Toby Marston guided St Joseph's home to a four wickets victory over the NCU in a rain-interrupted match at Belmont. With his team facing a meagre DLS target of 136, they suffered a mid innings slump before the tall right hander struck two sixes and three fours to bring the match to a rapid conclusion.
The NCU won the toss, having won the toss and decided to bat, reached 20 for the loss of openers Johnston and Humphreys when the first lengthy shower send the players back to the pavilion.
On the resumption, with the match reduced to 49 overs, Michael Glass and Reece Malone set about stabilising the innings and took the score to 53 before Malone was bowled by Jack Oakes. At the other end Glass was continuing his recent good form, going on to make 60 before he was run out. However, he received little support from the rest of middle order as the NCU collapsed to 72 for seven in the 17th over.
However, that brought Sam McLarnon to the wicket and he gave Glass excellent support in a partnership of 77 from the next 20 overs. Both were then run out in quick succession as a result of some superb throwing from the St Joseph's fielders. When Hugh Minford was stumped off Millions the NCU total had reached a well-below par total of 164.
Most impressive of the St Joseph's bowlers was Jamie Lucking with three for 17, while Oakes picked up two scalps.
St Joseph's lost a wicket in just the second over as Minford had Walldock caught by Lambert. However, Kent then joined Lucking and they added a rapid 73 in the next 12 overs before Lucking was bowled by slow left-armer Ethan Hanna for 35.
Soon afterwards the rain returned and there was a lengthier stoppage so that when play resumed St Joseph's need just 47 runs from 19 overs for victory.
Immediately Kent was run out, Jones went third ball without scoring and then Oakes, after a couple of attacking strokes, hit Glass gently to Wilson at mid off. Suddenly the complexion of the match had changed dramatically and the NCU could sense victory.
However, Toby Marston had other ideas and began to attack the bowling. Although he lost Lockwood with 11 runs still needed, a flurry of boundaries off Malone saw his team over the line with his personal contribution of 25 including three fours and two sixes.