IT'S all over, bar the celebrations. Nomads, champions-elect for the Saturday League title, duly won their match against bottom-placed KGV yesterday to move beyond reach of the opposition. Their closest challengers are Tartars, who pushed Merchants from second place in the standings, with a seven-wicket win over Hong Kong University. But Tartars lag behind by 24 points - a gap too wide to breach. A one-week stay in the rarefied runners-up position ended for Merchants, who slipped to a 19-run defeat at the hands of Gap Ramblers. Last week it had been Gap Ramblers who helped Merchants move up to second place by beating Tartars. Well, Merchants suffered that same bitter feeling of defeat yesterday, failing in their bid to reach a target of 240 in 35 overs. They are now back in third place. Interest in the remaining two weeks of fixtures should lie in who will grab the runners-up slot. The champion-side put KGV into bat and restricted them to 142 in the allotted 35 overs. South African medium pacer Gavin Erasmus grabbed four of the five wickets to fall in the KGV innings. Openers John Garden and Paul Varty put on 74 as Nomads got off to a cracking start. After Garden was dismissed for 48, Varty (43 not out) and Bob Stiller (38 not out) saw them through with an unbeaten 72 run partnership to give Nomads an easy nine-wicket win. At KCC, Tartars were set a target of 172 by HKU. They achieved it in the 21st over for the loss of three wickets, helped by some entertaining batting from Riaz Farcy and Marzuk Mohanna. Farcy hit an unbeaten 88 comprising 10 fours and two sixes in only 67 balls while Mohanna hit 56 not out off 57 balls. Mark Winstanley hit 97 not out and Butch Zeederberg 88 as Gap Ramblers made 239 for four. Merchants tried gamely, but at the end of their 35 overs, had managed only 220 for eight. Other winners, yesterday, were Little Sai Wan, Centaurs and Crusaders.