The all time NW XI as selected by former Eglinton, Limavady and St Johnston cricketer John McMillan, who was also a NW and Irish selector, as well as a former NW President.
This was obviously a very difficult choice given the amount of incredibly talented cricketers from the region during my lifetime. I've selected the side for a 50-over contest, so apologies to some of those I've left out.
Scott Huey (captain) Incredible thinker about the game and meticulous in all he did. I played a lot under his captaincy and as well as being a tremendous cricketer he was always ahead of the game.
William Porterfield - His record speaks for itself. Initially he perhaps wasn't accepted as a prophet in his own land but has gone on to have a wonderful career, playing over 300 times for Ireland and counting. He has worked incredibly hard at his game and made the full use of his talent. I can see him becoming a future Ireland coach.
Decker Curry - On his day the most destructive batsman in Irish cricket. For a long period especially in his Limavady years he became such a powerhouse and consistently scored heavily. What a record. His bowling was a useful weapon too and those huge hands of his didn't miss many opportunities in the field. Incredible competitive spirit.
Stephen Smyth - Probably the most consistent batsman we have produced. Very talented with exceptional technique. Superb athlete and all-round sportsman. Could do anything and everything and seemed to be able to raise his game at will.
Peter Gillespie - Another cricketer who perhaps didn't receive the plaudits his career merited. To have played 124 times for Ireland shows just how highly regarded he was at that level. Stylish batsman who had power, timing and could improvise. Safe hands and before injury limited his bowling, a very good one. Scorer of the quickest century for Ireland.
Junior McBrine - What an incredible talent with the ball. A wily, innovative cricketer who was always working on ways to dismiss the batsman. Had the ball on a string and similar to Scott Huey. Could score very quickly and at his best in a crisis. Superb close catcher.
Andy McBrine - Still young and developing but another excellent all-round cricketer who has obviously learned a lot from his father and family. Keeps it tight woth the ball, has all the shots with the bat and magnificent fielder.
Allan Rutherford - Excellent gloveman who made it all look very easy. 'Nipper' was also a very useful batsman who again loved to tough it out in a battle.
Roy Torrens - Player/manager. Big Roy was a fiery competitor who on his day was a quite super pace bowler who was never beaten. A very hard hitting batsman the ball went a long way when he connected.
Boyd Rankin - It was great to see a local play Test cricket before Ireland became a Full Member. The pitches here weren't conducive to his pace but we saw his quality when he went up the playing ladder. When he clicked he was unplayable. Like William, he won a county championship medal with Warwickshire.
Craig Young - He ha really flourished this past year and I'm guessing that has been the influence of Rob Cassell. Whatever the reason, he seems to be bowling quicker than ever and one of the reasons for Ireland's mini revival. He can hit a big ball too and was one of the reasons behind Bready's Premier league success a few seasons ago.
My 12th and 13th men would be Stuart Thompson and Andy Britton who have been very consistent performers over the years. If they both continue in this vein they could well make my team next time.
Others who just missed the cut were Tommy Harpur, Ian Rankin, Brendan Donaghey, James McBrine, Aubrey Finlay, Mark Gillespie and David Cooke.