Tale of two centuries
Fintan McAllister outscored Yogesh Takawale as Malahide beat Derriaghy by 46 runs in a high scoring RSA National Cup final encounter at Downpatrick.
The 26 year-old won the last of his six caps back in 2009 - a victim of the surfeit keeping riches available to Irish coach Phil Simmons - but on this evidence may be in line for a recall following a batting masterclass.
The left-hander was at his very best - displaying a wide repertoire of strokes as his improvisation made it virtually impossible for Derriaghy skipper Matthew Jennings to set a containing field.
McAllister was as usual supremely quick between the wickets, always putting pressure on the Queensway sides fielders, which they buckled under.
It had all started so brightly for Derriaghy as the impressive Kenny Gilliland (2-24) removed Andy Pyne without a run on the board.
Ryan Gallagher and McAllister then added 179 for the second wicket, laying the foundations for a late assault.
Gallagher hit seven fours in his 68 before becoming Gilliland's second victim.
Veteran Jim Govan, a former Scottish international who won 54 caps between 1987-97, joined McAllister to give Derriaghy no respite.
The pair added 99 before Govan (27) perished off the penultimate ball of the game. McAllister struck his only six off the last ball as Malahide totalled 284 for 3.
McAllister's chanceless 163 not out included 25 fours and was warmly applauded by the large attendance.
If Derriaghy were to overhaul such a daunting total it would require something special from their in-form Indian professional Yogesh Takawale - scorer already this season of over 1000 runs.
Takawale didn't disappoint his vocal supporters as he smashed 109 from just 80 balls (11 fours, 5 sixes) - racing from 50 to 100 in just 23 deliveries.
However, he didn't receive any support despite five Derriaghy players reaching double figures - none was able to pass 20, and in the end the pressure told as he perished attempting another big shot.
Derriaghy finished on 238 all out, with Malahide skipper Callum Riches (2-27) fittingly applying the final coup de grace as he dismissed last man Hughes.
A solid bowling effort saw Peter Saville (2-42), Peter Chase (2-45) and Jim Govan (2-64) all pick up two wickets apiece in the 46 run win.
An excellent weekend for North Dublin with Malahide following up Clontarf's all Ireland win with one of their own.
Not surprisingly Cricket Ireland President Robin Walsh adjudicated the MOM award in favour of Fintan McAllister.
The RSA National Cup continues to capture the imagination of clubs throughout Ireland, with Malahide joining Muckamore on the winners list.