Waringstown remain top of the Premiership after a 16-run (DLS) win against Woodvale, despite the best efforts of Ruhan Pretorius.

Both sides were missing key players, including James Hall, who missed out on the chance to face the club where he holds the record runs aggregate.

Batting first, Waringstown lost early wickets, before a solid rather than spectacular middle-order effort from Graham Hume (42), Andre Malan (23) and Morgan Topping (22) saw them reach a modest 182.

The late order chipped in on a pitch where it was always difficult, and James Mitchell's late five-ball burst of 15no was to prove pivotal.

Pretorius (4-22) took the bowling honours, while there were two wickets apiece for Ferhan Saeed and Aditya Adey.

Graham Hume (2-14) and Andre Malan (2-15) struck early blows, including Adey first ball, and from that point it was clear that the Ballygomartin hopes rested primarily with Pretorius.

Ruhan Pretorius

The target was revised to 166 in 40 overs, and Pretorius did his best to get them there, but having reached 75 from 102 balls (8 fours, 1 six), he was dismissed by James Mitchell, allowing Waringstown to seal the win.

Pretorius then dashed off to the airport to catch a late flight to England, after a late call-up to play in the Lancashire League cup final for Lowerhouse against Clitheroe.

Waringstown are in action again today (SUN) against North Down in a contest that if they win, would go a long way to securing the title.

Lisburn remain rooted to the foot of the table after a 69-run (DLS) loss against CSNI at Stormont.

Stuart Thompson is still waiting on an elusive first century after being dismissed for the third time in the 90's.

He top scored with 92 from 98 balls (6 fours, 4 sixes), sharing a fourth wicket stand of 129 with Gary Wilson (55) in a CSNI total of 287.

Josh Manley (4-48) picked up four wickets, while there were two apiece for Calum Atkinson (2-17) and Matthew Humphreys (2-47).

Faiz Fazal scored a century in the chase, making exactly 100 from 94 balls, (10 fours, 2 sixes), but received little support apart from 20's from Chris Burns, Jonathan Waite, and Matthew Humphreys.

Fazal was the ninth man out, the fourth of five wickets for Ben Mackey (5-61), while Luke Georgeson took 3 for 43 and Andrew Cowden 2-33 as Lisburn were dismissed for 212.

Lisburn are back on the park today, facing CIYMS at Belmont.