There will be outright leaders in the Robinson Services Premier League next weekend after North Down surrendered the co-leadership with defeat by Woodvale on Saturda.
But Waringstown and Carrick recorded their fourth win in five outings to set up an early showdown at The Lawn.
Carrick were without Graeme McCarter, Jeremy Lawlor and, for all but 10 overs, Iain Parkhill. But as long as they have Jacques Snyman they have a matchwinner and the South African proved it again with a majestic 164, from 111 balls with 16 fours and nine sixes.
Both McCarter and Lawlor should be back next weekend but Parkhill will definitely be missing after his right arm was broken by a throw from Ross Adair which hit the opening batsman as he completed a quick single.
Captain Michael Gilmour, however, was forced into making a surprise return, just five weeks after dislocating his collar bone in the T20 Cup Final at The Lawn and although not fully fit - he was reluctant to stretch for a straightforward catch – he will hope another week will see a big improvement.
Paddy Beverland also scored a century at Stormont, the second of his career, but was out almost immediately afterwards for 104 attempting to keep up with the increasing run-rate which, ultimately, proved too great.
It was another South African who was Waringstown’s match-winner, Graham Hume seeing the Villagers to their target of 241, with 93 not out, after Faiz Fazal had hit 128 for Lisburn.
North Down wicket-keeper Ani Chore continued his recent good form with the bat, top scoring with 80, but after he was third out with the total on 164, North Down lost all their remaining wickets for 50.
James Hall took three of the wickets and then batted through Woodvale’s winning reply to score 93 not out, sharing partnerships of 98 with Harry Warke and 94 with Ruhan Pretorius, against his former team-mates, as they won by eight wickets.
Two batting collapses were the feature of the game at Shaw’s Bridge with CIYMS losing their last seven wickets for 65 to be bowled out for 209 but Instonians were dramatically worse, going from 149 for three to 164 all out.
The bowling performance of the day was in Section One where Craig Lewis, last week’s batting star for Derriaghy against Waringstown in the Challenge Cup, took five wickets in six maiden overs against Ballymena before finishing with figures of six for 10 from his 10 overs.