Woodvale in the home straight
It would take something dramatic to happen if Woodvale are not to make it back to the ‘big time’ after Saturday’s win at Armagh.
They currently stand ten points clear of nearest rivals Donacloney Mill but a single win in any of their last fives games will see off that challenge.
Templepatrick, whose game with Cregagh was abandoned on Saturday are next in line twelve points back but with four games now to complete. If they win all four it would take an extra win from the Ballygomartin side to seal promotion.
With Woodvale scheduled to face yesterday’s opponents Armagh in a Match 2 at home today the situation should by tonight be even clearer a win for the home side guaranteeing at least a share of the title with promotion on their superior NRR likely.
Yesterday’s win at Armagh was built around the runs of Wayne Horwood (50) and Dario Boyce (42) with Sam Wilson and Rohit Karanjkar taking 3 wickets each and Michael Hoey 2 for the home side.
With a DLS target of 170 it was Karanjkar (56) who provided the only challenge as Marty McKeown (3-14) cashed in with Stephen Bunting and Paul Robinson chipping in with a couple of wickets each as Armagh could only total 152 to leave Woodvale 17 run winners.
At Seapark Ricky Adair, father of Ross and Mark was pressed into action, unlike his whites it appeared, but a total of 87 of which Callum Walsh top scored with 21 was not a challenge to Ballymena as James McClean (48*) and Kaushik Aphale added 26 to his 3 wickets for 17 from the first innings. Ballymena home by 5 wickets (DLS).
Donacloney Mill kept their title hopes alive with a 3 run win over Derriaghy. Max Lyttle (72) and Mark Lyttle (39) helping the villagers to a total of 177, while Dan Poulton claimed 5-19.
Fifties for Ross Bailey (59) and Travis Moorhead (53*) were not enough to see Derriaghy over the line as Timmy McClure took 5-13 and Derriaghy tied the ‘Cloney Mill total but were 3 run losers on DLS.
Bangor eased to a five wicket win over fellow strugglers Downpatrick and put some daylight between themselves and the bottom two, Downpatrick and Holywood, in what was the highest scoring match of the day.
Jordan Wade top scored for Downpatrick with 89 with James Chappell (36) and Craig Boultwood (31) helping them to a total of 190 with James Patterson taking 3-30 for Bangor.
A DLS target of 202 to win in 37 overs proved to be no problem as Adam McCusker added 79 and James Patterson 50 to add to his earlier wickets as Bangor got over the line by five wickets.
ROBINSON SERVICES SECTION ONE RESULTS:
Woodvale 182 (W Horwood 50, D Boyce 42, P Robinson 20; S Wilson 3-21, R Karanjkar 3-32, M Hoey 2-33)
Armagh 152 (R Karanjkar 56; M McKeown 3-14, S Bunting 2-30, P Robinson 2-31)
Woodvale beat Armagh by 17 runs (DLS)
DLS par score: 169 in 45 overs
Donacloney Mill 177-9 (Max Lyttle 72, Mark Lyttle 39, S Warren 27; D Poulton 5-19)
Derriaghy 177 (R Bailey 59, T Moorhead 53*; T McClure 5-13)
Donacloney Mill beat Derriaghy by 3 runs (DLS)
DLS par score: 180 in 31 overs
Holywood 87: (C Walsh 21; K Aphale 3-17, J Gibson 2-16, J Glass 2-20)
Ballymena 87-5: (J McClean 48*, K Aphale 26; A Paul 3-22)
Ballymena beat Holywood by 5 wickets (DLS)
DLS par score: 86 in 40 overs
Downpatrick 190-5 (J Wade 89, J Chappell 36, C Boultwood 31; J Patterson 3-30)
Bangor 202-5 (A McCusker 79, J Patterson 50; M Gartland 2-38)
Bangor beat Downpatrick by 5 wickets (DLS)
DLS par score: 201 in 37 overs
Templepatrick v Cregagh
Templepatrick 34-1 (8 overs - match abandoned)