Barry Chambers (CricketEurope)
Jacques Snyman’s brilliant 121 was the catalyst for a resounding 116-run win for Carrickfergus against Lisburn at Wallace Park.
The South African overseas players was at his brutal best as he savaged the Lisburn attack to help Carrick post 200 for 4.
Jacques Snyman scored 121
It looked very different as Carrick skipper Michael Gilmour fell in the first over, but thereafter it was the Snyman show as in conjunction with Iain Parkhill (29) and Jeremy Lawlor (20) the runs kept flowing.
The South African hit 15 fours and 7 sixes from just 61 deliveries in an innings of breathtaking power and quality.
Boyd Rankin (2-33) was the best of the Lisburn attack.
Any thoughts Lisburn had of chasing down the huge target were blown away by former Ireland A opening bowler Neil Gill (4-14) who dismissed Robert Rankin, Jonathan Waite, Adam Berry and Matthew Humphreys in quick order.
Neil Gill took four wickets in an impressive opening salvo
Veteran trundler Ryan Eagleson (3-18) kept the pressure on, while there was also a debut wicket for former Glamorgan all-rounder Lawlor.
Chris Burns (23) was the only Lisburn batsman to make any sort of impression as they were dismissed for 84.
North Down were also emphatic winners as they romped to a ten-wicket win against Woodvale at Comber.
It was a dream debut for South African 19 year-old Tom Mayes whose first delivery in NCU cricket bowled his fellow countryman, Ruhan Pretorius for just 2 on his return.
Harry Warke went cheaply, and when new signing James Hall was run out for 7, you sensed there was no way back for the Ballygomartin side.
Another returnee to Comber, Aditya Adey, ensured a semblance of respectability as he top scored with 42 in a very modest total of 78 for 8. Peter Eakin, Mayes, Carl Robinson, Ally Shields and Peter Davison all registering in the wickets column.
Skipper Shields (43*) and Indian born debutant Aniruddha Chore (28*) had little difficulty knocking off the required runs, as they added 79, reaching their target from the first ball of the 12th over in a very one-sided contest.
An emphatic start for North Down, who reached the LVS Cup final last year, as well as collecting the Robinson Services Premier League Cup. On this form you wouldn’t bet against them collecting more silverware.
There is a full programme of matches on Saturday with CIYMS hosting Instonians, CSNI entertaining Lisburn, North Down having home advantage over Waringstown, while Woodvale will be seeking their first win of the campaign against Carrickfergus at Ballygomartin Road.