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North West champions Donemana end CIYMS' dominance to reach All-Ireland T20 decider

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Donemana captain William McClintock saw his side reach the All-Ireland T20 final

Donemana captain William McClintock saw his side reach the All-Ireland T20 final

Donemana captain William McClintock saw his side reach the All-Ireland T20 final

Donemana would have been quite happy to have finished their season last weekend when they picked up the North West Senior Cup, but they have at least one more match to play after reaching the All-Ireland T20 Cup Final.

The cup specialists ended CIYMS' reign in yesterday's semi-final at Bready which was decided by what proved to be the penultimate ball. When Andy McBrine hit a single off Jacob Mulder it put Donemana one run ahead of the DLS par score and, with the rain already falling, left skipper William McClintock to keep out the last ball of the over - a second wicket would have won the game for CIYMS.

The umpires immediately conferred and waved the players off the field and Donemana were in their first All-Ireland final since 2009.

If they triumph next Saturday, against either YMCA or Cork County, they will face CIYMS again on Sunday for a Play-Off game to decide who represents Ireland in the European Cricket League next season. Both games next weekend are at Belmont.

With the minimum margin as the result, both teams can look back on a run that got away but the crucial event was probably the fifth ball of the Donemana innings when McBrine was dropped at mid-off, a difficult chance to David Miller running backwards.

CI knew they would be without Allen Coulter yesterday and the withdrawal of international Mark Adair with a side strain yesterday morning handicapped them, but Donemana can say they were without Gary McClintock.

It was left-arm spinner Jordan McGonigle who swung it Donemana's way.

William McBrine had started the day in sensational fashion with two successive maidens and in his second he also claimed the wickets of John Matchett and Nigel Jones.

Chris Dougherty and Jason van der Merwe then added 92 before McGonigle returned. Dougherty hit two of his first three balls for six but holed out next ball going for his 50 and after Van der Merwe had done the same to Dean Meheffy to reach a 34-ball half century, McGonigle got him in his next over and followed up with the wicket of James Cameron-Dow.

CI still scored 20 off the last two overs but, batting second, Donemana held their nerve.

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