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Derriaghy are now just two wins away from big stage

By Ian Callender

Although all roads for neutrals and Waringstown fans will lead to The Lawn tomorrow there is a full programme of NCU league fixtures as well.

With the Premier League title and relegation all but mathematically settled, it is the battle for promotion to the top flight which will get the most attention.

Pre-season favourites Muckamore start the weekend eight points behind Derriaghy with three games to play, but have the better run-rate so Derriaghy will probably have to win their last two games, at home to Templepatrick tomorrow and at Woodvale on Sunday, to win the title and the only promotion place. The games tonight and on Sunday are 20 overs.

It is a shoot-out for the North West Premiership with leaders Coleraine away tomorrow to the only team that can catch them at the top of the table, Brigade. The trophy will be handed over to captain Scott Campbell if the Bannsiders avoid defeat, otherwise the teams will meet again next Saturday in a play-off for the trophy.

The penultimate Inter-provincial Cup match of the season between North West Warriors and Leinster Lightning was abandoned early yesterday without a ball bowled because of a soaked ground at Bready.

Warriors stay top of the table but the winners of the last game, between Lightning and Northern Knights, starting at Rathmines on Tuesday, will take the title, although a draw may be enough for Knights.

FIXTURES: Today: Ulster Bank League Section One (5pm): Woodvale v Academy, Donacloney v Cliftonville (postponed), Templepatrick v Muckamore.

Tomorrow (11.00am): Premier League: Carrickfergus v CIYMS, Civil Service North v Ballymena, Instonians v North Down. Sunday: Instonians v Civil Service North

Section One: Bangor v Woodvale, Derriaghy v Templepatrick, Downpatrick v Cliftonville, Donacloney v Lurgan, Muckamore v Academy. Sunday: Cliftonville v Muckamore, Woodvale v Derriaghy (1pm)

Section Two: Drumaness v Holywood, Larne v Armagh, Laurelvale v BISC, Saintfield v Dundrum, Victoria v Cregagh. Sunday: Armagh v Drumaness.

Long's SuperValu Premiership (12.00noon): Bready v Strabane, Brigade v Coleraine, Donemana v Ardmore, St Johnston

Championship: Creevedonnell v Newbuildings. Sunday: Bonds Glen v Newbuildings

Irish Senior Cup final (11.30am): Waringstown v Merrion (The Lawn)

Sunday: National Cup final (11.45am): Drummond v Rush (Strabane)

Championship/Q1 play-off: Ballyspallen v Killyclooney or Creevedonnell (Ardmore)

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