AHMED FIRES AS BURNDENNETT START SEASON WITH A BANG

Burndennett have certainly hit the ground running this summer, Eddie McGettigan's sides only defeat so far coming at Beechgrove in the first round of the Senior Cup.

They've only completed one league game so far but won that and felt they were well on their way to making it two from two when weather brought a halt to their recent game against St Johnston.

They are also in the semi-finals of the Sammy Jeffrey, and took full points from their T20 games in the Eric Cooke Cup matches at the weekend.

They weren't involved in the National Cup due to failing to fulfil a fixture last time around but used the time wisely.

New overseas man Salman Ahmed has been a major factor in the success so far. A spokesman for the club said Ahmed had settled in really well and they were looking forward to progress under him throughout the season.

"He has already scored 40 in the Sam Jeffrey game, and was going well on 56 not out in the last league game which was washed out so we knew he was quality. He seems to be really enjoying his cricket and bringing out the best in the players around him which is obviously what you look for in an overseas player.

“His T20 innings on Saturday was outstanding. His 50 came off just 21 balls which puts him into the lead in the North West fastest 50 challenge and there seems to be plenty more to come. It has been a great start for us however we know we have to keep our eye on the ball because it is very early in the season, however the signs so far are positive."

MCFAUL DEBUTS FOR WARRIORS IN WIN AGAINST KNIGHTS

Bready’s Gregory McFaul enjoyed a successful debut for the NW warriors in their 50-over cup game at Stormont this week.

The 18 year-old played a pivotal role, taking two wickets as the NW edged out the hosts by just three runs in a rain-affected contest. Skipper William Porterfield and Aaron Gillespie both scored half centuries, with the Strabane man also taking two wickets in an excellent win for the under-strength Warriors.