NCU Saturday roundup
There was a real end of the season feel this weekend as matches were called off seemingly at the earliest opportunity and there seemed little appetite for a prolonged stay looking through the windows at the unpleasant morning conditions.
It was a case of those who needed to did and with neither of the scheduled Premier League matches surviving and only one in Section One it was left to Section Two to show the way with four games proceeding to a conclusion.
The Premier League title is now firmly in Waringstown’s hands as the rearrangement of the match at Lisburn will be for a 20 overs game and it would be nigh on impossible for them to do enough damage to their NRR in that circumstance to allow CIYMS to overtake them.
In Section One Holywood gave themselves a little breathing space with a six wicket win over relegated Academy as had Derriaghy on Friday with an eight wicket win over Donacloney Mill.
Derriaghy are scheduled to play three matches this weekend in an attempt to retain their section 1 status and the winners of Sunday’s Derriaghy v Holywood tie will be ‘safe’.
All the games left in the section are 'Match 2' and who will be joining Academy in Section 2 next season is not likely to be decided until Sept 17 when Bangor play Cliftonville.
In Section Two the relegation struggle, if you can call it that, encouraged sides to get some cricket in and the reward for waiting around and playing an abbreviated game was, for half of them at least, a valuable four points.
Cooke-Collegians are four points adrift from a NRR position at the bottom and were indebted to North Down for use of the ground for their game versus Ballymena.
A one run win for Ballymena was not what C-C needed and now their game versus Saintfied scheduled to be at Fullerton Park next Saturday, whilst vital to their cause may be problematical.
September has always been the time of the season when there are ‘upsets’ as sides desperate for points play against opponents whose thoughts have long since turned to their winter activities.
There are more sides than usual this year all looking over their shoulders and desperate to make sure no one gets one over on them - hence there will be more matches played this season and many of them will be ‘make or break’ for the sides involved.
At Seapark, 9 September.
Holywood (4) beat Academy (0) by 6 wickets.
Academy 143-8 (A Magee 37, D McFadden 35, D Reid 33, W Hum 3-28, C Walsh 2-17)
Holywood 144-4 (J Wilson 59*, W Hum 29, B Parry 3-22)
At Queensway, 8 September.
Derriaghy (4) beat Donacloney Mill (0) by 8 wickets.
At Northfield, 9 September.
Donaghadee (4) beat Dundrum (0) by 8 wickets.
Dundrum 75-8 (D McNamara 2-7, A Williamson 2-10, G McCluskey 2-25)
Donaghadee 76-2 (J Keenan 37, M Martin 31)
At The Green,Comber, 9 September,
Cooke Collegians (0) lost to Ballymena (4) by 1 run.
Ballymena 138-8 (J Gibson 48, W Montgomery 30, H Naveed 5-26)
Cooke Collegians 137-8 (H Naveed 40, Ali 2-29, J Gibson 2-33).
At Sandy Bay, 9 September.
Larne lost to Templepatrick by 9 wickets.
Larne 51-8 (D Lawrence 16, J Busby 4-3, C Munro 2-5)
Templepatrick 52-1 (R Bryans 28)
At Laurelvale, 9 September.
Laurelvale (4) beat BISC (0) by 5 wickets.
BISC 61 (L Edgar 4-10, M Amjal 3-12)
Laurelvale 62-5 (A Pandita 3-27)