Carrick suffer Premier League defeat to Waringstown

Carrickfergus suffered an eight-wicket defeat to Waringstown on Thursday evening as both clubs got their NCU Premier League campaigns up and running.

Waringstown captain Lee Nelson and Greg Thompson both struck half centuries in an undefeated stand of 124, after Carrick posted 118 for six off 20 overs batting first.

There was a dramatic start to the Waringstown reply as Carrick’s Indian professional Indrajeet Kamtekar struck twice in the space of three balls in the very first over.

James McCollum departed to the first ball of the innings and two balls later Ruhan Pretorious, the Waringstown professional, was bowled.

At a ground where Carrick defended 113 with relative ease against Instonians last Friday night, the villagers would have been nervous, especially with James Hall unavailable.

But there were few anxious moments as Nelson made an unbeaten 56 from 50 balls, including five fours and two sixes. Thompson’s 57 took just 49 balls and included four fours and two sixes.

At Middle Road: Carrickfergus 118-6 (I Kamtekar 35, J Holmes 34, J McCollum 3-24, G Kidd 2-11): Waringstown 124-2, 17 overs (G Thompson 57 no, L Nelson 56 no, I Kamtekar 2-23). Waringstown won by eight wickets.