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Donemana confident of returning to pole position

 

By Ian Callender

Donemana have conceded home advantage to Drummond for today's Long's SuperValu Premier League game which could confirm the first relegated team and put the defending champions back in pole position.

The Holm was one of the worst affected grounds after last week's floods in the North West and with the river breaking through the fence and cattle getting onto the ground, it is out of action for the rest of the year.

But having already won at Drummond this year, albeit by just four wickets with four overs to spare, Ricky-Lee Dougherty is happy to take his team back knowing that another victory, no matter how small the margin, will leapfrog them back over Brigade to the top of the table with one round of fixtures remaining.

That game is against Fox Lodge who, depending on the result of today's other Premier League game, could find themselves in the relegation play-off place and needing to beat Ardmore in their final game to avoid their season going into overtime.

Drummond still have three games to play - two next weekend against Ardmore and Coleraine - but unless they pull off the mother of all upsets today, and record their first win of the season at the 12th attempt, against Donemana, then they are sure to be returning to the Championship

Ardmore have their place in the top flight in their own hands, also with three games to play, starting at Eglinton today.

It has been a desperately disappointing season for the Bleachgreen side, mirroring Decker Curry's summer. The North West legend started the season with 99 career centuries and, in what is expected to be his last season, is running out of time to bring up the magical ton.

He has passed 50 only twice this season with 77 at Donemana his best but, much like his latest team, the former Donemana and Limavady star is capable of producing a storming finish.

In the NCU, Lisburn will be relegated to Section One unless they defeat Instonians at Wallace Park today (11am) even before their last game, the title decider for Waringstown next Saturday.

Instonians are back in action tomorrow with a 20-over second and final attempt to play North Down, a game switched to The Green and with a 4pm start.

North Down will finish their season as co-leaders with a victory but with an inferior run-rate to Waringstown and CIYMS, and the Villagers have that game in hand.

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