Braidmen's loss a boost to Carrick's survival bid
Carrickfergus were denied the chance to follow up their superb victory over outgoing Ulster Bank Premier League champions Instonians on Saturday when their home game against Civil Service North was a victim of the overnight rain.
Although that was a final attempt to play the game, which now goes into the league table as a no result, last year's Section One champions look as if they have done enough to earn an extended stay in the top flight.
Ballymena's defeat to CIYMS leaves the Braidmen four points adrift at the bottom, with an inferior run-rate to both Carrick and Lisburn, immediately above them in the table, so they will probably have to win both their remaining games, at home to Carrick on Saturday and at CSN a week later.
Lisburn were due to finish their programme on Saturday at North Down but they have to rearrange their home game with Waringstown, the other scheduled Premier League game yesterday, which was also postponed well before the official start time.
If Carrickfergus lose at Eaton Park then they will have an anxious final day because they have a difficult closing game - at home to CIYMS, who could still be in with a chance of the league title.
CI stayed on course for what would be the NCU treble despite losing five wickets for 51 chasing Ballymena's modest 111, but Johnny Thompson and James Cameron-Dow saw them home.
They are still four points behind Waringstown with three games to play, the Villagers having joined North Down - who have only two remaining - at the top of the table after their 53-runs win at Comber.
The North West Premiership title is still Coleraine's to lose, despite going down by 72 runs on Saturday at Ardmore, as nearest challengers Brigade remain two points behind with two games to play after a 77-runs home defeat by Eglinton.