Burndennett were denied a first league win of the season by former Irish international Graeme McCarter.

With the St Johnston last pair at the wicket, 65 were still needed, but ‘GMac’ proved equal to the task making an unbeaten 124, hitting 11 fours and 10 sixes – four of which came in the penultimate over to seal the win.

Burndennett aren’t in league action this Saturday, but have a tough assignment in the National Cup on Sunday as they travel to Belfast to face a very strong Derriaghy side.

They will be hoping for more Mark Pollock magic – while the Burndennett all-rounder couldn’t keep his prolific form with the bat going in Saturday's loss, he did manage to claim a hat-trick in the losing cause.

“Saturday’s game was a tight one - as it always is when we play St Johnston as they are a good young side<” said Pollock. “The team created some pressure with bowling dots and some good fielding, which then enabled me to take the hat-trick which was brilliant.

“We are all looking forward to the trip to Derriaghy, but we are missing a few players with other commitments. We would like a run in the cup and despite being weakened, you just never know.”