LISBURN remain in pole position to regain their Robinson Services Premier League status at the first attempt with two Section One games remaining.
Relegated last year, after winning only two games, they have won 13 of their first 16 this season and victory in their last two, against Bangor on Saturday and Donaghcloney Mill the following weekend will confirm the Wallace Park side’s promotion.
Adam Berry hit 86 in their 87 runs victory over Lurgan last weekend as they bounced back from their 80 all out against Holywood the previous week. And it is the Seapark side who are their remaining challengers, with a 45 runs win over Bangor on Saturday all but ending the Seasiders’ hopes of title glory.
Holywood have the easier run-in, with Donaghcloney Mill and Cregagh their last two fixtures so Lisburn cannot afford another slip-up.
At the other end of the table it is two from three to slip into Section Two with three teams on level on points, Lurgan and Laurelvale with two to play as will Donaghcloney Mill after they travel to Downpatrick on Friday for a 20-over refix.
There seems little doubt that Templepatrick and Cliftonville Academy will be promoted to Secton One although if Ballymena win their last game, against Belfast Superkings, on Saturday and Cliftonville Academy lose to BISC, the Braidmen can still finish second.
Next year, Section Two will revert to an eight-team league and the bottom seven this year will be relegated to Section Three. Five of those going down have already been decided, Dundrum, Dunmurry, Drumaness, Ards and Larne, with two from three of Donaghadee, Victoria and Belfast Superkings joining them.