WILLIAM McClintock hit a stunning 11-ball half-century on Friday night in Donemana’s T20 win over Strabane at The Holm to put him into the lead for the North West’s Fastest 50.

There is a prize of £500 of sports equipment at the end of the season and McClintock has set the standard after bringing up his 50 in just nine scoring shots – eight sixes and a four); five of his first six balls cleared the fence.

He was out immediately afterwards for 55 but Ricky-Lee Dougherty continued the mayhem before he was run out for 99 (10 sixes and seven fours) as Donemana were bowled out for 227 – in the 19th over!

It proved more than enough as Strabane were dismissed for 76, Jordan McGonigle taking 5-14. Brigade won Friday’s other game, beating Glendermott by five wickets.

EYEBROWS were raised this week when Carrickfergus wicket-keeper Max Burton was selected to make his senior inter-provincial debut for North West Warriors.

First choice keeper Andrew Austin is injured and other leading contenders Marcus Poskitt and Gareth McKeegan are unavailable.

Ballyspallen professional Brendon Louw had been wearing the gloves in last week’s rain-ruined Championship game against Leinster Lightning but he was also ruled out this weekend because, bizarrely, his club was one of six who had fixtures in the T20 Blast, arranged in direct opposition to the inter-provincial festival in Dublin!

So Warriors’ selectors had to look elsewhere and Burton was the recommendation from Cricket Ireland.

Unfortunately for Warriors - and Burton – the BRA pupil injured his shoulder getting out of bed on Friday and, despite a man of the match performance with the bat in the Ulster Bank Schools Cup final that day, he also had to pull out!