INTERNATIONAL cricket returned to the North West last week and despite the “lack of promotion” for the three Twenty20 fixtures against Afghanistan, the spectators turned out to ensure a good atmosphere.

Indeed, the biggest gripe was a lack of seating at Bready but the venue proved, if there was any doubt, they could host a trio of Ireland matches in five days - no groundstaff in the country could have saved the last match after the torrential rain in the hours before the scheduled start.

The problem moving forward is that men’s senior internationals will be limited, with Malahide and Stormont, because of their greater capacity certain to get the major games and Clontarf, also still an international venue, will also demand their share.

But the Magheramason venue and the North West support certainly deserves to be rewarded with more top-class action.