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Amjad is of service to see off Carrick

By Ian Callender

Civil Service North joined the four unbeaten teams at the top of the Ulster Bank Premier League after they defeated Carrickfergus by five wickets at Stormont.

In the only game to beat the weather yesterday, CSN professional Mansoor Amjad hit an unbeaten 52 to win the game, which had been reduced to 35 overs, with 10 balls to spare.

Ultimately Carrick paid the price for their slow start - they could score only 46 runs in the first 15 overs against the opening attack of Allen Coulter and John Costain, and although they managed to notch up 42 off the last five overs, Amjad ensured it wasn't enough.

The four winners on Saturday made it two out of two in convincing style.

James Hall scored his second century of the season, ending at 101, but that was 25 more than CSN's first eight wickets produced when rain forced a DLS calculation.

The visitors finished a massive 151 runs short.

North Down comfortably defended 256 for seven at Carrick with Peter Eakin hitting five fours and three sixes in a 47-ball innings of 62.

The home side were handicapped by the absence of Ryan Eagleson when batting - the former international breaking his nose when he dropped a catch into the sun - and they lost the match by 99 runs.

Instonians passed Ballymena's 147 in 27 overs thanks to Neil Russell's frenetic 84 from 53 balls with eight fours and five sixes and it was just as easy for CIYMS at Lisburn as they reached their target of 130 in the 36th for the loss of just two wickets.

RESULT: Stormont: Carrickfergus 155-5 (39 overs, J Holmes 63, I Kamtekar 31, I Parkhill 29; S Getkate 2-22) Civil Service North - set 153 in 35 overs - 155-5 (33.2 overs, M Ajmad 52 not out, J van der Merwe 31, S Getkate 22; I Kamtekar 2-34). CSN won by 5 wickets (DLS).

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