Woodvale may still need to win three of their last four games to win promotion back to the Robinson Services Premier League after losing their rearranged game against Armagh yesterday by three runs.

Victory for the north Belfast club would have left them big favourites for a return to the top flight for the first since 2009 but in a match 2 situation, a delayed start reduced the game to 14 overs, and was subsequently cut to 12 overs.

The day after Woodvale won by 17 runs at The Mall, in reply to Armagh 76-4, Woodvale were 30-1 off four overs, but set 79 to win collapsed to 75-6 as Neil Gelston took three wickets for one run in his last over.

Cregagh, who still have to play the leaders twice, are now Woodvale’s main contenders after moving up to third place, 12 points behind with a game in hand, after beating Downpatrick in a 20-over game by five wickets.

It leaves Downpatrick – one of the most famous clubs in the NCU - in danger of relegation to Section Two. They are just two points above basement side Holywood, each with three games to play.


The Meadow: Downpatrick 106-6 (20 overs, C Boultwood 49, R Smyth 28; A Beattie 3-15) Cregagh 107-5 (17.5 overs, J Moore 48, A Johnston 30 not out; R Boultwood 3-12).

Cregagh won by 5 wickets.

Ballygomartin Road: Armagh 76-4 (12 overs, R Krankjar 28) Woodvale 75-6 (12 overs, W Horwood 38; N Gelston 3-12).

Armagh won by 3 runs (DLS).