A serious knee injury suffered by Fintan McAllister overshadowed the action in the latest round of T20 action in Leinster.
The former Irish international was batting on 37 for defending T20 champions Malahide in their pursuit of 160 against North County when he suffered the blow.
The game was halted at that point with County declared 10 run winners (DLS).
Skipper Eddie Richardson (44*) and Jonathan Andrews (41) were the bedrock of the County innings sharing a fourth wicket stand of 72 which was instrumental in the win.
Another skipper leading their side to victory was Fiachra Tucker who claimed 3 for 10 to help his Pembroke side restrict Merrion to 91 for 8 chasing what looked on paper a modest 105.
Tucker claimed the wicket of top scorer Michael Cowdrey (28) while teenager Scott Ruttle claimed the prize scalp of John Anderson (23).
It was quite a result for the Sydney Parade side who were without their isolating internationals.
(Fiachra Tucker bowling in the win over Merrion. Pic Rodney Smythe)
Amish Sidhu and Sean Stanton claimed three wickets apiece for the Anglesea Road side.
While that game was an attritional affair, there were boundaries galore in the contest between Rush and Phoenix.
Neil Rock (49) and new NW Warriors recruit Nathan McGuire (36) hit a combined 7 sixes as they shared an opening stand of 73 in 40 balls to propel Rush to 174 for 9 - Theo Dempsey taking four wickets.
Phoenix though chased it down thanks primarily to Jamie Grassi who top-scored with 98 from 57 balls (11 fours, 5 sixes) as he and former Glamorgan all-rounder Jeremy Lawlor (40) shared an opening stand of 89.
Phoenix wobbled slightly towards the end, but duly completed the five-wicket win with eight balls remaining.
Conor Kelly's 4 for 16 helped Clontarf to a 12-run win over Balbriggan defending 108 - Ghanim Dara's 41 top scoring in the chase as they could only manage 96 for 8.
Andrew Delany (31) and Andrew Vincent (19) top scores for Clontarf.
Masters of the chase are YMCA, who won again pursuing versus The Hills.
Bobby Gamble and Wilhem De Klerk both making 39 in the five-wicket win, with Tim Tector making a fluent 22.
In The Hills innings Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin continued his rich vein of form with 36, while Cilliam McDonnell took three wickets.
With the lockdown restrictions meaning the game at North Kildare was called off, the final match of the day saw Railway Union's good form continuing with a 47-run win over Terenure.
Irish youth international Phillipe Le Roux top scored with 35, hitting 6 fours as did Kenny Carroll in his 27 which saw the Park Avenue side post 138 for 8 - three wickets for Diarmuid Lynch.
Terenure never looked in the hunt as they were dismissed for 91 - four wickets for English seamer Oliver Perry and three for Digamber Mishra.
You can view the match scorecards here