It's advantage Scotland after the first of the T20 International series at Bready saw the visitors record a 6-wicket win over Kevin O'Brien's Ireland team.
New Head Coach John Bracewell gave debuts to Tyrone Kane and David Rankin ahead of the first International in the North West for more than a decade- Rankin's inclusion bringing the number of local players in the team to an unprecedented five.
The big Bready opener made the most of his opportunity too- top scoring with 33 (2 fours and a six) as Ireland made 146-5 in their 20 overs.
Skipper O'Brien with 30, Stuart Thompson (26*) and Max Sorensen (23*) all chipped in with the bat while Michael Leask (2-23) and Saffyan Sharif (2-31) fared best with the ball for the Scots.
It looked a modest total if truth be told and the hosts seemed a little more exposed than usual without those key, top-order regulars. As if to prove the point the visitors came flying out of the traps when it came their turn to bat.
Ireland's attack was unable to stem the flow of runs as Preston Mommsen's team began positively. They did get a fairly early breakthrough when Max Sorensen removed George Munsey for 12 but it was all Scotland after that.
Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer proved a lot more troublesome to shift with Cross in particularly dominant form. The keeper/batsman raced to his 50 from just 27 balls and from there on it was only a matter of how far.
Tyrone Kane will long remember his first over as a full International as he removed Cross (60- 10 fours and a six), Coetzer (19) and Leask (0) in the space of 6 balls, but it wasn't to be enough.
Craig Wallace (26*) and Richie Berrington (24*) posted an unbroken half century stand as Scotland won with tons in hand- Kane's 3-27 the pick of a disappointing show with the ball from Ireland.
A crowd in the region of 700 were there to see the International game return to the North West and although most of them will have gone home disappointed, another big attendance is expected on Friday (5.30pm) to see the second instalment.
- David Rankin receives first cap
- Tyrone Kane receives first cap from Dr Murray Power
- Ireland captain Kevin O'Brien
- The toss
- Officials and captains at the toss
- Captains Preston Mommsen and Kevin O'Brien at the toss
- Ireland and Scotland
- The 5 NW players
- David Rankin and Craig Young from the Bready club
- Boundary for Stuart Poynter
- Stuart Poynter is bowled
- Ali Evans bowling
- Ali Evans can't believe his bad luck
- Pulled by David Rankin
- Sharif celebrates
- Sharif took two wickets
- Runs for Andrew Poynter
- David Rankin top scored with 33
- John Anderson
- Kevin O'Brien scored 30 off 19 balls
- Missed chance
- Scotland celebrate the wicket
- Big appeal by Michael Leask
- Sharif bowling
- David Rankin is bowled by Michael Leask
- Mark Watt bowling
- Applause for David Rankin
- Huge appeal by Mark Watt
- Kevin O'Brien lofts...
- ..catch taken by Ali Evans
- Hooked by Max Sorensen
- Max Sorensen batting
- Stuart Thompson
- Max Sorensen bowling
- Matt Cross top scored with 60
- Kyle Coetzer
- Matt Cross
- Boundary by Matt Cross
- Kevin O'Brien bowling
- Turning for the second
- Dropped chance
- Reverse swept by Matty Cross
- Tyrone Kane bowling
- Tyrone Kane congratulated
- Ireland congratulate Tyrone Kane after taking th wicket
- The crowd applaud Matt Cross from the field
- Michael Leask is bowled by Tyrone Kane
- Another wicket for Tyrone Kane
- Tyrone Kane dismisses Kyle Coetzer
- Kyle Coetzer departs
- Appeal by Max Sorensen
- Missed catch by John Anderson
- Ritchie Berrington batting
- Craig Young
- Tyrone Kane took three wickets on debut for Ireland
- Craig Wallace
- Winning runs by Craig Wallace