Donemana’s flying start to the season continued at the weekend as they beat both Bonds Glen and the elements to put themselves in pole position in Group One of the T20 Championship.
The game nearly became the fifth casualty of the weather, having been originally called off before an about turn allowed the game to proceed.
A century stand between new skipper William McClintock and twin brother Gary blew away their hosts as sixes galore saw Donemana post 217. William hit four in his 55, but Gary stole the show with 11 in his 87, and he and Sam Huey then grabbed four wickets apiece in an emphatic 124-run win.
It’s been a whirlwind start for William, who took over the reins from Andrew Riddles as The Holm side look to regain the senior cup, having won the famous trophy an incredible six times in succession between 2012 and 2017.
(The McClintock twins)
The McClintock twins were part of all that success, having tasted their first glory as 15 year-olds.
Captain William has been pleased with the way his side have responded to the delayed campaign.
“It’s a good start for us and although our opposition haven’t been really tough, it’s great to get a few cobwebs blown off by getting out there into the middle.
“It’s also a bonus that Gary has decided to play. That is a huge boost to us as a team and it’s great to have him on board.”
While the line-up is a predominantly youthful one, there is a nice blend of experience in the ranks, with former international Dwayne McGerrigle to the fore last week, and McClintock acknowledged his benefit to the side in 20-over cricket.
“Dwayne is also playing well and the format suits him down to the ground. He’s a very dangerous player in any format and especially in t20 everyone knows what he’s capable of.
“T20 as a whole suits us as a team perfectly and we all enjoy playing the format. The senior cup is the only thing we are after this year and with players missing and Andy McBrine away with Ireland it will be tough.
"It’s good to see some other players stepping up and playing. As a whole for us it will be a tough year but we are a dangerous side when it comes to T20 and we know we can challenge any team when it comes down to it.”