WARINGSTOWN showed off their champions’ credentials with an impressive victory over North Down in a game which was reduced to half distance by the morning rain.

The visitors seemed to have put down an imposing 207-5 in their 25 overs, with Alistair Shields hitting 83 from 51 balls (nine fours and three sixes), but James Hall replied with 75, also from 51 deliveries, to leave Waringstown needing 62 from the last eight overs. Lee Nelson with 27 not out saw them home with four balls to spare.

Instonians had to travel to Muckamore without skipper Andrew White and Ireland international James Shannon but, in the end, it was a comfortable five wickets victory thanks to Nikolai Smith’s 82, dismissed with just 16 needed.

CIYMS still have a game in hand of leaders Waringstown, and are just four points behind after a seven wickets victory at The Mall, skipper Nigel Jones taking four wickets as Armagh were bowled out for 100.

Civil Service North are off the mark at the fourth attempt with an exciting win at Carrick. A second wicket partnership of 182 between Mark Ellison (98) and Andre Malan (107) laid the platform for their successful pursuit of 259 with two overs to spare, Chris McMorran seeing them home with an unbeaten 31.