Belfast teenager Amy Hunter's prolific start to the season continued last night as she made an unbeaten 91 to lead Malahide to a 53-run (DLS) win against The Hills.

Her haul takes her season tally to 132 runs without having been dismissed and on this form a call to the senior international ranks mightn't be too far away.

(Amy Hunter acknowledges applause; pic Rodney Smythe)

She struck 9 fours and a powerful six in her innings, which came from only 70 balls as Malahide overcame the early loss of skipper Caoimhe McCann (4) to post 140 for 1.

Hunter showed her full repertoire of shots, being particularly strong on the drive with some excellent footwork.

The second wicket stand with Anna Kerrison (35*) was worth 134.

The Hills started the chase well with Tess Maritz (27) and Cliodhna O'Riordan (17) putting on 42 inside eight overs, but thereafter suffered a collapse as the Malahide attack took control.

Anna Kerrison (2-8) and Maria O'Halloran (2-12) picked up a brace apiece, while Aisling McCormack, Beth Deacon and Katie Brophy all took one each.

The game was ended by bad light with The Hills on 73 for 8 after 18 overs - Malahide winners on DLS by 53 runs.

(Another boundary for Amy Hunter: pic by Rodney Smythe)

Elsewhere defending champions Leinster had an emphatic 9-wicket win at Pembroke.

Shauna Kavanagh (38) and Louise Little (36) added 60 for the second wicket as the Sydney Parade side posted 108 for 4.

That looked a little light at the half-way stage and indeed proved to be the case as Rebecca Rolfe (41*) and Sophie MacMahon (33) shared an opening stand of 80.

Skipper Laura Delany (13*) joined Rolfe after MacMahon fell, with the win being achived with nine balls to spare.

Merrion won the final game, beating Clontarf by 32 runs at Castle Avenue.

Emma Paul (31), Sadbh Breslin (20) and Julianne Morrissey (17) the main contributors to a total of 113 for 8.

Emma and Molly Butler took the bowling honours for Clontarf with three wickets apiece.

Susan Lawless (21), Anna Kirk (15) and Molly Butler (13) all reached double figures but found it difficult to break the shackles of the Merrion attack which restricted them to 81 for 6 when the overs ran out.


At The Village.

Malahide 140/1 (20 overs; Amy Hunter 91*, Anna Kerrison 35*) beat The Hills 73/8 (18 overs; Tess Maritz 27; Anna Kerrison 2-8, Maria O'Halloran 2-12) by 53 runs (DLS).

At Sydney Parade,

Pembroke 108/4 (20 overs; Shauna Kavanagh 38, Louise Little 36) lost to Leinster 109/1 (18.3 overs; Rebecca Rolfe 41*, Sophie MacMahon 33*) by 9 wickets.

At Castle Avenue,

Merrion 113/8 (Emma Paul 31, Sadbh Breslin 20; Emma Paul 3-10, Molly Butler 3-26) beat Clontarf 81/6 (20 overs; Susan Lawless 21) by 32 runs.