As South Africa face Ireland, there was a tasty sample of what the international players can expect on show at Stormont.

Such is the depth of talent in the country, Jacques Snyman has played only one match for South Africa – a T20 international – but he has already made his mark in the NCU and the Civil Service North bowlers were the latest to witness it at first hand.

Snyman scored 164, from just 111 balls, with 16 fours and nine sixes. The next best individual score was 42 by Alex Haggan, but such was the South African professional’s dominance that in their third wicket stand of 176, the local boy scored 29.

If Synman had stayed to the end, every record in the book was under threat, because he was out with 14 overs remaining and Carrick already on 237. They could only add another 68 but it still proved 25 runs too many for their hosts, despite Paddy Beverland scoring the second century of the match.

Beverland was out, trying to keep up with the required run-rate which was already in double figures and Carrick coasted home to preserve their position as joint leaders in the Premier League.

They also won it despite Iain Parkhill’s innings being cut short in the 10th over, with a broken arm, after he was hit by a throw when completing a quick single.

And they were also without Jeremy Lawlor who was pulled out of the game by Cricket Ireland just hours before the start because he was required as cover for William Porterfield who was a doubt with an infected finger.

However by 4pm yesterday, it was Stephen Doheny who was in the squad – and Lawlor was back home – having been called up as a Covid replacement for Neil Rock who was immediately put into isolation.

Doheny presumably got the nod because he can fill both roles, if required, replacing Rock as the second wicket-keeper in the squad and Porterfield as opening batsman, although it is expected that Ireland’s experienced former captain will be fit to take his place against the Proteas today.

Meanwhile, back at Stormont, CSN’s acting captain, Ben Adair – standing in for Gary Wilson who was asked to stay on for coaching duties with the Ireland squad – finished the Carrickfergus innings with a hat-trick, having Lawlor’s replacement, Robert Craig, caught at long-on, Ryan Eagleson lbw and bowling young wicket-keeper Callum Sykes.

The other home player who deserves a special mention was Ross Adair who, despite bowling five overs at the start of Snyman’s innings and another before he was out, conceded just 24 runs in his 10 overs.

Waringstown are the other joint leaders, thanks to another South African, who is qualifying for Ireland, Graham Hume. The Villagers, set 241 by Lisburn at Wallace Park, were reduced to 81 for five but Hume, first in partnership with skipper Lee Nelson and then returning wicket-keeper Marcus McClean, saw them home with 11 balls to spare, finishing 93 not out.

The early damage was done by Josh Manley who also had an eventful day thanks to Cricket Ireland, first being asked to travel to Dublin to be on stand-by for today’s international, then told he could play for Lisburn after all.

The other morning co-leaders, North Down, were stunned by Woodvale, who won by eight wickets with former Waringstown player James Hall also finishing 93 not out, sharing partnerships of 98 with Harry Warke and 94 with Ruhan Pretorius, against his former team-mates, as they won by eight wickets with more than seven overs to spare.

Two batting collapses were the feature of the game at Shaw’s Bridge with CIYMS losing their last seven wickets for 65 runs to be bowled out for 209 but Instonians were dramatically worse, going from 149 for three to 164 all out.

The best bowling performance of the day was in Section One where Craig Lewis, last week’s batting star for Derriaghy against Waringstown in the Challenge Cup, took five wickets in six maiden overs against Ballymena before finishing with figures of six for 10 from his 10 overs.