Michael Glass turned in a very impressive all-round performance, following up a quick half-century with a four wicket haul, as the NCU made a winning start to the festival.
The NCU won the toss and chose to bat first on an initially bright morning at Stormont. After Matthew Humphreys was bowled by Freddie Stevenson off the final ball of the second over, Archie Johnston (56) and Reece Malone (54) then put on 97 runs for the second wicket. Malone hit four boundaries in his 61 ball stay before being bowled by Ben French. Johnston and Glass took the score on to 145 before Johnston was also bowled, this time by Connor Cooke.
Three more wickets then fell for the addition of just 12 runs, with Lewis Dee claiming two of the wickets. At 157 for six the NCU innings appeared to be running out of steam but Glass, with support from Luke Allison, soon took control. 69 runs then came from the next 10 overs as Glass scored freely on both sides of the wicket. He eventually fell to Toby Morgan for 59, scored off 73 balls.
The innings then subsided as the NCU were unable to bat out the overs, losing their last wicket at the start of the 48th over with their total on 241. Freddie Stevenson bowled impressively for the Cornishmen, claiming four victims at a cost off 33 runs, while there were two wickets apieve for Connor Clarke and Lewis Dee.
Cornwall made a disastrous start, collapsing to 16 for three, with Allison trapping Alex Barrett and Adam Thomas in front with successive deliveries. French and Lean took the score to 47 before French was caught by Johnston off James Lambert. Jacob Inch went at 78 and then Alex Lean was caught and bowled by Glass for a well-made 38.
Three more wickets fell soon after, all to Glass, to leave Cornwall on 125 for nine. However, respectability was restored as the last wicket pair of wicketkeeper Aidan Carter and Lewis Dee put on 48 runs; when Dee was bowled by Davy Carter was left unbeaten on 33.