Baptism of fire for Creevedonnell
This was always going to be a baptism of fire for Stephen Scroggie's men and although by no means disgraced they were very much second best to an in-form home team.
Opener Ryan Hunter has spent the close season on a fitness drive and while now several stone lighter he seems to have lost none of his strength or aggression.
The Ireland under-19 player and his club professional Kamran Sajid gave the visitors a sight of their task in the top flight in double quick time with a 120-run stand for the first wicket, Hunter making 74 of those from just 64 balls. He hit 9 fours and 4 sixes in that while Sajid also went on to post a half century; 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 53.
Andy McBrine then weighed in with an entertaining 47, 4 fours and 3 sixes in that as the under-19's continued to dominate the day's events and Ricky-Lee Dougherty's 30 helped Donemana post a daunting 279 for 8 in their 50 overs.
Nicky Cooke and Gary Neely both picked up 3 wickets for the visitors but Ellis McGarrigle with 2 for 20 from his ten overs was the pick of their attack.
Creevedonnell gave a debut to Kyle Morrow and the former Nedd opener showed he will be far from out of his depth at this level with a useful 41.
Another newbie, Jack Glenn chipped in with 24 but in truth the visitors never looked likely to overhaul their huge target. James McBrine picked up 4 wickets with the remainder shared around the attack as Creevedonnell were eventually dismissed for 152.
Stephen Scroggie knows there will be easier days than this as the summer progresses while its another winning start for Richard Kee's troops.