There was a very clear end-of-summer feel to Saturday's Premier Division action as the adverse weather took its toll on the final day of the regular season.

The game between Strabane and Brigade was washed out without a ball bowled meaning the Red Caps now have two league matches still to play. With little at stake however it might be difficult to squeeze those in now.

Brigade will still have their sights set on that second-placed finish to go along with their cup win but in truth the rest have just been playing for places behind this season's new champions.

Bready finally received the Long's SuperValu trophy on Saturday evening but even they looked to have moved into winter mode in the process.

The Magheramason outfit's game at home to Eglinton was reduced to 32 overs a side, although the title winners only used 25 of them to put together their 99 all out.

Andrew Austin top scored with 32 (5 fours) but that apart the bowlers were on top- Jamie Millar (4-12), Mike Erlank (3-15) and Jack Martin (2-24) giving their side the edge in a game that mattered plenty to them.

Needing one win from their last two matches to avoid the relegation play-off, Stuart Thompson's men made light of the target. Overseas man Erlank signed off with an unbeaten 59 (10 fours and a six)- the South African coming good again in the last few weeks of the season having lost his good early-summer form.

The points meant that the villagers couldn't be caught by Ardmore regardless of what happened up at the Holm and it was just as well for their sake that Eglinton managed to win.

The Bleachgreen side certainly did their bit as they posted a 40-run win over a Donemana team missing half of their regular starting XI.

The day looked likely to be a landmark occasion in NWCU history as Decker Curry closed in on what would have been his hundredth century, but in keeping with the afternoon's events it was to be an anti-climactic end.

With Curry just 7 runs short of a phenomenal statistic he found the safe hands of his former team-mate Andrew Riddles as silence descended around the Holm.

The former Ireland International hit 8 fours and 6 sixes in his 91-ball knock- sharing in partnerships of 83 with Ciaran Curley (39), 49 with Conor Brolly (33) and 61 with Gary Neely (22) in the visitors imposing total of 247-8 from their rain-shortened 35 overs.

Donemana struggled to find any rythym to their reply, certainly early on at least, and it needed an 88-run stand between Riddles and Graham Boyd to keep them in with any sort of chance.

The former was finally out for an entertaining 66 (2 fours and 5 sixes) while Boyd made 50 (4 fours, 2 sixes), however there simply wasn't enough depth left after that.

The final reply was 207-6- a fairly comfortable win in the end for Ardmore and while not enough to keep them out of 7th place will surely send them into next weekend's play-off against either Ballyspallen or Glendermott in good heart.

We've been over it before but there is no doubting that this goes down as a very poor season from the Holm side. On a day that their 2nd XI was presented with their third trophy of the year, it seems so strange to see the senior side miss out completely.

At the other end it is Fox Lodge who have been relegated automatically after their miserable second half of the season was completed by defeat at Coleraine.

Brian Allen's men travelled to Sandel Lodge minus their overseas man Cebo Tshiki and his loss didn't help their cause in a 6-wicket reverse.

Jason Milligan's 22 was best of the visitors' disappointing 107 all out with Scott Campbell (5-35) and Rishi Chopra (5-46) closing out their seasons in style.

Chopra then added an unbeaten 37 to ensure the north coast side kept the pressure on Brigade in the battle for second place in the table.

It was a disappointing end for the Foxies who won 4 of their first 7 league outings this season but then failed to land a single blow after that.

Skipper Brian Allen has always maintained that his side is still striving to maintain their level and that as a club it is more important for them to develop their next generation of players.

He has certainly been true to his word this year and will surely benefit from that policy in seasons to come.

And so, after a season blessed in the main with fantastic weather (the last fortnight notwithstanding), we're left with first-time champions in the North West.

Davy Scanlon's men have been by far the most consistent team in the league this season and are thoroughly deserving winners.

Little doubt they will have made the most of their celebrations this weekend that have been 80 years in the making.

All that was left unfinished as of yesterday (Sunday) then was to determine which of Glendermott or Ballyspallen would replace Fox Lodge in the top flight in 2019 and which of them would lock horns with Ardmore at Bready next week to find out who will join the top eight.

That will be the final act in what has been a thoroughly enjoyable 2018 campaign.