THERE was no shortage of excitement on the opening day of the North West season with two last over finishes, and mirroring their rivals in the NCU, a last ball victory, in the T20 Cup.

The closest game was at The Rectory when Bready took a single of the final ball against Glendermott to win the match by four wickets. As in the corresponding game at The Lawn yesterday, the last over started with the visitors needing 12 to win and here the vital six came off the first ball, by Conor Olphert.

The Glendermott innings was dominated by debutant Nathan McGuire who hit an unbeaten 81 in his side’s 121 for six. The former Rush batsman hit six six sixes and four fours in his 62-ball innings and then took two wickets for just 15 runs.

The other winners in Group C were Newbuildings who romped to a seven wickets success against Burndennett, chasing down their target of 123 in the 14th over.

They were actually 53 for three in their reply but then Johnny Thompson and Ross Dougherty went into overdrive. Thompson hit six sixes in his 42 not out and Dougherty six fours in his unbeaten 25.

Shock of the day was at Bonds Glen were Coleraine crashed to a seven wickets defeat. Veteran David Cooke led the way for the Bannsiders with 59 in his side’s 163 for three – comfortably the highest total of the day – but the home side were undaunted by the challenge.

Raymond Curry and Mattie Barr, who hit Gordon Cooke for three sixes in an over, both hit half centuries in the reply with Curry hitting the first ball of the last over for six and victory was sealed two balls later.

Eglinton were the other Group B winners but they almost made a mess of chasing just 91 against Fox Lodge, losing seven wickets in a game dominated by the bowlers.

Indeed, it needed an unbroken stand of 28 between Lee Ritchie, who hit three sixes in four balls, and Richard Wylie to get Eglinton over the finishing line. Earlier, Mark Averill and Simon Dunn took the last five Foxes wickets for 16 runs.

In Group D, Ardmore enjoyed the quickest win of the day, needing just 8.1 overs to pass Ballyspallen’s 75 for nine. Dharam Singh, who has joined from North County, was the undisputed man of the match with 48 not out and three wickets.

There was only one match in this group because Donegal side St Johnston are not allowed to play cricket yet so holders Donemana were awarded all the points.

Brigade, last year’s beaten finalists got off to a winning start in Group A, bowling out Kilyclooney for 77 and easing to a 24 points victory after 15 overs.