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Then there were two, Strabane and Brigade in two horse race

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IT was a frantic few days of cricket across the North West last weekend but thankfully there were few weather concerns with only one match, Ardmore v Fox Lodge, left undecided.

The umpires, in conjunction with both captains adjudged that the sodden outfield at the Bleachgreen was highly unlikey to recover in one afternoon leaving them with little option but to postpone.

The game has been re-set for September 13 but the delay is unlikely to be overly helpful to either side, especially the visitors whose 10-year stay in the top flight is about to come to an end regardless.

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Just above the doomed Foxies the race to avoid the second-from-bottom spot, which brings with it a promotion/relegation match with the Championship runners-up is really heating up.

Ardmore and Eglinton are locked together on 8 points apiece but with four games still to go, both Bready and Donemana are hardly out of the woods, both teams just one win in front of the other pair.

At the business end the three-horse race is now down to two after Ardmore eased past Coleraine on Sunday with just five runs to spare.

That leaves Brigade and Strabane to sort out the title between them with Gareth McKeegan’s side in the driving seat courtesy of their current 2-point lead.

Both clubs have tough games still to negotiate however, each of them hosting Donemana over the coming weekend and both still to tackle Coleraine again as well.

With Tommy Barr now unlikely to play again this season Peter Gillespie has the responsibilty of plotting the Park team’s passage through those final games but the former international seems to revel in this type of scrap.

There seems sure to be twists and turns still to come as the Tyrone men eye a first title since 2010.

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