The 2018 Premier League season began on April 28th and two results that day are significant in what subsequently transpired as the season progressed.

At Moylena newly promoted Armagh came away with the points and at The Green North Down won a nail biter against CIYMS by 3 runs, David Robinson run out with 3 balls of the innings remaining!

The significance of these results is of course that Armagh's win was their only success of the campaign, not withstanding a 20 game against Waringstown still to be played, and that loss to North Down was the only reverse for Nigel Jones' side in a season of League dominance.

Having claimed the Premiership crown on Thursday with the win over CSNI and on Saturday CIYMS extended their unbeaten run with a 4 wicket success over Instonians in a 17 over game chasing down the host's 104 with an over and a half to spare.

On Sunday Armagh took on a double-header, CSNI before lunch and CIYMS in the afternoon.
CSNI totalled 180/4 with 56 from Chris McMorran and then restricted Armagh barely half that with 98/4.

No better luck for Armagh in the afternoon when 'top' met 'bottom' at Belmont, Matt McGillivray making the most of a chance at the top of the order with an undefeated 98 as the Champions totalled 204/2.

Armagh managed 97/6 as CIYMS gave overs to regular keeper Dougherty among others as skipper Jones opted not to bowl himself.

So a real end of season feel to the fixtures in the Premiership but not so in Section 1 where both the title and the relegation places are scheduled to be decided next weekend.

A win for Lisburn at home to Donacloney Mill would give them the title while the visitors need a win to remove the possibility of being leapfrogged by Lurgan who could thus avoid relegation with a win at home to Bangor.

Holywood already have a superior NRR than Lisburn and will be hoping that 'Cloney Mill do pull off an upset at Wallace Park meaning that a win by them at home to Cregagh would ensure promotion to the top flight for 2019.

I've no doubt the NCU helicopter will be on standby.


Instonians lost to CIYMS by 4 wickets, Shaw's Bridge, 1 September.
Instonians 104 (17.0 overs, A White 37, S Getkate 27, M McGillivray 3-12, J van der Merwe 3-13, J Cameron-Dow 2-17)
CIYMS 107-6 (15.3 overs, M McGillivray 28*, R McKinley 3-23)

CSNI beat Armagh by 82 runs, Stormont, 2 September.
CSNI 180-4 (20.0 overs, C McMorran 56, M Ellison 44, M Topping 35)
Armagh 98-4 (20.0 overs, C Russell 40*, M Foster 2-16)

CIYMS beat Armagh by 107 runs, Belmont, 2 September.
CIYMS 204-2 (20.0 overs, M McGillivray 98*, N Jones 72)
Armagh 97-6 (20.0 overs)


Bangor lost to Lisburn by 94 runs, Upritchard Park, 1 September.
Lisburn 284-8 (50 overs, D Simpson 61, R Rankin 42 , R McLarnon 2-14, C Burns 2-24, J Bates 2-37 )
Bangor 190 (A Nixon 67, C Burns 47, C Atkinson 4-25, M Glass 2-40, D Simpson 2-50)

Donacloney Mill lost to Holywood by 16 runs, The Factory Ground, 1 September.
Holywood 187 (R Adair 67, P Beverland 46, S Hanna 6-31, S Leckey 2-29)
Donacloney Mill 171 (D Dawson 39, M Adair 6-20)

Downpatrick lost to Lurgan by 15 runs, The Meadow, 1 September.
Lurgan 168 (R Karanjkar 37, S Johnston 33, P Maxwell 25, M Gartland 2-13 , R Smith 2-32)
Downpatrick 153 (R Boultwood 50, C Boultwood 33, P Maxwell 3-27, A Bingham 2-13, O McCollum 2-16)

Laurelvale lost to Derriaghy by 32 runs, Laurelvale, 1 September.
Derriaghy 168 (C Lewis 101, M Amjal 4-20, M Burns 3-38)
Laurelvale 136 (P Weir 33, C Moorehead 3 -9, R Bailey 3-28, W Hughes 2-18)

Woodvale beat Cregagh by 175 runs, Ballygomartin Road, 1 September.
Woodvale 255-8 (J Strydom 109, W Horwood 36, P Robinson 34, L Moore 3-60, C Irvine 2-8)
Cregagh 80 (P Robinson 5-20, J Strydom 2-10, T Browne 2-16 )