The weather played its hand on Saturday's domestic cricket programme as action in the senior leagues was heavily restricted due to rain.

Brigade's interest in the All-Ireland T20 competition wasn't to last long as the Beechgrove side were beaten by Waringstown in the day's first semi-final courtesy of a bowl-out.

While conditions relented enough to allow a 10-over bash in the second semi-final between Clontarf and Cork County at Bready there was to be no such luxury at Beechgrove.

Umpires didn't look twice before abandoning the match even before the scheduled start time with the NCU outfit winning the shoot-out by a score of 3-2.

The current Irish Senior Cup holders then beat Clontarf in the rain-affected final to ensure that they become the first to hold both senior national club trophies at the same time.

League action in the Premier Division began with three matches scheduled for the afternoon, only one of which reached a conclusion.

The game between Donemana and Strabane was abandoned without a ball being bowled while they got through 30 overs at Coleraine before that too fell foul of the elements.

An unbeaten 37 from Graham Hume, 27 from Tim Chopra and 26 from Matthew Hutchinson helped the Bannsiders to a respectable 150-6 in 30 overs before the rain closed in. An early tea meant that was to be it in terms of a contest however; the villagers never facing a ball of their reply.

Eglinton are by no means out of that 7th place play-off spot just yet so they will be hoping that the weather relents in time for the second and final chance to have the contest played.

The one game that did reach a conclusion was the most meaningful of the day as a late rearguard action from Ardmore staved off almost certain relegation for the Bleachgreen club.

In what had all the makings of a straight shoot-out between themselves and Ardmore, Fox Lodge had looked in complete control as the hosts slumped to 53-5 chasing 266.

Jason Milligan (3-20) and Aaron Heywood (2-36) caused all the problems early on and with Decker Curry, Azeem Ghumman and Steve Lazars all back in the hutch, the game looked up for a team whose lower order has offered little in the way of resistance this season.

A 67-run stand between skipper Gary Neely (39-4 fours, 3 sixes) and Conor Brolly (32) got Ardmore back into it however as they set about their revised target of 200 to win in 30 overs after rain had struck again.

Still, even allowing for Neely and Brolly's efforts, at 160-8 it looked an uphill battle for the home team before the lower order came to the rescue at precisely the right time.

The final, and telling contribution was to come from the bat of Sean Gormley, who entered the fray with his team looking for snookers. Needing 31 to win from the last 5 overs, Gormley clubbed 5 fours and 2 sixes- as he and David Anthony took 31 runs from 11 deliveries between the 26th and 27th overs as the Foxies failed to close it out.

Earlier, a superb 115-ball knock of 120 from Cebo Tshiki (10 fours, 3 sixes) had given the Ballymagorry outfit a real hold on the contest after Craig Alexander had marked his senior debut with a composed 43 at the top of the order.

Barry Scott added 26 while Ghumman (3-33), Neely (2-25) and David Anthony (2-58) fared best with the ball.

It was to count for nothing in the end however and the visitors will surely have left the Green wondering how they let it slip having dominated all bar the final 20 minutes of play.

It means that Fox Lodge now have to win their final game of the season at Sandel Lodge next weekend to have any chance of clawing it back against an Ardmore side who have themselves no 'gimme' away at Donemana.

The Sammy Jeffrey Shield went into overtime after several rain interruptions here too left the game between Ballyspallen and Glendermott evenly poised.

The Bonds Street side made 188-6 as they batted first on Friday before an unbeaten 91 from Craig Averill helped the Roe Valley team to a response of 197-6; a lead of just 9 for Averill's men.

Half centuries from David Cooke and Alan Johnson allowed Glendermott to post 167-9 second time around leaving 'Spallen a target of 158 to claim the Shield.

In gathering gloom and rain drawing in they had knocked off 58 of them for the loss of 4 wickets when umpires called a halt for the day, leaving a fascinating couple of hours on Sunday to decide the winner.

In the Championship, Killyclooney came out just on top in another 600-run thriller in Tyrone.

David Lapsley's 134 looked to have given the Saints a live chance of posting a surprise win that would have seriously hampered 'Clooney's promotion bid. A similar effort from the home team's Lynch however helped them pull it back and with the last pair in the middle it required a battling 37 not out from William Finlay to carry the hosts to the most nervous of wins.

In the other game, Newbuildings moved off the bottom with a 58-run win over Drummond.