Carrickfergus went down to their second successive defeat, losing this time at home to Instonians.

Carrick could only post 169, and as ever, had Jacques Snyman to thank for almost half of those.

Ben Rose with 4-27 was their tormentor today, his off-spin claiming 4-27 while Cade Carmichael’s seamers picked up a couple for only 13 runs.

A way below par score by the home side at Middle Road, and when the Instonian openers Ollie Metcalfe and Jack Dickson added 112 for the first wicket, the only question was when and not if the points would be theirs.

Metcalfe scored 47 and Dickson 71, and although CJ van der Walt removed James Hunter cheaply, and followed that up with the wicket of Dickson, Nikolai Smith and young James Rose polished off the runs in the thirty second over.

It was also a depleted CSNI side that made the trip to The Lawn thanks to a mixture of Irish duty and Covid quarantining, they were missing skipper Gary Wilson, Ben White, Luke Georgeson and Paddy Beverland.

A chance then for young Ryan Hunter at the top of the order. Consecutive hundreds in the under 15 interprovincials and another for CSNI second XI at Muckamore last week earning him his place.

He and Ross Adair added 49 for the first wicket, but that quickly became 69/4 and it was left to Andrew Cowden to anchor what was left of the innings, scoring 64, the ninth and final wicket to fall.

201 the CSNI total with three wickets for Greg Thompson who cleaned out the middle order, two apiece for André Malan and Lee Nelson, while Johnny Bushe behind the stumps for the self-isolating Marcus McClean, took two catches.

Adam Dennison is in a good run at the moment and his 76 along with 52 from James McCollum saw the Villagers home in 35 overs with 4 wickets to spare. Ben Mackey the most successful CSNI bowler with 3-36.

The win keeps Waringstown at the top of the table four points ahead of North Down who had a 9 wicket win at home to bottom placed Lisburn.

Runs for Faiz Fazal as Lisburn struggled against the pace of Peter Davison and Peter Eakin.

Fazal scored 67, with twenties from David Simpson and Johnny Waite the only other runs to mention as Lisburn were bowled out for 188.

Davison’s figures 4-56 and Eakin’s 3-29.

The North Down reply was another masterclass from Aniruddha Chore who scored an unbeaten 121 and Ally Shields who scored 47 in a 142 opening partnership.

Shields wicket brought Gayan Maneeshan to the crease, and a further 50 was added, with Chore scoring 40 of those. That’s a third league ‘centurion award’ for Chore, an honour he shares with André Malan, it may not be the last for either of the gentlemen concerned.

At Ballygomartin Road there was a re-match of last week’s Cup encounter, with Woodvale hoping to put memories of that result behind them. At ‘Tea’ Woodvale would have been happy to see 248 on the board, Ruhan Pretorius striking form with 95, falling in the penultimate over of the innings.

James Hall scored 39 and there was a hard hitting 33 from Wayne Horwood, while for CI, there were three wickets each for James Cameron-Dow and Jacob Mulder.

When CI batted, the early loss of Chris Dougherty brought last week’s centurion to the crease and while he didn’t repeat that feat, he and John Matchett added 84 for the second wicket.

Ominous signs for Woodvale, whose total was always going to be vulnerable on a lightning fast outfield. Woodvale chipped away, taking wickets, but all the CI batsmen were making a contribution and they would win by three wickets, with almost five overs to spare, Jacob Mulder sealing the win, finishing 34 not out.

Meanwhile the Section One promotion race is hotting up. Derriaghy maintained their unbeaten record, just, getting home by a single wicket with two balls to spare at bottom placed Bangor.

Half centuries in that win for Craig Lewis and Ross Bailey as they chased down Bangor’s 247/7.

Derriaghy have had a few close calls, but they seem to have the knack of finding a way to get the win and that ability could make all the difference in the next few weeks.

At Ballymena, third placed Cregagh sneaked home by the same margin to maintain a twelve point margin over fourth placed Armagh.

Cliftonville Academy were the most convincing winners of the top three, as they overcame Muckamore by 7 wickets.

Max Burton with a century in that win, bringing his League and Cup run tally past 700 so far this season.