North Down missed out on the chance to go top of the Robinson's Premier League yesterday, slipping to a three wicket defeat at the hands of CSNI, while Carrickfergus made it a weekend to forget for Instonians with a win over the beaten Cup finalists by 171 runs.

At The Green it was a tale of two centuries as Marc Ellison (129*) trumped Peter Eakin (114*) as CSNI chased down a North Down total of 223-5.

With Matthew Foster removing Jamie Magowan for a 21 ball duck, Pretorius for 9 and Robin Haire without scoring, North Down were reduced to 21-4!

Eakin was the only one of the home side's top five to reach double figures and he did so in style striking 7x4 and 3x6. Assistance came from Nathan Burns (45) in a 96 run partnership and then with Carl Robinson who had scored 32 when he was taken ill at the crease and had to retire.

The CSNI reply got off to a faltering start, Archie Johnston gone without scoring and André Malan for 13, both falling to Eakin's pace.
Marc Ellison however was unflappable and in partnerships of 62 with Gary Wilson (30) and 63 with Andrew Cowden (25) he reeled in the North Down total.

The loss of Ben Adair and Matthew Foster meant that it was Ben Jackson who held up an end while Ellison saw CSNI home unbeaten on 129 with nine balls to spare.

Disappointment for North Down that they couldn't overtake CIYMS with whom they share top spot but are still in prime position having two games in hand over all their rivals.

A century for Jacques Snyman is nothing new this season but at Shaw's Bridge yesterday he went 'large'.

Coming in a number three after the departure of Michael Gilmour (31) with the score at 44, he was still there at the end of the innings with 190* to his name having smashed 19x4 and 9x6 in a 135 ball stay at the crease.

While there he shared a 116 run partnership with Alex Haggan (41) as the visitors scored a massive 343 for 7 in their 50 overs.

All the Instonian bowlers had a hard time with Getkate and Shannon sharing the wickets taken with identical figures of 3 for 54.

In the Instonians reply Nikolai Smith (51) and Robert McKinley (47) added 75 for the fourth wicket but the innings fell away as Alex Haggan wrapped things up taking 3 for 3 in eleven balls.

The Instonians innings ended in the 43rd over when the ninth wicket fell and last man James Shannon did not come to the crease.

A big weekend for Carrick following their win on Saturday at The Lawn, two wins that sees them in joint third with CSNI but with a game more played.

For Instonians a weekend without success and a tough task next Saturday when they return to Waringstown. They will be buoyed however by Waringstown's dip in League form and the fact that they came away winners on their last visit in the Cup semi-final.

Fellow basement club Muckamore are at home to Lisburn next Saturday in a game they must be targeting as a win while Lisburn know that susses would give them a little breathing space over the bottom two.


PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS:

Carrickfergus beat Instonians by 171 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 4 August
Carrickfergus 343-7 (50 overs: J Snyman 190*, A Haggan 41, I Parkhill 41, M Gilmour 31; S Getkate 3-54, J Shannon 3-54)
Instonians 172 (42.5 overs: N Smith 54, R McKinley 47, J Hunter 27;, A Haggan 3-3, CJ vd Walt 2-28, R Hood 2-30)


CSNI beat North Down by 3 wickets
The Green, 4 August
North Down 223-5 (50 overs: P Eakin 114*, N Burns 45, C Robinson 32no, M Foster 3-47)
CSNI 224-7 (48.3 overs: M Ellison 129*, G Wilson 30, A Cowden 25, P Eakin 3-50, P Davison 2-34)