End of an era as Porterfield steps down

AFTER an incredible 11 years at the helm of the Ireland men’s cricket team, William Porterfeild has stepped down as captain with Andrew Balbirnie taking over. The former Donemana man replaced Trent Johnston as skipper in 2008 and has led the senior Irish side 253 times since then. He has, by some considerable distance, captained […]

Senior swansong for Strabane legend Gillespie

AFTER a fairly run-of-the-mill summer of cricket in the North West, Sunday’s final day of the regular season proved to be arguably the most thrilling of the lot. Written off before the day began, Strabane somehow managed to galvanise themselves and pull out one huge performance just when it was needed most. Earlier this season […]

Organisers ‘grateful’ for support as £3,000 raised

WHILE most eyes were on the senior cup final at the weekend, Eglinton certainly wasn’t the only cricket venue attracting a crowd on Saturday. Strabane Park was the setting for a charity cricket blitz organised by a committee representing Gary Gillespie and his partner Aimee who lost their baby, Ara Grace, earlier this year. Four […]

Ireland can take a lot of positives from Lord’s clash

IRELAND skipper William Porterfield described leading his team out for their first ever Test match at Lord’s as ‘pretty special’ and although the match ended in a 143 run defeat to England, he feels there are ‘a lot of positives’ to take from the encounter. “It was a pretty special occasion,” beamed the Donemana man. […]

‘Dream come true’ for McBrine

ANDY McBrine has described being named in the Ireland squad ahead of their first ever Test match against England at Lord’s as ‘a dream come true’. The Donemana man is ‘delighted’ to have been included in the 14-man panel for what will be historic maiden Test outing at the London venue for the men in […]

Up for the Cup

TODAY sees the start of the All-Ireland Senior Cup with only two of the three Tyrone Premiership sides in action on the opening weekend. Former winners Donemana are on their travels to Comber were they will tackle one of the NCU big guns, North Down. It’s a tough tie for the the Holm side although […]

Strabane hoping to end 26 year drought

IT’S hard to believe but 26 years have passed since Strabane last lifted the NW Senior Cup. Back in 1993 Tony Johnston and Terence Patton senior combined to easily beat pre-game favourites Brigade. Patton starred with the ball taking 14 wickets and Johnson smashed 92 off just 52 balls to set-up a ten-wicket win. Former […]

Levi joins select band with 6 sixes in a single over

LEVI Dougherty entered the record books as he joined a select band of cricketers who have struck 6 sixes in an over. The 15-year-old achieved the feat playing for Donemana Seconds in the opening league match of the season against Bready Seconds at the Holm. Junior NW Warriors cricketer Dougherty scored 63 as his team […]

Young added to squad for Somerset match

  CRICKET Ireland has included three North West natives in a 13-man squad for the upcoming four-day match against Somerset County Cricket Club (April 6-9) at County Ground, Taunton.   The match is part of Graham Ford’s team’s build-up to its historic first Test Match in May and north west duo, Andy McBrine and Boyd […]

Top ‘Marks’ for Bready 2nd XI

BREADY’S 2nd XI added the Qualifying 1 league trophy to their O’Neill’s Ulster Plate success at the weekend to complete what has been an excellent campaign for Mark Olphert’s team. Saturday’s scheduled match against Fox Lodge was a victim of last week’s rain but the players were happy to gather at the club later in […]