TYRONE AT THE DOUBLE

The North West’s new Warriors Challenge series got under way last week with two victories for the Tyrone U20 side against their County Derry counterparts at Bready.

In the first 50-over contest the bowlers were on top throughout, with Tyrone being dismissed for 135. Levi Dougherty top scored with a typically breezy 29 from 23 balls, which included two sixes.

Others chipped in with Ali Doherty hitting 17, Conor Graham and Aidan Logue scoring 16, while Gregory McFaul made 15, with two wickets apiece for Todd Killen, Adam Boyd, and Matt Hutchinson.

Opener Hutchinson top scored with 27 in the reply, with Kyle Magee scored 15, but having reached 46 for 1, the wheels came off and they were skittled for 108.

Cameron Knight claimed 3 for 11, while there were two wicket each for Rhys Logue, William Finlay and Gregory McFaul, while Ali Doherty picked up the other in the 27-run verdict.

Friday’s contest was a T20 match, and batting first County Derry looked well placed as Ben Mills added 52 for the fourth wicket with Varun Chopra (27).

Glendermott's Mills top-scored with 30, while Robbie Millar hit an unbeaten 18, but once again the batting frailties returned as they were bowled out for 111.

The Bready duo of Marc McCloskey and Cameron Knight each took two wickets, as did Strabane’s Rhys Logue and Thomas Harpur.

Logue then put Tyrone firmly on the road to victory with a well-made 43, adding 67 with Ali Doherty (19). Gregory McFaul also made 19 as Tyrone closed out a comfortable 7-wicket win with 15 balls remaining.

WARRIORS CHALLENGE SERIES SCORES

Match 1: At Magheramason, County Tyrone beat County Derry by 27 runs

Tyrone 135 (31.5 overs; L Dougherty 29, T Killen 2-5, A Boyd 2-16, M Hutchinson 2-22) Derry 108 (31.4 overs; M Hutchinson 27; C Knight 3-11, W Finlay 2-6, R Logue 2-10, G McFaul 2-33)

Match 2: At Magheramason, County Tyrone beat County Derry by 7 wickets

Derry 111 (19.3 overs; B Mills 30, V Chopra 27, R Millar 18*; M McCloskey 2-11, C Knight 2-12, R Logue 2-19, T Harpur 2-23)

Tyrone 117/3 (17.3 overs; R Logue 43, G McFaul 19*, A Doherty 19).