Barry Chambers (Strabane Chronicle)
Twenty years after their first and to date only All-Ireland triumph Donemana have the opportunity to win a second when they take on a star-studded YMCA team in Belfast this Saturday.
The Tyrone side reached the decider with a one-run (DLS) win against holders CIYMS, a result that registered on the Richter scale of shocks.
“It was a great win for a team that was well and truly underdogs,” skipper William McClintock told the Chronicle.
“But we bowled brilliantly and always knew we were in the game with that total if we got to a good start. Willy McBrine was the pick of the bowlers which really set the tone for the match.
(Donemana captain William McClintock with the NW Senior Cup)
“For once we had a bit of luck as we came through and we can’t wait for Saturday. The rain spoiled it but to be honest we were cruising and only needed 80 odd off the last ten and we would have backed ourselves to get that against any team with nine wickets to spare.”
YMCA won the Leinster competition on Saturday with a convincing seven-wicket win against Railway Union. They followed it up with a 40-run win against Munster representatives Cork County. They will provide a formidable challenge for Donemana with a trio of Irish internationals in their ranks – Harry Tector, Simi Singh and Curtis Campher.
However as they have shown in the past few weeks, this Donemana side thrive on the underdogs tag.
They welcome back Gary McClintock for the clash at Belmont, and he is the only change to the side that defeated CIYMS, with DJ Dougherty stepping down to 12th man.
(NW Senior Cup winners Donemana)
There could be a second match for Donemana on Sunday, with the winners of the All-Ireland T20 facing CIYMS for a place as Ireland’s representative in the European Cricket League. The tournament will be held in La Manga in Spain next April.
Both games this weekend start at 1pm.