The Premier League trophy left The Lawn in two senses yesterday - before the game it departed in the boot of a car on its way back to the Union's keeping and by the end of the day the title of Champions had surely passed to visitors CIYMS.

It took an unbeaten century stand between skipper Greg Thompson (71*) and Kyle McCallan (46*) to haul Waringstown to a total of 194 in a game which suffered a delayed start and two further rain interruptions.

An Allen Coulter blast in which he claimed Dennison, Hall and Nelson had rocked Waringstown and when Matt McGillivray removed McCollum and Shaheen Khan the hosts were sliding towards defeat in quick time.

The Thompson, McCallan partnership gave the home side hope and the boundary edge chat was of 200 being a decent score long before Waringstown got anywhere close to it.

Three Wickets in that early spell for Coulter who finished with 3-53 due to a final onslaught from McCallan and Thompson who peppered the boundary in the 42nd and final over of the innings.
Two for Matt McGillivray (2-18) and one for James Cameron-Dow made up the six wickets to fall.

The CIYMS reply started in similar vein as Waringstown's - John Matchett left one from Khan that clipped the top of middle and Chris Dougherty spliced a pull to short mid wicket off Eaglestone.
Nigel Jones looked in good touch but fell in Kyle McCallan's first over and it was game on.

Perhaps the ease with with Thompson and McCallan had gone about their task should have alerted the home side to the fact that the pitch was not as difficult as some had made it look.

The was no doubt that Ryan Hunter and Jason vd Merwe batted well, excellently in fact, both playing chanceless knocks which made the Waringstown attack look innocuous at time.

Their unbeaten 158 run partnership for the fourth wicket was as good an example of how to rebuild and flourish as you could have wished to see as they passed their target score with a couple of overs to spare.

While the title is still not mathematically decided it would be a foolish man who would bet on anything other than CIYMS becoming champions now.

At Shaw's Bridge Nathan Smith was back in action for the Old Boys against Armagh bowling a full allocation of 7 overs in a 34 over game.
He had only 1 wicket to show for that as Andrew White (3-19), Shane Getkate (2-7) and Ben Rose (2-9) held the visitors to 109/8 in their allocation.

For Armagh it was another day of toil with the bat only Jamie Rogers (46) reaching double figures.
Instonians chased the target inside 21 overs losing five wickets in the process and it was again Getkate (35*) and Robert McKinlay (15*) who saw them home with Andrew White still unused.

At The Green North Down were bowled out for 181 in 42 overs by CSNI with Blain, Cowden, Ross and Topping all taking 2 wickets. For North Down inevitably it was Ruhan Pretorius (56) and Peter Eakin (30) making the main contributions.

CSNI were struggling from the off in their chase and at 60/6 it was mission impossible. With Marc Ellison gone for 30 it was only a breezy late order 37 from Corin Goodall that took the visitors over the 100 mark, bowled out for 123 in 33 overs and a 58 run defeat.

At Middle Road the Cowboys ended their season with a 3 wicket win over Muckamore.

The visitors had posted 158/8 in a rain reduced 34 overs - Adita Adey opening up with 32 and Luca Allen adding 56, while for Carrickfergus it was Dan Poulton with 4-23 who was the destroyer-in-chief.

A shaky start to the reply for Carrick but inevitable runs from Jamie Holmes (52) and Pat Botha (37) saw the home side over the line with 3 wickets and 3 overs to spare.

So after a scorcher of a summer the season looks like petering out in chilly and damp conditions with the title and relegation all but settled and for CIYMS it looks like a deserved title to make up for the one they lost so narrowly last year.


Instonians beat Armagh by 5 wickets Shaw's Bridge, 25 August.
Armagh 109-8 (31.0 overs, J Rogers 46, A White 3 -19, S Getkate 2-7, B Rose 2-9)
Instonians 110-5 (20.5 overs, S Getkate 35*, N Gelston 2-23, M Hoey 2 -35)

Carrickfergus beat Muckamore by 3 wickets, Middle Road, 25 August.
Muckamore 158-8 (34.0 overs, Luke Allen 56, A Adey 32, D Poulton 4-23)
Carrickfergus 164-7 (30.3 overs, J Holmes 52 , P Botha 37, C Drummond 2-28, A Shetty 2-32, F Iqbal 2-47)

North Down beat CSNI by 58 runs, The Green, 25 August.
North Down 181 (41.5 overs, R Pretorius 56, P Eakin 30, S Nelson 28, A Cowden 2 -22, S Ross 2-32, M Topping 2-37)
CSNI 123 (33.0 overs, C Goodall 37, M Ellison 30, R Pretorius 4-47, C Robinson 3-36, M Moreland 2-0)

Waringstown lost to CIYMS by 7 wickets, The Lawn, 25 August.
Waringstown 194-6 (42.0 overs, G Thompson 71*, K McCallan 46*, A Coulter 3 -53, M McGillivray 2 -18)
CIYMS 193-3 (35.3 overs, R Hunter 77*, J van der Merwe 79*)
DLS par score 191 in 42 overs