Waringstown are this year’s Premier League champions.

They won the title yesterday when only remaining challengers North Down lost their rearranged 20-over game to Woodvale at Ballygomartin Road and, fittingly, James Hall, who left the Villagers for north Belfast during the winter, was top scorer for his new side.

Hall, who is Waringstown’s all-time leading run-scorer, made only 31 yesterday but he hit six fours in his 22-ball innings as Woodvale finished on 136 for nine.

It proved enough as North Down’s prolific opening pair of Alistair Shields and Aniruddha Chore scored only 28 between them, both victims of Farhan Saeed.

It needed a half century from Hamilton Coulter to keep the game interesting until he was eighth out in the 18th over with the visitors still 25 short of victory.

Former North Down player Ruhan Pretorius rubbed salt in the wound, confirming their defeat on the day and in the title race by taking the last two wickets in the next over.

Waringstown effectively sealed the title on Saturday with an exciting 12 runs victory over outgoing champions, CIYMS.

It left them 12 points clear with North Down having three games left - in a game when Lee Nelson, opening the batting, scored 102 and Graham Hume took a hat-trick.

While Ireland were playing in Clontarf yesterday, Graeme McCarter, left out of both the T20 and ODI squads, was hitting 103 for Carrickfergus.

The international, batting at number four in the absence of Jacques Snyman who has returned to South Africa, hit nine four and three sixes in his first century in the NCU, beating his previous best of 64. He was last man out in the 49th over, bowled by another, now retired, international, Boyd Rankin.

It still wasn’t enough for victory in their delayed 50-over game against Lisburn with the visitors reaching their target of 209 with almost eight overs to spare, Boyd’s brother Robert hitting his season’s best of 89.

The game was put back 48 hours and switched to Middle Road to allow Lisburn II to host the Junior Cup final but it was Laurelvale skipper David Sinton who lifted the trophy after a seven wickets win.

Sinton continued his incredible form in the competition, winning the match after bringing up his fourth consecutive 50 and his runs tally to 285.