Andre Malan hit the highest score of the season as Waringstown inflicted a second defeat on defending Robinson Services Premier League champions CIYMS.
Malan, arguably the classist batsmen in the NCU, stroked an unbeaten 174, which included 21 fours and three sixes, from 140 balls as Waringstown totalled 308 for four at the Lawn.
The South African professional, who had to sit out the Challenge Cup win at Derriaghy on Saturday, shared a fourth wicket stand of 160 with Graham Hume, who passed 60 for the second successive day, and then added another 64 with Greg Thompson in the last eight overs.
CI, forced to play without Ireland squad members Mark Adair and Graham Kennedy, were never far behind the required run rate, but lost too many wickets and were bowled out in the 43rd over, still 91 runs short of the home side’s total.
Waringstown are in a three-way tie at the top, after four matches, with North Down and Carrickfergus who also recorded comfortable victories yesterday.
North Down topped the Villagers’ total, scoring 322 for four with captain Ally Shields Peter Eakin and Gayan Maneeshan all making half-centuries against Civil Service North, but it was Ryan Haire who put the Comber side out of sight with an astonishing 62 from 28 balls as North Down scored 119 off the last 11 overs. Haire hit seven fours and four sixes.
Gary Wilson and Chris McMorran, both hit 80s to keep CSN in the hunt with a fifth wicket stand of 144 and although they needed 114 off the last 12 overs, they were bowled out for 262.
Carrickfergus passed Lisburn’s 268 for eight in the 45th over for the loss of just two wickets thanks to Jeremy Lawlor’s 90 and Jacques Snyman’s 67 not out, while acting captain Ian Parkhill also made 65.
Lisburn, the day’s other winners, joined CSN and CI on eight points after a seven wickets win over Woodvale who were bowled out for 91, Aditya Adey top scoring with 16.
Robinson Services Premier League
Ballygomartin Road: Woodvale 91 (32.5 overs; J Magee 4-17, C Robertson 3-13, A White 2-9) Instonians 92-3 (19.2 overs, N Smith 41 not out, C Carmichael 27 not out; S Bunting 2-17). Instonians won by seven wickets.
Middle Road: Lisburn 268-8 (R Rankin 76, F Fazal 61, S Lightbody 29, D Simpson 27; A Haggan 3-33, CJ van der Walt 2-45) Carrickfergus 272-2 (44.4 overs, J Lawlor 90, J Synman 67 not out, I Parkhill 65, CJ van der Walt 26 not out; M Humprheys 2-48). Carrickfergus won by 8 wickets.
The Green: North Down 322-4 (A Shields 70, R Haire 62, P Eakin 58, G Maneeshan 54, A Chore 39) Civil Service North 262 (49 overs, C McMorran 88, G Wilson 81, A Cowden 26, R Hunter 22; R Haire 2-41, P Eakin 2-44, P Davison 2-45, T Mayes 2-54). North Down won by 60 runs.
The Lawn: Waringstown 308-4 (A Malan 174 not out, G Hume 61, G Thompson 31 not out) CIYMS 217 (42.1 overs, J Cameron-Dow 54, J Matchett 47, J Mulder 34, C McCullough 26, J van der Merwe 25; A Malan 2-35, J Mitchell 2-44). Waringstown won by 91 runs.
NCU Women’s Plate Final
Seapark: Muckamore II 118-4 (20 overs, L Lyness 25; E Bond 2-16) Holywood 94-9 (F Murray 2-13, J Robinson 2-20). Muckamore II won by 24 runs.