Methodist College secured their first Ulster Bank Schools Cup with a nine-run victory against holders RBAI in a rain-affected contest at Moylena.

Batting first after winning the toss Methody were in trouble at 40-4 in the 13th over as the RBAI bowling unit bowled accurately and kept the pressure on.

They were rescued by a fifth wicket partnership of 70 in 85 balls between Max Lyttle and the prolific Adam Reid.

Reid top scored with a fine half century from 66 balls (4 fours), while Lyttle offered valuable support with a fine 30 before being run out in the search for quick runs.

Rohan Drawid made a quick 12 as Methodist finished on 154 for 8 their innings reduced to 33 overs because of rain.

Daniel Keane (3-36) was the most successful of the Inst attack, while there was one wicket apiece for Niall Armstrong, Matthew Fleetham, Ben Rose and Sam McLarnon.

Oliver Metcalfe and Jonathan Waite got the chase off to a solid start as they put on 33 before the dangerous Metcalfe was well caught behing by Reid off the bowling of Jude Holahan for 11.

Skipper Ben Rose fell for just 5, well caught by Matthew Humphreys off James Hunter.

Waite continued to keep RBAI in the hunt as he hit the only six of the match, but shortly after James Metcalfe (7) was stumped by Reid off Harry Morrow, the elements closed in.

With the rain falling and RBAI at 65-3 after 17.3 overs - seven behind on DLS, it seemed that would be that.

However, after an hour delay, the umpires brought the team back onto the field with RBAI needing 12 runs from just three balls to deny Methody.

They could only manage two, to spark scenes of great joy amongst the Methodist College faithful.

A well deserved first win in the prestigious competition and just reward for their coach James Kennedy who has worked tirelessly in the role.