For the second time in six days Waringstown suffered defeat in the Premier League following Saturday’s home loss to North Down.

Yet again the weather was to play its’ part as the D/L system decided the outcome of the game.

Visitors North Down left the Lawn with a seven run victory under the D/L system but had the game been able to play to a finish they would still have required a further 62 runs from the final eight overs.

Winning the toss Waringstown made first use of the wicket and struggled to 39-3 after the opening 10 overs with Adam Dennison (4), Cobus Pienaar (15) and Lee Nelson (0) all back in the pavilion.

Opener James Hall (39) and Greg Thompson took the score to 80 before the Hall departed and when David Dawson fell for 12 the home side were in trouble at 100 for five. Having had a solid season to date Thompson yet again starred with the bat top scoring with 75 from 101 balls and good contributions from Kyle McCallan (21) and Marcus McClean (25) got the home side up to 211 for 9 in their 50 overs.

Following a rain break of some 90 minutes North Down’s target was 194 in 40 overs and Pienaar (1-12) made the early breakthrough removing Mulder for no score.

Gary Kidd bowled a great spell (8-2-17-2) picking up the wickets of Graham (25) and Burns (32). North Down professional Pieter Malan looked in good touch on 62 not out when the rain arrived and his side were ahead on the D/L and with no more play available the visitors took home the four points.

Waringstown will hope to get back to winning ways this Saturday with a trip to Derriaghy in the league where nothing but a win will do to keep in touch at the top of the league.

Waringstown’s second string returned from Comber on Saturday with a 17 run victory over North Down seconds to remain top of Junior One with six wins from six starts.

Batting first they scored 214 all out with Aaron Wright top scoring with 62 and useful contributions from Alan Waite 24*, Johnny Hunter 23 and Morgan Topping 21.

After a rain break North Down required 147 off 34 overs but could only manage 130 for seven.

There were wickets for Stuart Harrison 2-17, Aaron Wright 2-32 and Morgan Topping 1-15.

Meanwhile Mark Fitzpatrick’s 3rd XI moved top of Junior Two on Saturday evening after a well-earned eight wicket success over Downpatrick seconds at Strangford Road.

There was double success for Waringstown Ladies on Sunday with a league win followed by a Ladies Senior Cup success.

Muckamore Ladies provided the ground and opposition for both games. Star performers on the day were Naomi Matthews who took three wickets in both games and Cara Murray who scored 45 in the first game before scoring 38 in the cup semi-final.