There were mixed emotions for Bready Women at the weekend as they played in the inaugural All-Ireland Women’s T20 finals day at Magheramason.

They won their Ulster clash against CSNI in a thrilling game, edging out the Stormont side by 11 runs, thanks primarily to 47 not out from skipper Alana Dalzell. The matches were all live-streamed and a clip of a pitch invasion by Dazzle the Dog went viral, being featured on Sky Sports News, and the BBC.

The final itself proved to be a step too far, as a Pembroke side packed with international experience emerged nine-wicket winners in a ten-over contest.

Dalzell, though, was upbeat about the games, and thankful for the opportunity for her side to showcase their talents in front of a global audience.

“We had a great win against CSNI, which the girls really enjoyed as it was our first competition outside of club cricket in the North West. The livestream was a first for a lot of the girls but they all applied themselves really well, given the fact that a lot of them were quite nervous.

“We were over the moon to reach the final and it was a brilliant opportunity for the team to come up against a quality Pembroke side with so many Irish internationals. It set the standard for the girls and gave us an idea of what we should be striving for.

“We all thought the finals day was a great concept by Cricket Ireland as it allowed North West women’s cricket to be showcased at such a high level, and we are already looking forward to next season and the chance of getting to this stage again.”