The domestic cricket season finally got under way this weekend and following on from their opening night win against Ballyspallen it is Coleraine who lead the charge at the end of the first round of games.

The north coast men were back at it again on Saturday as they took a real stranglehold on their group with a stunning win at Eglinton.

Batting first, the villagers made 108-6 in their 20 overs with Tommy Orr (46) holding the innings together. Alan Whitcroft, formerly of Armagh CC fared best with the ball for the visitors as he claimed 2-25.

It was to be with the bat that the Bannsiders really shone however, Scott Campbell with 55 not out and Rishi Chopra an unbeaten 42 as they romped to a maximum 10-wicket victory, helped it has to be said by several missed chances for a well under-par Eglinton.

At The Rectory, another couple of new faces helped Newbuildings also post an impressive win as they had 8 wickets to spare over Glendermott.

Johnny Thompson (54*) and Ross Dougherty (52*) put together an unbroken century stand for the 3rd wicket as the Foyleview men chased down their target of of 142 with plenty to spare.

Jason Lynch had earlier made 38 and Bob Robinson 37 fared best with the bat for Alan Johnson's team while Graeme Robb (3-22) bowled best of Newbuildings' attack.

Brigade also hit the ground running just over the tins as they eased past St Johnston. Former Saint, Ryan Macbeth picked up 4 wickets for 11 runs- his brother Scott one of his victims- as the Donegal men could only manage 79-8.

Skipper Michael Rankin top scored with 22 while Sabin added 19, however 30 from David Barr and 29 from Ryan Hunter set the senior cup holders on their way to an easy win.

Donemana proved too strong for Ardmore, mostly courtesy of a typical Dwayne McGerrigle innings. The former Ireland player crashed 10 sixes and two fours ni his unbeaten 82 as McGerrigle shared an unbroken stand of 115 with Dean Mehaffey (38*).

Conor Brolly claimed 2-15 as the Holm outfit posted 153-3 and it was more than enough. Jarred Wilson's 21 was the best of Ardmore's response as two wickets apiece from Ash Buchanan, Mehaffey and Levi Dougherty saw them close 69 runs adrift on 84-8.

Closest game of the day was at Killyclooney where fellow Championship side Bonds Glen were the visitors.

'Clooney batted first and made 173-8 with William Finlay (46), Alan Colhoun (34) and Timmy Dougherty (30) all among the runs.

Two wickets apiece for Derek Curry and Sam Kincaid prevented the damage from being worse.

John Long gave the Bee Gees real hope as he made 61 at the start of their reply while Curry then added a valuable 42 to add to his wickets.

Stevie Barr chipped in with 21 but with 9 runs needed from the last three deliveries young Ben Nixon (22*) hit 10 off 2 to give the visitors a last-gasp 4 wicket win.

There was something of a turn-up in the day's other two games with a superb 87 from Ross McCay (9 fours and 5 sixes) helping Burndennett to stun Bready.

Andy Barr added 31 in the home side's 155-5, sharing a second wicket stand of 123 with the impressive McCay.

Conor Olphert with 3-8 easily the pick of the Bready bowlers.

The Premiership team struggled in reply, not helped by the loss of Davy Rankin first ball. Mark Roulston (4-15) and Mark Pollock (3-26) made life difficult, and Davy Scanlon's 20 was the best of their 88 all out.

Fox Lodge won at Strabane Park too as Brian Allen made 29 and Craig Doherty 21 in a modest total of 113-7.

Tom Harpur with 2-14 fared best of the Red Caps' attack while Murthy's 28 and 25 from opener Raorane was the best of their 95-7.

Aaron Heywood (3-18) and Jonny Robinson (2-27) ensured the visitors kept a stranglehold on the Red Caps batting, and fully deserved their win by 18 runs

Saturday's North West scores

At Beechgrove, Brigade (24 pts) beat St Johnston (1pt) by 8 wickets
St Johnston 79-8 (20 overs; M Rankin 22, Sabin 19, R Macbeth 4-11)
Brigade 80-2 (15 overs; D Barr 30, R Hunter 29)

At The Rectory, Glendermott (1pt) lost to Newbuildings (24 pts) by 8 wickets
Glendermott 142-6 (20 overs; J Lynch 38, R Robinson 37, G Robb 3-26)
Newbuildings 143-2 (15.5 overs, J Thompson 54*, R Dougherty 52*, C Ross 2-28)

At Strabane Park, Strabane (2pts) lost to Fox Lodge (23pts) by 18 runs
Fox Lodge 113-7 (20 overs; B Allen 29, C Doherty 21, T Harpur 2-14)
Strabane 95-7 (20 overs; V Murthy 28, R Raorane 25, A Heywood 3-18, J Robinson 2-27)

At Eglinton, Eglinton (0 pts) lost to Coleraine (25pts) by 10 wickets
Eglinton 108-6 (20 overs; T Orr 46, A Whitcroft 2-25)
Coleraine 109-0 (17.4 overs; S Campbell 55, R Chopra 41)

At Burndennett, Burndennett (25pts) beat Bready (0pts) by 67 runs
Burndennett 155-5 (20 overs; R McCay 87, A Barr 31, C Olphert 3-8)
Bready 88 all out (19.1 overs; D Scanlon 20, M Roulston 4-15, M Pollock 3-26)

At Killyclooney, Bonds Glen (22pts) beat Killyclooney (3pts) by 4 wickets
Killyclooney 173-8 (20 overs; W Finlay 46, A Colhoun 34, T Dougherty 30, D Curry 2-28, J Kincaid 2-31)
Bonds Glen 175-6 (19.5 overs; J Long 61, D Curry 42, B Nixon 22*, S Barr 21, J Nelson 2-35)

At the Holm, Donemana (25pts) beat Ardmore (0pts) by 69 runs
Donemana 153-3 (20 overs; D McGerrigle 82*, D Mehaffey 38*, C Brolly 2-15)
Ardmore 84-8 (20 overs; J Wilson 21, A Buchanan 2-4, D Mehaffey 2-18, L Dougherty 2-28)