ARDMORE’S hopes of securing a first Premiership title will have to wait until Sunday as they were on the receiving end of a 139-run mauling at Donemana.

The Tyrone side produced a barrage of boundaries as they powered their way to a total of 258 for 7.

They hit no fewer than 19 sixes, with Levi Dougherty and William McClintock each clearing the ropes eight times on their way to half centuries. Irish international Andy McBrine was the third to pass 50 in an impressive batting display.

Ardmore’s chase began brightly with an opening stand of 41 in five overs, but once Jordan McGonigle broke the partnership, followed by the big wicket of Ardmore captain Rachit Gaur – trapped lbw by Andy McBrine for 40 - the wheels came off.

All ten Ardmore batsmen fell to spin, with William McBrine getting his second successive five-wicket haul, and his father Junior – one week away from his 60th birthday – getting two.

Ardmore have one final chance to pip Brigade to the title, needing a 23-pont win when they entertain Fox Lodge today (11am).

To gain those three points Ardmore will have to win by 30 runs or more if they bat first, and by five wickets or more batting second.

Brigade went to the top of the table as Ryan Macbeth took five wickets and younger sibling Scott four to bundle out a weakened Killyclooney for 74.

Jordan Nelson top-scored with 20 in an opening role, but his side started by losing two wickets in the opening over and never looked like troubling a rampant home side.

David Barr went quickly, but Ifty Hussain’s unbeaten 32 ensured a routine eight-wicket win. However, the bonus point dropped could yet come back to haunt them.

Newbuildings finished their season in style with a seven wicket win over Eglinton, for whom Liam Doherty hit 12 fours and seven sixes on his way to 116, adding 126 for the fourth wicket with Robbie Millar (33).

They collapsed though losing seven wickets for just 33 to be all out for 191.

Jason Dunn hit eight sixes and fours in a whirlwind 98 from 56 balls, putting on 91 in seven overs for the first wicket with Mark Hanna (45) to make the chase a routine one.

Johnny Thompson - playing in his last match was fittingly in the middle as the winning runs were scored.

The point gained by Eglinton puts them 25 ahead of Fox Lodge with a considerable NRR advantage which should ensure Premiership cricket for the villagers next season.

Coleraine ensured their Premiership berth with a nerveless nine-wicket victory at St Johnston chasing 146.

Tim Chopra hit nine fours and a six in an unbeaten 58, sharing an unbroken second wicket stand of 95 with Scott Campbell who made 47.

Earlier, there were three wickets apiece for Stephen and Mark Hutchinson, while Graeme McCarter top-scored for the Saints with 34.

He added 67 for the fourth wicket with Nathan Cole (32) after they were in early trouble at 6 for 3.

David Anthony hit a breezy 32 but a total of 145 proved little trouble to the Bannsiders despite the pressure of a Premiership berth being on the line.