Waringstown began their defence of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup with a one-run DLS victory over Carrickfergus as rain cut short the home side’s charge for victory.

Former Ireland international Ryan Eagleson had just hit Lee Nelson for three successive sixes to leave Carrick needing 22 from the last nine balls. But for the second time in a game already reduced to 10 overs by a delayed start and an interruption after just seven balls, the rain returned and prevented the match being completed.

The par score after 8.3 overs was 92 but Carrick had only reached 91-5, the Carrickfergus target having, ironically, been raised by one run following the first stoppage.

Carrick had got their reply off to the perfect start with skipper Michael Gilmour and professional Jacques Snyman taking 44 off the first three overs, including 17 from an over by Phil Eaglestone.

Nelson made the breakthrough in his first over, bowling Gilmour who had hit six of his 12 deliveries to the boundary, but Waringstown captain Greg Thompson then surprised everyone by recalling Eaglestone to bowl the seventh over with Carrick in control at 66-1.

What an inspired bowling change it proved to be. After two leg byes, Eaglestone had CJ van der Walt caught at long-on by the skipper and three balls later bowled Jamie Holmes off his pads to leave Carrick needing 43 from the last three overs.

Gary Kidd then dismissed Snyman and Matty McCord in successive balls to reduce Carrick to 72-5 and it looked all over bar the shouting, until Eagleson’s blitz in the following over. But the rain spoiled what promised to be an exciting finale.

Thompson was the highest and fastest scorer in the Waringstown innings, his 35 coming off 16 balls with three sixes and Marcus McClean cleared the boundary twice when hitting 20 off just 10 balls.

CIYMS won the other Group A game, repeating their league victory over Lisburn on Saturday, this time by 83 runs.
Only Chris Dougherty (40 off 41 balls) had a strike rate of less than 150 in a powerful batting display by the league champions as they finished on 193-3. In contrast, only two Lisburn batsmen reached double figures as slow bowlers Jacob Mulder, Obus Pienaar and James Cameron-Dow shared six of the nine wickets.

Ireland’s T20 captain Gary Wilson made his first appearance of the season for Civil Service North, just 24 hours after facing the West Indies but he finished on the losing side as North Down followed up their league win at Stormont on Saturday with an eight wickets success.

Wilson hit 14 from 19 balls in CSN’s disappointing 93-8 from 14 overs and North Down reached their target with 10 balls to spare, new signing AJ Moor seeing the visitors home with 49 not out, including four sixes.

Instonians were 32 runs ahead of the par score when the rain arrived at Shaw’s Road to give them victory over Muckamore, professional Murray Commins was 43 not out from 27 balls, having hit nine fours.

In the Gallagher Challenge Cup, Craig Irvine was man of the match in Cregagh’s comfortable victory over Ballymena.
They will host Derriaghy in the first round and Templepatrick will be at home to Downpatrick on June 1 after their 166 runs win over Donaghcloney Mill yesterday.