Bright start to U-15 and U-17 programmes

The under-15 and under-17 IP programmes for both boys and girls are now well under way after a busy few days for players and support staff alike.

Top billing today (Tuesday) went to the North West under-17 boys who beat Munster by 100 runs at Stormont in a 50-over competition.

The NW side amassed a huge 323-5 as they batted first; the highlight of which was a brilliant 250-run partnership between Gavin Roulston and Lealand McElwee.

Both players made centuries- Bready’s Gavin hitting 14 fours and 6 sixes in his 152* with Glendermott batter Lealand getting 10 fours in his 104*. Kanishk Kumar (2-69) was the pick of the Reds bowling on a difficult afternoon with the ball.

Ryan Nolan’s 25 was best of Munster’s reply and when rained forced an early end to proceedings in the 22nd over, the Cork side were 100 runs light on DLS.

Abdul Qayyam (3-3), Samuel Haslett (3-16) and Jake Montgomery (2-9) all impressed with the ball for the Warriors in a big win.

Twenty-four hours earlier was another satisfactory day’s work with the under-15 girls winning both of their T20 games against the NCU at the Rectory.

The first game was reduced to 16 overs a side with an unbroken 34-run partnership between Jodie Spence (26*) and Mansi Bhavsar (18*) proving invaluable.

Those runs, aided by 13 apiece for Sophie Hamilton and Jessica Cooke, helped the young Warriors side to a total of 112-5 batting first.

An 84-run stand between Wilson (35) and Mitchell (26) threatened to take the game away in reply, however the NW bowlers fought back really well to keep the run rate down in the last 4 overs to close out a 7-run win.

In the second game, Jessica Cooke (35), Mansi Bhavsar (23*), Millie Spence (18) and Sophie Hamilton (16) were all among the runs as the home side chased down the visitors’ 129-8 to win by 6 wickets.

Sophie Hamilton (2-14) was the pick of the bowlers as Webster (25) and Wright (24*) had fared best with the bat for the young Knights.

The visitors did come out on top in the under-15 boys game at Beechgrove- Aadi Miani hitting 52 while Seb Yates and James West both scored 37 in their side’s 195 all out.

Lewis Campbell picked up three wickets with Swarnim Jha and Bobby Brolly adding two each, however the NW came up short in reply.

James Smallwoods fared best with 33, but West made it a day to remember as he added 4 wickets to his earlier runs with Ben Walsh chipping in with 3 more in a 44-run verdict.

On Friday, the under-17 girls lost out in both of their games to the NCU while no play at all was possible on the main field at Bready for the under-17 boys game.


The North West Warriors are kindly sponsored by – Fleming-Agri Products Ltd

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