Inst will be tough to beat but we have the team to win: Parkhill
Carrickfergus passed one test on the opening day of the season, but they face arguably an even tougher one tomorrow when they take on Instonians at Shaw's Bridge.
But captain Iain Parkhill insists his side are up for the challenge and they are expecting a big improvement on their seventh place finish last season.
"We are stronger, with more depth, and a franchise first class professional (Pat Botha) who has settled in immediately.
"Jamie Holmes has also hit the ground running, and he is starring with the Knights, Robert Smith, a left arm spinner from Templepatrick has slotted in well, Michael Armstrong, from London, is opening the bowling and with our own players also chipping in it is all positive," said Parkhill.
"Instonians are a top side but we beat them in the league and in the T20 last season and we gave them a good game at their place so we will travel with confidence."
Carrick are one of four Ulster teams who have a double header this weekend, with the re-fixed matches in the Irish Senior Cup. CIYMS are the other team involved but their game against CSNI tomorrow has been postponed.
Meanwhile, the morning's play on the final day of the inter-provincial at Stormont yesterday was lost to rain.
When play got under way, Northern Knights took six wickets in 20 overs to reduce Leinster Lightning to 78 for seven, a lead of only 64, but internationals Andrew Poynter and George Dockrell (15 off 91 balls) saw out the next 30 overs, while scoring only 39 runs to give earn Lightning a draw.
Scores: Leinster Lightning 306-3 dec (J Anderson 135 not out, D Joyce 71, S Terry 32) and 117-7 (A Poynter 42 not out; G McCarter 3-41, S Getkate 2-13, Ni Smith 2-18) Northern Knights 320-8 dec (J Holmes 53, Ni Smith 52, G Thompson 43, G McCarter 42, C Dougherty 38; E Richardson 3-55).
FIXTURES Ulster Bank Premier League (1.00pm): Derriaghy v Lisburn, Instonians v Carrickfergus, North Down v Waringstown (noon).
Section One: Armagh v Larne, Ballymena v Woodvale, Bangor v Academy, Donaghcloney v Downpatrick, Saintfield v Muckamore
Section Two: Cregagh v Cliftonville, Holywood v Laurelvale, Millpark v Cooke Collegians, Templepatrick v BISC
Section Three: Donaghadee v Dungannon, Larne v Victoria, Newforge v Monaghan
Long's SuperValu Premier League (1.00pm): Ardmore v Eglinton, Donemana v Bready, Drummond v Coleraine, Strabane v Brigade
Championship: Bonds Glen v Glendermott, Burndennett v Fox Lodge, Newbuildings v Ballyspallen, St Johnston v Killyclooney
Sunday: Irish Senior Cup first round (12.30pm): Carrickfergus v Drummond, CIYMS v Brigade, Derriaghy v Donemana, Malahide v Strabane, Merrion v Coleraine
National Cup (12.30pm): Bangor v Dundrum (LCU), Lurgan v Glendermott, Woodvale v Burndennett, Newbuildings v Academy, Civil Service v Creevedonnell, Greystones v Ballyspallen, Terenure v Armagh
North West T20 Cup (1.00pm): Bonds Glen v Killyclooney