It was a very quiet few days on the Championship front as is usually the case on cup final weekend- with only the two Sam Jeffrey Shield semi-finals down for decision this time.

Worse still there was only actual play in one- Saturday's match between Bonds Glen and Glendermott falling victim to a saturated square at the Glen.

It meant the teams were forced into the dreaded bowl-out with the visitors progressing to the final on a 2-0 scoreline. Bob Robinson, who has become something of a bowl-out "gun" in recent years struck straight away for the Rectory outfit and with no-one from the home side finding the target it was left to former Bee Gee Ian Cooke to seal victory.

Jason Lynch's team will play Ballyspallen in the final after a thrilling match at Bridge Park saw the hosts edge out Killyclooney.

The visitors weren't happy that the game was played on Sunday having originally been scheduled for last midweek and they definitely travelled light to the Roe Valley.

That said they put up a superb show to go down to just a 2-wicket defeat with Graham Kennedy's unbeaten 94 (16 fours and a six) the difference between the teams.

Chasing 'Clooney's 229 the hosts made heavy weather of it and needed every run of an 82-stand between Kennedy and Paul McIlmoyle (28) to get them home.

Craig Averill (31) was also in the runs and the same bowler took a hat-trick in the first innings as the Tyrone side's tail was exposed.

Andre Henry hit 7 fours and 5 sixes in his 83 while Mark Gordon added 11 fours and 2 sixes in his 71, however it was Averill's 4-37 that helped keep the target manageable.

The final will be played at Eglinton on 17 and 18 August.

'Spallen are currently in league action as St Johnston have drawn the short straw of travelling this midweek to the Bridge for the clubs' outstanding league match.

This one was postponed owing to a bereavement and the home team's successful cup runs meant there was nowhere to put the game bar midweek.

It's a game Mark Averill's team need to win as the Championship heads towards a conclusion with still four sides hoping for a top-two finish. They were hoping to defend a total of 188 when play continued last night.

Leaders Glendermott know a win this Saturday at Newbuildings would set them up nicely going into their last couple of league matches but they won't get things all their own way against a home side that have been very flat in the league this time.

Ballyspallen entertain Burndennett who have improved readily this season on the back of a couple of key additions in pre-season. Eddie McGettigan's men are just a couple of points behind their hosts but will require a big performance to come away with a win.

Killyclooney should have just a bit too much power for Drummond- especially with home advantage- as Darren Moan bids to keep his promotion- chasers in the hunt right to the end. The home side has some genuine quality in the ranks and they will be nobody's mugs in the run-in.

With no relegation play-off to worry about this season Bonds Glen can breathe easily at the bottom, however they have shown more than once this summer that they are well capable of surprising a few.

On Saturday they host a St Johnston side who were apparently keen to bring in Peat Salmon before the cut-off date.

The West Indian is unlikely to play this weekend even if the rules were negotiable but it's a game with little at stake for either side.