The sun may have shone but its late arrival on the scene meant that ground preparation was far behind schedule at most venues and only two games went ahead on this opening day of the 2018 season.

There was a 49 run victory for Bangor with the visitors to Donaghcloney Mill posting an impressive early season 240/5 thanks to Taimur Khan's 91 and McCusker's 62.

It was Khan again with the ball who staked his claim for a MOM performance claiming 3-22 when the home side batted.

Alan Harland was top scorer for 'Cloney Mill with 43, Philip Derby added 32 and David Dawson recently arrived from Waringstown chipped in with 35.

The other game at Wallace Park featured the newly promoted Cregagh against Lisburn, playing their first game outside the top section following last season's relegation.

While not a surprising choice to make Cregagh's captain Graeme Hassard's decision in asking Lisburn to bat seemed to have paid off handsomely when the home side subsided to 30/5.

The top five all gone and only Richard Simpson managing double figures with 11. Enter David Simpson and Mark Berry who then proceeded to add 122 for the sixth wicket and see the home side to respectability with a final total of 165/6.

The Cregagh reply was rocked on its heels in Simpson's opening over when he claimed two wickets in successive deliveries. When Mark Berry claimed a third Cregagh were in the mire but Aaron Johnston and Leon Moore steadied the ship somewhat and although the runs were coming slowly there was no sign of Lisburn making further breakthroughs.

David Simpson eventually got one through Moore's defence at 43/4 and when Aaron Johnston went lbw at 58/5 it was always going to be a long road to victory for Cregagh.

Graeme Browne ended as leading wicket-taker for Lisburn his 4-28 pipping David Simpson's 3-23 and with Mark Berry adding 2-16 to his top score of 65 it was a straight fight between Berry and Simpson for MOM honours.

A straightforward 57 run win for Lisburn even if at 30/5 there were a few resigned looks among the faithful in front of the pavilion.

RESULTS: NCU Section 1:

At The Factory Ground, 21 April:

Bangor beat Donaghcloney Mill by 49 runs

Bangor 240/5 :(T Khan 91, A McCusker 62, C Burns 27, A Nixon 21)

Donaghcloney Mill 191: (P Derby 32, A Harland 43, D Dawson 35, P Derby 32; T Khan 3-22, C Burns 2-43)

At Wallace Park, 21 April: Lisburn beat Cregagh by 57 runs

Lisburn 165/6 : (M Berry 65, D Simpson 54* ; A Beattie 2-25, L Moore 2-25)

Cregagh 108 : (A Johnston 24, A Beattie 20; G Browne 4-28, D Simpson 3-23, M Berry 2-16)