There's more cup action in the North West this coming weekend as 16 sides set out on a journey they hope will take them to Bready at the end of July for the country's only two-innings senior final.

All eyes will be on Donemana as they start their crusade for a record-breaking seventh successive cup win and Ricky-Lee Dougherty's men will start favourites to emerge from a tricky opening tie at Strabane Park.

Brigade go to St Johnston and should have too many guns for the Championship side while last year's finalists Ballyspallen are involved in the toughest game of the day to unravel, away at Glendermott.

Matches start at either 12 or 1pm with the following ties down for decision.

Bready v Coleraine

The Magheramason side have started really well this summer and currently sit top of the Premier Division albeit table after just two games. Their success has been built on a good quality seam bowling attack and a decent looking top order with several big game players in Irosh Samarassoriya, Davy Rankin, Craig Young and skipper Davy Scanlon.

They will face a much-changed Coleraine side now that the Bannsiders have gone with an all-local approach.

To be fair, it hasn't hindered them too much to date with skipper Scott Campbell still able to call on the Chopra boys, Stephen and Matthew Hutchinson as well as the impressive South African Graham Hume.

Bready have the momentum to win but this is no 'gimme'.

Glendermott v Ballyspallen

These two sides met at the same venue just last weekend with the visitors coming away with the points after a solid all-round showing. On balance however there is so little between them that it is still virtually impossible to call a winner this time around.

Glendermott will be hoping that David and Gordon Cooke can bring their big game experience into play while new skipper Jason Lynch and the man he replaced, Alan Johnson, could have a say as well.

'Spallen have their own matchwinners of course, and several of them. The Kennedy brothers and the in-form Averill boys will cause the home side plenty of problems however the man the Rectory side really needs to watch is Darnell McCallum.

The West Indian has found his scoring boots in the last couple of weeks and if he hits form, last year's beaten finalists could be on the road again.

Burndennett v Fox Lodge

Brian Allen's team make the 5-minute journey up the A5 to tackle a Burndennett side that has actually made a decent start to their Championship campaign this time.

The hosts have gone without an overseas pro this year; opting instead to bring in Mark Snodgrass and Andy Barr from Strabane. Those two- along with the 'Dennett Marks- Doherty, Pollock and Roulston give Eddie McGettigan's men half a chance of causing an upset.

The visitors have an in-form skipper in Allen as well as the likes of Jason Milligan and the Heywood boys to call on as they look to progress.

The deciding factor however could be Cebo Tshiki. How Burndennett cope with him may go some way to dictating their fortunes.

Eglinton v Killyclooney

It's a clash of two attacking teams at the village where the home side will be clear favourites to progress.

Stuart Thompson's team has the potential to push into the top three in the Premier Division this year and they will be bitterly disappointed if they can't win this.

'Clooney however will certainly have a puncher's chance and you know what you will get from a side that includes Darren Moan, Alan Colhoun and Mark Gordon. Once again however the major threat will be from their overseas player.

Eglinton certainly won't want Andre Henry to bat for too long or they could find themselves chasing big numbers.

Whether that happens or not it is difficult to picture anything other than a home win.

Ardmore v Bonds Glen

Another Premiership v Championship clash at the Bleachgreen and despite the fact that the Bee Gees look solid this year, they ought to have little chance here.

Ardmore's overseas player Grant Mokowena has yet to hit the straps since his arrival but you have to think that this is a penalty kick for him on Saturday.

And if Mokowena fails there is always Decker Curry, or Peter Harrigan or Kevin Martin able to pick up the baton.

'Feathers' has a few handy players in his own camp of course but you sense if you offered him a league win over this he would gladly take it.

Newbuildings v Drummond

An interesting tie in store here for two teams who posted impressive wins at the weekend.

The hosts put their previous slow start behind them to record a big win over previously unbeaten Ballyspallen on Sunday while a day earlier Drummond thumped Derriaghy in the National Cup.

Both boast individuals who could easily swing the contest on their own- Tommy Thompson very much a man-in-form for Newbuildings while Clinton Pienaar seems to be finding his feet as well.

Chris Moore, Ricky McDaid, Andy Christie and Steve Moore are all potential threats for Drummond too, but if the home side's batting fires, that might be enough to see them progress.

Strabane v Donemana

The game that most eyes will be fixed on as Donemana begin their season in earnest after what has been an awful start by their high standards.

Two league defeats, a gut-wrenching Irish Senior Cup reverse and a loss to Bready in the Sam McConnell Charity Cup is hardly the form of a team that has won the league and cup double for the past two years.

It is this competition however that always seems to bring the Holm men alive and given the quality at their disposal you sense they only have eyes for Number 7 this summer.

The champions bat all the way down and have superb bowling options as well.

In many ways this could be a 'freebie' for Strabane as few give them any chance of upsetting the holders.

They've had to throw some of their inexperienced players in at the deep end already this term and while they should improve as the year goes on, this looks very much like an away win.

St Johnston v Brigade

Another probably predictable match-up here as Andy Britton's men go to the Boathole for the second time in recent seasons.

It's a return home for Ryan Macbeth and it will be the surprise of the day if he doesn't emerge on the winning side.

The visitors found Clontarf a little too hot to handle in the All-Ireland at the weekend but up to that point had been in decent nick domestically.

The Limavady Road side just has too much fire-power for this to be close.