Late collapse ends Donemana’s All-Ireland hopes

Donemana’s fantastic season ended in disappointment at Belmont on Saturday afternoon as they were beaten by 29 runs by YMCA in the All-Ireland T20 final.

The loss will be all the more disappointing for the North West side after they had got themselves into an excellent position to kill the game. With 6 overs remaining, skipper William McClintock and his twin brother Gary had Donemana needing 44 more runs to win with 8 wickets in hand before Ireland International Curtis Campher removed both batsmen in quick succession.

William had made an excellent 41 (4 sixes and a four) while his brother chipped in with 19 but once that pair was out, the wheels came off the wagon.From there, Simi Singh (3-30) and Cillian McDonnell (2-16) blew away the rest of the batting order- 7 wickets falling for just 10 runs- as Donemana’s reply ended on 102-9.

Earlier, 62 from Jack Tector (6 fours and 2 sixes) looked to have set the Leinster side on their way to a huge first innings total before Dwayne McGerrigle (4-15), Andy McBrine  (2-24) and Jordan McGonigle (2-25) hauled their team right back into it. Tector rode his luck at the start but his knock was ultimately the difference between the teams; YM’s next highest score after him was Singh’s 15 as they posted a modest 131-9 having been put in to bat.

In the end however it was to be enough as the southerners got over the line comfortably to celebrate their inaugural All-Ireland success.

At Belmont, YMCA beat Donemana by 29 runs

YMCA 131-9 (20 overs; J Tector 62, D M Gerrigle 4-15, A McBrine 2-24, J McGonigle 2-25)

Donemana 102-9 (20 overs; W McClintock 41, G McClintock 19, S Singh 3-30, C Campher 2-11, C McDonnell 2-16)

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