NWCU News & Reports 2018
It's Your Call - Umpire Education It's Your Call - Umpire Education ( ) ZZZZ4:35 amZZZZ
The North West Umpires & Scorers Association will be holding an umpires training course at Glendermott Cricket Club for three consecutive Sundays starting on 27 January.
Glendermott sign Sri Lankan speedster Glendermott sign Sri Lankan speedster ( ) ZZZZ5:56 pmZZZZ
Glendermott have announced the signing of Keshan Wijerathne this weekend as the Bonds Street outfit prepares for their impending return to the top flight of North West cricket.
Bready re-sign Irosh Samarasooriya Bready re-sign Irosh Samarasooriya ( ) ZZZZ6:04 pmZZZZ
Bready have confirmed they have re-signed overseas professional Irosh Samarasooriya for the 2019 season.
Tough challenges for NW in Irish Cups Tough challenges for NW in Irish Cups ( ) ZZZZ11:42 pmZZZZ
The NW sides face some daunting tasks if they are to end their barren run in Ireland's Premier Cup competition.
NW Senior Cup draw made NW Senior Cup draw made ( ) ZZZZ1:38 amZZZZ
Holders Brigade will start their defence of the NW Senior Cup with a home tie against Championship side Burndennett.
NW Senior Cup draw on Radio Foyle NW Senior Cup draw on Radio Foyle ( ) ZZZZ2:20 amZZZZ
The draw for the 2019 NW Senior Cup will take place on Thursday morning at 08:30am on BBC Radio Foyle.
St Johnston sign South African all-rounder St Johnston sign South African all-rounder ( ) ZZZZ5:49 pmZZZZ
St Johnston have signed all-rounder Jarred Smit as their overseas player for the 2019 season.
NW putting women's cricket top of the agenda NW putting women's cricket top of the agenda ( ) ZZZZ6:54 pmZZZZ
The second part of Emma Doherty's article on women's cricket in the NW takes a look at how the Union are looking to promote and grow the game in a difficult environment.
North West considering changes to T20 format North West considering changes to T20 format ( ) ZZZZ3:51 amZZZZ
The NWCU is to hold an open meeting on Thursday 6 December at Eglinton Cricket Club (7pm) in keeping with the governance changes voted in by delegates at last year's AGM.
300 up for Hume 300 up for Hume ( ) ZZZZ7:58 pmZZZZ
It was a very happy 28th birthday for Coleraine's overseas professional Graham Hume as he captured his 300th first-class wicket.
Death of Jim McGranaghan Death of Jim McGranaghan ( ) ZZZZ11:51 pmZZZZ
There was widespread shock throughout the NW cricket community following the death of Jim McGranaghan earlier this week.
NW Review 16: Newbuildings NW Review 16: Newbuildings ( ) ZZZZ12:58 amZZZZ
It was a modest season in terms of league position for Newbuildings, but a historic one in which they officially opened and named their new ground, won the Eric Cooke T20, and came within one ball of reaching the Senior Cup final.
Women playing cricket is like men trying to knit Women playing cricket is like men trying to knit ( ) ZZZZ1:10 amZZZZ
Ladies cricket seems to run along a parallel timeline, one that ostensibly limps behind the rest of the sporting world. Unfortunately, each milestone is delayed.
NW Review 15: St Johnston NW Review 15: St Johnston ( ) ZZZZ11:17 pmZZZZ
It was a steady season for the Saints who finished fifth in the Championship, winning six matches and losing seven matches.
Ardmore sign teenage South African Pienaar Ardmore sign teenage South African Pienaar ( ) ZZZZ3:51 amZZZZ
Ardmore have announced 19 year-old South African Peet Pienaar as their overseas player for the 2019 season.
Ballyspallen target South African Louw Ballyspallen target South African Louw ( ) ZZZZ9:21 pmZZZZ
Ballyspallen have targeted Brendon Louw as their overseas professional for the 2019 season.
NW Review 14: Bonds Glen NW Review 14: Bonds Glen ( ) ZZZZ1:19 amZZZZ
It was a tough season for Bonds Glen who finished seventh in the Championship, winning three games along the way.
NW Review 13: Burndennett NW Review 13: Burndennett ( ) ZZZZ11:50 pmZZZZ
It was a solid season for Burndennett, who finished in fourth place in the Championship, and at one stage looked as if they could making a promotion push before tailing off.
NW Review 12: Drummond NW Review 12: Drummond ( ) ZZZZ9:46 pmZZZZ
It was a difficult season for Drummond who finished bottom of the Championship after winning just three of their league matches.
Great Britton scoops two awards Great Britton scoops two awards ( ) ZZZZ1:49 pmZZZZ
Brigade captain Andy Britton was named the North West Player of the Year at the annual Awards Dinner in Eglinton.
NW Review 11: Glendermott NW Review 11: Glendermott ( ) ZZZZ8:14 amZZZZ
It was a season to remember for The Rectory side as they won a divisional title for the first time in their history, securing a return to the top echelons of NW cricket.
Kevin Martin rejoins St Johnston Kevin Martin rejoins St Johnston ( ) ZZZZ2:28 amZZZZ
Kevin Martin has re-joined St Johnston as their Development Officer/Head Coach.
NW Review 10: Strabane NW Review 10: Strabane ( ) ZZZZ9:44 amZZZZ
Strabane looked favourites for relegation after an opening day horror display, but once they got their full team out onto the park, they emerged as potentially title challengers before falling away.
NW Review 9: Fox Lodge NW Review 9: Fox Lodge ( ) ZZZZ10:09 pmZZZZ
It was a disappointing season for Fox Lodge, who were relegated after finishing bottom of the Premiership table.
Limavady bow out of NW cricket Limavady bow out of NW cricket ( ) ZZZZ11:56 amZZZZ
Limavady Cricket Club have announced that they have been forced to withdraw from the North West league with immediate effect- bringing to an end the story of one of the Union's most successful members.
NW Review 8: Ardmore NW Review 8: Ardmore ( ) ZZZZ12:29 amZZZZ
It was a season to forget for the Bleachgreen side as they fell through the relegation trap-door after losing the play-off convincingly against Ballyspallen.
NW Review 7: Eglinton NW Review 7: Eglinton ( ) ZZZZ1:20 amZZZZ
It was a steady enough season for Eglinton, who finished sixth in the league and came close to capturing the senior cup.
Step back in time 1 Step back in time 1 ( ) ZZZZ9:03 pmZZZZ
We go back to May 1933 and the NW threatened to withdraw from the Irish Cricket Union if a Leinster Cricket Union proposal was adopted by the governing body.
NW Review 6: Ballyspallen NW Review 6: Ballyspallen ( ) ZZZZ11:54 pmZZZZ
It was a year to remember for Ballyspallen as they gained promotion to the Premier League, while they also captured the Sammy Jeffrey Cup.
NW Review 5: Coleraine NW Review 5: Coleraine ( ) ZZZZ1:40 amZZZZ
Despite losing a number of high profile players, Coleraine managed a second place finish in the Premier League, which showed the value of teamwork rather than individual efforts.
NW Review 4: Bready NW Review 4: Bready ( ) ZZZZ11:51 pmZZZZ
It was a season to remember for Bready as they clinched a historic first Premier League title.
NW Review 3: Donemana NW Review 3: Donemana ( ) ZZZZ6:33 amZZZZ
There was to be no magnificent seven cup wins in a row for Donemana, and they struggled in the league which by their high standards amounts to a bitterly disappointing season.
McKeegan off Down Under McKeegan off Down Under ( ) ZZZZ10:03 pmZZZZ
Newbuildings teenager Trent McKeegan is off to Australia for the winter, playing for Moorooduc in Victoria.
NW Review 2: Killyclooney NW Review 2: Killyclooney ( ) ZZZZ9:37 pmZZZZ
It was a fine season for Killyclooney, as their senior side just missed out on promotion to the top flight of NW cricket.
NW Review 1: Brigade NW Review 1: Brigade ( ) ZZZZ4:41 amZZZZ
It was most definitely a season of two halves for the Beechgrove side, who in the early part of the campaign languished in the relegation zone.
Strabane Saints secure second spot Strabane Saints secure second spot ( ) ZZZZ12:15 amZZZZ
Strabane Saints ladies secured second spot in the league with a win over local rivals Fox Lodge on Friday evening last as the curtain fell on the 2018 Championship.
Eglinton beat St Johnston to win U15 cup Eglinton beat St Johnston to win U15 cup ( ) ZZZZ11:14 pmZZZZ
Eglinton sealed a league and cup double as they beat St Johnston by eight wickets in the final.
Kennedy and McCallum star as Ballyspallen hammer Ardmore Kennedy and McCallum star as Ballyspallen hammer Ardmore ( ) ZZZZ5:33 pmZZZZ
We probably should have known that a weird and wonderful domestic cricket season would have one more twist left as Ballyspallen defied the odds to beat Ardmore in Saturday's promotion/relegation play-off at Bready.
NW Women name squad for interpro series NW Women name squad for interpro series ( ) ZZZZ9:06 amZZZZ
The NW have named a young squad or the interpro tri-series against the NCU and a Leinster select.
Sion Mills on the brink Sion Mills on the brink ( ) ZZZZ6:45 pmZZZZ
The reality is that the point was moot. As far as Sion were concerned the season was all about survival, and trying everything they could to keep their club afloat.
Cup of three for Donemana Cup of three for Donemana ( ) ZZZZ7:17 pmZZZZ
It may have been a barren summer for the 1st XI at Donemana this season, but any available space in the Holm trophy cabinet has already been filled by their second string.
McKillop and Hamilton star as Bready win another cup McKillop and Hamilton star as Bready win another cup ( ) ZZZZ7:14 pmZZZZ
Bready Fourths collected the Q4 Cup on Monday night after they beat local rivals Fox Lodge by 19 runs at Drummond.
Party still in full swing at Bready Party still in full swing at Bready ( ) ZZZZ7:09 pmZZZZ
They've waited 80 years to celebrate a senior title win at Bready and Davy Scalon's boys certainly made the most of their success this season with a party that was still in full swing in Magheramason on Sunday night.
Rectory boys end promotion wait Rectory boys end promotion wait ( ) ZZZZ5:24 amZZZZ
Glendermott will return to he top flight of North West cricket for the first time in almost 6 years next season despite what was in the end an anti-climactic title win on Sunday.
Newbuildings continue to inspire Newbuildings continue to inspire ( ) ZZZZ5:24 amZZZZ
There was a fantastic turnout for the official opening of Newbuildings' changing rooms and clubhouse facility on Sunday as the North West's newest senior club completed the next phase of their development programme.
Fox Lodge relegated while Ardmore face play-off Fox Lodge relegated while Ardmore face play-off ( ) ZZZZ1:38 amZZZZ
There was a very clear end-of-summer feel to Saturday's Premier Division action as the adverse weather took its toll on the final day of the regular season.
Bready should be proud of their efforts Bready should be proud of their efforts ( ) ZZZZ1:11 pmZZZZ
INTERNATIONAL cricket returned to the North West last week and despite the “lack of promotion” for the three Twenty20 fixtures against Afghanistan, the spectators turned out to ensure a good atmosphere.
Foxies facing survival battle Foxies facing survival battle ( ) ZZZZ4:33 amZZZZ
It promises to be a difficult weekend for Fox Lodge who are faced with the prospect of automatic relegation if they fail to win at Coleraine.
Curtain falls on NW season Curtain falls on NW season ( ) ZZZZ4:06 amZZZZ
The curtain falls on another domestic cricket programme this weekend with only the promotion and relegation play-offs left to unravel at senior level after this.
Crunch game in Championship Crunch game in Championship ( ) ZZZZ5:49 amZZZZ
The Championship will be decided this weekend, with the crunch game taking place at The Rectory on Saturday when two of the three title contenders, Glendermott and Killyclooney, meet.
Ballyspallen win trophy Ballyspallen win trophy ( ) ZZZZ5:41 amZZZZ
Ballyspallen picked up the Sammy Jeffrey Shield on Sunday afternoon after a protracted but enthralling final against Glendermott at Eglinton.
Up for the cup Up for the cup ( ) ZZZZ4:11 pmZZZZ
It was a busy weekend for cup action right across the NW, with all the matches being completed despite the inclement weather.
Aaron off Down Under Aaron off Down Under ( ) ZZZZ12:02 amZZZZ
Strabane all-rounder Aaron Gillespie is off ‘Down Under’ again this season. The 21 year-old enjoyed a successful season there in 2016-17, but a shoulder injury meant he missed out last season.
Gormley the hero as Ardmore beat Fox Lodge Gormley the hero as Ardmore beat Fox Lodge ( ) ZZZZ11:47 pmZZZZ
Needing 31 to win from the last 5 overs, Gormley clubbed 5 fours and 2 sixes- as he and David Anthony took 31 runs from 11 deliveries between the 26th and 27th overs as the Foxies failed to close it out.
Focus switches to relegation battle in NW Focus switches to relegation battle in NW ( ) ZZZZ12:34 amZZZZ
Bready may have won the title on Sunday but there remains plenty of unfinished business heading into the last couple of matches of 2018.
Donemana win Midweek Cup Donemana win Midweek Cup ( ) ZZZZ6:09 amZZZZ
Donemana won the Midweek Cup after they beat Killyclooney by six wickets in a high scoring encounter at Bonds Glen.
80 not out for DW Caldwell 80 not out for DW Caldwell ( ) ZZZZ2:30 amZZZZ
It’s many happy returns to former international umpire Davy Caldwell who celebrated his 80th birthday at the weekend.
Scanlon pride at Bready title triumph Scanlon pride at Bready title triumph ( ) ZZZZ2:16 amZZZZ
There were great celebrations at Magheramason over the weekend as Bready claimed a historic, and fully deserved first league title.
Burndennett clinch Ladies League Burndennett clinch Ladies League ( ) ZZZZ12:31 amZZZZ
Burndennett picked up the vital points they needed to secure the North-West Ladies League as they narrowly defeated local rivals Fox Lodge.
King Henry keeps Killyclooney in the hunt King Henry keeps Killyclooney in the hunt ( ) ZZZZ12:27 amZZZZ
There was little change in the Championship table on Saturday with just Killyclooney's win at Burndennett having any impact on the top four places.
Bready crowned champions Bready crowned champions ( ) ZZZZ12:29 amZZZZ
BREADY are Long’s SuperValu Premiership champions for the first time in their history.
Bready win historic first title Bready win historic first title ( ) ZZZZ1:16 pmZZZZ
Bready collected the point that they needed to secure the Premier title on Sunday as the Magheramason outfit dug deep yet again despite a narrow defeat to Brigade.
Bready one point away from title Bready one point away from title ( ) ZZZZ11:35 pmZZZZ
The Premiership title was Bready's in all but name on Saturday night after the Magheramason side posted a 38-run win over second-placed Coleraine to move within a single point of their first ever top-flight league championship.
Scanlon taking nothing for granted Scanlon taking nothing for granted ( ) ZZZZ11:42 amZZZZ
BREADY captain David Scanlon has been around too long to take anything for granted, so while the Magheramason side can win their first league title tomorrow, he and his team are preparing for all eventualities.
Premier title race drawing to a close Premier title race drawing to a close ( ) ZZZZ1:10 amZZZZ
There could be one or two calculators at the ready this weekend as the Premier Division title race heads into its final throes.
Bready on the brink of historic title Bready on the brink of historic title ( ) ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
Davy Scanlon will head into what is a very busy and very pivotal weekend for Bready Cricket Club knowing that by Sunday night he could become the first person in the club's history to lift the North West senior title.
Fox Lodge and Killyclooney win in Ladies League Fox Lodge and Killyclooney win in Ladies League ( ) ZZZZ2:52 amZZZZ
It was back to all the action this week North West Ladies league with two games down for decision.
Strabane beaten by Coleraine in U13 final Strabane beaten by Coleraine in U13 final ( ) ZZZZ2:48 amZZZZ
Strabane’s Under 13 cricketers lost out in the final of the Under 13 cup against Coleraine earlier this week.
Q cups round-up Q cups round-up ( ) ZZZZ7:07 amZZZZ
The first of this season’s Qualifying Cup finals was decided at the weekend with Donemana edging out Eglinton in a low scoring thriller at the Bleachgreen.
All-round Logue fires Burndennett to top of table All-round Logue fires Burndennett to top of table ( ) ZZZZ5:45 amZZZZ
With the North West Ladies league now split into two divisions, in League One, the opening fixture went ahead this past Friday night with Burndennett picking up a crucial win against visitors Fox Lodge.
Brigade coast past Eglinton Brigade coast past Eglinton ( ) ZZZZ11:02 amZZZZ
Senior cup winners Brigade are up into fourth place in the Premier Division table after a fairly routine win over Eglinton at Beechgrove on Sunday.
Clooney run riot as promotion race cranks up Clooney run riot as promotion race cranks up ( ) ZZZZ3:11 pmZZZZ
The race for promotion to the Premier Division looks to have come down to three teams after Ballyspallen’s crushing win over fourth-placed Burndennett on Saturday set up an intriguing final few weeks.
Dalzell to captain NW U17 girls against NCU Dalzell to captain NW U17 girls against NCU ( ) ZZZZ2:59 pmZZZZ
Bready speedster Alana Dalzell will skipper the NW Under 17 girls team in a match against their NCU counterparts at Coleraine on Tuesday.
Bready on cusp of title after beating Strabane Bready on cusp of title after beating Strabane ( ) ZZZZ11:53 amZZZZ
Bready’s lead at the top of the Premiership remains intact with three games to go after the Magheramason men out-battled second-placed Strabane in an enjoyable contest up at the Park.
Burndennett loving the competitive life Burndennett loving the competitive life ( ) ZZZZ1:31 amZZZZ
Few observers would have given Burndennett much chance of being involved in this season's Championship race and yet Eddie McGettigan's team are less than one win away from the promotion play-off place.
Gillespie back in form as Strabane face Bready Gillespie back in form as Strabane face Bready ( ) ZZZZ1:25 amZZZZ
Following a run of three ducks in a week, he smashed 125 to take his tally to 600 runs for the season, and with Strabane still involved in the Irish Senior Cup, there is an outside chance he could close in on the magical 1000 run mark.
40 not out for evergreen Junior 40 not out for evergreen Junior ( ) ZZZZ4:57 amZZZZ
Junior McBrine made his Donemana debut just prior to his 15th birthday in the summer of 1978, at the beginning of what has been the most remarkable of careers.
Top-two showdown heads fascinating league programme Top-two showdown heads fascinating league programme ( ) ZZZZ2:35 amZZZZ
With the senior cup final done and dusted, attention now switches to what looks certain to be a fascinating conclusion to this season’s Premier Division league campaign.
Championship round-up Championship round-up ( ) ZZZZ5:21 amZZZZ
It was a very quiet few days on the Championship front as is usually the case on cup final weekend- with only the two Sam Jeffrey Shield semi-finals down for decision this time.
Devine and Allen star as Fox Lodge win cup Devine and Allen star as Fox Lodge win cup ( ) ZZZZ8:39 amZZZZ
Fox Lodge claimed the North West Ladies cup for the first time in five years in a thrilling game after defeating Strabane Saints by 27 runs.
Ballyspallen beat St Johnston to close gap at top Ballyspallen beat St Johnston to close gap at top ( ) ZZZZ2:05 pmZZZZ
Ballyspallen have closed the gap on Glendermott at the top of the Championship to just one win after the Roe Valley side sealed a 46-run victory over St Johnston.
Donemana beat Bready to open up title race Donemana beat Bready to open up title race ( ) ZZZZ2:31 amZZZZ
Donemana beat Bready in high scoring thriller to open up the title race, as Strabane and Coleraine win to close the gap.
Ballyspallen to meet Glendermott in Sammy Jeffrey final Ballyspallen to meet Glendermott in Sammy Jeffrey final ( ) ZZZZ1:49 amZZZZ
Ballyspallen and Glendermott will meet in the final of the Sammy Jeffrey shield after they came through their semi-finals over the weekend.
Senior Cup back at Beechgrove Senior Cup back at Beechgrove ( ) ZZZZ1:15 amZZZZ
The Senior Cup is back in Beechgrove for the first time in eight years after Andy Britton’s Brigade side completed a comprehensive 94 runs victory over Eglinton.
Brigade ahead despite Eglinton fightback Brigade ahead despite Eglinton fightback ( ) ZZZZ8:27 amZZZZ
Eglinton fought back to take four second innings wickets last night in the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup final, but Brigade still have a 132 runs advantage at the end of the first day at Bready.
Villagers downed in Battle of Britton Villagers downed in Battle of Britton ( ) ZZZZ2:29 pmZZZZ
Andy Britton was the toast of Beechgrove on Saturday night after the Brigade skipper steered his side to a 94-run victory in this year’s senior cup.
Eglinton fightback leaves cup final intriguingly poised Eglinton fightback leaves cup final intriguingly poised ( ) ZZZZ2:08 amZZZZ
Four late wickets for Eglinton means it's all to play for on the second day of the NW Senior Cup final at Bready, although the advantage still rests with Brigade.
Brigade and Eglinton square up in cup showdown Brigade and Eglinton square up in cup showdown ( ) ZZZZ7:39 amZZZZ
Two relatively “new” sides will line up at the start of the cup final at Bready on Friday as Brigade and Eglinton bid to claim the famous old trophy at the end of Donemana’s period of stunning cup dominance.
Tyrone Round-Up Tyrone Round-Up ( ) ZZZZ7:26 amZZZZ
All the latest news from the region as Bready and Strabane continue their memorable seasons, while Donemana's Second XI are en route to a possible treble.
Creevedonnell leave legacy for NW cricket Creevedonnell leave legacy for NW cricket ( ) ZZZZ7:19 amZZZZ
There was some excellent news for North West cricket ahead of this week’s senior cup final as the Union unveiled the Creevedonnell Bursary Scheme which is set to take effect from January 2019.
Britton and Thompson relishing cup final clash Britton and Thompson relishing cup final clash ( ) ZZZZ12:08 amZZZZ
FOR THE first time in seven years, the NW Senior Cup final takes place without Donemana but it leaves their semi-final conquerors Brigade in an unusual position.
Glendermott stay top Glendermott stay top ( ) ZZZZ3:00 pmZZZZ
The Championship promotion race is now up to full speed and it is Glendermott who are in the box seat after a hard-fought win over St Johnston.
Strabane Saints and Fox Lodge clash in Ladies Cup Strabane Saints and Fox Lodge clash in Ladies Cup ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
This coming Friday night 27th July sees the final of the Derry Midweek Ladies Cup which is being hosted by Burndennett Cricket Club.
Brigade and Newbuildings win on T20 finals day Brigade and Newbuildings win on T20 finals day ( ) ZZZZ2:59 pmZZZZ
Sunday’s North West T20 finals day was played in front of a very large crowd at the Rectory with the first game, the Eric Cooke final, won by Newbuildings in a thrilling finish, while Brigade beat Bready in the second match.
Bready stay on historic title track Bready stay on historic title track ( ) ZZZZ10:55 pmZZZZ
Gareth McKeegan was the toast of the division on Saturday after the Brigade opener starred in his side’s telling league win at the Holm; a result that puts a massive dent in the champions’ quest to retain their title.
Young guns go for it Young guns go for it ( ) ZZZZ1:19 amZZZZ
It was another great weekend for Bready as they won convincingly at near neighbours Fox Lodge to sit proudly at the summit of the Premiership table.
Bready look to tighten title grip Bready look to tighten title grip ( ) ZZZZ1:14 amZZZZ
There’s a busy weekend ahead for Premier Division leaders Bready, as Davy Scanlon’s side entertain Ardmore in the league on Saturday before tackling Brigade in the Faughan Valley Cup Final the following day.
Eric Cooke Cup final on Sunday Eric Cooke Cup final on Sunday ( ) ZZZZ2:22 amZZZZ
The final of this season’s Eric Cooke Cup will see Bonds Glen tackle Newbuildings at Glendermott this coming Sunday with action set to get under way at 12 noon.
Glendermott on title mission Glendermott on title mission ( ) ZZZZ2:18 amZZZZ
The runners and riders in this year’s Championship title race have made the turn for home and it is Glendermott who are in the box seat after a day of one-sided matches.
Glendermott to host T20 finals day Glendermott to host T20 finals day ( ) ZZZZ3:39 pmZZZZ
Due to the fixture backlog currently facing Ballyspallen CC it has become necessary for the NWCU to find an alternative venue for this Sunday's T20 finals day.
Scanlon's boys sticking the pace Scanlon's boys sticking the pace ( ) ZZZZ9:42 pmZZZZ
With just six league games to go it is Bready who are in the driving seat as this season’s title race heads towards what should now be a really thrilling conclusion.
Premier sides return to league action Premier sides return to league action ( ) ZZZZ2:33 amZZZZ
North West Premier Division sides return to league duty this coming Saturday as the race for honours, and indeed survival, heads into the home straight.
Gillespie glitters in Warriors gloom Gillespie glitters in Warriors gloom ( ) ZZZZ2:28 amZZZZ
One of the few positives to emerge from the weekend was the form of Strabane’s Aaron Gillespie, who was named in the top five players of the event, following his 80 against Munster Knights and 34 against eventual champions Leinster Lightning.
Crunch weekend looms for Championship sides Crunch weekend looms for Championship sides ( ) ZZZZ2:14 amZZZZ
There is action on several fronts this coming weekend for second-tier sides; a full programme in the league on Saturday followed by a couple of quarter-final ties in the National Cup and one semi-final in the Sammy Jeffrey Shield some 24-hours later.
Fox Lodge and Strabane Saints lead title race Fox Lodge and Strabane Saints lead title race ( ) ZZZZ12:53 amZZZZ
The race for the NW Ladies title is hotting up with Fox Lodge and Strabane Saints leading the way after the latest round of games.
NW Ladies side to play NCU selected NW Ladies side to play NCU selected ( ) ZZZZ2:43 amZZZZ
Emma Allen of Fox Lodge will captain the NW Ladies side which will take on the NCU at Burndennett this Sunday.
Double success for Strabane youth teams Double success for Strabane youth teams ( ) ZZZZ1:58 amZZZZ
There was cause for double celebration as the Strabane U11 and U13 teams reached the finals of their respective competitions this week.
Eglinton and Donemana reach Q1 cup final Eglinton and Donemana reach Q1 cup final ( ) ZZZZ12:26 amZZZZ
Three Tyrone sides were in action in the semi-finals of the Qualifying One Cup, but only Donemana emerged victorious, and they will play Eglinton in the final at Ardmore at the start of August.
Glendermott win but Killyclooney slip up Glendermott win but Killyclooney slip up ( ) ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
The domestic action was subsequently left to Championship sides albeit a local bereavement caused the postponement of the match between Ballyspallen and St Johnston. That gave Glendermott and Killyclooney the chance to keep the pressure on at the top and it was the Rectory side who were to take advantage.
Warriors lose two matches in T20 Warriors lose two matches in T20 ( ) ZZZZ11:48 pmZZZZ
It was a quiet weekend on the domestic cricket front this time as all four Premiership ties in the Premier Division were postponed to facilitate the Interprovincial T20 Blitz in Dublin.
Table toppers Bready searching first title Table toppers Bready searching first title ( ) ZZZZ10:43 pmZZZZ
After a few seasons of struggle, the transformation has been remarkable, and skipper David Scanlon pointed out what he feels are the main reasons for their success to date.
Bonds Glen and Newbuildings reach final Bonds Glen and Newbuildings reach final ( ) ZZZZ2:44 pmZZZZ
The Eric Cooke final will be between Bonds Glen and Newbuildings after they recorded wins over widely fancied Glendermott and St Johnston in the semi finals.
Bready beat Killyclooney in Ladies League Bready beat Killyclooney in Ladies League ( ) ZZZZ11:38 pmZZZZ
Even with temperatures soaring only one ladies game went down for decision as Bready picked up their first victory against Killyclooney at Magheramason.
Glendermott top after heated Championship weekend Glendermott top after heated Championship weekend ( ) ZZZZ10:18 pmZZZZ
There was another busy programme for Championship sides this weekend with matches in the senior cup, Sammy Jeffrey Shield and league spread across the two days.
Brigade and Eglinton reach cup final Brigade and Eglinton reach cup final ( ) ZZZZ2:01 pmZZZZ
Donemana’s quest for a record seventh senior cup win on the bounce ended at the penultimate hurdle on Sunday as Brigade finally put one over on their old adversaries with a 4-wicket win in Tyrone.
Bready and Coleraine continue to set the pace Bready and Coleraine continue to set the pace ( ) ZZZZ9:38 pmZZZZ
Day one of a busy week of North West cricket saw yet more twists and turns at both ends of the Premier Division while frayed tempers made the headlines in the game between Ballyspallen and Newbuildings as the Sammy Jeffrey Shield got under way in the Championship.
Bready and Brigade reach Faughan Valley Cup final Bready and Brigade reach Faughan Valley Cup final ( ) ZZZZ9:20 pmZZZZ
Local cricket and Bready will face Brigade in the final of the Faughan Valley T20 after wins last night (THURS) against Donemana and Coleraine.
Final four battle for senior showdown spot Final four battle for senior showdown spot ( ) ZZZZ3:03 pmZZZZ
The big weekends keep on coming for the North West cricket public and the pace picks up again over the coming days with a full league programme on Saturday followed by the senior cup semi-finals , and also the start of the Sam Jeffrey Shield.
Strabane soaring in sizzling season Strabane soaring in sizzling season ( ) ZZZZ3:00 pmZZZZ
It really was a Carlsberg weekend for Tyrone’s senior clubs as they produced a clean sweep over their Derry counterparts.
Killyclooney go top in promotion race Killyclooney go top in promotion race ( ) ZZZZ10:32 pmZZZZ
The action is coming thick and fast at the minute in the Championship and it is Killyclooney who hold the lead in the promotion race as that reaches its mid-way point in the season.
Fox Lodge and Strabane Saints reach Ladies final Fox Lodge and Strabane Saints reach Ladies final ( ) ZZZZ5:21 amZZZZ
Fox Lodge will meet Strabane Saints in the Ladies Cup final following the Ballymagorry sides 8-wicket win over Burndennett.
Britton wins Player of the Round Britton wins Player of the Round ( ) ZZZZ2:27 amZZZZ
Andy Britton has won the Player of the Round award in round two of the NW Senior Cup.
Tyrone 4 Derry 0 Tyrone 4 Derry 0 ( ) ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
Bready are back at the top of the Premiership table after another fascinating afternoon of cricket across the North West on Saturday.
Coleraine missing key players for Fox Lodge clash Coleraine missing key players for Fox Lodge clash ( ) ZZZZ12:56 amZZZZ
League leaders Coleraine travel to Fox Lodge this weekend hoping to extend their winning start to the season to an impressive five out of six.
Scanlon hoping Bready can get back on track Scanlon hoping Bready can get back on track ( ) ZZZZ10:36 pmZZZZ
It’s all about the Premier Division this Saturday after a raft of recent cup fixtures and as clubs’ head towards the half-way stage of the season there is still no telling how the title race might pan out this summer.
Gallagher gleeful after Strabane glory Gallagher gleeful after Strabane glory ( ) ZZZZ10:27 pmZZZZ
It was certainly a weekend to remember for Strabane, who despite being without the influential Peter Gillespie, recorded back-to-back wins beating Eglinton on Saturday, and then followed it up with a nerve jangling one-run win against Muckamore in the Irish Senior Cup.
Fox Lodge Ladies stay top Fox Lodge Ladies stay top ( ) ZZZZ9:32 pmZZZZ
In the North-West Ladies League Fox Lodge show no sign of being knocked off the top spot as they recorded another victory against Newbuildings.
Action packed weekend for Championship sides Action packed weekend for Championship sides ( ) ZZZZ8:16 pmZZZZ
There was no shortage of entertainment for followers of Championship cricket with action across three competitions over the past weekend.
Donemana meet Brigade in cup semi-final Donemana meet Brigade in cup semi-final ( ) ZZZZ7:49 amZZZZ
Holders Donemana have been given a home tie against Brigade in the semi-final of the NW Senior Cup.
Brigade pull off the great escape Brigade pull off the great escape ( ) ZZZZ1:55 pmZZZZ
Brigade pulled off the great escape to book their place in the NW senior cup semi-finals after a superb game-changing partnership between skipper Andy Britton and teenager Kyle Magee.
McBrine heroics deny Fox Lodge McBrine heroics deny Fox Lodge ( ) ZZZZ9:43 pmZZZZ
Champions Donemana started the day bottom of the table after three defeats in their first four games and the Holm side had to chase down 328 runs before climbing out of 8th place with a nail-biting victory over Fox Lodge.
Double delight as hectic weekend looms Double delight as hectic weekend looms ( ) ZZZZ12:28 amZZZZ
The North West cricket public are in for a treat this weekend (weather permitting) as Saturday’s Premier Division programme is followed 24-hours later by the three remaining quarter-final ties in the senior cup.
Foxies on a run Foxies on a run ( ) ZZZZ12:24 amZZZZ
It’s been a great start to the season for Fox Lodge, who produced one of their best performances at Premier level with their destruction of Brigade at the weekend.
Strabane and Fox Lodge top Ladies League Strabane and Fox Lodge top Ladies League ( ) ZZZZ11:55 pmZZZZ
This week saw two matches taking place in the NW Ladies League, with early pace setters Strabane Saints and Fox Lodge in action.
NW T20 semi-final dates set NW T20 semi-final dates set ( ) ZZZZ8:12 pmZZZZ
The NW have announced the dates for the semi-finals of the T20 Cup.
Championship race hots up Championship race hots up ( ) ZZZZ8:06 pmZZZZ
Another busy weekend of Championship cricket ended on Sunday evening with Newbuildings being the first team through to the semi-finals of this season’s Senior Cup.
O'Brien confirms Ardmore move O'Brien confirms Ardmore move ( ) ZZZZ7:30 pmZZZZ
Niall O'Brien has agreed a short-term deal to play for Ardmore in this weekend's Senior Cup quarter-final against Brigade at The Bleachgreen.
Newbuildings beat Ballyspallen to reach semi-finals Newbuildings beat Ballyspallen to reach semi-finals ( ) ZZZZ7:11 pmZZZZ
The first of the senior cup quarter-finals was played on Sunday between last year’s finalists Ballyspallen and improving Newbuildings and it was the visitors who booked a semi-final spot with a 69-run win.
Bready benefit on day of surprises Bready benefit on day of surprises ( ) ZZZZ8:13 pmZZZZ
It was a day of drama at both ends of the Premier Division table on Saturday as three of the four top-flight fixtures threw up varying degrees of surprise results.
Lots of action in Tyrone Lots of action in Tyrone ( ) ZZZZ9:25 pmZZZZ
A round-up of all the latest happenings in Tyrone including new roles for Rao and Scott, a record score for Fox Lodge Ladies and Donemana getting right back into the title race.
Q Leagues Round-Up Q Leagues Round-Up ( ) ZZZZ9:15 pmZZZZ
A look at the action in the qualifying leagues where Donemana beat Brigade in the top of the table clash in Q1.
NW Premier race wide open NW Premier race wide open ( ) ZZZZ7:40 pmZZZZ
Donemana’s win at Brigade last Saturday coupled with defeat for Bready at Ardmore has really thrown the Premiership title race wide open ahead of this weekend’s fourth round of matches.
Kwik Cricket at Sandel Lodge, Coleraine CC Kwik Cricket at Sandel Lodge, Coleraine CC ( ) ZZZZ7:13 amZZZZ
Ballysally PS & Millburn PS - 2018 Champions at the Coleraine Kwik Cricket Festival.
Ladies League round-up Ladies League round-up ( ) ZZZZ1:11 amZZZZ
Fox Lodge set the tone in the first round of the cup as Hannah McLaughlin’s women got through to the second round with a 9-wicket victory against Newbuildings.
Ballysally PS triumph in Kwik Cricket Festival Ballysally PS triumph in Kwik Cricket Festival ( ) ZZZZ1:20 pmZZZZ
13 local primary schools competed in the regional Festival hosted by Coleraine CC at Sandel Lodge.
Busy weekend in Eric Cooke Cup Busy weekend in Eric Cooke Cup ( ) ZZZZ7:48 amZZZZ
It was a busy weekend for second tier sides as the Group phase of the Eric Cooke Cup took centre stage across the North West.
Champions send out emphatic message Champions send out emphatic message ( ) ZZZZ9:59 pmZZZZ
Thankfully the North West avoided most of the weekend’s thunderstorms as the third round of matches in the Premier Division were played to a conclusion across the region.
Brigade and Donemana meet in crunch clash Brigade and Donemana meet in crunch clash ( ) ZZZZ9:31 pmZZZZ
There’s a return to league action for top-flight sides on Saturday with the game between Brigade and Donemana the obvious stand-out on a day of intriguing fixtures.
Bonds Glen and Glendermott win T20 clashes Bonds Glen and Glendermott win T20 clashes ( ) ZZZZ9:16 pmZZZZ
There were wins in the T20 Championship for Bonds Glen in a thrilling run chase against Newbuildings, while Glendermott were too strong for Burndennett at The Rectory.
Mum's the word Mum's the word ( ) ZZZZ9:21 pmZZZZ
There was history created at the weekend when Burndennett’s Julie Logue came into direct opposition with her 16 year-old son Aidan, of Fox Lodge - the first time a mother and son have crossed swords in a senior match.
NW name U17 squad for NCU clash NW name U17 squad for NCU clash ( ) ZZZZ3:05 amZZZZ
The North-West have unveiled their squad for Sunday’s Under 17 interpro opener against the NCU at The Bleachgreen, Ardmore (12pm).
Runs galore in Q and Boys leagues Runs galore in Q and Boys leagues ( ) ZZZZ2:44 amZZZZ
Centuries from Lexie Boyd, Gavin McCombe, Tommy Orr and Scott MacBeth as the sun shone and bowlers toiled across the NW.
Death of George McDaid Death of George McDaid ( ) ZZZZ8:20 amZZZZ
The North West Cricket Union lost another of its real characters this week with the passing of Waterside man George McDaid.
Kennedy hundred as Limavady beat Foyle in thriller Kennedy hundred as Limavady beat Foyle in thriller ( ) ZZZZ7:40 amZZZZ
Limavady Grammar Schools are through to the semi-finals of the Schools Cup, but only just, after edging out local rivals Foyle on fewer wickets lost in a pulsating quarter-final clash.
Runs aplenty as Eric Cooke Cup starts Runs aplenty as Eric Cooke Cup starts ( ) ZZZZ5:53 pmZZZZ
High scores were also the order of the day in the Eric Cooke Cup group stages with two games down for decision at Newbuildings and two at Ballyspallen.
Strabane and Burndennett continue winning ways Strabane and Burndennett continue winning ways ( ) ZZZZ5:40 pmZZZZ
Unbeaten starts continue for Strabane Saints and Burndennett with derby wins over Fox Lodge and Bready.
Thompson wins Player of the Round award Thompson wins Player of the Round award ( ) ZZZZ3:00 amZZZZ
STUART THOMPSON has won the ‘Performance of the Round’ award for his brilliant century in the opening round of the NW Senior Cup.
Field of Dreams Field of Dreams ( ) ZZZZ2:26 amZZZZ
The NW Senior Cup may have been the centre of attention this past weekend but for Ardmore Cricket Club and the surrounding area, events at the Bleachgreen this Wednesday are of just as much relevance.
NW Senior Cup quarter-final draw NW Senior Cup quarter-final draw ( ) ZZZZ7:50 amZZZZ
The draw has been made for the quarters finals of the NW Senior Cup and has thrown up some intriguing ties.
Big guns through to quarter-finals Big guns through to quarter-finals ( ) ZZZZ11:26 pmZZZZ
There were few surprises on Saturday as the first round of this season’s Senior Cup got underway in glorious sunshine across the North West.
Q and Midweek leagues round-up Q and Midweek leagues round-up ( ) ZZZZ2:41 amZZZZ
There were only three matches down the leagues at the weekend as most clubs wanted to support their first XI’s in the first rounds of the Irish Senior and National cups.
Peter the Great Peter the Great ( ) ZZZZ1:19 amZZZZ
Strabane, winners in 1998, were the exception as they held their nerve to beat Cork County by four runs in a last-over thriller which made the 600-mile round-trip that bit sweeter.
Senior Cup gets under way Senior Cup gets under way ( ) ZZZZ1:10 amZZZZ
There's more cup action in the North West this coming weekend as 16 sides set out on a journey they hope will take them to Bready at the end of July for the country's only two-innings senior final.
Mixed fortunes for Ballyspallen Mixed fortunes for Ballyspallen ( ) ZZZZ4:24 amZZZZ
Ballyspallen were in action twice over the weekend, beating Glendermott before losing to Newbuildings.
McDonnell leads Brigade to victory McDonnell leads Brigade to victory ( ) ZZZZ1:51 pmZZZZ
Niall McDonnell hit an unbeaten half-century to lead Brigade to a relatively comfortable six-wicket win over Coleraine at Beechgrove.
Chopra rolls back the years Chopra rolls back the years ( ) ZZZZ1:27 pmZZZZ
Veteran batsman Vischal Chopra rolled back the years with a gritty half century to give Coleraine hope in their rearranged game against Brigade at Beechgrove.
NW Under 15 trial games NW Under 15 trial games ( ) ZZZZ2:24 pmZZZZ
There were two T20 trial matches at a cool and grey Bleachgreen as the NW look to finalise their squad ahead of the Under 15 interprovincial series in Dublin next month.
Strabane survive Irish Cup cull Strabane survive Irish Cup cull ( ) ZZZZ6:04 amZZZZ
Eight teams set out on Saturday on journeys of varying length and by the end of the day just one, Strabane, had survived an otherwise total first round cull.
NW sides look to end barren run NW sides look to end barren run ( ) ZZZZ6:11 amZZZZ
The Irish Senior Cup takes centre stage this weekend as North West sides look to end their long drought in the premier competition for club sides.
Strabane sign Rachit Gaur Strabane sign Rachit Gaur ( ) ZZZZ5:24 amZZZZ
Former Railway Union all-rounder Rachit Gaur has signed for Strabane.
Q leagues round-up Q leagues round-up ( ) ZZZZ2:38 amZZZZ
There were just two matches played over the weekend in the lower leagues due to a free weekend with the Test.
Sion vow to fight back after vandals attack Sion vow to fight back after vandals attack ( ) ZZZZ1:17 amZZZZ
Despite this week bringing Ireland's historic Test debut, the Tyrone club are currently battling against the odds to stay afloat and this weekend they were targeted once again by vandals.
Bready win Sam McConnell Charity Cup Bready win Sam McConnell Charity Cup ( ) ZZZZ1:08 amZZZZ
It has been quite the start to the new season for Bready and the Magheramason club have claimed the first silverware of 2018 when they won the Sam McConnell Charity Cup beating Donemana in Sunday's shoot-out.
Glendermott and Killyclooney win Glendermott and Killyclooney win ( ) ZZZZ12:32 amZZZZ
While many eyes will have been on events in Dublin there were two matches played in the Championship on Saturday- both of these having been rained off at the end of last month.
Strabane Saints stun Bready Strabane Saints stun Bready ( ) ZZZZ3:19 amZZZZ
Strabane Saints set the standard high this season as Megan Moorehead’s women got their first points on the board as they defeated Bready.
McGettigan delight as Burndennett make strong start McGettigan delight as Burndennett make strong start ( ) ZZZZ11:39 pmZZZZ
Burndennett are the surprise Championship leaders after a strong showing at Newbuildings.
Brolly and McNamee roll back the years Brolly and McNamee roll back the years ( ) ZZZZ5:52 amZZZZ
George Brolly’s fine all-round performance guided Ardmore to a tense one-wicket win against Sion Mills at The Bleachgreen.
Sam McConnell Charity Cup games Sam McConnell Charity Cup games ( ) ZZZZ3:05 amZZZZ
The Derry Midweek League has announced details of their Charity Finals Day to take place at Magheramason this coming Sunday.
NW well represented in Test debut NW well represented in Test debut ( ) ZZZZ3:13 pmZZZZ
It’s the day that most people who have ever been involved in Irish cricket never thought they would see and while the annals of time have dictated that a great many of them won’t, around 10,000 will converge on the village of Malahide this weekend to watch Ireland play their first ever men’s Test match.
Fox Lodge beat Eglinton in Ladies' opener Fox Lodge beat Eglinton in Ladies' opener ( ) ZZZZ4:27 amZZZZ
With only one opening game going ahead for the ladies’ league, Fox Lodge got off to a dominant start defeating Eglinton by 79 runs.
NW's newest club make winning start NW's newest club make winning start ( ) ZZZZ2:21 pmZZZZ
The North West's newest club Grove Hill made their debut in the Midweek League on Wednesday night, and got off to a winning start.
Burndennett top the table as Championship breaks Burndennett top the table as Championship breaks ( ) ZZZZ2:22 amZZZZ
The Championship looks like being a really competitive division this season and as clubs now take a break from league action for several weeks it is Burndennett who finished this weekend in pole position in the table.
Coleraine take fourth T20 berth Coleraine take fourth T20 berth ( ) ZZZZ10:30 amZZZZ
This season’s Faughan Valley Cup semi-final line-up was completed on Sunday and will see Brigade play Coleraine while Bready entertain Donemana.
Brigade, Donemana and Bready make T20 semi-finals Brigade, Donemana and Bready make T20 semi-finals ( ) ZZZZ9:42 pmZZZZ
It was a very low-key afternoon around the North West on Saturday where despite a full programme of Championship games, top-flight clubs were involved in the region’s T2O Cup group stages.
Davy's on the road again Davy's on the road again ( ) ZZZZ4:44 amZZZZ
Bready have been the form team in the early season running, racing out of the traps to secure two maximum point wins and sit proudly at the Premiership summit.
Warrior Gillespie amongst the runs Warrior Gillespie amongst the runs ( ) ZZZZ4:41 amZZZZ
Strabane all-rounder Aaron Gillespie played a major role as The NW Warriors made a strong start in their ongoing interprovincial Championship match against Leinster Lightning In Dublin.
T20 weekend up next as NW search for right formula T20 weekend up next as NW search for right formula ( ) ZZZZ4:36 amZZZZ
There’s a change of pace in the North West this weekend as the Group stages of the Faughan Valley T20 Cup which started last Sunday, will be played to a conclusion over the next three days.
NW Women's fixtures NW Women's fixtures ( ) ZZZZ6:31 amZZZZ
The Women's fixtures for 2018 have been confirmed and the action will begin next week.
Qualiftying leagues round-up Qualiftying leagues round-up ( ) ZZZZ1:13 pmZZZZ
Johnny Havern starred as Sion Mills got their season up and running with a four-wicket win against Bonds Glen in a low-scoring encounter.
Championship round-up Championship round-up ( ) ZZZZ9:39 pmZZZZ
There was precious little to get excited about last weekend with only one match in the Championship played to a conclusion.
Kyte and King star in U15 trial Kyte and King star in U15 trial ( ) ZZZZ1:13 amZZZZ
The first trial match for the North West Under-15 age group took place at The Rectory with an inter-squad game taking place in bright but cold conditions.
Bready continue winning run in T20 Bready continue winning run in T20 ( ) ZZZZ11:59 amZZZZ
Wins in the Faughan Valley Cup group games for Bready, Donemana and Eglinton, while Ardmore received a walkover against Strabane.
Bready storm to top of table Bready storm to top of table ( ) ZZZZ11:18 pmZZZZ
Davy Scanlon’s Bready who will now sit proudly at the top of the table until at least the first week in June.
Rankin back in Warriors frame Rankin back in Warriors frame ( ) ZZZZ11:34 amZZZZ
Boyd Rankin will play his first inter-provincial for 15 years when he turns out for North West Warriors next week against Leinster Lightning at Pembroke.
Champions on recovery mission Champions on recovery mission ( ) ZZZZ7:59 amZZZZ
The fixtures for Week 2 of the Premier League have thrown up an intriguing afternoon with the four winners from last Saturday all playing each other and the quartet of defeated sides doing likewise.
Great Scott Great Scott ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
It was a dream debut for Fox Lodge opener Barry Scott who switched allegiances from Strabane ahead of the new campaign. As the cricketing Gods would decree, he faced his former team mates in the opening match, and duly recorded his first century at senior level.
Moan starts season with a bang Moan starts season with a bang ( ) ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
Another weekend centurion was Killyclooney skipper Darren Moan who recorded the highest score of the day, an unbeaten 187 to lead his team to a seven-wicket win over Newbuildings.
Young guns go for it Young guns go for it ( ) ZZZZ1:23 amZZZZ
With a new Ireland Head Coach now in situ and an historic first Test match against Pakistan on the horizon there is probably no better time for players to find a vein of form.
Round the leagues Round the leagues ( ) ZZZZ10:11 pmZZZZ
There was no shortage of excitement down the leagues as the NW season got up and running.
Levi Dougherty hits 6 sixes in an over Levi Dougherty hits 6 sixes in an over ( ) ZZZZ9:38 amZZZZ
Levi Dougherty entered the record books as he joined a select band of cricketers who have struck 6 sixes in an over.
Killyclooney lead the charge on opening day Killyclooney lead the charge on opening day ( ) ZZZZ9:23 pmZZZZ
Killyclooney led the way as they chased down what looked a very competitive Newbuildings total of 279 with Darren Moan providing the highlight of the opening afternoon.
Brigade, Coleraine and Fox Lodge win Brigade, Coleraine and Fox Lodge win ( ) ZZZZ12:32 amZZZZ
Brigade will be expected to lay down a serious title challenge this season and Andy Britton’s men got their first points on the board first day as they beat Eglinton.
Joy of six as Young fires Bready to top of table Joy of six as Young fires Bready to top of table ( ) ZZZZ12:25 amZZZZ
The Bready pace bowler returning figures of 6-10 as the Magheramason men routed Donemana for the second successive year.
Tough start for Brigade at Eglinton Tough start for Brigade at Eglinton ( ) ZZZZ8:53 amZZZZ
BRIGADE would probably have preferred an easier start to their Premiership campaign but if they can hit the ground running against Eglinton it would auger well for yet another title challenge.
Champions go in search of record-breaking season Champions go in search of record-breaking season ( ) ZZZZ12:22 amZZZZ
The new cricket season begins and all eyes will be on Donemana as they bid to smash not one but two long-standing records in the region’s premier club competitions.
Ballyspallen start favourites to book promotion Ballyspallen start favourites to book promotion ( ) ZZZZ12:00 amZZZZ
The race for promotion to the Premier Division gets under way this weekend with the eight hopefuls all in with some sort of chance of challenging in the top half of the table.
Tyrone quartet aiming high Tyrone quartet aiming high ( ) ZZZZ11:51 pmZZZZ
The curtain rises on the North West cricket season with four Tyrone sides taking their place in the Premier Division and two more in the race to join them next year from the Championship.
NW Preview 16: Strabane NW Preview 16: Strabane ( ) ZZZZ10:51 pmZZZZ
Strabane will also have to punch well above their weight if they are to make it into the top half of the table
NW Preview 15: Bonds Glen NW Preview 15: Bonds Glen ( ) ZZZZ7:39 pmZZZZ
It has been a difficult winter for the Glen men as they lost skipper Graham Boyd back to Donemana and talented teenager Kyle Magee to Brigade.
NW Preview 14: Brigade NW Preview 14: Brigade ( ) ZZZZ9:39 pmZZZZ
Despite the talk of a Beechgrove exodus over the winter there has been nothing to report other than a couple of players coming in.
NW Preview 13: Glendermott NW Preview 13: Glendermott ( ) ZZZZ7:04 pmZZZZ
It isn't difficult to imagine several sides bunching up in the Championship title race this year and it would be no surprise either if Glendermott turned out to be one of them.
NW Preview 12: Burndennett NW Preview 12: Burndennett ( ) ZZZZ7:34 pmZZZZ
It seems to have been a fairly difficult close season for the 'Dennett boys but the 11th hour signings of Mark Snodgrass and Andy Barr will have given them a lift heading into the new campaign.
NW Preview 11: St Johnston NW Preview 11: St Johnston ( ) ZZZZ7:45 pmZZZZ
Things have been relatively quiet at the Boathole for the past couple of seasons and the Saints are another club set to work with a similar squad as last time.
NW Preview 10: Bready NW Preview 10: Bready ( ) ZZZZ9:07 pmZZZZ
Despite finishing in the bottom half over the past four or five years there is always the suspicion that Bready are capable of an awful lot more and this could well be their chance.
Time to help those who help themselves Time to help those who help themselves ( ) ZZZZ8:37 pmZZZZ
Basically, the Union feels that they have used every ounce of energy they have in presenting clubs with the opportunity to help themselves.
NW Preview 9: Killyclooney NW Preview 9: Killyclooney ( ) ZZZZ10:34 pmZZZZ
Killyclooney came flying out of the traps last season and looked among the favourites for promotion before hitting the buffers mid-summer.
NW Preview 8: Eglinton NW Preview 8: Eglinton ( ) ZZZZ8:57 pmZZZZ
Eglinton have competed in the top half of the table for the past couple of seasons but Stuart Thompson will be relishing the chance to close the gap a little more in 2018 as the villagers keep more or less the same panel of players that has served them well to this point.
NW Preview 7: Drummond NW Preview 7: Drummond ( ) ZZZZ9:04 pmZZZZ
Drummond's stay in the Premiership came to a crashing halt last season but suggestions that there would be a mass exodus over the winter have so far proven unfounded.
NW Preview 6: Coleraine NW Preview 6: Coleraine ( ) ZZZZ10:54 pmZZZZ
The times they are a-changing at Sandel Lodge this summer with former Chairman Gareth Godfrey living up to his promise that the club would give youth a chance in 2018.
NW Preview 5: Fox Lodge NW Preview 5: Fox Lodge ( ) ZZZZ8:58 pmZZZZ
It was a case of mission accomplished for the Foxies last time albeit Brian Allen's team eventually needed a play-off win to maintain their Premier Division status.
NW Preview 4: Ardmore NW Preview 4: Ardmore ( ) ZZZZ10:46 pmZZZZ
It took a late season win over Eglinton last September to finally free the Bleachgreen boys from a possible relegation play-off and skipper Gary Neely insists his side has to be better this time around.
Eglinton sign Adam McDaid Eglinton sign Adam McDaid ( ) ZZZZ2:53 amZZZZ
Eglinton's chances of chasing silverware this season have been given a major boost with the news that they have brought in batsman Adam McDaid for the coming summer.
NW Preview 3: Donemana NW Preview 3: Donemana ( ) ZZZZ12:02 amZZZZ
While they won't want to say so publicly this is set to be a massive year for Donemana Cricket Club. Can they become the first team to win seven senior cup titles in a row?
NW Preview 2: Newbuildings NW Preview 2: Newbuildings ( ) ZZZZ10:51 pmZZZZ
There's something of a changing of the guard at Newbuildings this year as Marty Mehaffey's men contemplate a first season without their adopted talisman Peat Salmon.
NW Preview 1: Ballyspallen NW Preview 1: Ballyspallen ( ) ZZZZ8:28 pmZZZZ
What a year it turned out to be at Bridge Park in 2017 and despite plenty of rumour over the winter that the side was about to break up, that hasn't been the case.
Week to forget for NW cricket Week to forget for NW cricket ( ) ZZZZ10:50 amZZZZ
Let's be honest; it hasn't been a great week for cricket in the North West.
Creevedonnell call it a day Creevedonnell call it a day ( ) ZZZZ11:23 pmZZZZ
The announcement on Friday morning of the end of Creevedonnell Cricket Club's 62-year association with the North West Cricket Union certainly prompted plenty of reaction from the local fraternity.
Ardmore sign Steve Lazars Ardmore sign Steve Lazars ( ) ZZZZ4:16 amZZZZ
Former Ballymena overseas player Steve Lazars has joined Ardmore ahead of the new season after spending 2017 on the north coast with Coleraine.
Crisis in NW as Donemana Ladies fold Crisis in NW as Donemana Ladies fold ( ) ZZZZ12:53 amZZZZ
After eight years of ladies cricket, Donemana has sadly pulled out of the North West Ladies league following a vote carried out by members last week.
Ifti returns to Brigade Ifti returns to Brigade ( ) ZZZZ2:20 amZZZZ
Brigade seem determined to make a major bid for honours this season after the Beechgrove club announced that Iftikhar Hussain was rejoining them following his season in the NCU with Muckamore.
Tshiki back at Fox Lodge Tshiki back at Fox Lodge ( ) ZZZZ1:33 amZZZZ
Fox Lodge have confirmed that Cebo Tshiki will be returning to Ballymagorry for the 2018 campaign.
Neely keeps Ardmore armband Neely keeps Ardmore armband ( ) ZZZZ11:28 pmZZZZ
Gary Neely will skipper Ardmore for the third consecutive season this summer as the Bleachgreen club sets its sights on the chase for silverware after a slightly disappointing 2017.
Warriors adopting softly softly approach Warriors adopting softly softly approach ( ) ZZZZ2:51 amZZZZ
The North West Warriors are back in pre-season mode with Ian McGregor's charges currently undergoing their Strength & Conditioning programme ahead of what will be an extremely busy summer.
Bready set to host Afghanistan Bready set to host Afghanistan ( ) ZZZZ12:11 amZZZZ
Bready are due to host three T20 games at Bready at the end of August.
Death of Johnnie Hunter Death of Johnnie Hunter ( ) ZZZZ11:49 amZZZZ
The North West was mourning the loss of another of its very popular figures on Thursday with the untimely death of Limavady CC stalwart, Johnnie Hunter.
Magee makes Beechgrove switch Magee makes Beechgrove switch ( ) ZZZZ12:22 amZZZZ
Kyle Magee on his way to Brigade as Johnny Thompson ends speculation of a move away.
The search is over at Bready The search is over at Bready ( ) ZZZZ9:33 amZZZZ
The North West's long wait to appoint a Head Groundsman ended last week after an initial 12-month contract was accepted by Noel NcGinnis.
North West Senior fixtures announced North West Senior fixtures announced ( ) ZZZZ9:35 amZZZZ
Bready only club with two home Premiership fixtures before the 'May Break' when Cup action will be to the fore not forgetting Ireland's Test match versus Pakistan.
Passing of Mrs Kathleen Chambers Passing of Mrs Kathleen Chambers ( ) ZZZZ8:17 amZZZZ
The team at CricketEurope wish to extend deepest condolences to our colleague Barry Chambers on the passing of his mother, Kathleen.
New umpires put through their paces New umpires put through their paces ( ) ZZZZ12:43 amZZZZ
A new team of potential North West Umpires started going through their paces on Sunday afternoon under the watchful eyes of Davy Caldwell, Dermot Ward and current International official, Roly Black.
Death of Ronnie Faulkner Death of Ronnie Faulkner ( ) ZZZZ12:24 amZZZZ
Widespread sadness will be mixed with affectionate remembrance as the news of Ronnie Faulkner’s sudden passing at his home in Ballymoney spreads across the North West region.
Brigade confident of retaining squad Brigade confident of retaining squad ( ) ZZZZ11:45 pmZZZZ
With North West clubs preparing for the onset of the 2018 season it would appear that over at Beechgrove the emphasis has been on maintaining the status quo over the past few weeks.
Warriors face tough away day opener Warriors face tough away day opener ( ) ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
The North West Warriors face a tough interpro opener as they make the long trek to Wicklow to take on Leinster Lightning in a three-day encounter.
Eglinton invest in youth Eglinton invest in youth ( ) ZZZZ1:31 pmZZZZ
Eglinton CC have secured a sponsor for their Youth Development programme as preparations get underway for the new domestic season.
Donemana confirm Sri Lankan signing Donemana confirm Sri Lankan signing ( ) ZZZZ5:26 amZZZZ
Donemana have confirmed the signing of Sri Lankan all-rounder Malith Cooray for the 2018 campaign.
Bready and Ballyspallen to host finals Bready and Ballyspallen to host finals ( ) ZZZZ10:28 amZZZZ
This year's senior cup final will be staged at Bready on the weekend of 27/28 July. Donemana will be hoping to return to the venue where their current run of six cup wins in a row began.
Death of Terence Murray Death of Terence Murray ( ) ZZZZ3:44 amZZZZ
Terence Murray, former Chairman of Strabane Cricket Club has passed away.
McAllister looking forward to ground-breaking year McAllister looking forward to ground-breaking year ( ) ZZZZ4:44 amZZZZ
Little doubt either that one of the most popular appointments during that time has been that of Connie McAllister to the role of Union President.
Six NW players named in Ireland U13 squad Six NW players named in Ireland U13 squad ( ) ZZZZ4:52 amZZZZ
There are six young players from the NW named in the Ireland Under 13 ranks for the winter programme.
Emerging Warriors training gets underway Emerging Warriors training gets underway ( ) ZZZZ10:25 amZZZZ
The NW Emerging Warriors programme got underway at the weekend as the Under-15 and Under-17 squads went through the Player Screening process under the watchful eye of Kevin Gallagher and the local trainers.