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Saintfield's promotion celebrations on hold

Published 16/09/2015

Saintfield and Laurelvale are separated by only around 11 thousandths of a wicket
Saintfield and Laurelvale are separated by only around 11 thousandths of a wicket

Four days after the last match was played in Ulster Bank League Section Two, Saintfield are still waiting to hear if they won promotion.

Only 11 thousandths of a run (approximately) separates Saintfield and Laurelvale in second and third place, after the former beat BISC by 97 runs on Sunday and the scorebooks of both teams, and those of all 34 league games played, are being checked before it is confirmed who is promoted with champions Armagh.

It was, if anything, even more dramatic at the top of Junior League Four where Muckamore III had to beat Woodvale III in their final game to win the title. Defeat and they would finish third and miss out on promotion to their opponents.

When they crashed to 94 for nine, in reply to Woodvale's 195, it seemed to be game up but a remarkable last-wicket stand of 102 between Benji Cathcart and Terry McCloskey won the match and beat North Down III to the title.

The league decider in Junior League One between Waringstown II and Civil Service North II was rained off. The final attempt is a 20-overs match at the Lawn at 2pm on Sunday.

An abandoned game would give Muckamore II the title.

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