Cecelia Joyce hit a brilliant century to lead the Dragons to a 24-run win against the Scorchers in a high scoring thriller at Oak Hill.

The Irish international struck 18 boundaries on her way to 118 from just 115 balls as the Dragons piled on a huge total of 324 for 8 in their 50 overs.

She added 172 for the 4th wicket in just 137 balls with fellow international Shauna Kavanagh who hit 10 fours and a six in her 70-ball 78.

Mary Waldron (38) and Paris Crowe (34) were also in the runs as the boundaries flowed.

Anna Kerrison took 4 for 42, while Isobel Joyce picked up two.

The Scorchers approached what looked a daunting total positively, with opener Una Raymond-Hoey top scoring with 83 from 87 balls (9 fours) as she shared stands of 105 and 72 with overseas players Alana Ryan (40) and Paris Crowe (37).

Four wickets from Lara Maritz (4-45) stalled the Scorchers charge, but a quick-fire 65 ffrom Isobel Joyce gave her team renewed hope.

However, having struck 10 fours and cleared the ropes once in her 52-ball innings to reduce the equation to 25 needed off 22 balls, she became the fourth wicket for Maritz.

Centurion Cecelia Joyce told CricketEurope afterwards:

“The game was obviously very high scoring and very close in the end. We thought we had enough but the Scorchers pushed us really close.

“I thought there were a few really good performances for both teams but it was nice for me to get the century and give the Dragons a foundation to build a big score.

“As has been the case throughout the competition, the standard of some of the newer players was impressive and the competition is going from strength to strength.”