CIYMS may have been forced to start the season without two of their Ireland squad members but they still made a winning opening defence to the Premier League.

What made it particularly impressive was that it came at Stormont, scene of their T20 Cup semi-final defeat just seven days earlier against a Civil Service team North who had won their first seven games of the season.

But although Luke Georgeson (90) and Gary Wilson (62) took their form from the T20 campaign into the longer format – Saturday saw the first 50-over club cricket here for 22 months – consistent batting all down the order from the champions saw them to a two wicket victory, chasing 231, with a comfortable 41 balls to spare.

All eight dismissed batsmen made double figures – David Miller with 50 the best – and although they lost two quick wickets within sight of the winning post, young Carson McCullough saw them home with the winning boundary.

It doesn’t get any easier for CI over the next two weekends as skipper Nigel Jones will join Mark Adair and Graham Kennedy on the list of absentees as the T20 inter-provincial festivals take place in Pembroke and Bready respectively.

It also means Jeremy Lawlor will be unable to follow-up his match-winning 135 not out for Carrickfergus who swept aside the challenge of North Down at Middle Road.

The visitors thought they had a competitive 267 for eight after Carl Robinson had crashed 39 off 13 balls as North Down hit 92 off the last six overs, but Lawlor responded with 15 fours and five sixes, seven of the boundaries coming after his hundred as he scored his last 35 runs in 15 balls.

Meanwhile, it was quite a day for the Waite family with Michael hitting a sensational 169 – in a 20 over match! - for Wallace High in their Schools Cup quarter-final victory over Lisburn rivals Friends in the morning and then turning out for Waringstown in their 47 runs victory over Instonians in the afternoon.

Brother Jonathan was also Lisburn’s batting star although his innings of 60, at No 10, couldn’t prevent Woodvale claiming their first win of the season by 73 runs.

Chasing the home side’s 263 for eight, dominated by Aditya Adey’s unbeaten 118 not out, Waite came to the middle at 107 for eight and hit his second ball for six and added three more and five fours before he was last man out in the 42nd over.

Michael Waite’s batting was not required at The Lawn as Waringstown hit 309 for five with Andre Malan scoring 110 not out and Adam Dennison , back as opener, showing a return to form before being run out for 78.

Malan (3-49) and Kyle McCallan (4-54) claimed the wickets of top scorers Cade Carmichael, a 19-year-old South African and Shane Getkate for 78 and 67 respectively as Instonians were bowled out for 262.

Schools Cup quarter-final result: Wallace High 327-6 (M Waite 169, M Halliday 86; B Moore 2-25, N Reddy 2-32) Friends Schoool 83-6 (N Reddy 20; J Wiseman 2-5). Wallace High won by 244 runs.