CIYMS are hot favourites to retain the Premiership as they moved clear at the top of the table despite being set a victory target of 247 by Civil Service North.

CSN’s third wicket stand of 198, between Andre Malan (106) and Gary Wilson (93), was the second highest of the campaign but CI responded like champions with Matchett scoring 85 and Obus Pienaar exactly 100 as they won with eight overs to spare!

Woodvale are still favourites to win promotion but a seven runs defeat to Ballymena yesterday means they must beat Cregagh in one of their back to back games next weekend to clinch the Section One title.

At the bottom of the Robinson Services Premier League, Lisburn are anxiously looking over their shoulders after a second defeat in as many days. Jamie Holmes and CJ van der Walt, with an unbeaten fourth wicket partnership of 138, easing Carrickfergus past Lisburn’s 165 in the 32nd over.

Instonians game at Muckamore – the two teams below Lisburn – was postponed because of a wet pitch and leaves the Shaw’s Bridge side with five games to play in September. Muckamore have four games left and Lisburn, four points clear, only three.