There as no shortage of drama in the Leinster league as teams did their best to get games played amidst the rain. Penalty runs, DLS targets and a tie all added to the excitement.

Terenure's Mick Cotter secured a share of the spoils with three from the final ball of their home clash with North County.

(Terenure's Mick Cotter)

Eight were needed from the final over by Manny Singh, which became four from the last ball, but three ensured honours even.

A slow start to their chase of 140 meant they needed a revised 122 from 17 overs, and it was Cotter's unbeaten 63 from 34 balls (6 fours, 3 sixes) that denied the Balrothery side the win.

There was also unexpected excitement in the North Kildare encounter with Phoenix.

Three wickets apiece for Aaron Cawley and Theo Dempsey saw Kildare dismissed for just 75 in a game reduced to 16 overs.

Any thoughts the chase would be a stroll in the Park were quickly dismissed as they were reduced to a barely believable 30 for 8 - six wickets for Anees Ahmed and two for Muzamil Sherzad.

Joey Carroll's unbeaten 35 and Ben White (7*) saw Phoenix edge closer to the target and as the game was drawing to an exciting finish there was further drama.

The umpires intervened to add penalty runs due to the slowness of the over rate which saw Phoenix collect the points.

Weather too played a part in the heavyweight clash of the day between Malahide and YMCA.

Harry Tector, (one of YM's three internationals out of quarantine) top scored with 41 in what looked a modest total of 112 for 8 in their 17 overs - three wickets apiece for Ali Frost and James Newland.

Arjun Muntha (25) and Alan Reynolds (17) saw Malahide race out of the traps, but the introduction of Simi Singh was to prove crucial.

Simi took 2 for 8 in three overs, and when Mikey O'Reilly claimed a fourth wicket the DLS calculation tilted in favour of YMCA by 5 runs as the rain forced an abandonment after 12.1 overs.

Another week, another half century for John Anderson, but this time in a losing cause.

He top-scored with 77 sharing a fourth wicket stand of 112 in 9 overs with Sean Stanton (57*) as Merrion posted 177 for 5 at Rush - two wickets each for Jarred Barnes and Allan Eastwood.

Teenager Nathan McGuire got the reply off to a blistering start with a hard-hit 56 from just 26 balls (8 fours, 3 sixes), and skipper Stephen Doheny kept the momentum going.

He cleared the ropes six times in an undefeated 78 from just 43 balls to secure the five wickets win with ten balls to spare.

Leinster beat Dublin University by 8 wickets with George Dockrell and Monil Patel to the fore.

Dockrell took three wickets against his fellow students as they posted 109  for 6- Diarmuid Tucker (58) and Nic Pretorius (32) contributing the majority of their runs.

Patel's unbeaten 61 eased Leinster to an eight-wicket win with plenty in the tank.

Railway Union's excellent season continued as they edged out Clontarf by 15 runs in a low scoring battle.

Glen Querl (22*) was the best of their 109 for 7, with Conor Kelly (3-15) best with the ball for the Castle Avenue side.

The Clontarf reply was in disarray as they slumped to 38 for 7 - wickets for Oli Perry, Prabanshu Kamal, Alex Stiles and Hashir Sultan.

David Delany did his best to get them back into the game and his unbeaten 50 threatened an unlikely revival, but was left with just too much to do.

The local derby between Balbriggan and The Hills fell victim to the weather.

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