Thrilling start to new North West season

Despite the threat of heavy morning rain there was a full programme completed in the Best Western White Horse Inn T20 Cup as the domestic cricket season got going this afternoon. There were a couple of thrillers among the six senior matches played- two of which went down to the final over including one that went to the very last ball.

Game of the day was at the Rectory where North West Warriors batsman, Nathan McGuire marked his debut for the home side with a sparkling unbeaten 81. The teenager smacked 6 sixes and 4 fours in his 62-ball knock; however the only other Glendermott batsman to get among the runs was Steve Moore with 16.

Boundary for Nathan McGuire on his way to 81 not out.

The home side posted a total of 121-6 and Bready looked to be coasting early on as David Rankin and Irosh Samarasooriya (27) got them off to a quick start. Once Rankin fell, just a run short of his half century however, Glendermott sensed their chance.

McGuire showed he was no mug with the ball either as he claimed 2-15 from his 4 overs while skipper Alan Johnson added 2-22 to keep the pressure on.

The visitors needed 12 off the last over and Conor Olphert hit the first ball for six but to be fair to bowler Jason Lynch he pulled it back well. Bready were forced to scramble for the rest, and relied on a single through the close field off the final delivery to claim their win.

Bonds Glen stunned Coleraine with half centuries from Raymond Curry (58*) and Mattie Barr (52) helping them to a 7-wicket win over the Bannsiders with just three balls to spare.

David Cooke made 59, Matthew Hutchinson 43 and Paddy Carson 31 as the visitors posted 163-5 from their 20 overs. Sam Kincaid bowled really well to claim figures of 2-8 from his three overs for the hosts.

With their ground in glorious condition the Bee Gees set about their reply very positively with Curry and Barr dominating. Barr hit Gordon Cooke for 3 sixes in an over to signal his intent while Curry, who was 12th man for the Warriors on Thursday hit a 6 at the start of the final over to ease the pressure late on. It was a fantastic effort by a spirited home team as they claimed a really impressive win.

Ardmore posted a straightforward 9-wicket victory away at Ballyspallen, with an unbeaten 48 and three wickets from debutant Dharam Singh sealing the deal. Former North County man Singh claimed 3-14 and another former Leinster player Rachit Gaur added 3-5 as a youthful ‘Spallen side were restricted to 75-9 from their 20 overs. Jacob Logan-Wilson made an impressive 40 for the hosts.

Ardmore only needed 8 overs to knock off the target and secure a maximum points start.

Brigade, who are in action again on Sunday when they travel to Strabane, also started with a win.

Last year’s beaten senior cup finalists had Killyclooney all out for 77- Kenzie Hall (22) top scoring for ‘Clooney while Ryan Macbeth and Ryan Barr claimed three wickets each, and Ross Allen two.

David Barr hit an unbeaten 35 and David Murdock added 23 as Brigade cruised to their target with 7 wickets and 5 overs to spare.

Eglinton and Fox Lodge served up a decent, if low-scoring affair at the village ground. Jonny Robinson top scored with 27 and Jason Milligan added 20, while Luke Hayes chipped in with an unbeaten 18 as the Foxies made 90-9 in their 20 overs.

The Ballymagorry side lost five wickets for 16 runs at the end of their innings with Mark Averill (3-7) and Simon Dunn (3-11) doing the damage.

Averill was among the runs in the reply as his 21, and 21 not out from Lee Ritchie just saw them edge home. Eglinton looked in trouble at 63-7 after two wickets apiece for Aaron Heywood, Jamie McIntyre and Levi Kerr had them on the ropes, but Ritchie and Richard Wylie got them over the line.

In the final game of the day, Johnny Thompson hit 6 sixes in his unbeaten 42 and Ross Dougherty 6 fours in his 25 not out as Newbuildings proved too strong for Burndennett.  That 70-run stand saw Gareth McKeegan’s men chase down the visitors 122-6 with 6 overs to spare.

Earlier, Mattie Barr had made 38, Mark Pollock 21 and Marty Mehaffey 20, while Jason Dunn (3-20) had fared best with the ball for Newbuildings who secured a 7-wicket win.

Best Western White Horse Inn T20 Cup scores

At Bonds Glen, Bonds Glen (24pts) beat Coleraine (1pt) by 7 wkts

Coleraine 163-5 (20 overs; D Cooke 59, M Hutchinson 43, P Carson 31; S Kincaid 2-8)

Bonds Glen 164-3 (19.3 overs: R Curry 58*, M Barr 52, D Robinson 20*. S Killen 20; A Whitcroft 2-28)


At Bridge Park, Ardmore (25pts) beat Ballyspallen (0pts) by 9 wkts

Ballyspallen 75-9 (20 overs; J Logan-Wilson 40; R Gaur 3-5, D Singh 3-14)
Ardmore 80-1 (8.1 overs; D Singh 48*)


At Beechgrove, Brigade (24pts) beat Killyclooney (1pt) by 7 wickets

Killyclooney 77 all out (20 overs; K Hall 22; R Macbeth 3-15, R Barr 3-20, R Allen 2-13)
Brigade 78-3 (15 overs; D Barr 35*, D Murdock 23)

At Eglinton, Eglinton (21pts) beat Fox Lodge (4 pts) by 3 wickets

Fox Lodge 90-9 (20 overs; J Robinson 27, J Milligan 20, M Averill 3-7, Simon Dunn 3-11)

Eglinton 95-7 (18 overs; L Ritchie 21*, M Averill 21, A Heywood 2-11, J McIntyre 2-14, L Kerr 2-17)



At Foyle View, Newbuildings (23pts) beat Burndennett (2pts) by 7 wickets

Burndennett 122-6 (20 overs; A Barr 38, M Pollock 21, M Mehaffey 20*, J Dunn 3-20)

Newbuildings 123-3 (13.5 overs; J Thompson 42*, R Dougherty 25*, G McKeegan 20)


At the Rectory, Bready (22pts) beat Glendermott (3pts) by 6 wickets

Glendermott 121-6 (20 overs; N McGuire 81*, S Lazars 2-16)

Bready 122-6 (20 overs; D Rankin 49, I Samarasooriya 27, N McGuire 2-15; A Johnson 2-22)

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