Bready’s Conor flies out to join Ireland squad


BREADY pace bowler, Conor Olphert was added to the Ireland men’s squad ahead of the concluding ODI series fixtures with the UAE in Abu Dhabi.   The 24-year-old and all-rounder, Shane Getkate were drafted in to provide cover for both the squad’s batting and bowling stocks after David Delany suffered an injury.   Olphert, who […]


McBrine’s targeting January victories over Afghanistan


ANDY McBrine knows that January’s three-match series against Afghanistan could be crucial if Ireland are to qualify for the next World Cup. The Donemana man was named in Ireland’s 16-man squad to face UAE and Afghanistan in back-to-back series’ early next year and it’s the latter of those he is particularly focused upon. This will […]


Foxies move quickly to seal Cebo’s return


FOX Lodge have made a significant signing ahead of the revamped North West Cricket Union’s 2021 season with the signing of Cebo Tshiki, who returns to Ballymagorry for a third time. The prolific batsman played for the Foxies in 2017 and 2018 when he weighed in with 1,560 runs, including a high score of 162, […]


Donemana’s super twins blow Bonds Glen out of the water


DONEMANA’S flying start to the season continued last weekend as they beat both Bonds Glen and the elements to put themselves in pole position in Group One of the T20 Championship. The game nearly became the fifth casualty of the weather, having been originally called off before an about turn allowed the game to proceed. […]


‘Foxies’ captain looking forward to season ahead


BEFORE the global pandemic struck, Fox Lodge Cricket Club were preparing for what they hoped was going to be another season in the North West Championship, but this time, one that would end in promotion back to the top flight. Having fallen short of that goal last term, the Ballymagorry outfit, who have been boosted […]


Lodge out-‘fox’-ed by Virus


FOX Lodge had high hopes for the 2020 North West Championship season. Dean McCarter and Andrew McGinnis were set for a return to action after a year away and new West Indian professional Darnell McCallum looked like driving a certain promotion push. Unfortunately for the Ballymagorry based outfit and the rest of the teams in […]


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. […]