An early start and an early finish was the order of the day at Comber as North Down brushed aside Carrickfergus to maintain their challenge to leaders Waringstown.

Carl Robinson spun Carrick out for 152, his leg-spin giving him figures of 6-30 and a place at the League Awards table.

Jacques Snyman (54) and CJ vd Walt (36) added 91 together in what was otherwise a day to forget for the visitors.

The early loss of skipper Ally Shields did little to slow North Down’s progress to the points, Ani Chore (63) and Gayan Maneeshan (62) combining in a 124 run second wicket partnership, as North Down won by seven wickets in the thirty-first over.

League leaders Waringstown were the visitors at Shaw’s Bridge, where André Malan scored another century.
Exactly 100 for Malan off only 73 balls (8x4,7x6), adding 83 for the second wicket with James McCollum (40) and then 66 for the third with Morgan Topping (40).

A typically swift 32* from Greg Thompson saw the visitors to 237/6 in 47 overs.

The DLS target for Instonians was set at 240 and proved to be 42 too many as Kyle McCallan took 4-32 and James Mitchell cleaned up the tail with three wickets in five balls of his final over.

Ollie Metcalfe with 49, Nikolai Smith 43, and Shane Getkate 35 to add to his two wickets the only significant contributions on the Instonian side.

Harry Warke has taken over the reins at Woodvale from the injured Stephen Bunting and seems to be thriving on the responsibility.

He and James Hall getting Woodvale off to a perfect start with a century opening partnership.

Warke finished with 67, and Hall 42, then it was over to Ruhan Pretorius who hit 65 to get Woodvale to 252/6 in the 41 overs available following the rain interruption.

Mark Berry with 2-42 the most successful Lisburn bowler.

As ever the Lisburn reply featured runs from Faiz Fazal (47) but there was little else to note until Josh Manley came to the crease at number 11 and scored a defiant 37 not out, in a last wicket half century stand.

Lisburn were bowled out for 189 in the 37th over to give Woodvale a 63 run win - Kyle Walsh taking 5 for 28 - that draws them level with Instonians on twelve points, eight clear of bottom placed Lisburn.

At Belmont Ross Adair was at his destructive best as he plundered an unbeaten 143 (12x4, 7x6) off 127 balls in a CSNI total of 242/5, the game shortened to 46 overs, and DLS setting an unlikely 267 in 46 as CI’s target for victory.

Adair added 59 for the third wicket with skipper Gary Wilson and then 118 with Paddy Beverland for the fourth, Beverland’s contribution 31 to Adair’s 81!

It was a good day to be called Adair, as Ben, no relation, claimed two of the first three CI wickets to fall, Matchett, and Cameron-Dow, while new Ireland cap, leg-spinner Ben White accounted for Chris Dougherty.

CI are never beaten while skipper Nigel Jones is at the crease, and partnerships of 72 with Jason vd Merwe, and 53 with Jacob Mulder kept the home side in touch.

Ben Adair would return to claim the wicket of Mulder, and follow it up with those of Miller, McCullough and Britton to finish with figures of 6-28 and ensure that there would be two Adairs collecting League Awards.

Jones was the ninth wicket to fall, caught for 84 by his opposing skipper Wilson, giving Luke Georgeson his second wicket of the match.

CSNI DLS winners then by 61 runs.

So it’s as you were at the top with Waringstown maintaining their four point lead over North Down.

Losses for CIYMS and Carrick means that they are eight points behind North Down and are joined by CSNI to make it the ‘3-Cs’ in mid-table.

Woodvale join Instonians on twelve points, leaving Lisburn eight points adrift, with only that second week of the season victory over CIYMS to show for their efforts.