There was better news for Newbuildings Cricket Club who were celebrating a remarkable achievement on Sunday evening after claiming the Faughan Valley Sperrin Springs trophy.
Formed just two years ago Newbuildings shouldn’t even have been in the competition which is usually reserved for Championship teams only but as a knock-on effect of Limavady’s withdrawal from the senior ranks last year the new boys got their chance and they didn’t half take it.
Creevedonnell provided the opposition here and skipper Gary Neely gave his side the perfect start when he had Peter Allen caught behind from the very first ball of the match.
Neely also did for Stephen Wallace soon after before Dean Mehaffey and Jason Browne led a recovery. After Browne was dismissed with the score on 75, Mehaffey was joined by his brother, Martin and these two posted a half century stand that gave the innings real impetus. Dean eventually made 47 with his sibling adding 39 as Newbuildings closed their 20 overs on 139 for 5.
Needing 7 an over Creevedonnell went after it from the start however Graeme Robb was on the money with early wickets for the Qualifying 1 side. When the rain came the Curryfree Road men were 27 for 4 after 4 overs albeit professional Mo Hanware was still there, however there was to be no further chance of play after that.
The umpires advised that conditions were fit for a bowl-out and despite feeling very aggrieved Newbuildings relented and agreed to take their chances.
And just as they had dominated the game so too did they take charge of that- Browne, Wallace and Robb all on target for the new boys in a 3-0 win.
Hendy Wallace, back at Eglinton on a flying visit did the honours and handed over the trophy to skipper Wes Ferguson to begin a party that looked set to go on for some time.
Speaking after the final Newbuildings PRO, Colin Campbell, hoped that this would be the first of many big days for the fledgling club.
“It’s an absolutely huge day for our club and while obviously we are disappointed that the outcome had to be decided that way we feel that justice was done as we were well ahead in the match itself” he began.
“Winning a senior trophy is a big thing for us as it lets the youngsters in Newbuildings see where the club is going. We’re part of a community here and our ambition is ultimately to move into and stay in the senior ranks.
“We have big plans for our own ground and I can assure everyone that these plans remain very much on track. Unfortunately things have a tendency to move very slowly in such matters but the club continues to work hard behind the scenes to develop those plans.
“Our emphasis remains on giving the young people of the village a club they can be proud of and this win will hopefully provide that incentive.
“Our support on Sunday was fantastic and Villa’s was bouncing that night. The club would also like to pay tribute to our own sponsors but also to the Officers of the Derry Midweek League and the hard-working members and staff at Eglinton Cricket Club who did everything they could in the circumstances.
“We would also like to thank Creevedonnell Cricket Club for a fair and sporting game and in particular their player Myles Neely who deserves a special mention.
“Going forward Newbuildings obviously now want to finish the season on a high and win the Qualifying 1 league. We have a big game against Fox Lodge upcoming and if we can win that it would mean so much to the people who have worked hard to get the club off the ground.
“Newbuildings United have gone into the draw for the IFA Senior Cup this week and will play Institute this Friday night in the Craig Memorial Cup so there is a real buzz about the village and we would love to keep that going.”