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Nick Larkin off for Ireland duty on a high note

By Ian Callender

Nick Larkin's final innings in a 50 overs match before he makes his Ireland A debut on Friday was a match-winning one as North Down kept their Ulster Bank Premier League title hopes alive with a comfortable six wickets victory over Lisburn.

Larkin scored 82 from just 77 balls with 11 fours and two sixes and shared a second wicket stand of 142 with fellow Aussie Andrew Sutherland, who scored 66 in North Down's 226 for three.

That was 17 runs less than Lisburn scored in 50 overs, but the Comber side reached their revised target in just 38.4 overs, achieving victory with 20 balls to spare with Ryan Haire and Taimur Khan seeing them home, both hitting unbeaten 30s.

An even more significant result took place at Moylena where Muckamore failed to reach their revised 38-over target of 125, being bowled out for 123 with one ball unused.

They actually needed only two runs from the last four balls but professional Carl Mickan failed to score off Michael Glass's third and fourth deliveries and then failed to complete the single of the fifth, No 11 Davy Cardwell the fourth successive run-out in the innings as panic took over.

It leaves Muckamore without a win from their first seven matches back in the Premier League and by the time they next meet Ballymena, the team immediately above them in the standings, in the last match of the season their fate in the top flight could be sealed.

Despite a second wicket stand of 84 between Montgomery and Fergus Taylor, Ballymena did their best to throw away a winning position, losing their last seven wickets for 17 runs to be all out in the 44th over.

But the bowlers held their nerve.

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