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Derriaghy looking fearless ahead of big Premier clash with champions

By Ian Callender

All eyes will be on The Lawn tomorrow where Derriaghy, the surprise team in the first month of the season, take on defending Premier League champions Waringstown in their third match.

After beating Challenge Cup holders CIYMS in their first match in the top flight for eight years and then knocking North West holders Donemana out of the Irish Cup, the big matches just keep on coming for last year's Section One champions.

Put up a good show tomorrow and they will have to be taken seriously by all rivals, and with skipper Craig Lewis in dynamic form - 161 runs off 97 balls in those two games - backed up by pro Kaushik Aphale's 154, Derriaghy can play without fear.

With last week's action all rained off, the teams have completed only one league match and the game at The Lawn is the only one between two first-day winners. So, the most crucial clash is at Wallace Park where the losers of Lisburn and Civil Service will already be eight points behind the leaders, while Instonians will hope to pile the pressure on a North Down side still looking for a first win.

CIYMS, who at least can look forward to an Irish Cup game on Sunday, will also be keen to get a league win on the board but it will not be easy at Carrickfergus who would be grabbing the headlines themselves were it not for Derriaghy's exploits.

They have won every completed game this season and were looking good against Inst last week until rain had the final say.

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