It was a memorable week for Donemana’s William McClintock as he made his Ireland debut in the series win against Zimbabwe, playing in all three matches in Bready. It’s a vindication of all his hard work this year under Warriors Head Coach Gary Wilson, but the hard-hitting middle-order batsman appreciates that this is just the start of the journey, not the end.

“It was a fantastic experience for me and the club to make my debut in front of the NW fans,” said McClintock. “I've worked hard this year but I appreciate this is just the start. Hopefully if I continue to score runs and play well, there will be more caps to come.

“I thought Bready looked great so well done to them, the NW and all the fans that came out and supported us in such numbers.”

There was widespread praise for the Bready ground and club which looked and played resplendently throughout the week. The games were heavily promoted and marketed, with significant buy-in from the local council.

“It’s been an incredible year for the club on and off the pitch and the feedback we’ve received on the successful hosting of the three Ireland v Zimbabwe T20I’s has been all positive,” said club spokesperson Trevor Hamilton.

“We are a club run by volunteers and it was great to see the support we got from the cricketing community and beyond. A big thank you to the NWCU Chair Brian Dougherty and Peter McCartney and his team for the support in the build-up and during the matches. I know both have been lobbying hard to get International cricket in the NW and to see Saturday’s sell-out game and so many children in the ground, shows there’s a hunger for more International fixtures.

“Finally a big thanks to our team of volunteers who worked long hours to make sure these games were a success. We’re already looking forward to the next match.”