Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Cricket: Dropping into another appeal

The final relegation issue of the NCU season could be decided in the committee room.

Defeat for Millpark against Larne yesterday, the last day of the season, left them with six wins, the same as Portadown, who lost to promoted Dundrum on Saturday, the day after beating Dungannon.

But the Co Armagh side have appealed the Appeals Committee's decision last month to void their game against Academy.

That game, scheduled for Newforge, was originally awarded to Portadown because Academy could not provide a ground - the fixture clashed with an Ulster rugby training session at the PSNI sports complex.

However, because the game had been due to start at 1.30pm, some 90 minutes later than the permitted starting time, the Appeals Committee voided the match and Portadown lost the points.

The Executive Committee will hear Portadown's appeal to that decision on Wednesday and if they get the points back, Millpark will be relegated, along with basement club Drumaness, to Section Four next year.

If the Executive uphold the decision, then it will come down to run-rate to separate Millpark and Portadown for the drop.

Going in the opposite direction, will be Section Four champions Cregagh and BISC.

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