THERE’S a hectic programme of cricket ahead this weekend with a full schedule of league action in both of the top two divisions on Sunday, however before that we have the first round of the Danske Bank Senior Cup getting under way 24 hours earlier.
Bready have arguably the most difficult task of the local teams as they travel to newly promoted Ardmore with skipper Scanlon expecting a tough afternoon at the Bleachgreen.
“It is usually a decent batting track out there so it could be a high scoring encounter” he suggested.
“As always the three big wickets of Decker Curry, Aggie Riddles and Adrian Murphy will be key and if we get those early we would have a big chance.
“We didn’t do ourselves justice in the cups any more than we did in the league last time so the boys are keen to make amends this year”
Holders Donemana begin the defence of their trophy with a tricky little tie at home to St Johnston and the hosts will be very keen to get off the mark for the se6ason with a win here.
Skipper Kee was adamant that things would turn around for his side and he wanted that to start this weekend.
“We have St Johnston in the cup first and then Eglinton in the league on Sunday and we really need to get going now after a poor start. Tom Riddles comes back into the equation having returned from Australia and I have a full squad available so we have no excuses”.
Strabane will also be mindful that Bready were knocked out of the competition down in Drummond last season when they travel to the Roe Valley- Tommy Barr also confident that he too can deal from a full deck ahead of that one. Not having won the senior cup for 20 years should be motivation enough for the Park side however and they ought to have enough about them to progress.
Fox Lodge are another team that could go well in this but Iftikhar Hussain’s men have to get past a much improved Killyclooney team first. With home advantage, Mark Gordon’s lads will be quietly confident having won their opening couple of games; however the visitors’ all-round quality should see them prevail.
Bonds Glen look to have it all to do at the home of champions Coleraine while Burndennett v Creevedonnell could go either way. Both sides won their opening league matches and lost their second so there isn’t a lot to split them with maybe only home advantage leaning towards Mark Roulston’s team. Sion Mills are still searching a first win in this their 150th season in domestic cricket and they will have to improve plenty if they are to get past joint league leaders and promotion favourites Glendermott.