DONEMANA will play YMCA in the final of the All-Ireland T20 Cup next Saturday at a venue to be confirmed after the Leinster winners overcame Cork County in yesterday’s second semi-final.

The North West side had lulled everyone into a false sense of security after winning the Senior Cup last weekend, with captain William McClintock saying they would turn up at Bready on Saturday for a ‘bit of crack’ – the big trophy already in safely back at The Holm.

But CIYMS didn’t see the funny side as their hopes of retaining the T20 crown were ended 10 overs early, when rain arrived at the Magheramason ground and the NCU side one run behind on the DLS par score.

Captain Nigel Jones admitted there was no chance of a resumption even before the umpires formally abandoned the match after a heavy shower, with CI one wicket away from claiming victory themselves. It was that close.

CIYMS were due to host the final next weekend but because of the new lockdown restrictions which come into force today, depending on what the Northern Ireland Executive say Cricket Ireland may be forced to move the venue – with Comber a likely alternative – and they admitted yesterday were looking at options, depending on the Executive’s clarification this week.

With CI losing the semi-final, there is a certain to be a second match next weekend, the play-off game on Sunday between the 2019 and 2020 winners to determine Ireland’s representative in next year’s European Cricket League.

The NCU champions were due to play in this year’s Euro (T10) League but it was cancelled because of the pandemic so to rectify that anomaly they were always getting a second chance, if they did not win this year’s All-Ireland competition. The play-off details are expected to be confirmed today.

In yesterday’s semi-final, YMCA, who had defeated Railway Union in the Leinster final on Saturday, completed a 40 runs win over Cork County with new Ireland international Curtis Campher, the second bowler in the match to take four wickets. The other was Cork opening bowler Rudolph Pollard whose haul included a hat-trick, his first and second wickets 16 overs apart!

Another bowler to take four wickets on Saturday was Donemana’s Jordan McGonigle, the slow left armer’s coming in the space of eight balls as CIYMS were restricted to 141-7.

It was a total CIYMS would have been happy with when they were 7-2 after four overs, both wickets for William McBrine who started with two maidens – almost unheard of in T20 cricket - but after a third wicket stand of 92 between Chris Dougherty (48) and Jason van der Merwe (58) they would have hoping for more.

But McGonigle dismissed both batsmen in his second spell and despite the loss of their Senior Cup final man of the match Dean Mehaffey for 10, Andy McBrine, promoted to open, and captain William McClintock remained together and, with seven runs off the 10th over, saw Donemana do enough – just.