DONEMANA DUMPED OUT IN CORK AS RAIN RUINS ALL-IRELAND DAY
Ardmore faced a stiff task in Fingal as they travelled to take on the competition's multiple-winners North County with a fit again Decker Curry taking his place in the away team's line up.
Despite that the Bleachgreen outfit lost 2 wickets in the second over and another soon after to leave them reeling on 9 for 3 early on.
Curry with 29 helped retrieve the situation somewhat however wickets were falling, and falling cheaply at the other end. Between them, six Ardmore batsmen managed just one run before an excellent partnership from Andrew Riddles and Gary Neely rescued the situation.
Riddles hit 5 fours on his way to an unbeaten half century while Neely's 43 not out contained 3 fours and 2 sixes- that pair allowing the underdogs to post a modest 136 for 7 in 37 overs before the rains came.
Eddie Richardson (3-25) and Ian Bertram (2-14) were best with the ball for County who were subsequently set a revised target of 86 in 16 overs following a long disruption.
Gary Neely had Conor Armstrong caught behind by Adrian Murphy early on before the rain closed in again with the score 17 for 1 after 3 overs, and that was to be that; the game now to be arranged back at the 'Green at the end of the month.
Not that far away at Skerries, Glendermott put up an admirable performance against The Hills, holding out against the Leinster champions to take this one back to the North West as well. The Waterside outfit were indebted to an excellent knock of 73 from back-to-form batsman Bob Robinson as he led the resistance and the visitors' 199 all out was a very decent effort in the circumstances.
A substantial rain delay was always going to create havoc with that total and when Duckworth Lewis was applied, the home side were asked to get 88 in 13 overs. They looked like rattling those off when scampering to 54 for 2 from 7 overs but rain was to have the final say here as well, meaning a replay back at Bonds Street.
There was a real surprise as Donemana went down at Cork County. The home side batted first and despite losing Ross Durity early, Ian Coleman and Morne Bauer got them back on track.
Coleman and Stephan Grobler then fell in quick succession but Bauer and Rory O'Keefe gave the Leesiders' inning real impetus as they added decent knocks.
The former hit 3 fours and 2 sixes in his even time 68 while O'Keefe's 39 allowed the Mardyke men to post 171 for 8 in 37 overs before the rain arrived.
The revised target for Donemana was 190 in 36 but they started really poorly losing Stephen Wallace for 10, Richard Kee (4), Kamran Sajid for 20 and Ricky-Lee Dougherty without scoring.
Andy McBrine was still there though and with Gary McClintock (15) and then William McClintock (27) they repaired most of the early damage taking the score to 148.
The crucial blow was to come with the loss of the Warriors' skipper however- McBrine one of Siddarth Joshi's 5 victims having made 65 (4 fours and 2 sixes).
After that Cork kept the pressure on and accounted for the 2000 winners with a 15-run verdict.
There was no such fairytale for their neighbours Cork Harlequins who were skittled for just 44 by Pembroke, with Jono Cook taking 6 for 11 as the Sydney Parade side romped to a nine wicket win.
Three wickets apiece for Deon Carolus and Tom Stanton saw Merrion dismiss Muckamore for 118, but yet again the elements had the final say.
There was no play possible at all in the other matches. The outstanding fixtures will now be played on or before Sunday May 25th, with Friday the 23rd May being the default date if there is no agreement between the two teams.
The RSA National Cup was even harder hit with only two results achieved on the pitch - Midleton beating Ballaghaderreen and Galway beating Kerry in a thriller.
The draws for both competitions will be made on Tuesday May 13, with the RSA Irish Senior Cup draw being made on BBC Radio Foyle on their morning programme at 08:30am and the RSA National Cup draw at 11:30 on NEAR FM.