Cregagh were given an early indication of what they can expect from Premier League life after they were beaten by seven wickets against Carrickfergus at Middle Road.

Three early wickets by debutant Dan Kearsley (3-25) had Cregagh in early disarray, and with Michael Armstrong (1-18) and professional Jacques Snyman (2-18) also among the wickets, it looked bleak at 33 for 6.

A seventh wicket stand of 51 between Ross Boultwood, who top-scored with 27, and Adam McCormick (21) added a veneer of respectability, but two wickets apiece for CJ van der Walt (2-12) and Jeremy Lawlor (2-15) saw them dismissed for 91.

The Carrick reply wasn't without early drama either, with Michael Gilmour bowled first ball of the innings by Boultwood, who also rattled the stumps of Snyman, who also failed to score.

When Iain Parkhill fell to Adam Beattie, the board read 11 for 3, and Cregagh were briefly dreaming of  a famous comeback.

However, those hopes were quickly extinguished by an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 84 in 95 balls between Jeremy Lawlor and CJ van der Walt.

Lawlor hit 7 fours and a six in his unbeaten 41, while Van Der Walt stroked eight boundaries in his 39 not out, as they sealed the seven wicket win in just the 19th over.