The result of next weekend's clash between Section One table toppers Cliftonville Academy and long time leaders Derriaghy won't be the end of this year's Section One promotion race as Cregagh keep the pressure on by winning at Muckamore.

In Saturday's fixtures there were huge wins for the top two; Cliftonville Academy thrashing a dispirited Bangor by 251 runs, bowling them out for only 88 as they faced the visitors 339/7.

It was another Max Burton century, 172 to be precise, that ensured that Cliftonville Academy would contiue to top the table and enhance their already impressive Nett Run Rate that might yet be required to decide the title.

Max Burton

Second placed Derriaghy, long term leaders before a hiccup saw them lose three in a row, were 36 run winners over Templepatrick to hold station in second place four points behind Cliftonville Academy.

A win at Queensway in their final game would see them level on points but it would seem mathematically impossible for them to overhaul the leaders NRR.

It may take a win for Derriaghy though to hold off the challenge of Cregagh for that second promotion spot, if not the title itself!

Cregagh also racked up a big win on Saturday at Donacloney Mill, Jay Hunter with a century in their 246/7, before bowling out the home side for only 102, three wickets each for the two Adams, McCormick and Beattie.

For Cregagh a win at Muckamore on Saturday is essential, as only wins there and the following week at home to Saintfield could see them match a Cliftonville Academy win this week.

With that game in hand, a NRR almost as high as C'ville Academy, and the top facing each other this weekend, Cregagh must surely fancy themselves for that second promotion spot at least.

Currently the top of the table looks like this but next weekend should clarify things, but only slightly!

  • C'ville Ac. 60 points, NRR 1.64
  • Derriaghy 56 points, NRR 0.32
  • Cregagh 52 points, NRR 1.48

Saturday's fixtures: Derriaghy v C'ville Academy Muckamore v Cregagh

Sunday 5 September: Cregagh v Saintfield