Drummond secure promotion to North West Premiership

Steve Moore did the damage with the ball for Drummond on Saturday
Steve Moore did the damage with the ball for Drummond on Saturday

Drummond are back in the big time.

The Roesiders secured promotion to the North West Premiership by the finest of margins on Saturday.

It was heartbreak for their nearest rivals Fox Lodge as Drummond secured the title on nett run-rate after the thrashing of Creevedonnell on Saturday.

Steve Moore (4-19) and Damien Carlin (3-15) did most of the damage as Creevedonnell were dismissed just 72 batting first.

The home side knew that although 73 was the target, they had only about 15 overs to get them if they were to swing the rate and overtake Fox Lodge. Two wickets apiece for Jordan Curry and Leighton McGarrigle ensured there were some nerves an unbeaten 37 from former Limavady all-rounder Chris Moore saw them home in 11 overs.

Fox Lodge at least have the consolation of a second chance. Brian Allen’s team, who lost just once all season, will now face either St Johnston or Bready in the promotion relegation play-off.

In truth that’s still likely to be Bready, with St Johnston almost certainly doomed to relegation after a defeat by Ardmore on Saturday.

St Johnston do have one opportunity to escape automatic relegation. They entertain Eglinton, with nothing to play for, at The Boathole next weekend. Meanwhile, Bready can avoid automatic relegation by beat Strabane.