Carrick and Waringstown top the table
Three sides shared top spot in the table this morning, but tonight that’s down to two as North Down fell to a shock defeat at the hands of Woodvale while Carrick and Waringstown both won away to CSNI and Lisburn respectively.
First centurion of the day was Faiz Fazal who scored 128 - Chris Burns adding 50, and the pair sharing a fourth wicket partnership of 111 in Lisburn’s 240, bowled out in the final over.
Two wickets each for James Mitchell, Greg Thompson and Graham Hume.
While Run-Outs was the leading wicket-taker, with 3 in the scramble for runs, in the closing stages of the innings.
And it was that man Hume again, who finished 93 not out in a perfectly timed chase, sharing a partnership of 98 with Lee Nelson, who scored 48, as they saw the Villagers to a 4 wicket win, with eleven balls to spare.
A surprise result at The Green and a victorious return to Comber for Ruhan Pretorius, who finished 42 not out, as the Ballygomartin men recorded an 8 wicket win, having bowled out North Down for a sub par 214.
Aniruddha Chore in the runs again, this time with 80, but his departure was the signal for a collapse that saw the home side slump from 164/3 to 181/7.
James Hall with 3 wickets and Aditya Adey and Pretorius 2 each.
Harry Warke and James Hall set off in reply, and their opening stand of 98 was just what Woodvale needed to settle the nerves, in what was, at The Green, a modest target.
Warke first to go for 49, but James Hall with 93 not out ensured that the home side would pay the price of their earlier batting failure.
Woodvale move off the bottom with the win leaving Instonians, who lost to CIYMS, to share bottom spot with Lisburn.
At Shaw’s Bridge, CIYMS had Chris Dougherty and skipper Nigel Jones to thank for giving them something to defend.
Dougherty with 66 and Jones 52 the only significant contributions in a total of 209, as CI were bowled out in the 49th over for only 209.
Paceman James Magee took 3-37 for Instonians, left-arm spinner Cian Robertson 3-38 and there were 2 wickets each for Andrew White and Nathan Cole.
With Jack Dickson scoring 75 and James Hunter 34, Instonians seemed well placed at 120/2, but that was as good as it got for them as no other batsman reached double figures.
In the end a comfortable 45 run win for CI - Chris Robinson with 4-25 and two each for spinners Jacob Mulder and Carson McCullough.
At Stormont Jacques Snyman was at his destructive best as he totally dominated the Carrick innings, scoring 164 in their total of 305.
His runs coming off 111 balls with 16x4 and 9x6, as he shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 176 with second top-scorer Alex Haggan, who contributed only 28 of those runs.
Haggan would finish with 42.
Once Snyman departed it was a case of ‘normal service resumed’ as CSNI reined back what looked like being an even bigger total while he was at the crease.
Ben Adair even wrapped things up with a hat-trick to end with 3-48, and while Andrew Cowden took 4 wickets in his ten overs, they came at a cost of 84 runs.
Paddy Beverland became the second centurion of the game scoring 104 in the CSNI reply, sharing partnerships of 85 with Luke Georgeson and 71 with Corin Goodall.
But with Ross Adair, Stuart Thompson and Chris McMorran adding only a combined total of 18 his lone hand was destined to be a losing one.
Three wickets for Michael Armstrong, including that of Beverland, and two for CJ van der Walt as CSNI ended on 280/8.
A 25 run, narrower than looked likely, win for Carrick who share top spot with Waringstown.