Cornwall and Yorkshire Schools both won on the opening day of the Agile Communications NCU Under 16 Festival with victories against hosts NCU and Southern Kings respectively.
At Campbell College a solid batting effort by Cornwall saw seven of the top eight reach double figures as they posted 181 against the hosts.
Opener Alex Barrett (26) shared stands of 34 with Alex Lean (15) and Connor Cooke (23) to lay a solid foundation.
Adam Thomas and Jacob Inch both made 20, while Harry Matthews and skipper Aidan Carter each scored 17.
Luke Allison was the pick of the NCU attack taking 4 for 33, while there was a wicket apiece for James Lambert, Ewan Wilson, Arnold Oduvelil and Tom Lambert.
The NCU reply didn’t get off to a great start as the impressive Adam Snowdon struck two early blows to dismiss Adam Ly and fellow opener Oduvelil cheaply.
Connor Cooke then trapped Ashton Clark lbw to leave the hosts reeling at 16 for 3.
Ewan Wilson (11*) and Luke Allison (6*) set about recovering the damage and had reached 31 for 3 when a deluge saw the game abandoned with Cornwall declared 30 runs winners (DLS).
Will Nicholson’s five-wicket haul was the highlight of Yorkshire’s three wicket win over the Southern Kings at Ballygomartin Road.
Batting first the Munster side got off to a decent start as Liam Edwards (23) and Freddie Froggatt (12) shared an opening stand of 42 before the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion.
Ten wickets fell for the addition of just 25 runs with Nicholson bagging a ‘Michelle’ and Werner Beukes 4 for 7 as Southern Kings were all out for 67 – Kyle Welsh (1-14) the other successful bowler.
To be fair to the Southern bowlers, they responded to their low total by giving a tremendous display as they almost pulled off an unlikely win.
Matthew Brewster took 3 for 15, plus there was two wickets each for Luke O’Reilly and Lorcan Woodhouse as Yorkshire wobbled at 29 for 5 and 58 for 7.
They got over the line thanks to an unbeaten 19 from skipper Werner Beukes and 11 from Jake Marshall.
Tuesday sees the NCU face Yorkshire at Campbell College, while Southern Kings and Cornwall meet at Woodvale.