Derriaghy are still the side to beat as they make it 9/9 with a win over Cliftonville Academy while Cregagh keet up the chase with a big win over Muckamore.

Pace-setters Derriaghy held onto their unbeaten record with a win over close rivals Cliftonville Academy, only eight runs in it at the Castle Grounds as the hosts fell back behind Cregagh in the pursuit of the 'Aghy.

Chris Dempsey scored 62 for the visitors, Ross Bailey adding 32 - Matty McCord and Richard Hood both claiming three wickets and Johnny Terrett two as Derriaghy posted 190.

Max Burton's 80 and 31 from Adam Kelso looked to have set up the home win but Cliftonville Academy came up just 8 runs short, 9 wickets down when the overs ran out. Dan Fuzzard and Chris Lewis holding back the chase, taking 3 wickets each.

Cregagh kept up their challenge with a home win against Muckamore.

Jay Hunter cashed in to the tune of 149, with a half century from Craig Boultwood (58) and 38 from Mark Johnston the Cregagh total of 308/7 was way more Muckamore could muster.

Richard Keates added to his 3-30 as he top scored for Muckamore with 37 but Sam Gordon's 25 was the only other significant contribution as they were bowled out for 149 leaving Cregagh winners by 159 runs.

Adam McCormick became the second NCU League Award winner on the Cregagh side as he took 6-22 to join Hunter on the Honours Board.

Ballymena moved up from bottom place, to joint-bottom place with a 22 run win over fellow strugglers Bangor at Eaton Park.

A total of 136, with Michael Caithness top scoring with 32 proved to be enough - George Prince and Adam Simmonite both claiming three wickets for 18 and 19 respectively.

Michael Martin managed 32 in the Bangor reply, but Sam Glass with 4-28, Paul Black 2-11 and John Glass 2-16 ensured that Ballymena took the points as the visitors were bowled out for 114.

Donacloney Mill lost at home to Armagh by 3 wickets with Harry Doyle impressing with bat and ball.
He took 4-14 as 'Cloney Mill made 179, Ryan Matthews scoring 66 of those.

Doyle then scored 58, Colin Russell added 48 and Stephen Freshwater saw Armagh to a 3 wicket win with 28 not out.

Closest game of the day was at Saintfield where the home side scraped past Templepatrick by a single wicket.
Ricky Greer scored 56 for Templepatrick as they posted 162/8, Patrick Telford's 4-31 the best of the home side's bowling figures.

Matthew Hamill (40) and Ryan Smyth (35) set the stage for Saintfield's win despite the bowling efforts of Ross Bryans (3-18) and John Busby (2-46).

So Derriaghy have an eight point lead over Cregagh with Cliftonville Academy four points further back but having played a game less.

They visit Ballymena today (Sunday) and would hope to get the win that would see them continue their challenge to the as yet unbeaten Derriaghy.


Ballymena beat Bangor by 22 runs
Eaton Park, 26 June.
Ballymena 136 (M Caithness 32; G Prince 3-18, A Simmonite 3-19)
Bangor 114 (M Martin 25; S Glass 4-28)

Cliftonville Academy lost to Derriaghy by 8 runs
Castle Grounds, 26 June.
Derriaghy 190 (C Dempsey 62, R Bailey 32, A Kinnin 25*; M McCord 3-16, R Hood 3-42, J Terrett 2-22)
Cliftonville Academy 182-9 (M Burton 80, A Kelso 31; D Fuzzard 3-25, C Lewis 3-28)

Cregagh beat Muckamore by 159 runs
Cregagh Memorial Recreation Ground , 26 June.
Cregagh 308-7 (50.0 overs, J Hunter 149, C Boutwood 58, M Johnston 38; R Keates 3- 30)
Muckamore 149 (R Keates 37, S Gordon 25; A McCormick 6-33, A Beattie 2-51)

Donacloney Mill lost to Armagh by 3 wickets
Factory Ground, 26 June.
Donacloney Mill 179 (R Matthews 66, H Doyle 4-14, M Hoey 2-38)
Armagh 182-7 (H Doyle 58, C Russell 48, S Freshwater 28*; H Lockhart 2-32)

Saintfield beat Templepatrick by 1 wicket
The Demense, 26 June.
Templepatrick 162-8 (R Greer 56, P Telford 4-31)
Saintfield 163-9 (M Hamill 40, R Smyth 35; R Bryans 3-18, J Busby 2-46)