While Storm Hannah caused major disruption across the north last Saturday, one match did manage to beat the weather, as Donemana’s endeavours and patience was rewarded with a home win against Glendermott.

The ground staff did a Herculean job to ensure the match went ahead, and despite a tricky looking target set by Glendermott, the home side raced to victory with ten overs and seven wickets to spare.

There were half centuries for Dwayne McGerrigle and Gary McClintock, while Andy McBrine made a fine 36 as skipper Andy Riddles’ side collected the points.

“Everyone did fantastic to first get the game played, then chase down the runs in such an assured manner,“ said Riddles after the game.

“We pushed Dwayne up the order and it certainly paid off. His shot selection was excellent and his controlled aggression was just perfect for the situation. I thought he and Gary both batted superbly.

“It’s given us a great start with the other sides now playing catch up, and means we won’t have a weekend where we are trying to squeeze in the extra game, or worse still a three-night midweek game which nobody really wants.

“There was a little bit of rustiness in the bowling unit but they will get better as they get overs under their belts. Our professional Bilwal Iqbal did well given the extreme temperature difference, but once he acclimatizes, he’ll be a real handful. It was also pleasing for Dean Mehaffey to get his wicket. We will always be strong in the spin department, so it’s nice as a captain to have plenty of options depending on the conditions.”

Donemana are home again on Saturday to Coleraine, while in the all-Tyrone clash Bready entertain Strabane. The Red Caps scheduled match last weekend against Eglinton was postponed due to a bereavement, and we pass on our condolences to the club.

SAMMY JEFFREY CUP GETS UNDER WAY

It’s an early season start for the Sammy Jeffrey Cup competition with three quarter-finals scheduled for Saturday – St Johnston given a bye into the semis courtesy of Drummond’s withdrawal.

Game of the day is at Ballymagorry as Fox Lodge entertain Newbuildings, while down the road at Burndennett, the home side face Killyclooney in what is traditionally a high-scoring encounter. Ardmore face Bonds Glen at the Bleachgreen in the other match.

TYRONE TRIO NAMED IN IRELAND SQUAD

Three Tyrone players have been named in the Ireland squad for upcoming one-day internationals against England, West Indies and Bangladesh. William Porterfield will captain the side, which also includes Andy McBrine and Boyd Rankin.

Eglinton all-rounder Stuart Thompson makes it a NW quartet, but there’s no place for former Bready seamer Craig Young, although he has been named in the Ireland A (Wolves) side which will play Bangladesh as part of The Hills Golden celebrations at Milverton on May 5th.

Eoin Morgan is captain of an England side which has suffered a few injuries and withdrawals ahead the game at Malahide tomorrow (FRI), most notably the exclusion of Alex Hales after his recent indiscretion was made public.
Ireland will be firm underdogs against the number one ranked ODI side, but on home soil and an early season pitch, they may well cause a scare or two to the visitors.

SAM MCCONNELL MEMORIAL MATCHES

The annual Sam McConnell Memorial Cup matches take place at Glendermott on Saturday. In the first clash Ballyspallen take on Newbuildings at 12pm, while in the second match at 4pm league champions Bready take on double cup winners Brigade. Entry is £5 or £3 concessionary.

NW Fixtures

PREMIERSHIP
Ballyspallen v Eglinton
Bready v Strabane
Donemana v Coleraine
Glendermott v Brigade

Sammy Jeffrey Cup
Ardmore v Bonds Glen
Fox Lodge v Newbuildings
Burndennett v Killyclooney

Qualifying One
Brigade 2 v Ardmore 2
Bready 2 v Donemana 2
Eglinton 2 v Fox Lodge 2
Bonds Glen 2 v The Nedd

Qualifying Two
Newbuildings 2 v Ballyspallen2
Strabane 2 v Maghera
Coleraine 2 v Bready 3
Sion Mills v Glendermott 2
Killyclooney 2 v St Johnston 2

Qualifying Three (Sunday May 5)
North Fermanagh v Ardmore 3
Fox Lodge 3 v Eglinton 3
Bready 4 v Killyclooney 3

Sam McConnell Charity Cup Finals
Sunday May 5th (At The Rectory, Glendermott).
Ballyspallen v Newbuildings (12pm)
Brigade v Bready (4pm)