Derriaghy set the pace with ninth win in a row

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Derriaghy are blazing a trail at the top of NCU Section One.

The Queensway side defeated former leaders Bangor on Saturday to secure a remarkable ninth successive league victory.

Chasing a target of 189 at Upritchard Park, Derriaghy were indebted to an unbeaten 92 from Kaushik Aphale as they won by four wickets.

Nicky McCollum took three wickets but Bangor are falling away after leading the division.

However, the story of Muckamore’s apparent fall from grace is much more extraordinary.

Richard Keates, the all-rounder, hit an extraordinary 65 not out, which included a 12-ball half-century, including six sixes and two fours.

With Neill Gill adding 52 not out, Muckamore, tipped by almost everyone as promotion certainties, amassed 246 for six but it didn’t prove to be nearly enough.

Niranjan Godbole, the Lurgan professional, hit a brilliant 99, as the Pollock Park side romped home by six wickets.

In North West there were a couple of surprises in the semi-finals of the Sammy Jeffrey Shield as the competition’s most successful team, Creevedonnell, hammered Fox Lodge at Ballymagorry.

The Foxies were dismissed for just 156 and then watched as an unbroken stand of 130 between Jean Symes and Stephen Scroggie completed the nine-wicket rout.

It was equally emphatic at Foyle College too as Newbuildings ended Glendermott’s interest in the competition courtesy of a 175-run thrashing.

Half-centuries for Peat Salmon and Peter Allen saw the home side post a decent 225 for nine, with Gordon Montgomery picking up five wickets for the visitors.

Glendermott’s response never got going and five wickets for Graeme Robb and four for Ross Hunter saw the Rectory men all out for 50.