On an overcast day on Satuday most games started late in the afternoon. Leaders Balbriggan travelled to the Bull Ring for the stand out match of Round 4 of the LCU Championship. The match was affected by the weather and reduced to 28 overs a side.

North County headed to the Mardyke to take on Cork, both teams needing a victory following defeats in Round 3. This match was also affected by the weather, and was reduced to 31 overs a side. Railway v Terenure fell victim to the weather and will have to be settled in a T20 Refix. Both teams will fancy a win from that encounter.


Clontarf v Balbriggan at Castle Avenue

Clontarf won the toss and batted first in a matched reduced to 28 overs. Macalister Wright and Bill Coghlan took to the middle and went for it from the start. The pair put on 47 for the first wicket before Coghlan went for 24 in the 9th over. Andrew Poynter joined Wright and the tempo went up a notch. The pair put on 101 for the second wicket in just over 10 overs. Poynter finally going for 47 in 32 balls with 7 fours and a six. David Delany joined Wright for a partnership of 48 in under 5 overs, falling for 20 from 13 balls. Macalister Wright went two balls later for brilliant 85 from 73 balls with 10 fours. Andrew Delany came and went for 4 from 5 balls. Eoghan Delany was last man out for 16 from 9 balls, leaving Niall Delany not out 13 from 11. Clontarf had amassed 227 for 6 from their 28 overs. A big total for Balbriggan to chase in 28 overs.

Balbriggan used eight bowlers, Clint Hinchliffe the most successful with 3-50, Abdul Sattar 1-18, Ciaran Robinson 1-30 and Josh Newport 1-34 the other wicket takers.

Needing more than 8 an over, Balbriggan would also have to go for it from the start. They opened with Nathan Rooney and Dean Carlisle who was back from injury. The pair put on 38 for the first wicket when Carlisle fell for 23 from 26 balls. Clint Hinchliffe joined Rooney. They brought the score to 57 where Rooney was out for 27 from 32 balls, Balbriggan 2-57 in the 12th over. Farooq Nasr and Clint Hinchliffe got going and put on 70 for the next wicket, Nasr hitting 21 from 27 before falling at the end of the 21st over with Balbriggan on 127. Conor Fletcher scored 20 from 16 balls. Clint Hinchliffe batted beautifully for his 67 from 56 balls with 8 fours before being the last man out in the 27th over. Abdul Sattar 10 not out and Ehtesham Ahmed 10 not our including a maximum left Balbriggan 182 for 5 from their 28 overs. 227 proving a bridge too far, but a decent effort nonetheless.

Clontarf's Bowlers defended their total well. Kevin Prior starred with 3-25 from his 6 overs. David Delany 2-30 the wicket takers. Clontarf winning by 42 runs in a well contested game.


Cork County v North County at the Mardyke

After a delay North County batted first in a game reduced to 31 overs. Niall McGovern and Yassar Cook opened for the Fingal Men. McGovern hit a four before being bowled on the third ball, a bad start for County. Jamie Grassi joined Cook and settled things down. The pair put on 74 for the next wicket. Grassi fell for 38 in 35 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Eddie Richardson and Cook put the foot down and shared a partnership of 99 where Richardson fell for 31 from 30. County now 3-174 with Yassar Cook batting beautifully. Jonathan Andrews kept up with the pace hitting 30 from 13 balls with 4 fours and a six. Cook now approaching a century. Andrew Sheridan made ten from 4 balls, leaving Yassar Cook 109 not out from 104 balls 2with 10 fours and 3 maximums. A fabulous innings. County had made 230 for 5 in their 31 overs.

Cork's Bowlers were under pressure from the start. Diarmuid Carey 2-44, Brandon Kruger 2-49 and Abubakar Saddique 1-44 the wicket takers. Cork would have to bat really well to score 231 in 31 overs.

Cormac Hassett and Brandon Kruger opened for Cork. Things couldn't have started worse with Hassett bowled on the first ball of the innings. Ross Durity went for three at the start of the 4th over, Cork now 2-9. Jeremy Benton joined Kruger and the pair settled the ship a little. They brought the score to 70 where Kruger fell for 22 from 38 balls. Harvey Wootton made 1 from 5 balls. Without a run being added Jeremy Benton went for an excellent 42 from 37 balls with 5 fours and a six. Cork now 5-77. Robert Duggan went next, Cork now 6-77. On the same score Robert Duggan was bowled for a duck and Aaron Cawley was run out for a duck and. Two runs later Jose George fell, Cork now in disarray at 8-79. Abubakar Saddique hit 19 from 13 balls with 1 four and 2 sixes, before he became the last man out. Cork all out for 102.

North County were excellent in the field. Dhram Sing 3-15 from 5 overs, Eddie Richardson 3-17 from 6 and Owen Graham 3-25 shared the honours for North County. A comprehensive 128 run win for North County.