There was widespread shock throughout the NW cricket community following the death of Jim McGranaghan earlier this week.

Jim played predominantly with Sion Mills, being an accomplished opening batsman, who also kept wicket.

He scored a century in 1998 against Strabane, with who he also played, as well as Burndennett and Grove Hill in the Derry Midweek League.

"It is with deep regret and shock that Sion Mills Cricket Club learned of the passing of our friend and one of our longest serving players Jim McGranaghan," said the club on Facebook.

"Jim returned to cricket a number of years ago following a sabbatical from the game, and it was great to have one of the 'old hands' back on board in times of struggle.

"We are numbed by the news at this time, but our thoughts and prayers are firmly with his wife Wendy, and daughters Lucy and Sophie, all of whom provide so much support to the club. Rest easy Jim."

Strabane CC also paid tribute saying: "Jim was a lifelong part of the cricket family, who played the majority of his career with his home club, Sion Mills.

"Jim also played a couple of seasons for Strabane CC, during our time at the old club, and recently was very proud of the fact that Wendy, Lucy and Sophie had become active participants in the Club's ladies' teams.

"He was especially proud of the fact that Lucy had followed in his footsteps and taken up wicket-keeping, making it into the North-West set-up.

"On behalf of the officials, players and members of Strabane Cricket Club we would like to offer our condolences to Wendy, Lucy and Sophie and to the wider McGranaghan family.

"May his soul rest in peace."