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Carrick still searching for first win of season

By Ian Callender

Lisburn gave themselves hope for the season ahead by recording their first Premier League win against fellow relegation contenders Carrickfergus who are now the only team without a point in the division.

Having lost to Ballymena last week, it was a game that the Wallace Park side could not afford to lose and captain David Simpson took it upon himself to lead from the front.

Opening the batting again, he scored 102 and with Darryl Brown following up with 78 from just 62 balls (eight fours and two sixes) - they shared a third wicket stand of 112 - Lisburn finished their 50 overs just one short of 300, bringing the total runs conceded by Carrick in successive league games to an extremely unenviable 719!

Last week their batsmen could not get within 150 runs of Waringstown's total, this time there were 139 short with only two batsmen, Ryan Eagleson (69) and Jamie Holmes (49), scoring more than 10.

Suddenly the momentum of a four-trophy winning season which also earned them promotion to the Premier League has completely disappeared.

As in the North West, where Donemana meet Coleraine next weekend in the semi-final of the Senior Cup as joint league leaders, it will be CIYMS v Waringstown, the top two in the NCU, who will clash for a place in the final of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.

The Villagers managed to join CI at the top with a facile eight wickets win over Ballymena at Eaton Park.

Phil Eaglestone and Greg Thompson each took three wickets as the home side were bowled out for 105 and James McCollum ensured that his injured opening partner, James Hall, would not be missed.

He scored a run-a-ball 51 and was there at the finish with skipper Lee Nelson.

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