There was ‘Trouble at T’Mill’ for leaders Derriaghy, slumping to a 52 run defeat as chasers Cliftonville Academy and Cregagh both won convincingly.
After a run of twelve successive wins Derriaghy lost their unbeaten tag at the Factory Ground where Donacloney Mill were winners by 52 runs.

Aaron Kennedy (52) set the home side on their way but it was a Man of the Match all-round performance from Robin Sinton that sealed the win as he took 5-29 in the Derriaghy chase to add to his 47 runs in a Donacloney Mill total of 179.

Mark Stinson took 4 wickets for the visitors and there were a couple each for Curtis Moorhead and Ross Bailey.
Stinson also top scored for Derriaghy with 31* but Sinton’s wickets had done the damage early on and there was to be no escape this week for the men from Queensway.

Cliftonville Academy closed the gap at the top to four points with a one-sided win away to Templepatrick.

Cliftonville Academy batted first and posted 154/9 thanks to David Reid (31) and Robbie Moffett (25). Michael Stewart (3-26) and David Kane (2-121) with the best return for Templepatrick.

With Matty McCord (3-10) and Andrew Forbes (2-10) making early inroads to the home side’s batting it was then Left-arm spinner Ben Kane mopped up with 4-7 as Templepatrick were dismissed for only 56.

A 98 run Cliftonville Academy win and a boost to their Nett Run Rate in their promotion challenge.

Hot on their heels come Cregagh who took only twelve overs to pass the Armagh total of 88 winning by eight wickets.
Cregagh’s Dan Cooper took 4-12 and there were 3 wickets each for Adam Beattie (3-22) and Max Shannon (3-23) as the visitors were hustled out and Mark Johnston with 35 not out ensured it was the first result of the day to be posted.

Bottom of the table Bangor lost by only one wicket to Derriaghy last week and they came out on the wrong side of a close one again losing at home to Saintfield by 9 runs.

The visitors had posted 206/8, Patrick Telford (68) and Mark Yeates (33) in that total while Chris Pyper had figures of 5-39 for Bangor and Will Simpson 2-35.

Bangor came up 9 runs short at 197/7 when the overs ran out despite 58 from Johnny Keenan and twenties from Jonny Parker and Michael Martin.
For Saintfield, Ryan Smyth 2-31 and Cara Murray 2-47 were the best of the bowlers.

Relief for Muckamore as they registered a vital win over fellow strugglers Ballymena.

Ballymena had set a challenging 183, John Glass with 47 and thirties from Michael Caithness and Owen Dick.
Evergreen Richard Keates the leading bowler for Muckamore with 3-31, skipper Sam Gordon and Shane Henderson each picking up a couple.

Solid rather than spectacular was the Muckamore reply, Jamie Magowan top scoring with and an unbeaten 37, Ewan Wilson 30 and Gordon 25 ensuring their were no slip up in this ‘eight-pointer’.

So with five fixtures still to play it has tightened at the top where only four points separate first from second and second from third.

At this stage it looks unlikely that the anyone other than two of these three will win promotion to the Premier League.

Derriaghy visit Cregagh in two weeks time for what will be a crucial match but it will be the final week of the season before they host Cliftonville Academy in what could be the defining match of an exciting Section One season.


SECTION ONE - RESULTS

Donacloney Mill beat Derriaghy by 52 runs
Factory Ground, 31 July.
Donacloney Mill 179 (38.0 overs, A Kennedy 52, R Sinton 47, M Stinson 4-35, C Moorehead 2-14, R Bailey 2-27)
Derriaghy 118 (35.0 overs, M Stinson 31*, R Sinton 5-29, R McClure 2-15)

Templepatrick lost to Cliftonville Academy by 98 runs
The Cloughan, 31 July.
Cliftonville Academy 154-9 (D Reid 31, R Moffett 25, M Stewart 3-26, D Kane 2-21)
Templepatrick 56 (26.3 overs, B Kane 4-7, M McCord 3-10, A Forbes 2-10)

Cregagh beat Armagh by 8 wickets
Cregagh Memorial, 31 July.
Armagh 88 (D Cooper 4-12, A Beattie 3-22, M Shannon 3-23)
Cregagh 88-2 (12.1 overs, M Johnston 35*)

Bangor lost to Saintfield by 9 runs
Upritchard Park, 31 July.
Saintfield 206-8 (P Telford 68, M Yeates 33, A Reid 26, C Pyper 5-39, W Simpson 2-35)
Bangor 197-7 (J Keenan 58, J Parker 29, M Martin 25, C Murray 2-47, R Smyth 2-31)

Muckamore beat Ballymena by 5 wickets
Moylena, 31 July.
Ballymena 183 (J Glass 47, M Caithness 32, O Dick 30, S Henderson 2-28, R Keates 3-31, S Gordon 2-38)
Muckamore 185-5 (J Magowan 37*, E Wilson 30, S Gordon 25, MG Glass 2-21)