Armagh's return to Premier cricket was short lived as after winning the first game of the season, they failed to win another and were relegated by some considerable distance.

They recruited a quality overseas player in the form of South African Shadley van Scahalkwyck, but even his best efforts were in vain.

He topped their run charts with 608 runs at 43.43 which included two hundred and three half centuries.

Jamie Rogers was the only other batter to score a 50, making two on his way to 334 runs at 17.58, while others worthy of mention in a difficult campaign were Coin Russell (250 at 19.23) and Neil Gelston (228 at 11.40).

The bowlers found the going equally as tough, with none passing the 20 wicket benchmark.

Neil Gelston led the way with 18 wickets at just over 18, while Van Schalkwyck had the club's only five wicket haul in capturing 17 wickets at 23.76.

Harry Doyle (15) and Michael Hoey (12) were the only other bowlers to reach double figures, both averaging just over 34.

While Armagh seemed resigned to their fate from early on in the campaign, their squad will benefit from having played at the higher level and it will stand them in good stead for next year.

Who would bet against them making an instant return?

ARMAGH BATTING

Top Run Aggregates

# Name Club Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Runs
1 S van Schalkwyck Armagh 15 15 1 608 142 43.43 508 89.76 2 3 2 55 13 608
2 J Rogers Armagh 20 19 - 334 76 17.58 380 53.95 - 2 4 29 3 334
3 C Russell Armagh 15 15 2 250 49* 19.23 337 53.71 - - 4 29 - 250
4 N Gelston Armagh 20 20 - 228 35 11.40 376 47.87 - - 2 33 1 228
5 A Hoey Armagh 11 11 2 178 46 19.78 183 75.96 - - 1 20 3 178
6 M Hoey Armagh 14 14 1 144 34 11.08 147 65.99 - - 2 11 3 144
7 S Wilson Armagh 11 11 1 135 39* 13.50 167 32.93 - - 3 17 1 135
8 M Steenson Armagh 17 17 1 118 37 7.38 169 42.01 - - 4 10 1 118
9 H Boyd Armagh 14 13 2 93 24 8.45 174 44.25 - - 1 5 1 93
10 S Lester Armagh 12 12 - 71 32 5.92 77 49.35 - - 2 7 1 71
11 H Doyle Armagh 15 14 1 68 18* 5.23 144 38.19 - - 3 5 1 68
12 A Whitcroft Armagh 7 7 3 48 17 12.00 74 64.86 - - 1 5 - 48
13 G McCarter Armagh 19 14 6 44 12* 5.50 96 39.58 - - 4 3 1 44
14 D Bullick Armagh 1 1 - 17 17 17.00 - - - - - - 1 17
15 B Mackey Armagh 10 3 1 13 13 6.50 2 - - - 1 1 - 13
16 Matthew Wright Armagh 10 5 - 10 6 2.00 28 32.14 - - - 1 - 10
17 M Brownlee Armagh 1 1 1 9 9* - 18 50.00 - - - 1 - 9
18 A Wright Armagh 2 2 2 8 8* - 12 66.67 - - - - - 8
19 David Spratt Armagh 1 1 1 6 6* - 5 120.00 - - - - - 6
20 M Elliott Armagh 1 1 - 4 4 4.00 - - - - - 1 - 4
21 William Dougan Armagh 2 2 1 1 1 1.00 9 11.11 - - - - - 1

ARMAGH BOWLING

Top Wicket Takers

# Name Club Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM wds nbs Wkts
1 N Gelston Armagh 20 121.5 4 615 18 3-21 34.17 5.05 40.61 - - 5 3 18
2 S van Schalkwyck Armagh 15 90.3 9 404 17 5-41 23.76 4.46 31.94 1 - 23 1 17
3 H Doyle Armagh 15 84.2 8 514 15 2-11 34.27 6.09 33.73 - - 20 6 15
4 M Hoey Armagh 14 70 - 411 12 3-45 34.25 5.87 35.00 - - 2 1 12
5 Matthew Wright Armagh 10 44 1 316 8 2-20 39.50 7.18 33.00 - - 18 - 8
6 B Mackey Armagh 10 36.5 1 237 5 2-22 47.40 6.43 44.20 - - 46 1 5
7 H Boyd Armagh 14 15 - 148 3 2-38 49.33 9.87 30.00 - - 6 - 3
8 S Wilson Armagh 11 21.5 - 165 3 2-11 55.00 7.56 43.67 - - 14 3 3
9 A Whitcroft Armagh 7 28 1 136 2 2-21 68.00 4.86 84.00 - - 4 - 2
10 A Wright Armagh 2 20 1 148 2 1-55 74.00 7.40 60.00 - - 6 1 2
11 S Lester Armagh 12 38.1 1 339 2 1-24 169.50 8.88 114.50 - - 8 - 2
12 A Hoey Armagh 11 3 - 41 1 1-41 41.00 13.67 18.00 - - 1 1 1
13 M Steenson Armagh 17 2 - 39 - 0-39 - 19.50 - - - 2 1 0