‘Bannsiders’ in box seat as former Champs lie in wait

Donemana batsman Dwayne McGarrigle.   (1408JB50)
Donemana batsman Dwayne McGarrigle. (1408JB50)

IT WAS league action all the way for the North-West’s cricketers on Saturday ahead of a week of International and Inter-Provincial matters and it’s advantage Coleraine and Eglinton in the race for senior title honours.

Ian McGregor’s men retained their two-point gap at the top of Division 1 with a bloodless win over Creevedonnell who now look in a spot of bother at the bottom.

Big wins for Strabane and Limavady, however, mean the former champions are ready to pounce on any wobbles and the leaders have to visit both of them in the run-in.

At the bottom, Bond’s Glen lost again meaning that relegation is surely imminent while at the top of Division 2 Eglinton are now champions-elect after they won on Sunday and St Johnston lost for the second successive week following a narrow 9-run reverse at Sion Mills.

There’s a busy few days ahead as well as Glendermott and Donemana play catch up in the Championship, the Rectory men starting against Bond’s Glen last night while Richard Kee’s side was at Creevedonnell.

International action is also under way with the touring South Africa “A” side playing Ireland at Coleraine in a 4-day game while the Ladies T20 European Qualifiers between Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland starts this morning at Bready. There are two games each day starting at 9.30 am and 3 pm and the tournament runs until Thursday evening.

Scotland and Ireland ladies will stay on for a 50-over game on Friday at the same venue and the International flavour finishes on Sunday when the South Africans end their tour with a 50-over game against Ireland’s men at Strabane.