The curtain falls on another domestic cricket programme this weekend with only the promotion and relegation play-offs left to unravel at senior level after this.

Bready will be presented with their Premiership trophy after their game at home to Eglinton on Saturday- a fitting tribute to Davy Scanlon's side who were by far the most consistent throughout the summer.

Knowing the skipper he will want to finish on a high after a campain in which the Magheramason side showed the bite that always looked to be there.

And while the celebrations are set to start for the new champions, the game itself retains plenty of significance with the visitors far from out of the woods at the bottom.

Stuart Thompson's men are 20 points ahead of Fox Lodge in last place, and 10 ahead of Ardmore in the play-off spot, albeit with a game in hand at Coleraine over that pair.

Technically, wins for the bottom two this weekend coupled with two defeats for the villagers would leave them in real trouble, so there is plenty at stake as they try to spoil Bready's party.

Ardmore's vital last-gasp win over the Foxies at the weekend has given them the leg-up in the battle to avoid the automatic drop.

On Saturday, Gary Neely's men are at Donemana with both respective overseas players having already left for home. Outside of that however the only doubt is Jordan McGonigle for the hosts in what could be a nervy afternoon for Ardmore.

Realistically it hasn't been a great season for either of these two with Ricky-Lee Dougherty's team falling well below their extraordinarily high standards that saw them win the league and cup double in each of the last two years.

It's hard to put your finger on why that has been; however the Bleachgreen side would happily have accepted mid-table respectability given the summer they've had.

They brought in Steve Lazars, Stevie Dunn, an overseas pro, a replacement overseas pro and even Niall O'Brien for a game, but they still struggled throughout the summer.

In fairness to them Ardmore didn't always enjoy the best of fortune and they dug deep to post big wins both at Eglinton and again last Saturday. It's a quality that could well come to their assistance as the campaign heads to a close.

Fox Lodge will have one eye on that game at the Holm as they travel to Coleraine- skipper Brian Allen knowing that anything other than a win will send them back to the Championship after a two-year run in the top flight.

Coleraine have been hard to work with again this year and the bad news for the Foxies is that while Cebo Tshiki is back in South Africa, fellow countryman Graham Hume is still on the north coast.

Credit to the Bannsiders because it is something I can never understand- clubs employing overseas professionals on the basis that they're leaving when they're needed most. It seems a very strange arrangement indeed.

Anyway, that's a discussion for another day as the final acts of the current season are played out.

Strabane who do have a washed out game at Donemana still to negotiate, entertain Brigade in their final home match of the summer.

It has been a very interesting season for both of these clubs- the newly-promoted Red Caps advancing to the semi-finals of this year's Irish Senior Cup and enjoying a thoroughly decent league campaign as well.

Brigade of course claimed the Bank of Ireland senior cup to bring silverware to Beechgrove after a disappointing few seasons. In the grander scheme of things however, Andy Britton will be disappointed with that run of four defeats in the league that prevented them from launching a genuine title challenge.

With a top-half finish still a possiblity for the home team there might be enough in this to keep it interesting although the visitors start favourites.

The promotion battle from the Championship has plenty of life left in it yet as they too head into the final weekend.

Key to that one is Saturday's clash between the leaders, Glendermott and second placed Killyclooney at the Rectory.

A win for the home side would leave them on the brink of automatic promotion as they close their campaign at Burndennett on Sunday.

Defeat for the Bonds Street side however would really toss the cat in among the birdies- not least because 3rd placed Ballyspallen finish with home games against the division's bottom two.

It has been a fanstastic scrap between the trio of combatants over the last month in particular. Killyclooney may have been playing catch-up having lost a game more than 'Spallen, but such has been the margins of victory for them on so many occasions this summer that their additional bonus points have helped them to close the gap.

A couple of wins for the Roe Valley outfit this weekend however will mean that they will finish above 'Clooney regardless of whether Darren Moan's side wins at Glendermott or not.

So, if 'Spallen win twice and Clooney beat the leaders then it comes down to permutations as to who goes up automatically.

Maybe we'll leave that one until Sunday!