Carrickfergus continued the form which saw the win the T20 Cup last week with a convincing eight-wicket win against North Down in the Premier League.

North Down had posted 267 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Peter Eakin top scoring with 77 - two wickets apiece for Ryan Eagleson and Jeremy Lawlor.

And it was that man Lawlor, the top scoring batsman in Irish domestic cricket at the minute, who led the chase.

He made a quite super 135 not out from 134 balls - 15 fours and 5 sixes in his knock, as he shared an opening stand of 101 with stand-in skipper Iain Parkhill who made 44, and then 120 for the second wicket with Jacques Snyman.

The South African bludgeoned 7 fours and 5 sixes in his 70 from 40 balls as Carrick sealed the win with 8 overs to spare.

Another South African in the runs was Andre Malan who hit an unbeaten 110 as Waringstown piled up 309 for 5 against Instonians.

Adam Dennison with 78 and Lee Nelson 45 also in the runs - two wickets for Cian Robertson.

Inst in reply battled bravely with Cade Carmmichael top scoring with 78 from 66 balls - 8 fours and 2 sixes, while Shane Getkate hit a quickfire 67 from only 49 balls, while Andy White made 42 as the Shaws Bridge side finished 47 runs adrift on 262 for 9.

Four wickets for Kyle McCallan, three for that man Malan, while Graham Hume picked up two.

Closest game of the day was at Stormont where CIYMS chased 230 to beat CSNI by two wickets.

Luke Georgeson top scored with 90, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 112 with Gary Wilson who made 62 in the home side total of 230 for 5.

For CIYMS it was a team effort in the chase with the top eight making double figures - David Miller top scoring with 50, James Cameron-Down hitting 32 and John Matchett scoring 31 as they got their Premier League defence off to a winning start.

After a winless T20 campaign Woodvale hit the ground running at Ballygomartin Road against Lisburn.

Aditya Adey with 118 n.o. and James Hall with 59 in a total of 263/8.

Stephen Bunting with the wickets of Robert Rankin and Adam Berry in his opening burst took the sting out of the Lisburn reply.

With two each for Ferhan Saeed and James Hall the points were safe despite a hard hitting innings of 60 from Johnny Waite coming in at number 10 as Lisburn were bowled out for 190 to give Woodvale a 73 run win.