Civil Service North top the table after their fourth win of the season.

Three wickets for Ben Mackey and Luke Georgeson had Carrick in all sorts of trouble as they collapsed to 46 for 7 – they had a recovery of sorts as 20’s for Ryan Eagleson and Michael Armstrong saw them make 120 for 8.

CSNI though were never in trouble as they eased to a seven wicket win thanks to Ross Adair who had an excellent all-round display with the bat and in the field.

Meanwhile there was a real nail-biter at Belmont, where CIYMS edged out North Down in a last-ball thriller,
CIYMS posted 140, which was a good score on a slow pitch.

Their innings was built around 50 from 44 balls from Chris Dougherty, which contained three sixes and three fours, while Irish international Mark Adair’s quickfire 36 from 25 balls – which included three sixes- added real impetus at the end.

For North Down, Peter Eakin’s four overs cost only eight runs, while Peter Davison took two wickets but at a cost of 36.

In the reply Comber skipper Ally Shields continued his good form with 32 and with Aniruddha Chore added 45 after the early loss of Paul Stirling - Mark Adair earning the bragging rights of his Irish teammate - finding the leading edge and a simple catch to cover.

It looked plain sailing for the home side until a late burst from Ryan Haire whose 3 sixes swung the game North Down’s way. With 2 overs to go 16 required - Adair bowled the 19th for only 5. The last over bowled by Graham Kennedy for 5 runs claiming Haire off final delivery with six required.

There was another thriller at Shaw’s Bridge where Boyd Rankin – who announced his retirement from representative cricket yesterday – and David Simpson getting the 16 required from the last nine balls to seal a two wicket win with a ball to spare against Instonians.

Ollie Metcalfe hit 3 fours and 3 sixes in a top score of 56 as Instonians made 138 for 9 – two wickets apiece for Rankin, Callum Atkinson and Mark Berry.

Faiz Fazal hit three sixes in his 45 to keep Lisburn in contention and Rankin with the bat hit a crucial four and sic to seal a dramatic win.

Another game, another last over thriller between Woodvale and Waringstown at Ballygomartin Road.

James Hall hit 51 as Woodvale made 131 for 6, and with Lee Nelson making 42 in the chase Waringstown looked always in control.

However, Woodvale kept plugging away and it took an unbeaten 22 from 12 balls from Greg Thompson, as he got the 11 required in the final over to seal the win with two balls remaining.