Irish Universities retain Celtic Cup
A sparkling century by Gareth Delany was the highlight of the Irish innings who were delighted to bat when skipper Matthew McCord won the toss at Fenners.
By the time he was out for 125 the fifth wicket partnership he shared with Will von Behr (75) of exactly 100 had put the Irish almost out of sight.
Tom Anders added a quick 20 and the Irish were bowled out for 330 with two balls of the fiftieth over unused.
For the Scots Lucas Farndale stuck to his task claiming 3 wickets, albeit at a cost of 76 runs while Chayant Gosain took 2-65 and Mitchell Rao 2-49.
The Scottish chase started in the worst possible fashion when Casper Everett was caught by Jack Balbirnie off Tom Anders' fifth delivery without scoring.
The next two wickets were self-inflicted with both Scott Blain and Tom Williamson falling to run-outs, leaving the Scots at 59-3 in the nineteenth over and with a mountain to climb.
What followed was the highest partnership of the match - 125 between Ben Kempley and wicket-keeper Foster which was only ended when Kempley was c&b by Jack Balbirnie agonisingly 4 short of a well deserved century. His 96 had come off 79 balls with 14x4.
Forster went on to his own half-century and hit his way to 88 off 74 balls (11x4, 1x6) before he was the last wicket to fall bowled off the first ball of the 48th over giving Jack Balbirnie his second wicket.
For the Irish Will von Behr claimed 4-59 to add to his 75 runs and will no doubt contest the MOM performance with Delany but the win was the important thing today and the Irish finish 38 run victors in a match that was perhaps closer than looked likely at the interval.
Tri-Series at Fenners, Cambridge.
Irish Universities 330 (49.4 overs; G Delany 125, W von Behr 75, N McGovern 36; L Farndale 3-76)
Scottish Universities 292 (47.1 overs; B Kempley 96, E Foster 88, W von Behr 4-58)