Up for the cup
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
Ardmore won their second trophy of the season on Saturday – beating Newbuildings in the Sam Jeffrey Shield Final – and on Sunday head to Balrothery for the Irish National Cup decider against Railway Union.
The Long’s SuperValu Championship is also in their own hands and, indeed they can clinch that on Saturday if they beat Killyclooney and second place Burndennett lose at third place Fox Lodge.
If that doesn’t happen Ardmore will have a second chance, at home to Fox Lodge on September 7, while Burndennett’s other match is away to Newbuildings.
The Championship winners are automatically promoted into the Premier League with the runners also getting a chance in a play-off with the seventh place team in the top flight.
Ardmore, who have already won the Eric Cooke (T20) Trophy, had a huge 157 runs margin in the Sam Jeffrey, Connor Brolly taking 5-33 as the Newbuldings were bowled out for 64.
Other winners last weekend were Eglinton II who won the Ulster Plate Final, beating Fox Lodge II in the final at the Bleachgreen by six wickets after Neal Stewart took 5-13 as the Foxes were bowled out for 66, and North Fermanagh who beat Bready IV by nine wickets to win the Qualifying 3 final at Drummond, Joubert Piennar finishing 59 not out.
There was consolation for Fox Lodge as they won the Ladies Cup final at Burndennett by eight wickets, passing Killyclooney’s 82-6. Sarah Black took 4-12 and then hit 47 not out to make the player of the match a formality.