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Inst aim to get back in shake-up by beating Carrick

 

By Ian Callender

Instonians hope to pick up the pieces and get their season back on track when the defending champions host Carrickfergus in the pick of tomorrow's Gardiner Bros Premier League action.

It's a clash of last year's top two who have suffered contrasting fortunes this term.

While Carrick have consolidated their runners-up place - they are just four points behind leaders Waringstown - Instonians find themselves four points off the bottom and last week suffered the disappointment of losing the Challenge Cup final.

The positive news this weekend is the possible return to the bowling attack of Stephen Bunting while Shane Getkate again plays although will still likely only bat if required.

All four games are between teams in the opposite half of the table with Waringstown at home to Muckamore, North Down - the early pacesetters and still leading the chase having a game in hand over Carrick - host basement side Lisburn while CIYMS, with games in hand, are still very much in title contention, especially if they win at home to Civil Service North.

In the North West, leaders Coleraine host Eglinton tomorrow but when Donemana meet Brigade it is always the big game and this is no exception with just 16 points separating the teams in second and third place.

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