An opening partnership of 86 between Aaron Doyle and Philip Le Roux was the catalyst for a seven wicket win for Leinster in their four-match U15 interprovincial series.
Malahide's Doyle unveiled his full repertoire of shots, scoring all around the wicket as he top scored with a quite superb 56 from 52 balls, including 7 fours and a six.
Railway Union batsman Le Roux also showed his prowess with a hard-hit 38, while Park Avenue colleague Mark Caniffe (15*) ensured no hiccups as the finish line approached, sealing the win with 12 balls to spare.
The contest was a high quality contest, played in idyllic conditions at a sun-drenched Wallace Park in Lisburn.
The NCU innings was dominated by a fifth wicket stand of 67 between Waringstown's Sam Topping (38) and Ryan Matthews (22*), with Rory Ellerby, Ryan Hunter and Ashton Clark all making double figures.
Luke Thompson took 2 for 18, while there were also a wicket apiece for Stirrat and Daniel Forkin.
There are two matches left in the series later this week - the first game was abandoned on Monday following a torrential downpour in Ringcommons.
|Toss won by||Northern U15|
|Umpires||A Kennedy - D Milne|
|Scorers||M Power - J Devane|
|Home Side||Northern U15|
|R Ellerby*||c A Doyle||b L Thompson||14||22||1||0|
|R Hunter||b L Thompson||14||17||1||0|
|Ashton Clark+||c Stirrat||b D Forkin||13||19||0||0|
|C McCullough||c A Doyle||b R Stirrat||7||13||1||0|
|S Topping||run out||38||31||5||0|
|R Matthews||not out||22||18||2||1|
|extras||(b1 lb8 w15 nb0)||24|
|TOTAL||5 wickets for||132|
|1-32(R Hunter) 2-43(R Ellerby) 3-64(C McCullough) 4-65(Ashton Clark)|
|P Le Roux||3||0||21||0||-||-|
|P Le Roux||c M Aahil||b H Dyer||36||26||4||1|
|A Doyle||c R Ellerby||b C McCullough||56||52||7||1|
|J McNally||c A Leckey||b R Matthews||6||9||0||0|
|M Canniffe*||not out||15||13||1||0|
|E Birch||not out||7||10||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb0 w11 nb2)||13|
|TOTAL||3 wickets for||133|
|1-86(P Le Roux) 2-101(J McNally) 3-113(A Doyle)|