Coleraine ensure Premiership survival
Only two games went ahead on the final Saturday of the domestic cricket season, and there was a distinct end-of-summer feel to both.
In the Premier Division, Coleraine have cemented their place in the top flight next year following their third successive win- this one at Eglinton
The Bannsiders had looked dead in the water just a few short weeks ago, however aided by some indifferent resistance it has to be said, they found their shooting boots at precisely the right time to avoid the bottom two places in the table.
Stephen Hutchinson's men had swatted away both Bready and Glendermott in their last two matches and it was a similar story against the villagers on Saturday as Stuart Thompson's team were dismissed for a paltry 51.
Andy Millar made 24 at the top of the order however skipper Hutchinson with 4-13, Scott Campbell (3-6) and Graham Hume (2-10) whistled through the rest as Coleraine needed little or no time to wrap up the first innings.
Although Eglinton offered very little with the bat they did fight back to some degree in the second half of the game- Jamie Millar taking three wickets for 23 runs to at least put some semblance of respectability on the scorecard.
They had no runs to play with of course and Rishi Chopra top scored with 14 as the visitors closed out a 5 wicket win that sealed their safety.
Having recently strung together six league wins, including one against newly-crowned champions Brigade, it has turned into a very ordinary end to the season for the home side. Coleraine will worry little about that of course as they celebrate a superb escape that looked remote last month.
And now that the Sandel Lodge side are out of the woods it will all come down to Sunday's two matches to decide what happens at the bottom.
Strabane will go down automatically with anything other than a win at home to Brigade while Ballyspallen have just a 1-point advantage over Glendermott in the relegation play-off place. Those two sides are scheduled to meet at the Roe Valley venue in that concluding contest.
In the championship, Ardmore have wrestled back the lead in the table from Burndennett with just Sunday's final series of games to go there too.
These two sides have been locked in a protracted battle for most of the summer, but it is now the Bleachgreen outfit that holds all the aces as they prepare to entertain Killyclooney on Sunday.
It was a pretty similar story here as well-the Ballymagorry side offering very little in the way of resistance as Ardmore won this one by 9 wickets to move to within touching distance of promotion.
Batting first the Foxies made just 63 all out; Craig Alexander top scoring with 11 as Gary Neely (5-21) and Decker Curry (3-15) made short work of Aaron Heywood's team.
Curry was among the runs as well he made 31 and Peet Pienaar an unbeaten 25 as the new leaders won in a canter.
There's just one game each to go now and it will take a slip-up from Peter Harrigan's men combined with a 'Dennett win at Fox Lodge for the tables to be turned one last time.
And so with just next weekend's play-off left after Sunday, that pretty much wraps things up for another summer.
It was a season that promised much, but in truth, Brigade were dominant for almost the entire campaign. Donemana never really got going and Bready's form dipped in and out leaving Eglinton to claim second place in the table without ever looking likely to pose a real threat.
The battle at the bottom has had so many twists and turns and even going into yesterday's final day, that was where the action was.
Strabane will look to their defeats at Coleraine and particularly Ballyspallen when they take stock of 2019, although they should really have won at Beechgrove of all places as well.
'Spallen and Glendermott had chances too, but if truth be told, perhaps influenced by the weather, it has been ordinary enough.
The North West Union has promised a review of its structures over the coming winter and you have to think that now is no bad time to look to shake things up a bit.