There was disappointment for Ardmore in the Irish National Cup final when they lost by 19 runs to Railway Union in Balrothery.

The crucial Railway stand was 21 for the last wicket – the ninth wicket also added 18 – after Conor Brolly and Gary Neely had shared three wickets, including Kevin O'Brien caught and bowled by Brolly for 16 - and those late runs immediately put Ardmore under pressure when they lost their first four wickets for 31 – including Decker Curry for two off 17 balls!

Jarred Wilson and Peter Harrigan threatened a recovery with a fifth wicket stand of 60, but both were dismissed in the space of seven balls and although Ardmore’s eighth wicket fell at 123, their last two wickets could add only 17 runs.

It is the third defeat out of three for North West teams in the final and ended Ardmore’s hopes of a Quadruple. Burndenett also went above them in the Championship with a 10 wickets victory over Newbuildings yesterday so Ardmore may have to win their last two games to return to the Premiership as champions.