It’s certainly not been a vintage season for Donemana, but moving into the business end of the season they have been handed a boost with the return of their international players for two crucial matches.

The pushing back of the Zimbabwe series to later in the month means they will have their talismanic skipper Andy McBrine back in the ranks, as well as T20 skipper William McClintock, who has missed most of the past month.

They are home to Ardmore on Saturday in a must-win game for both if they hope to catch leaders Bready, while on Sunday they return to Newbuildings, the scene of their seven-wicket mauling last weekend.

“We are really looking forward to both big games and looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat, which was a thoroughly deserved victory by Newbuildings,” said former Irish international Jordan McGonigle.

“We know we can do better from our own perspective. Some big players who we’ve undoubtedly missed most of the season should be available this weekend so that should certainly help us.”