It was case of job done for Templepatrick Cricket Club after they consolidated their place in the NCU Senior 1 with victory over Carrickfergus at the weekend.
The Ballyclare-based club were promoted to the second tier for the first time in their history in 2012, and they have proved themselves more than capable of holding their own at a higher level. They have also answered a few doubters along the way.
Saturday’s 12-runs win at The Cloughan means Ricky Greer’s men are clear of the threat of relegation with this week’s opponents, Donaghcloney, having already slipped through the trapdoor, along with strugglers, Laurelvale.
“It’s great for us to be safe with three games to spare. We could have been playing right up until the last match and fighting for safety,” Greer told the Times.
“The players were over the moon on Saturday. To be honest, we have had a great season and we have competed with everybody. I think there was only one game when we were rolled over, so we definitely deserve to be in the league.”
TCC have six wins from 15 league games so far, banking 24 points. They will be aiming to finish as far up the table as they can and once the campaign is over, Greer said they will go away and take stock for next year.
“At least we now know what we are up against. We have a that bit of experience and hopefully it will stand us in good stead,” he added.