Carrickfergus are hoping Indrajeet Kamtekar will soon be fit to return to their relegation fight.
The Indian professional missed Saturday’s defeat by NCU Premier League leaders Waringstown at The Lawn with a knee injury that could keep him out for several weeks.
Carrick have presented a doctor’s certificate to the NCU showing that Kamtekar will not be fit for three weeks. However, the governing body will not be prepared to grant the Middle Road club a replacement as things currently stand. If the all-rounder is still injured in three weeks’ time then there could be a change of heart.
On the pitch, Carrick once again gave a decent account of themselves, despite missing Kamtekar, captain Iain Parkhill and pace bowler Anthony Martin.
Despite being reduced to 42 for four and 108 for six, they managed to recover and make 204. Ryan Eagleson, the veteran all-rounder, top scored with 56, hitting five fours and a six.
Jamie Holmes, the prolific New Zealander, was one of two victims of Phil Eaglestone as he edged to James Hall at slip. James Mitchell, Ruhan Pretorius and captain Lee Nelson all claim two wickets for the villagers.
Waringstown wasted little time in chasing down the target - they were flying at seven and almost eight runs an over despite losing openers Hall and James McCollum relatively cheaply.
Nelson and Adam Dennison batted beautifully during a 74-run stand for the third wicket, Dennison hitting five boundaries in his 44 after returning from Ireland under-19 duty.
But his departure, one of three unlikely victims for part-time spinner Holmes (3-26), sparked a mini-collapse of three wickets for 14 runs.
While Nelson remained the outcome wasn’t in doubt though - the captain remains Waringstown’s best batsman and indeed one of the most accomplished in the NCU - and he and Pretorious added 60 untroubled runs for the sixth wicket. Nelson struck six fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 78.
Waringstown were home with 15 overs to spare but they will have much tougher battles to come during the title run-in.
One of Carrickfergus’ big rivals at the bottom Ballymena were left ruing a controversial umpiring decision after losing by 45 runs to North Down at Eaton Park.
Azeem Ghumann, the Pakistan professional, was well poised on 41 when he was adjudged lbw by Kevin McConville to a ball from Taimur Khan that he felt was sliding well down the leg side.
With that decision ended Ghumman’s 38-run stand with James Kennedy for the fourth wicket that had put the home side in command at 115 for three chasing 184 for victory.
From there the Ballymena innings went into freefall, Kennedy following for 28 as they lost their last seven wickets for 23 runs. Khan claimed the impressive figures of three for 17 while Marty Moreland took 2-22.
Earlier North Down were also indebted to Khan, who produced comfortably his best performance of the season.
The Comber side were struggling on 111 for five as the closing 10 overs loomed.
But Khan (39) and Peter Shields, back from holiday, added 72 vital runs for the sixth wicket.
North Down had been perilously placed on 41 for three and then 84 for four after Pieter Malan, the professional, was caught off a long-hop by Michael Taylor. Peter Eakin got the innings back on track with a top score of 45.
The victory keeps North Down right in touch in the title race. They have lost just twice so far.