Waringstown put Carrick to the sword
The first result off the day came at Ballygomartin Road where CSNI raced to an 8 wicket win, chasing down Woodvale’s 196 in just 24 overs.
Hard going at home for Woodvale for whom Harry Warke top scored with 41.
They slumped to 90/5 before skipper Stephen Bunting and Sonny Stephenson added 67 for the sixth wicket.
But two wickets each for Matthew Foster and Ross Adair ensured that the home side’s total would not reach 200 and their innings ended in the 42nd over.
Ross Adair got the CSNI reply got off to a blistering start scoring 33 of the opening partnership of 48, and when he departed it was Stuart Thompson who took charge, and what a charge it was!
Thompson scored 93 off only 56 deliveries - 11x4s and 4x6s in his onslaught that added 132 with Luke Georgeson.
Thompson finally fell to a Harry Warke catch off Pavan Karthik, but the damage was irreparable and it was left to CSNI captain Gary Wilson, who struck his only delivery for a boundary with Georgeson finishing 54 not out in the most comfortable of wins.
At Shaw’s Bridge there was a meeting of the bottom two sides in the table as Lisburn and Instonians sought what would be only a second win in six outings so far this season.
Nathan Cole struck 3 early blows for the home side - Richard Simpson mystified to be given caught behind down the leg side, Adam Berry steering to James Magee at second slip, and Robert Rankin edging a cut to keeper Ollie Metcalfe.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Faiz Fazal was compiling another half-century. He would finally fall for 69, having added 48 precious runs with David Simpson.
Simpson (48*) and Matthew Humphreys 34*) then added a further unbroken 80 run partnership for the 6th wicket, to get Lisburn past 200 and give themselves something to defend.
Leading wicket-taker of the day Cole, only bowled 6 overs for his 3 early wickets.
3-16 his figures, and one wonders why he was not called back as Lisburn dug themselves out of trouble.
Jack Dickson was the Instonian hero today, his 84 enough to claim the points, although after his departure, it would be a cautious crawl than a sprint to the four wicket win.
Games at The Lawn this year have been runfests, and today topped the lot as Adam Dennison and André Malan both recorded centuries.
Malan with 153 off 111 balls, 17x4s & 5x6s, while Dennison’s run-a-ball 116 was sedate by comparison.
With Greg Thompson clearing the ropes 6 times, adding 68 in his usual quick-fire style a huge total was never in doubt.
420/6 it ended, exactly mirroring a 2015 Challenge Cup match, also against Carrick, in which James Hall scored 200.
A real challenge then for Carrick, which became more difficult as Jacques Snyman retired hurt after scoring a brisk 57 - a blow on the arm from James Mitchell doing the damage.
It turned out to be Terminal damage for Carrick as he never returned, and the 226 run margin of victory will not only be a psychological blow for The Cowboys, it will have a huge impact on both side’s Nett Run Rate.
Three wickets for McCallan and two for young Michael Waite as the top of the table clash went Waringstown’s way in a huge statement of intent by the Villagers.
The runs keep flowing for Aniruddha Chore as North Down’s Indian star dominated the visitor’s innings against CIYMS.
Opening the innings Chore ‘carried his bat’ for an unbeaten 140, the next highest score a mere 27 by Gayan Maneeshan in a North Down total of 260/7.
Trevor Britton with the best bowling return for CI - 3-56 with two wickets each for fellow off-spinner Carson McCullough and seam Chris Robinson.
The CIYMS reply was also very much a one-man band with skipper Nigel Jones just falling short of his century.
Last man out, caught on the boundary for 98.
Next highest scorers for CI were Jason van der Merwe and Carson McCullough with a pair of 28s.
Paceman Tom Mayes claimed 3 wickets for North Down and there were two each for Peter Eakin, Carl Robinson and Ryan Haire, who claimed the wicket of Jones off the third ball of the final over, CI bowled out for 207 losing by 53 runs.