The Alan Murray Cup continued on Saturday with the main talking point coming at the Jack Harper Memorial Ground with umpires Azam Ali Baig and Aidan Seaver abandoning the game between The Hills and Merrion.

The Hills had scored 34 for 2 from 22 balls when the officials deemed the pitch to be dangerous and play was halted.

While Balbriggan played a match both before and after, Monday’s scheduled Under 15 interprovincial match has been switched from Balbriggan to nearby The Hills.

In the morning game Dave Langford-Smith scored a century as Merrion passed 200 and recorded a 65-run win.
The Hills beat the hosts by seven wickets in the other game.

YMCA won twice at North County despite the absence of skipper Jack Tector (fractured finger) and younger bother Harry (away on a development gig with Ireland in Sussex).

Youngest brother Tim flew the family flag with an unbeaten 44 (5 fours, 2 sixes) as Oliver Gunning top scored with 91 from just 44 balls (11 fours, 4 sixes), sharing a stand of 94 with Asher Abbasi (76) as YM beat North County by 81 runs – Abassi completing a fine all-round display by taking 4 for 28.

Abassi and Jarred Barnes then took three wickets apiece as Railway Union were dismissed for 132. Gunning (32) and Tector (28*) again among the runs in a five-wicket win.

North County edged out Railway in the evening game, with Malcolm Nofal top scoring with 38 as they posted 183 for 7.

A stand of 132 in 96 balls between Kenny Carroll (70) and Alex Stiles (51) got them close, but Eddie Richardson accounted for both in successive balls to finish with 3 for 25 and close out the six-run win.

Gareth Delany scored a century as Leinster beat Rush at Sydney Parade by 8 wickets chasing 162.

The Rathmines side then beat the hosts by 33 runs thanks to professional Monil Patel’s 75 and a fine all-round bowling display highlighted by three wickets for Saqib Bahadur.

A half century from Lorcan Tucker helped Pembroke beat Rush by 35 runs despite a superb 68 from just 39 balls by Neil Rock (6 fours, 3 sixes).

Defending champions Clontarf played out a thrilling tie with Munster Heat, while the Cork men came agonisingly close in their match too at Phoenix, losing to the hosts by just three runs.

Obus Pienaar ensured Clontarf’s qualification to the last eight as he made 61 in their 29-run victory over Phoenix – Shariful islam taking three wickets.

Terenure lost again as Malahide chased down their total of 133 to win in the 14th over.

The T20 group stages conclude next weekend with the final rounds of games.