CARRICKFERGUS are out on their own at the top of the Premier League, the only team to have won their first two games – and already they have shown their strength in depth.

Without Jeremy Lawlor, away with Northern Knights, and despite professional Jacques Snyman being dismissed for 10, they still piled up the biggest total of the day, 313 for seven, which was 134 runs too many for Woodvale.

Top scorer was Bradley Roberts, the Ulster rugby player, in his first innings for the club who scored 70 from 51 balls with nine fours and three sixes, from No 6 in the order.

Before him CJ van der Walt had scored 64 from 66 balls with 11 fours and a six and and Alex Haggan, who shared a fifth wicket stand of 106 with Roberts went on to score 61 before being dismissed off the penultimate ball.

Harry Warke and James Hall gave Woodvale the perfect start in reply, putting on 70 in 10 overs but both were dismissed in the space of four balls and Woodvale collapsed to 179 all out.

The partnership of the day – and setting the standard for the rest of the season – was by North Down openers Alistair Shields and Ani Chore. They put on 264, both completing their centuries in the 41st over but then run out in successive balls by Andre Malan at the start of the 47th.

Shields scored 123 with 11 fours and two sixes and Chore 115, also with 11 fours, but North Down could add only 20 more runs, losing seven wicket in the end, but it was always too many for Waringstown, who were missing James McCollum.

Tom Mayes got the big wicket of Malan and finished with three wickets but so did Andrew Haire who missed the chance of a hat-trick when he spilled a return catch from James Mitchell, immediately after having Michael Waite and Jay Hunter leg before with successive balls.

The shock of the day came at Wallace Park where Lisburn took advantage of an under-strength CIYMS to chase down 256 with an over to spare.

One of the reasons Boyd Rankin, on returning home from England, joined Lisburn last season was to play with his brother Robert and the perfect scenario happened yesterday when they found themselves together, needing four to win.

With Robert watching at the other end, Boyd hit his third ball to the boundary to give Lisburn their first win and leave them in a six-team tie for second place.

Professional Faiz Fazal had laid the foundations for the win, scoring exactly half of the 220 runs that Lisburn has scored when he was fourth out at the start of the 45th over but David Simpson and Jonathan Waite both scored 20 to almost take Lisburn over the line.

Jason van der Merwe carried the CI batting with 74 from 83 balls and the bowler who did not deserve to be on the losing side was Chris Robinson, twin brother of David, who would not even have been in the team, if Nigel Jones, Mark Adair, John Matchett and Trevor Britton had been available. But Chris took five of the seven Lisburn wickets to set up the exciting finale.

Civil Service North were the day’s other Premier League winners, their six wickets success at Shaw’s Bridge leaving Instonians as the only team without a point after the first two rounds.

An opening stand of 76 between Nikolai Smith and Olly Metcalfe gave the home side the perfect start but they collapsed to 116 for seven and it needed a rearguard 33 from James Rose to get them to a workable total of 170.

The inexperienced attack, missing their captain Andrew White, duly worked hard to defend it but half centuries from Andrew Cowden and Paddy Beverland ensured a comfortable first league win for CSN, who made light of the absence of their skipper, Gary Wilson, plus Luke Georgeson and Ross Adair.