HISTORY MADE AS NW WOMEN PLAY FIRST MATCH IN MEN’S LEAGUE

There was a little bit of special history made on Sunday as the NW Women’s team took to the field at Ardmore for the first time.

Julie Logue skippered the side who put up a spirited display, only losing by 24 runs against the reigning champions.

“It really was a privilege it was to be captain on this special occasion,” said Logue. “The changing room was full of excitement and nerves but with plenty of supportive speeches the girls held their heads high as we took to the field.

“We had to forget about the circumstances of the game and go out and prove our worth, in which I think we did. The girls bowled really well and as the match continued confidence began to grow.

“I'd like to thank Ardmore for their professionalism towards us and I'm sure we proved we should be there. Being in this league is going to be a fantastic benefit to all the girls involved.

“It will be a great training and learning curve for each individual, which in the long run is only going to help develop their own game. It's the start great things to come as the girls didn't get a lot of game time and by playing more competitive games is only going to make them stronger players.”

The team are in action again this weekend as they face North Fermanagh at Kesh.

For one of the opposition players in the Ardmore ranks, George Chambers, it was the second time he's been involved in a NW first.

He was part of an Ardmore side that played Strabane back in August 1973 in the first NW league match to be plated on a Sunday.