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Waringstown can take a giant stride towards title joy

By Ian Callender

Waringstown cannot win the Ulster Bank Premier League title tomorrow but they can get one hand on it.

Victory over CIYMS at The Lawn and defeat for North Down at Lisburn will ensure no one can overtake them as league leaders, but Lee Nelson's side have been here before so they will be taking nothing for granted.

Last year they were in an almost identical situation but contrived to lose their last two games and allowed Instonians in to claim the title.

Waringstown cannot rely on Lisburn beating North Down, but having defeated the new Ulster Cup holders so impressively last weekend to put themselves in pole position, the Villagers look good to make it a league double over CI, especially as CI professional Rassie van der Dussen has returned to South Africa.

Waringstown opposite number Ruhan Pretorius plays his last game tomorrow, which is another timely boost for the Villagers and yet CI could be top of the league by Sunday night because they follow up their visit to The Lawn with a home game against Instonians.

Win both and they will lead, although Waringstown will still have an extra game to play - without Pretorius.

Relegation from the NCU's top flight will be all but mathematically decided tomorrow if Ballymena lose to Carrickfergus. It would leave the Braidmen with only Lisburn in their sights - assuming Lisburn lose at Comber - but such is the difference in run-rate than only an unlikely set of final day results could save James Kennedy's side.

In the North West, despite their defeat to Ardmore last week, Coleraine are still favourites to win the Premiership.

Victory over Donemana would clinch the title if Bready shock Brigade but, if not, the Bannsiders would remain two points clear of Brigade with one game to play - Brigade v Coleraine.

Coleraine have known they might have to beat both their main rivals in the last two games to win the league.

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

Section One: Downpatrick v Academy, Bangor v Donacloney, Lurgan v Cliftonville, Templepatrick v Muckamore, Woodvale v Derriaghy

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

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

Championship: Drummond v Creevedonnell, Glendermott v Bonds Glen.

Sunday (10.45am): Inter-provincial Cup: North West Warriors v Leinster Lightning (Strabane).

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