There was drama at Carrickfergus as Waringstown edged out the hosts by just one run in a rain affected thriller in the opening game of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 competition. There were wins in the other games for CIYMS, North Down and Instonians.

Chasing 112 in a 10 over bash, Carrick raced to 68 for 1 with Jacques Snyman (33) and Michael Gilmour (27) both scoring quickly.

However Gary Kidd applied the brakes with two wickets and it seemed that Waringstown would ease to the win with 40 needed from just two overs.

Former Irish international Ryan Eagleson (pictured) had other ideas as he deposited Lee Nelson into his favourite field three balls in succession.

'Eagy' was in the zone and seemed set to be the match winner before frustratingly rain forced the players from the field uncertain of the result. It required the printing of the ball-by-ball version of the DLS calculations to confirm Waringstown as one run winners - their second close win in the space of 48 hours.

Earlier skipper Greg Thompson had hit 3 sixes and 2 fours in a top score of 35 from 16 balls, with Adam Dennison hitting 25 and Marcus McClean 20, with Eagleson and Snyman each picking up a brace.

The other three games were altogether much more one-sided affairs with CIYMS racking up the days highest score at Lisburn.

John Matchett hit 5 sixes and 5 fours on his way to a top score of 60 from 38 balls as the Belmont side posted an impressive 193 for 3.

Jason van der Merwe also cleared the ropes five times in his unbeaten 59 from 31 balls, while Chris Dougherty made 40 in a century opening stand with Matchett.

The Lisburn reply never got any momentum and they finished well adrift on 110 for 9 - skipper Adam Berry scoring 37 not out and Reinhardt Strydom making 24.

Jacob Mulder (3-28) and Obus Pienaar (2-22) the pick of the attack.

North Down were 8 wicket winners against CSNI after the Stormont side made 93 for 8 in a 14 overs contest - two wickets each for Carl Robinson and Peter Eakin.

Comber skipper Ally Shields fell straight away, but AJ Moor hit 4 sixes in an undefeated 49, adding 64 for the second wicket with Nathan Burns (35) to set up the win with 10 balls to spare.

Murray Commins showed his class as he led Instonians to a 32 runs (DLS) win against Muckamore.

The South African hit 9 boundaries on his way to 43 not out, as Inst reached 98 for 1 in the 11th over responding to Muckmore's 150 for 7.

The rain duly arrived with Inst well ahead - 22 apiece from Ollie Metcalfe and Shane Gtekate.

Earlier Fahad Iqbal's unbeaten 63 and 35 from David Miller were the highlights of the Muckamore innings - two wickets each for Robert McKinley and Jamie Magee.

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