Derriaghy captain Matthew Jennings was a delighted man when I asked him about their 43 run win over Lurgan:
“Great to get a win against one of the top teams, especially without our professional in the side. The key was probably the partnership between Kenny Gilliland and Stuart McAllister, made the difference between defending around 165 and the 221 we finished on. Craig Lewis then bowled superbly, always good to get Lurgan’s Niranjan for a duck, don’t reckon that has happened too many times in his 12 years here. There was good support from Scott Hughes.”
Stephen Chambers contributed a gallant 86 in the Lurgan reply Woodvale found out that it was likely to be a long hard season as they capitulated for 46 in what was the day’s earliest finish at Downpatrick. New signing Mark Yeates made an early impression with 4-16 including a hat trick and the home side knocked off the runs inside 12 overs.
Neither of the two promoted sides had any luck either, Bangor thanks to 59 from Andrew
Nixon posted 135 against Carrickfergus, but Michael Gilmour was on the mark with his own half century and an unbeaten 40 from Jamie Holmes secured an 8 wicket win.
Holywood were all out for 110 with three wickets each for Cliftonville’s Brain Anderson and professional Dandekar, Davy Munn made 32 in a five wicket victory.