INSTONIANS were the surprise winners in the first round of the Gallagher Challenge Cup as they knocked out North Down in one of the two all-Premier League games.

The Shaw’s Bridge side have lost all three of their Premier League games and had to give up home advantage because their ground was unplayable. But in a tremendous bowling performance, they dismissed North Down for 85 with skipper Andrew White leading the way with four wickets.

After a nightmare start for North Down, when openers AJ Moor and Daniel Graham were back in the pavilion with just four runs on the board, White brought himself on as first change and took two wickets in his first two overs — the second the prize scalp of in-form professional Ruhan Pretorius — to reduce North Down to 18-4. They never recovered.

Ryan Haire lasted 73 balls but he was the only batsman to reach 20, and James Magee took the last wicket to finish with three.

Instonians needed only 18 overs to reach their target with White hitting four boundaries in his undefeated 18 to take them into Tuesday evening’s second round draw.

Muckamore also won their first game of the season, with Pavan Khartik and Steve Lazars each taking three wickets to ease past Bangor by eight wickets.

CIYMS made no mistake with a second win of the season at Wallace Park, but it needed Chris Dougherty to bat for 40 overs for 54 not out to see them past Lisburn by four wickets.

Graham Browne bowled an impressive 10 overs for the home side and dismissed Obus Pienaar, Jason van der Merwe and Ryan Hunter in the space of 15 balls to reduce the league champions to 88-5, in pursuit of a modest 159, and although Mark Adair was also out with more than 50 still needed, Jacob Mulder stayed with Dougherty to see them home.

Most comfortable winners of the day were Civil Service North who, with the help of five wickets from Andre Malan, bowled out Armagh for 72, and 17 overs later it was all over, an eight wickets victory for last year’s beaten finalists.

Holders Waringstown must wait until next Sunday to get their defence under way, their game at Holywood the one game that failed to beat this week’s rain.

Carrickfergus had an early scare when Wayne Horwood was in full flight, hitting 52 off 58 balls (four fours and three sixes) for Woodvale, but after his dismissal they collapsed from 75-0 to 137 all out and the Premier League side won by seven wickets thanks to an unbroken partnership of exactly 100 between CJ van der Walt, who had earlier taken four wickets, and Ian Parkhill.

Representing Section One in the second round are Cregagh and Templepatrick, and it was the former who produced the shock of the day.

Without a win in their first three League games, Cregagh restricted Derriaghy, who had won their first three, to 145-9 in their 50 overs and chased down their target in the 43rd over for the loss of just four wickets.

It was the battle of the Smiths in Ballyclare with Templepatrick’s Ari trumping Downpatrick’s Ryan and helping the home side to a 17 runs win.

Ari Smith hit 79, with 10 fours and two sixes, in a runaway start which saw Templepatrick reach 122-1 in the 23rd over. But, although they failed to bat out the overs, dismissed for 206, once Ryan Smith was out for 35, the visitors were always up against it.

Craig Boultwood tried hard with 61 but the exciting finale was denied when he was caught off Templepatrick skipper Ross Byrans with nine balls remaining.

The shock in the North West was Donemana’s first defeat of the season in the Premiership to Eglinton. Bowled out for 147, even with Andy McBrine back in the side and bowling 10 overs for just 15 runs, the home side reached their target for the loss of five wickets in the 41st over.

Brigade are the new leaders after a big win against Ballyspallen and can build on that with their game in hand away to Coleraine today.