Premier League sides braced for double duty
Premier League clubs face a double header this weekend with T20 action tonight followed by the third round of league games tomorrow.
In the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup, Instonians and Carrickfergus are certain to qualify from Group A if they defeat Derriaghy and Waringstown respectively, but with the first round winners in Group B - North Down and Lisburn - meeting at The Green, it will need the last round of games to decide the top two.
However, CIYMS and Civil Service North, who meet at Belmont, know that a second successive defeat will end their hopes of reaching finals day on July 9.
CI are also still looking for their first league win after losing to the two surprise teams of the season, Derriaghy and Carrickfergus, but it gets no easier for Nigel Jones' side as they host Instonians in what is already a must-win game if they are to keep their expectations to new signings, professional Justin Kemp and Allen Coulter, of a title challenge
North Down are also in the unfamiliar position of propping up the table and they must win at fortress Queensway tomorrow.
At the top end of the table, Waringstown, the defending champions, are a familiar sight and still hold the highest total of the season from their victory over Lisburn and last week showed Derriaghy how far they still have to go. Tomorrow they visit Stormont, scene of one of their two defeats last season, although this time CSN will be without Coulter and Mark Adair.
Carrickfergus, the other team with a perfect record, are favourites to inflict a second straight home loss on Lisburn.
Tonight: Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup (6.15pm): Derriaghy v Instonians, Waringstown v Carrickfergus, CIYMS v Civil Service North, North Down v Lisburn (6.00pm) Tomorrow: Ulster Bank Premier League: CIYMS v Instonians, Civil Service North v Waringstown, Derriaghy v North Down (12pm), Lisburn v Carrickfergus
Section One: Academy v Armagh, Bangor v Downpatrick, Donaghacloney v Muckamore, Lurgan v Ballymena, Woodvale v Saintfield. Tomorrow: Saintfield v Armagh Section Two: BISC v Cregagh, Cooke Collegians v Holywood, Dundrum v Cliftonville, Templepatrick v Millpark. Tomorrow (12pm): Cliftonville v Templepatrick, Holywood v Laurelvale, Millpark v Cooke Collegians
Section Three: Ards v Larne, Dungannon v Newforge, Dunmurry v Donaghadee, Victoria v Monaghan (Clogher). Bank of Ireland Senior Cup quarter-finals (1pm): Bready v Strabane, Brigade v Drummond, Coleraine v Eglinton, Donemana v Newbuildings
Sunday: Long's SuperValu Premiership: Ardmore v Eglinton Championship: Newbuildings v Fox Lodge.