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Donemana on course for double but Decker could floor their plans

By Ian Callender

When Donemana won the Senior Cup final seven weeks ago, they were back in fifth place in the race for the Premiership title - but victory tomorrow at Ardmore will bring the league trophy back to The Holm for only the second time since 2008.

Since their two-day victory over Ardmore, they have won three games and had a no-result, which could be just as important as the six points from the two victories against Ardmore and the defeat of defending champions Coleraine.

Brigade were the only team who could have won the league last week, by beating Donemana, but when that game was postponed 24 hours before the scheduled start because of ground conditions, it put the cup holders back in control of their own destiny as they bid to repeat their double success of 2012.

Three teams will be tied on 16 points, no matter who wins at Ardmore tomorrow, but the home team have the worst run-rate, which will decide this year's title, so would need a huge 100+ runs victory to finish top.

Donemana, though, would have the best run-rate so captain Ricky-Lee Dougherty, who along with William McBrine is available again this week, would receive the trophy tomorrow night.

The fairytale final-day script, however, would be for 49-year-old Decker Curry to score a century for Ardmore and win the match; the Ireland international is currently sitting with 99 hundreds.

The slow, damp pitch - it has been raining in the North West all week - is probably going to be the spoilsport but it could be the fairytale finish for Brigade who will, most likely, be champions on run-rate if Ardmore win.

Tomorrow's Fixtures (12.00): Long's SuperValu Premiership: Ardmore v Donemana

Promotion/relegation play-off: Drumond v Newbuildings (Eglinton)

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