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Fast scorer: Greg Thompson hit 35 off 16 balls for Waringstown
Fast scorer: Greg Thompson hit 35 off 16 balls for Waringstown

By Ian Callender

Waringstown began their defence of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup with a one-run DLS win over Carrickfergus as rain cut short the home side's thrilling charge for victory.

Former Ireland international Ryan Eagleson had just hit Lee Nelson for three successive sixes to leave Carrick needing 22 from the last nine balls. But for the second time in a game already reduced to 10 overs by a delayed start and an interruption after just seven balls, the rain returned to end the match.

The par score after 8.3 overs was 92 but Carrick had only reached 91-5, the target having been raised by one run following the first stoppage.

Greg Thompson was the highest and fastest scorer in Waringstown's 111-6, his 35 coming off 16 balls with three sixes, and Marcus McClean cleared the boundary twice when hitting 20 off 10.

CIYMS won the other Group A game, repeating their league victory over Lisburn on Saturday, this time winning by 83 runs.

Only Chris Dougherty (40 off 41 balls) had a strike rate of less than 150 in a powerful batting display by the league champions as they finished on 193-3. In contrast, only two Lisburn batsmen reached double figures as slow bowlers Jacob Mulder, Obus Pienaar and James Cameron-Dow shared six of the nine wickets.

Ireland's T20 captain Gary Wilson made his first appearance of the season for Civil Service North, just 24 hours after facing the West Indies, but he finished on the losing side as North Down followed up their league win at Stormont on Saturday with an eight-wicket success.

Wilson hit 14 from 19 balls in CSN's disappointing 93-8 from 14 overs and North Down reached their target with 10 balls to spare, new signing AJ Moor seeing the visitors home with 49 not out, including four sixes.

Instonians were 32 runs ahead of the par score when the rain arrived at Shaw's Road to give them victory over Muckamore. Professional Murray Commins was 43 not out from 27 balls.

In the Gallagher Challenge Cup, Craig Irvine was man of the match in Cregagh's comfortable victory over Ballymena. They will host Derriaghy in the first round and Templepatrick will be at home to Downpatrick on June 1 after their huge win over Donaghcloney Mill yesterday.

LAGAN VALLEY STEELS T20 CUP

Group A - Middle Road: Waringstown 111-6 (10 overs, G Thompson 35, A Dennison 25, M McClean 20; R Eagleson 2-20, J Snyman 2-22) Carrickfergus 91-5 (8.3 overs, J Snyman 33, M Gilmour 27; G Kidd 2-13, P Eaglestone 2-19). Waringstown won by one run (DLS).

Wallace Park: CIYMS 193-3 (20 overs, J Matchett 60, J van der Merwe 59 not out, C Dougherty 40) Lisburn 110-9 (20 overs, A Berry 37 not out, R Strydom 24; J Mulder 3-28, O Pienaar 2-22). CIYMS won by 83 runs.

Group B - Stormont: Civil Service North 93-8 (14 overs, C Goodall 18 not out; C Robinson 2-20, P Eakin 2-23) North Down 97-2 (12.2 overs, AJ Moor 49 not out, N Burns 35). North Down by eight wickets (DLS).

Shaw's Bridge: Muckamore 150-7 (F Iqbal 63 not out, D Miller 35; J Magee 2-21, R McKinley 2-39) Instonians 98-1 (10.2 overs, M Commins 43 not out, S Getkate 22 not out, O Metcalfe 22). Instonians won by 32 runs (DLS).

GALLAGHER CHALLENGE CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND

Eaton Park: Cregagh 211-5 (47 overs, C Irvine 87 not out, A Johnston 61 not out; S Glass 4-26) Ballymena 123 (44.3 overs, J Glass 22; D Cooper 5-31, G Hassard 2-21). Cregagh won by 91 runs (DLS).

The Cloughan: Templepatrick 252-7 (R Bryans 73, A Smith 56, R Greer 34, J Carlisle 33) Donaghcloney Mill 86 (R Bryans 3-15, M Stewart 3-19, C Weir 2-20, J Carlisle 2-30). Templepatrick won by 166 runs.

ROBINSON SERVICES SECTION ONE

The Mall: Armagh 84 (30.1 overs, D Kennedy 8-29) Holywood 85-0 (8.2 overs, R Adair 70 not out). Holywood won by 10 wickets.

Upritchard Park: Woodvale 240-6 (38 overs, S Bunting 69, D Boyce 56, Mi Irwin 51; A Nixon 3-52, J Patterson 2-37) Bangor 118 (A Nixon 32, M Grossett 24; M McKeown 5-26, S Bunting 3-35). Woodvale won by 129 runs (DLS).

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