Half centuries from Nathan McGuire and Scott Macbeth propelled Ireland Under 19s to a comprehensive eight-wicket win at Shaw's Bridge against the Free Foresters to take a 2-0 lead in their three match series.
Batting first the visitors were in a spot of trouble at 79 for 4 despite 40 from Dan Holland - an Aussie with Irish heritage -, as Merrion's teenage spinner Daniel Forkin continued to have a week to remember as he took another three wickets.
James Cunningham batting
James Cunningham (68*) and Instonians Cade Carmichael (61) shared a fifth wicket stand of 118 in 28 overs to rescue proceedings, but a final total of 218 for 5 looked light in idyllic batting conditions.
That proved to be the case as Nathan McGuire raced out of the blocks, hitting 9 fours and a six in his 58 from 54 balls, sharing an opening stand of 99 with Robbie Millar (21).
Runs for Robbie Millar
A mix-up saw Millar run out, and that seemed to upset McGuire who followed in the same over.
There was to be no respite though as Scott Macbeth and Tim Tector shared an unbroken third wicket stand of 123 in 25 overs as they eased to an eight wicket win.
Nathan McGuire and Robbie Millar added 99
St Johnston all-rounder Macbeth hit 8 fours and 2 sixes as he top-scored with 69 from 85 balls, while skipper Tector was content to play second fiddle in his unbeaten 41.
The final game in the series is at Carrickfergus on Friday.
Robbie Millar is run out
|Toss won by||Free Foresters|
|Umpires||K Hopley - J McCready|
|Scorers||EM Power - CMB Williams|
|Home Side||Ireland U19|
|Comment||50 over match|
|R Hardwick||c D Forkin||b D Burke||12||33||21||2||0|
|D Holland||lbw||b D Forkin||40||63||56||6||0|
|O Metcalfe||c L Whelan||b D Forkin||14||16||17||3||0|
|J Cunningham||not out||68||134||109||6||0|
|A McCulla*+||c NJ McGuire||b D Forkin||0||2||2||0||0|
|C Carmichael||c J McNally||b M Sherzad||61||98||88||7||0|
|D O'Sullivan||not out||6||9||7||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb7 w10 nb0)||17|
|TOTAL||5 wickets for||218|
|1-33(R Hardwick) 2-54(O Metcalfe) 3-79(D Holland) 4-79(A McCulla)|
|David M Vincent||5||0||16||0||-||-|
|NJ McGuire||c D Holland||b J Chohan||58||78||54||9||1|
|R Millar||run out D Holland||21||76||58||3||0|
|S Macbeth||not out||69||92||85||8||2|
|Tim H Tector*||not out||41||89||66||0||0|
|David M Vincent||dnb|
|extras||(b4 lb13 w16 nb0)||33|
|TOTAL||2 wickets for||222|
|1-99(R Millar) 2-99(NJ McGuire)|