Donemana lose ground after Sunday defeat to Ardmore

There was more Sunday woe for Richard Kee's Donemana side
There was more Sunday woe for Richard Kee's Donemana side

It was the Boomtown Rats who famously sang ‘I don’t like Mondays’.

Well, Donemana could soon be releasing their own version of the song, only swapping Monday for Sunday.

Richard Kee’s men lost for the second Sunday in succession, struggling Ardmore the surprise winners at The Bleachgreen in a result that leaves Donemana with a mountain to climb in the North West Premiership title race.

Unbeaten until last Sunday’s defeat by the leaders Coleraine, they now need other results to go for them if they are to get back into the title race.

Only a last-wicket partnership of 69 between Jordan McGonigle and William McBrine gave the scoreline a respectable look as Donemana slumped to 133 for nine chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 250 in 34 overs.

McGonigle was the last man out for 40 as Donemana were dismissed for 202 but they were always up against it after losing their first four wickets to Conor Brolly with just 48 runs on the board.

Earlier there was drama in the Ardmore innings as Forster Mutizwa (45 no) smashed 26 from the final over to take the home side to 228 for three, a total increased by 21 under Duckworth-Lewis.

Andrew Riddles, the former Donemana all-rounder, produced his best performance of the season, dismissed just four runs short of a century. Paul McDowell also added 72 as Ardmore followed up Saturday’s victory over Bready with a superb all-round display. After starting the weekend with just one victory, they suddenly have three to their name and are on the brink of safety.

The result unquestionably takes the edge off Donemana’s win over Eglinton on Saturday in a dress rehearsal for the Senior Cup final.

Oraine Williams, the Eglinton professional, struck 13 fours and three sixes in a superb 91 as the village side made 215. However, that must have been disappointing because Eglnton were 173 for three before Kyle Dougherty and William McBrine shared six wickets.

Tom Riddles gave Donemana a positive start with 46 and Gary McClintock added 41 before South African professional Jan Frylinck finished the match off with a blistering 73 from just 26 balls. He struck four fours and nine sixes.

Ardmore’s win over Bready owed much to a spectacular batting collapse from the Magheramason side.

David Rankin (79) and Michael Loubser (41) helped them to 164 for four before they collapsed to 190 as Sean Gormley took four for 27.

There was a wobble in reply as Riddles and Mutizawa felly cheaply but Decker Curry hit an unbeaten 60 to help Ardmore to a crucial four-wicket win.