CIVIL Service North and Carrickfergus missed the chance to extend their advantage at the top of the T20 Cup last night when both matches were called off after yesterday’s rain.

However, it has ensured they occupy the top two places – North Down are tied with Carrick, two points behind CSN – going into tomorrow’s clash between the teams at Middle Road.

Both teams remain unbeaten with three wins and one no result from the first four of their seven group games but even the losers tomorrow will still be in a strong position to secure a top four place after next Saturday’s final round and book their place in the semi-finals the following Saturday.

Civil Service North produced the best result of season so far with a 19 runs victory over holders CIYMS, thanks to new Northern Knight all-rounder Luke Georgeson’s 75, and Carrick will attempt to match that result next Thursday at Belmont.

CI can close the gap on the leaders to four points tonight with victory in the final fourth round game, against Lisburn at Wallace Park, but must do so without John Matchett, Mark Adair and Graeme Kennedy who are all involved in today’s inter-provincial Cup match at Bready between Northern Knights and North West Warriors, which also means Lisburn will be without Boyd Rankin.

In the North West, it’s a final chance for Strabane to make ground on Brigade in Group A, when the teams meet at Beechgrove, and the Red Caps will then expect to beat Killyclooney at Strabane Park in the Sunday game.

Donemana, who won the T20 competition last year in the guise of the Senior Cup, can take a stranglehold on Group D with victory at Ardmore but it is still everything to play for in the other two groups.

Eglinton and Bready have won both opening games and will be favourites to consolidate their advantage at the top of Groups B and C respectively with away wins at Bonds Glen and Burndennett.