Ardmore, Saints upset odds

Sion Mills' batsman Mark McNulty looks behind anxiously as he survives this ball at Brigade. (2805PG11)
Sion Mills' batsman Mark McNulty looks behind anxiously as he survives this ball at Brigade. (2805PG11)

The opening round of the North West Senior Cup provided many talking points, with Ardmore and St Johnston both knocking out higher ranked opposition in the form of Strabane and Glendermott.

Donemana’s 16 year-old spinner William McBrine took 9 for 33 as the cup holders crushed Killyclooney, and three batsmen were all dismissed in the 90s. Coleraine won the all Premiership game against Eglinton, while Bready made short work of Bonds Glen.

The draw for the quarter finals has kept most of the favourites apart with Donemana at home to Ardmore, Coleraine hosting St Johnston, Brigade making the trip to Fox Lodge and Bready facing a potential banana skin at Drummond.

On Friday, three NW sides bowed out of the Irish Cup as Bond’s Glen lost to a Kyle McCallan inspired Waringstown, Eglinton went down by three wickets at Phoenix and Coleraine were undone by a 48-ball century from Merrion’s irish international, John Anderson.

In midweek, there were Faughan Valley cup wins for Brigade at Eglinton, Coleraine at Glendemott and Strabane edged out Fox Lodge by one wicket in a last over thriller. The Donemana verus Bready game will be played Thursday. In the Sperrin Springs Cup, Gary Neely smashed a century as Creevdonnell ousted Killyclooney, while St Johnston won a thriller against Burndennett - just four runs the margin.