Holders through but Leinster sides dominate
Holders Waringstown are safely through to the last eight of the Irish Senior Cup but it was a day dominated by Leinster sides who will have five sides in the quarter-final draw.
Three wickets apiece for Irish international Phil Eaglestone and overseas professional Shaheen Khan saw YMCA skittled for just 80 at The Lawn.
They badly missed Simi Singh and only teenager Tim Tector (29) made any impression in what was in truth a horror batting display.
James Parkinson (2-36) struck twice to give early hope, but James McCollum’s unbeaten 42 eased the NCU side safely into the last eight.
Merrion held off the challenge of CIYMS to win a thrilling high scoring contest at Angelsea Road.
Half centuries from Dom Joyce (78) and Tyrone Kane (57) saw the two-times winners post 273 for 9.
They needed them all in a pulsating chase as the momentum ebbed and flowed throughout, with Nigel Jones’ hundred looking as if would be enough for the Belfast side, but a late surge saw Merrion prevail by ten runs.
With two narrow wins in the competition, you get the feeling this could well be their year.
Clontarf edged out The Hills in a low scoring affair at Castle Avenue.
Shariful Islam’s five wicket haul saw The Hills dismissed for 168, with Sean Terry hitting 54, and Harry Archer – nephew of former international Barry – making 35.
Three wickets apiece for overseas professional Daya Singh and Albert van der Merwe kept things interesting but in the end Clontarf just got over the line in a tense contest to win by two wickets.
It was the Tucker show at Comber as the siblings combined to thrash North Down by 216 runs.
Skipper Fiachra led the way with 116 and five wickets, sharing an opening stand of 207 with Diarmuid who hit 93.
Lorcan Tucker hit an unbeaten 60, while Theo Lawson made 50 as the Sydney Parade side piled up 347 for 5 – who needs Andy Balbirnie?
Fiachra then spun his way to 5 for 36, Jack Balbirnie claimed 3 for 42, while overseas left-armer Alex Ridley took 2 for 32 as North Down collapsed to 131 all out – Ally Shields’ 31 the best of their weak display.
Phoenix also won away in Belfast in a high scoring chase. South African left-hander Murray Commins hit 103 and Nikolai Smith 56 as the Shaw’s Bridge side posted 273-5 in a rain-reduced 46 overs.
Furhter showers set Phoenix what looked a tough chase of 200 in 29 overs, but 86 in 75 balls from former Irish international Reinhardt Strydom (9 fours, 4 sixes) saw them home.
He shared a second wicket stand of 97 with Rory Anders, who clubbed three sixes in quickfire 45 saw the Dubliners prevail with 20 balls to spare.
Balbriggan crashed out at Stormont, with CSNI overseas player Andre Malan taking 4 for 34 and Graeme McCarter 3 for 39 as they made just 140.
Malan then scored an unbeaten 65, with Andrew Cowden (38*) and Marc Ellison (27) in a 9-wicket win.
Strabane will fly the flag for the NW as they won a thriller at home to Muckamore.
Half centuries from Sri Lankan professional Chanthura Peiris (66) and Kushpal Singh (55) saw them made 233.
It was just enough as they clinched a thriller, winning by one run despite an unbeaten 91 from Muckamore professional Fahad Iqbal.