It was to be something of an anti-climactic start to the North West cricket season on Saturday as heavy overnight rain meant that just one game in the Premier Division was played to completion.

In fact, bar the game at the Holm, not a single ball was bowled at any of the other six scheduled senior matches. Strabane's game against Eglinton had been called off on Friday afternoon following a bereavement in the home camp, and the inclement weather took care of the rest.

Fair play to the officials and players on both sides however who waited around long enough to get a 31-over contest played as Donemana opened their season with an emphatic 7 wicket win over Glendermott.

The visitors opted to bat first on winning the toss and posted a respectable 190-7 in their 31 overs. There were several rain interruptions during the first innings but Jason Lynch (47), Gordon Montgomery (34) and a quick-fire 34 not out from Ryan Barr (4 sixes) helped the newly-promoted side to their total.

Gary McClintock (3-24) fared best of the bowlers and in fairness, Andrew Riddles' team always looked in control in their reply.

Barr picked up the wicket of Ricky-Lee Dougherty with the score on 45, but any hopes of that sparking any collapse soon disappeared in a 91-run partnership between Dwayne McGerrigle and Gary McClintock.

Both men made half centuries- McGerrigle an unbeaten 57 coming in even time and including 2 fours and 5 sixes.

McClintock took just 38 delieveries to make his 53 (8 fours, 2 sixes) before Andy McBrine's 36 closed out a 7-wicket win.

Glendermott have put together a useful squad for their first tilt at the top flight in five years, and they will have easier days than this. Gordon Montgomery's side do however now know the standard required to compete at this level.

For their part, Donemana will be keen to put a fairly ordinary 2018 season behind them, and they made the perfect start here that could help them to do so. Despite all Friday night's rain, it was a relief to some degree that the opening day of the season wasn't a complete washout.

With Ireland playing England in Dublin next Friday, and a full programme of fixtures scheduled for Saturday, there will be many fingers and toes crossed that the weather will relent in time for those.


At The Holm, Donemana beat Glendermott by 7 wickets

Glendermott 190/7 (31 overs; J Lynch 47, G Montgomery 34, R Barr 34*; G McClintock 3-24)

Donemana 191/3 (21.2 overs; D McGerrigle 57*, G McClintock 53, A McBrine 36)