Pembroke entertained northern visitors in the shape of Killymallaght on Sunday in a Bob Kerr ISC re-fix.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and, although losing a wicket to the seventh ball bowled, got a solid enough start, thanks mainly to Derek Bland. He eventually ran himself out on 55, the only Killymallaght batsman to contribute much, with extras the next highest score with 20.
The wheels came off after his departure and the visitors eventually staggered to 136 in their 43rd over, the most productive of the Pembroke bowlers being Andrew Balbirnie with 4-27 off 7.5 and pro Anthony Brooks with 2-23 off his 10.
Pembroke replied by scoring 102 in 19 overs for the first wicket. Andrew Balbirnie miss-hit to mid-on for 54 – his second 50 of the weekend – and Brian O'Rourke, his opening partner, went on the carry his bat for 48. The home side made it in 26 overs for the loss of only two wickets, and will now have home advantage over Cork Harlequins on Saturday.
The Woodvale ground was unplayable for the rearranged tie with Old Belvedere, so a bowl-out over the telephone was the order of the day. Woodvale missed, Old Belvdere struck twice, and their reward is a journey to Brigade on Saturday.
Alan Lewis rolled back the years with a magnificent 122 as YMCA trounced Cork County by 158 runs. Reinhardt Strydom chipped in with 48 in the home side total of 259. In reply Cork managed to make 101, with 4 wickets for Parkinson, and two each for Strydom and McCready. They now face a tricky enocunter at Strabane.