Ardmore came up agonisingly short in the National Cup final on Sunday as they lost to Railway Union by just 19 runs at North County.

The southerners opted to bat first but struggled to cope with the Bleachgreen side's attack early on. Conor Brolly (3-31) and Gary Neely (3-35) had Ardmore well in the hunt as only Glenn Querl (21) offered much with the bat.

Railway managed to rally late on however and after Saad Ullah Khan made 38, the last two wickets crucially put on an additional 39 runs with Mishra making 16 and Andy Jackson 15 not out.

The final total was 159 with Jared Wilson adding 2-30 for Peter Harrigan's men.

Ardmore's reply started slowly as well; Peet Pienaar's 15 the best of the top order before Wilson made a timely 40 that included 4 sixes.

At 91-4 in reply the North West side were marginal favourites, however Hashir Sultan (3-20), Prabhan Kamal (2-22) and Kevin O'Brien (2-29) opened the game back up.

Despite a gutsy 31 from Ciaran Curley and 17 from skipper Harrigan, Ardmore just couldn't get over the line as the relieved Leinster outfit narrowly held on.

There was more bad news for Ardmore on the way home as Burndennett took over again at the top of the Championship with a bizarre win at Newbuildings.

Darnell McCallum top scored for the home side with 33 while Mark Pollock claimed 5-5 as Newbuildings were dismissed for 93.

Salman Ahmed then went on the attack in 'Dennett's reply to hit 5 fours and 5 sixes in an unbeaten 58. Stephen Wallace added 30 at the other end as the Tyrone side took less than 7 overs to post a 10-wicket win.

Full points for Burndennett means Ardmore will be hoping for a quick improvement in the weather as they tackle their final two league games against Fox Lodge and Killyclooney.