At The Lawn, despite two overs being lost to a rogue shower, the Villagers racked up an imposing 308/4.

André Malan was at his imperious best, he finished with 174 not out and added 160 with Graham Hume who scored 61.

Malan’s chance-less 174 came off 140 balls with 21x4 and 3x6.

Andre Malan reaches his century

James Cameron-Dow is making the most of his move up the order, and today he was at the crease in the second over as Chris Dougherty was caught by Johnny Bushe, playing his 401st game for the club!

Bushe has stepped into the breech for the Villagers who have lost two keepers this season, Marcus McClean with a broken finger and Sam Topping with a damaged thumb.

JCD scored 54 and John Matchett 47 but with skipper Nigel Jones going without scoring, no one could play the ‘big’ knock that was required. James Mitchell took 2-44 and Malan 2-35 as Waringstown won by 91 runs.

Andre Malan and Graham Hume added 160

Woodvale came back to earth with a bump at Ballygomartin Road as they were bowled out by Instonians for only 91.

James Magee did the damage early on, ending with 4-17, while skipper Andrew White sneaked a couple at the end claiming 2-9.

Instonians wasted no time in knocking off the runs, passing the Woodvale total in the 20th over - 92/3 and a seven wicket win, Nikolai Smith finishing 41 not out.

Carrick bounced back from their Cup defeat yesterday with an eight wicket win at home to Lisburn.

Lisburn scored 268/8 in their 50 overs, but that is really only a par score at Middle Road these days, and Carrick have the fire power to chase more if they have to. Robert Rankin scored 76 and Faiz Fazal 61 while Alex Haggan took 3-33 for the home side.

The tone of the reply was set when openers Jeremy Lawlor and Iain Parkhill added 172 for the first wicket, Parkhill first to depart for 65.

Lawlor went on to score 90 and when he was out Jacques Snyman settled the matter with 67* off 34 balls (6x4, 5x6). His unbroken third wicket partnership with CJ van der Walt (26*) worth 83 as Carrick won by 8 wickets in the 45th over.

Johnny Bushe gets special cap presentation from Lee Nelson

North Down piled on the runs at The Green against CSNI. There were four half-centuries for the Comber men, Ally Shields (70), Ryan Haire (62), Peter Eakin 58*, and Gayan Maneeshan 54, all got to raise their bats in a total of 322/4 .

The CSNI reply was led by Chris McMorran with 88, and when he fell to a run out Gary Wilson kept the runs coming with 81. Wickets fell around them though, and in the end they came up 60 runs short, bowled out in the 49th over.

North Down keeper Aniruddha Crore had quite a day behind the stumps. He will I’m sure be checking the record books to see if his, 2 catches, 3 stumpings and a run-out will merit inclusion.

It’s now a three-way tie at the top of the table with North Down, Carrickfergus and Waringstown locked together on 12 points.

At the bottom Instonians, by virtue of their first win today join Woodvale and Lisburn with one win from the four games completed to date.

The other game decided today was the Final of the Women’s Challenge Plate.

Seapark was the venue, and Holywood were hoping that home advantage would see them victorious against the second string of Muckamore Ladies.

Sadly for the home side it was not to be with Muckamore claiming the Trophy by 24 runs.

Winners Muckamore

Muckamore posted 118/4 in their 20 overs with Lynne Lyness top scoring with 25, Jacqui Robinson with 18 and Fiona Murray 14, while for Holywood Erin Bond took 2 of the 4 wickets to fall at a cost of 16.

The Holywood reply faltered with the loss of Lucie McNaught for 15 and although Ellie Skilling ended the day 16 not out their score of 94/9 at the end of their 20 overs was still 24 runs short.

Fiona Murray and Jacqui Robinson each took two wickets for 13 and 20 runs respectively.

Fiona was named Player of the Match for her 2-13 and 14 runs.

PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS

Woodvale lost to Instonians by 7 wickets Ballygomartin Road, 4 July.

Woodvale 91 (32.5 overs, J Magee 4-17, C Robertson 3-13, A White 2-9)

Instonians 92-3 (19.2 overs, Nikolai Smith 41*, C Carmichael 27*, S Bunting 2-17)

Carrickfergus beat Lisburn by 8 wickets Middle Road, 4 July.

Lisburn 268-8 (50.0 overs, R Rankin 76*, Faiz Fazal 61, S Lightbody 29, A Haggan 3-33, CJ van der Walt 2-45)

Carrickfergus 272-2 (44.4 overs, J Lawlor 90, J Snyman 67*, I Parkhill 65, M Humphreys 2-48)

North Down beat CSNI by 60 runs The Green, 4 July.

North Down 322-4 (50.0 overs, A Shields 70, Ryan Haire 62, P Eakin 58*)

CSNI 262 (49.0 overs, C McMorran 88, G Wilson 81, A Cowden 26, Ryan Haire 2-41, P Eakin 2-44, P Davison 2-45)

Waringstown beat CIYMS by 91 runs The Lawn, 4 July.

Waringstown 308-4 (20.0 overs, A Malan 174*, G Hume 61)

 CIYMS 217 (42.1 overs, J Cameron-Dow 54, J Matchett 47, J Mulder 34, A Malan 2-35, J Mitchell 2-44)