CIVIL SERVICE NORTH lead the way in the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup, the only team to win their first three matches.

For the second successive match, Luke Georgeson was top scorer, following up his 75 against holders CIYMS on Thursday night with 60 against Lisburn yesterday, in a game reduced to 10 overs because of a delayed start.

Georgeson, who is available to play for Ireland, shared a 105-run opening partnership with Ross Adair who hit 47 off 23 balls, while Georgeson was out in the ninth and penultimate over, having hit six fours and three sixes.
Lisburn, who had shocked Waringstown last week, could manage only 89 for five in reply to lose by 35 runs.

Carrickfergus professional Jacques Snyman is the leading run scorer after three rounds, mainly due to his 121 against Lisburn on Friday night but he followed it up yesterday with 63 from just 21 balls (seven sixes in his 11 boundaries) as Woodvale’s attack took a pounding for the second successive day.

Carrick plundered 147 in their 12 overs – another late start – and when Ruhan Pretorius was caught at long-off by Michael Armstrong, for just 11, after Woodvale’s other new signings James Hall, first ball, and Aditya Adey for eight, were already back in the pavilion, the home team were 26 for four and already game over.

North Down are the other unbeaten team, following up their victory over Woodvale with a comfortable 33 runs success against Warinsgtown.

Paul Stirling made his seasonal debut for his NCU club side and hit 37 off 30 balls with three fours and a six but he was overshadowed in an opening stand of 96 in 11 overs by his captain, Alistair Shields who batted through the innings for 86 not out, hitting 13 fours and a six.

Craig Young, also playing his first club game, removed Adam Dennison early and returned to dismiss Graham Hume while Paul Stirling nipped in with the big wicket of Greg Thompson, second ball for just one. James McCollum, after a disappointing Ireland Wolves series in midweek, was Waringstown’s top scorer with 44.

The Villagers find themselves joint bottom of the table, alongside Woodvale and Instonians who conceded the biggest total of the day.

CIYMS made 212-2 in their 20 overs at Belmont, with top scorer John Matchett hitting six fours and five sixes in his 82 not out. He took a back seat in the second wicket stand of 98 with Mark Adair who needed only 24 balls to score 66 before he was caught at long-off going for his seventh maximum.

In the Instonians reply, Shane Getkate’s first three scoring shots were six, six, four but next ball he fell to an outstanding catch by Nigel Jones to leave the visitors 58 for four and there was no way back, the league champions winning by 102 runs.

Getkate and Jones will be on opposite sides again today with Northern Knights hosting Leinster Lightning, coached by the CI skipper, in the latest inter-provincial Cup match at Comber.