It was a good weekend too for Bready and their new captain Ian Young, who followed up a Premiership win over Killyclooney with two T20 victories against St Johnston and Ballyspallen.

The skipper was pleased to start with not only the success, but the fact that a wide range of players contributed to the success, including new overseas professional Parth Palawat.

“It was a good weekend for us, definitely nice to get things rolling with three good wins,” said Young, who stepped into the captaincy role after 12 years of David Scanlon being at the helm.

“We got  a chance to rotate the batters around a little so everyone got a bit of time in the middle as training has been badly hampered with the weather we were having.

“The bowlers all got plenty of overs under their belts, so we couldn’t have asked for much more at this early stage.”

Those bowlers include Irish international Conor Olphert who returned after missing most of the 2023 season, and in the spin department, new overseas player Parth Palawat, who marked his debut with a five-wickets haul. Was he pleased to have his new signing settle in so quickly to the new surroundings?

“Parth was very impressive, with two very good knocks, and was excellent with the ball too, getting nine wickets over the two days - you can’t really ask for much more really.”

What would Young not give for another few wickets and a win from Parth and his team as they head to Donemana on Saturday – a tough contest for both and already it has the makings of a crucial game in the title hunt.