Killyclooney and Ardmore are still very much in the title mix after last weekend saw Bready all but ruled out, and Brigade brought into the chasing pack with their one-run loss at home to Newbuildings.

The pair may still be outsiders and need a helping hand from other sides and possibly the weather, but two wins would go a long way to a fairytale league title for either.

While Blayde Cappell has been very much the catalyst for Killyclooney's league challenge with his 1778 runs, they will have to try and reach the Promised Land without the influential South African who returned home last week.

The only consolation for them is that their opponents this weekend, Ardmore, are also without their professional.

Skipper Timmy Dougherty accepts that it will be a tough proposition, but is just happy to be still very much in contention in September.

“It’s certainly a big game for us,” said Dougherty. “Everything's on the line this weekend although it's great to be in this situation.

“We are all up for the match and we will see how it plays out. Hopefully we will still be up there as we have leaders Brigade in the final match next weekend.”

Ardmore have three games remaining, away at Donemana and home to Fox Lodge after their clash with Killyclooney.

Skipper Rachit Gaur is happy that the destiny of the title is still very much in their own hands.

"The season has been good so far, but the boys are well aware that the job is not done yet.

"We have an excellent pool of players this year which gives us flexibility in every aspect of the game.

"There have been plenty of match winning performances throughout the season and I hope to see more in these coming games.

"We are just taking one game at a time. This weekend it’s Killyclooney and if we do the basics right then we will get the result in our favour.

"We are certainly right in contention for the league and it’s up to us now how well we perform. For the moment our sole focus is on Killyclooney and will take it from there."