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Poor Carrickfergus lose league's last unbeaten record


By Ian Callender

It is a four-way tie at the top of the NCU Premier League after three rounds of matches as Carrickfergus surrendered the last unbeaten record in tame fashion.

The morning leaders used eight bowlers as North Down totalled 253 - they were bowled out in the last over - and in reply only Ryan Eagleson with 58 put up any resistance as Carrick were dismissed for 171 In the 43rd over.

Danny Graham was seventh out for North Down after scoring 106 from 142 balls, with 10 fours and two sixes, and he shared a sixth wicket stand of 94 in 90 balls with Stuart Nelson (43).

Carrick remain the only team to have beaten Muckamore this season and the Moylena side continued their winning form with an emphatic 77 runs DLS margin over Lisburn at Wallace Park. Ifty Hussain was Muckamore's top scorer with 48 out of 211-8 and David Simpson's 59 not out gave only personal satisfaction as Lisburn slumped to 123 for nine in reply, when the rain arrived after 37 overs.

The weather also cut short the game at Shaw's Bridge but here Instonians were 50 runs ahead of the par score against Civil Service North thanks to James Shannon's 108 (out of 160-2) from 110 balls with 12 fours and four sixes. Andrew White and Shane Getkate, piling on the anger of his former club, each took four wickets.

The early start allowed an exciting, uninterrupted finish at Belmont where CIYMS beat Waringstown by one wicket, Karthik Rajavelu hitting the winning runs with two balls to spare and rewarded Trevor Britton for his six for 28 as the visitors were dismissed for 166, losing their last seven wickets for 34, including Adam Dennison for 95. It was the Villagers' eighth 50-over defeat in their last 10, stretching back to last season.

Meanwhile, one division down, much to the amazement of Armagh, they had to face Ireland international Paul Stirling, playing for his home club, Cliftonville

On a week off from Middlesex, Stirling duly hit 115 not out from 52 balls with nine fours and 11 sixes as Cliftonville reached their target of 194 with 30 overs and nine wickets to spare.

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