CIYMS made it a three-way tie at the top of the Premier League and ended North Down’s winning start with a six wickets victory at The Green.

New North Down professional Neil Brand hit an unbeaten 110, after the early loss of Ani Chore, but CI chased down their target of 243 with almost seven overs to spare after an opening stand of 129, dominated by Ross Adair in partnership with Chris Dougherty who finished 89 not out.

Adair, their new signing from Civil Service North, crashed 96 in just 18 overs, with seven fours and seven sixes to launch the CI reply in spectacular style. In the end caution was probably his downfall as he closed in on his century with his last seven scoring strokes all singles, before he was caught off Peter Davison,

But the damage had been done and although North Down picked up another three wickets, Dougherty was the immovable batsmen and he won the match with his second six. In contrast to Adair’s 63-ball innings, his fellow opener faced 104 but he won the match with his second six.

Earlier, Brand showed what a valuable addition he will be to the Comber side’s title bid this year. Coming to the middle in the third over he saw seven partners dismissed, although Tom Mayes played a big part, facing 66 balls in a sixth wicket stand of 95.

Graham Kennedy, back to full fitness was the pick of the CI attack, with Mayes one of his three wickets for 36, although Jacob Mulder was the most economical and picked up two wickets.

Woodvale took advantage of a weakened Civil Service North side – captain Stuart Thompson on a stag weekend among the absentees – to claim their second win. Ruhan Pretorius was the stand-out batsman with 97 of his side’s 209 before he was the third of Luke Georgeson’s wickets.

Georgeson’s wicket in the 15th over then sparked a dramatic collapse with the first four wickets all falling with the score on 46 despite six overs separating Paul Robinson’s breakthrough and his third wicket.

A sixth wicket stand of 66 between Corin Goodall and Ben Adair brought respectability to the total but the last five fell for 13 runs and the final decisive margin was 81 runs.

Cregagh got a taste of life in the big time when they were bowled out by Waringstown for 60 in 26.1 overs, with Ben Snell helping himself to four wickets and openers Adam Dennison and skipper Lee Nelson then knocked off the runs at the start of the 13th over to join Woodvale and Instonians on eight points.

Instonians were the day’s other winners, with opener Adam Ly finishing 69 not out as Cliftonville Academy’s 194 was passed with 12 overs to spare.

Max Burton, who made his debut for Northern Knights during the week, top scored with 40 for the new boys who batted all 50 overs for eight down.

The Lisburn v Carrickfergus match was postponed because of a clash with the Lord Mayor’s Show in Wallace Park.