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Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 16th September 2014

Gordon Scott

In the final weekend of the season there was high drama at either end of the League table with Carrickfergus being confirmed as Champions and Cliftonville surviving narrowly in a close finish.

On Saturday at Middle Road the home side confirmed their pre season rating as favourites by defeating Cliftonville by 7 wickets. In reply to the visitors 186-7 in which Neil Cahill (63) and Warren McCully (49) were best Ian Parkhill's side were indebted to Jamie Holmes (73no) and Indrajeet Kamtekar (69no) in an excellent partnership which sealed the win and the Trophy - their fourth piece of silverware this season and a remarkable achievement.

Also on Saturday Downpatrick squeezed home against Woodvale at Ballygomartin Road where the visitors total of 170-5 (Jordan Wade79no and Ryan Smith 53no) was reduced on D/L to 150 which proved only 2 runs beyond a gritty Woodvale batting unit with Mark Adair with 46no and Jonathan  Burnside (34) best.

With the remaining relegation spot beckoning, Clintonville's final game on Sunday with Templepatrick as the opposition was crucial.
Played at Pollock Park thanks to the excellent assistance of Lurgan CC the Belfast side did the business with a 2 run victory thus confirming their place in the Section for 2015. Templepatrick batted first and posted a total of 152-8 with James Jackson best with 38.

In the reply David Munn capped a fine all round performance with 56 having taken 2-11 in his 4 overs.

FINAL TABLE FOR 2014

                    P    W    T    L  NR/V  Pts
Carrickfergus      18   13    0    5    0   52   C
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Woodvale           18   11    0    7    0   44
Lurgan             18   11    0    7    0   44
Downpatrick        18   11    0    7    0   44
Templepatrick      18   10    0    8    0   40
Bangor             18    9    0    9    0   36
Derriaghy          18    9    0    9    0   36
Cliftonville       18    8    0   10    0   32
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Holywood           18    7    0   11    0   28   R
Dundrum            18    1    0   17    0    4   R
Senior League Section 1