the team.”

BREADY THROUGH DESPITE T20 SCARE

Holders Bready qualified for the semi-finals of the T20 Cup at the weekend in dramatic fashion. They needed to avoid defeat at Strabane after losing out to Coleraine by just one run on Friday night. They looked down and out going into the last over, but Irish Samarasooriya took three wickets and despite Thomas Harpur earning the Red Caps a tie, it wasn’t enough to put them through after their no-show at Ardmore saw them deducted ten points.

Bready will now host Donemana in one semi-final, while Brigade – who lost to Fox Lodge on Sunday – still top the Group and meet Coleraine in the other half at Beechgrove.

WOMEN’S LEAGUE BACK IN ACTION

The North West Women’s league started earlier this week following a slight delay due to the fixture rearrangements caused by the unfortunate withdrawal of Donemana.

Fox Lodge are the early leaders after a comprehensive all-round display saw them beat Eglinton by 79 runs.

There’s a full programme next Monday as Eglinton host Burndennett, Strabane take on Bready, while Killyclooney entertain Newbuildings.