Instonians are the NCU Under 15 league champions after winning a thrilling decider against rivals CSNI at Stormont.

George Palmer's brilliant 54 from just 32 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes) got Inst off to a fling start as he shared an opening stand of 65 with Ben Oberholzer (19).

Tom Crothers kept the momentum going as he made a quickfire 34 from just 19 deliveries (5 fours, 1 six), and they looked on course for 150 plus.

Three wickets for Harry Dyer, and two for Adam Leckey pegged them back in the final stages, and a final total of 133 for 6 was considered par.

Winners Instonians: Pic Instonians CC

CSNI were always in the hunt in the chase with early runs from opener Adam Leckey (21) and James West (25).

With Harry Dyer (32) going well, 19 were needed off the last three overs with the contest evenly poised.

Tom Crothers (2-16) then dismissed Dyer, and Inst held their nerve to seal the title. There were two wickets also for Will Park (2-10) and George Craigan (2-20).

The two foes face off against each other in the re-arranged U13 Banogue final on Tuesday evening at Queensway.

NCU U15 League Play-off Decider

At Stormont, Instonians beat CSNI by 5 runs

Instonians 133-6 (George Palmer 54*, Tom Crothers 34, Ben Oberholzer 19; Harry Dyer 3-38, Adam Leckey 2-35)

CSNI 128-9 (Harry Dyer 32, James West 25, Adam Leckey 21; Will Park 2-10, Tom Crothers 2-16, George Craigan 2-20)