Josh Little played a starring role as Pembroke pulled off a shock five run win at The Hills.
The Irish international top scored with 56 from 53 balls, hitting 5 fours and 3 sixes in a typically belligerent knock. He dominated a 6th wicket stand of 80 with overseas player Alex Ridley (18) as Pembroke posted 223 for 9.
Skipper Fiachra Tucker (37) and Theo Lawson (30) also chipped in, but The Hills didn’t help their cause with conceding 34 extras which included 25 wides.
Albert van der Merwe (3-46) and Luke Clinton (2-21) were the pick of the home side attack.
Mark Donegan and Sean Terry both fell for 14 apiece, but the Hills innings was back on track as Nic Pretorius (34) and Mike Baumgart (28) added 61 for the 3rd wicket before both fell in quick succession.
Skipper Max Sorensen (44) and Albert van der Merwe (47) looked to have win the game with a 67-run partnership for the 5th wicket, before the game took a dramatic late twist.
Jack Balbirnie (3-22) dismissed Sorensen to open the door, and Rooney-Murphy fell shortly afterwards. Little then returned to claim Naz Shaukat.
Van Der Merwe was still there, and with 8 runs needed and three wickets still to fall, it looked as if Pembroke’s efforts would be in vain.
Alex Ridley (2-58) had Van Der Merwe caught and just two runs later Little (3-31) trapped Kavanagh lbw, while Balbirnie also had Luke Clinton lbw to seal a famous win.
Jack Tector’s unbeaten 136 propelled YMCA to a 52-run win over North County at Claremont Road. Tector hit 16 fours and a six as he carried his bat, facing 141 balls as YM posted 279 for 3.
He shared an opening stand of 71 with Oliver Gunning (30), and a second wicket partnership of 109 with Simi Singh – who hit 4 sixes and 3 fours in his 66 from 63 balls.
Harry Tector (12) fell cheaply, but Jack dominated an unbroken 4th wicket stand of 66 with Sam Murphy (14*).
Eddie Richardson was a welcome returnee to the County ranks after his recent illness, but only managed two overs – Adam Coughlan (2-34) the pick of the Balrothery attack.
County gave the chase a good lash with six of the top seven getting starts, but none was able to play the major innings required to get really close. Tomas Sheil (45), Jonno Andrews (33), Niall McGovern (30), Andrew Sheridan (30), Malcolm Nofal (27) and Eddie Richardson (26) as County made 227.
Jarred Barnes continues to impress in his debut Leinster season taking 4 for 29, with Simi Singh (3-39), and Aviral Shukla (2-43) also getting in the wickets column.
Merrion top the table after their comprehensive 9-wicket win at Rathmines. Joe Carroll hit 10 fours in a fluent half century, but the Leinster batting failed to fire as they were dismissed for just 124.
Irish U19 international Max Neville took 4 for 41 including the prize scalp of George Dockrell, while there were two wickets apiece for Jack Carty and Poonish Mehta.
Merrion coasted to victory with skipper Dom Joyce hitting 7 fours in an unbeaten 60, as he shared an opening stand of 121 with Jack Carty who struck 9 boundaries in his 53.
Half centuries from Rory Anders and Reinhardt Strydom guided Phoenix to a stunning win over Clontarf. Strydom (55) and Anders (66) shared a stand of 78 as Phoenix posted what looked an under-par total of 186 in the Park – two wickets apiece for Obus Pienaar, Paul Ryan and Shariful Islam.
Declan Gallagher (35) and Pienaar looked to lay a solid platform as the Castle Avenue side looked on course for victory at 85 for 2.
However, four wickets for Strydom, with two apiece for Rory Anders and Fletcher Coutts saw Pienaar stranded on 52 as Clontarf fell 24 runs short.