Waringstown finally get off the mark
Waringstown's league season is finally up and running, as they defeated Carrickfergus in their opening match last night by eight wickets.
It was a final attempt to play the twice-postponed game but the Villagers made no mistake despite losing James McCollum and professional Ruhan Pretorius to the first three balls of the innings. An unbroken stand of 124 between Lee Nelson and Greg Thompson saw them home without further loss.
Incredibly, weather permitting, Waringstown will be up to date with their league fixtures by Sunday because they have back to back games against Civil Service North, tomorrow and then the first big game of the season, against champions Instonians.
Meanwhile, Andrew White will miss his first inter-provincial for the Northern Knights this evening when the captain sits out the Twenty20 Trophy game against the North West Warriors at Eglinton (5pm).
Ahead of a double header weekend for Instonians, when they meet Ballymena and that game against Waringstown, the 34-year-old has been rested for the first time in three years.
Lee Nelson takes over the captaincy in a team which is certain to show at least four changes from the Knights' last T20 game, against Leinster Lightning in Dublin.
Also sitting out the game, in a tournament which the Knights cannot win, is CIYMS slow bowler James Cameron Dow, while Phil Eaglestone (work), Nigel Jones and Stephen Bunting are injured. Civil Service North bowler Allan Coulter is the only new face.
The Warriors are back to full strength for the holders' first home game, although following their loss to Lightning, defeat this evening would hand the trophy to Lightning.
Brigade opening bowler Andy Britton, Strabane batsman Aaron Gillespie and Donemana's William McClintock, who were all unavailable for last week's game in Dublin, are in a 12-man squad.
Scores: At Middle Road: Carrickfergus 118-6 (I Kamtekar 35, J Holmes 34, J McCollum 3-24, G Kidd 2-11): Waringstown 124-2 (17 overs (G Thompson 57 not out, L Nelson 56 not out, I Kamtekar 2-23). Waringstown won by eight wickets
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup: At Wallace Park, Lisburn 87-8 (D Brown 37, T Carson 3-24, J Mulder 2-8, P Eakin 2-15); North Down 91-5 (15.2 overs, T Khan 20). North Down won by five wickets. Weekend fixtures
Today: Ulster Bank Schools Cup quarter-final (11.30): Foyle College v Campbell College
Saturday (1.00): Ulster Bank Premier League: Carrickfergus v North Down, Instonians v Ballymena, Lisburn v CIYMS, Waringstown v Civil Service North. Sunday: Civil Service North v Carrickfergus, Instonians v Waringstown (11am).
Section One: Bangor v Lurgan, Cliftonville v Muckamore, Donacloney v Templepatrick, Derriaghy v Downpatrick, Woodvale v Academy. Sunday: Bangor v Muckamore (12 noon), Templepatrick v Lurgan
Long's SuperValu Premiership (1.00): Ardmore v Brigade, Bready v Eglinton, Donemana v Strabane, St Johnston v Coleraine
Championship: Bonds Glen v Fox Lodge, Burndennett v Drummond, Creevedonnell v Killyclooney, Glendermott v Newbuildings.
Sunday: Ulster Bank Challenge Cup first round (12.00): Cliftonville v CIYMS
Ulster Bank League Section Two: Saintfield v Armagh
O'Neill's Ulster Shield first round: Newbuildings v Academy