It’s been a superb start to the season for Burndennett top-order batsman Mark Pollock, who was yet again amongst the runs in their Irish National Cup win over Laois.

The stylish left-hander made his second century of the season, hitting an unbeaten 105, reaching the landmark just before heavy rain saw their innings curtailed. He hit 15 fours and two sixes in his magnificent 94-ball stay.

Pollock now tops the North West averages with a Bradmanesque 125.50, having scored 251 runs and only been dismissed twice. His aggregate tally is second only to Dwayne McGerrigle, who has 286 runs to his credit.

Mark made a century against Bonds Glen in the second game of the season, as well as Saturday.

"I'm delighted to get the second of the season, but as they say plenty of practice and you might get lucky and see the rewards," Pollock told CricketEurope.
"Also it's nice to get a win under our belts in the cup as it's very much a team game and everyone is putting the effort in this year. 

"It's going to be hard come mid June/July when our numbers start dropping but that is usual for us we can never field the same 11. 

"But everyone is very much involved and enjoying Niall's coaching which should hopefully improve us on the field. 

"Throughout the rest of the season we just want to keep enjoying the cricket and ofcourse try to pop a surprise along the way you just never know especially in cricket."

Their win against Laois was a nail-biting one, as the dreaded DLS was required with rain never too far away in the second innings. Luckily for the Tyrone side they captured a decisive 5th wicket just before play was halted for the final time, which meant they were 13-runs ahead and progressed to the next round.

Former Ireland A international Niall McDonnell was in the Burndennett side for that win, playing as their new player-coach. He scored a run-a-ball 16 and despite some rustiness showed enough quality to indicate that he will be an excellent acquisition on and off the field.