INSTONIANS were the only host club to beat the weather in yesterday’s final round of Robinson Services (T20) League Cup games and their reward is a place in next Saturday’s semi-finals.

Andrew White’s side will play hosts North Down with CIYMS facing Waringstown in the other clash. The final is next Sunday, also at Comber.

When the Waringstown v Civil Service game became the third victim of this week’s rainfall shortly after 2.30 yesterday afternoon, Instonians knew they had to beat Carrickfergus to leapfrog both those teams and they completed the job in some comfort, restricting their visitors to 81-7 and knocking off the runs in exactly 10 overs.

The big losers on the day were Civil Service North who started the day in fifth place because of their inferior run-rate and finished there as Instonians’ four points for a win bettered the two points for an abandoned game.

The NCU also took the decision yesterday afternoon that The Lawn would not recover in time to host today’s Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup final between North Down and CIYMS so that has been switched to Comber, still with a 3pm start.

The Gallagher Women’s Challenge Cup final between CSN and Waringstown still goes ahead at The Lawn, starting at 10.30am, because the boundary rope can be brought in at the wettest area of the ground.

There will be a bucket collection at both finals today for Emerge Counselling Services. They are the charity partner for Derriaghy CC, who are celebrating their centenary this year, and provide services to clients with mental health problems including self harm and suicidal tendencies.

At Shaw's Bridge, White led by example with a brilliant low-one-handed catch at mid-wicket in the sixth over to reduce Carrick to 22-2 and they were never able to pick up the tempo. CJ van der Walt top scored with 19 off 35 balls and the 20th over was a wicket maiden!

Carrick hit only six boundaries in the innings, while Marcus Poskitt and Shane Getkate (28 off 12 balls) hit seven themselves in the unbroken partnership of 38 in three overs!