There was no shortage of upsets in Sunday's rearranged RSA Irish Senior Cup ties with four of the five North West sides in action progressing to the last sixteen of the country's premier competition.
Ardmore and St Johnston were responsible for the biggest shocks as they saw off quality opposition in North County and Civil Service North respectively while Fox Lodge thumped Leinster in a reduced overs game and Strabane were much too strong for Lurgan.
Phoenix got the better of Brigade in yet another shock, while two of the competition favourites Waringstown and Merrion progressed relatively smoothly in rain affected encounters.
We start the round-up at the Bleachgreen where the All-Ireland's most decorated club fell at the first hurdle in a low-scoring affair.
The hosts batted first and while Paul Brolly and Ciaran Curley posted an opening stand worth 32, both were then dismissed in quick succession by Eddie Richardson. Paul McDowell (28) and Decker Curry (13) added 41 for the 3rd before Tim Affleck was introduced into the attack and put the brakes on with a decent spell of 3-27.
The Ardmore lower order fell away slightly with skipper Adrian Murphy (13) the only player in double figures after that, however the concession of 33 extras allowed the home team to close on 143 all out.
County's reply started poorly with openers Conor Armstrong and Adam Coughlan back in the hutch with just 9 on the board before the sides went off for a short rain delay. The visitors lost their third wicket soon after the restart before more rain sent them running for cover at 27 for 3 and when they reappeared, a D/L re-count had set John Mooney's men a target of 140 in 45 overs if they were to progress.
Things got no better on the resumption as all the Ardmore bowlers were on target and wickets tumbled readily. At 38 for 6 the hosts were in total control but the game looked to turn as Terry Richardson was given two lives by the fielding side as he and Nathan Rooney worked their way back in.
Those two took the score to 84 before Richardson was stumped by Murphy for 34 but Rooney and Jamie Grassi kept the tie alive with a 34-run partnership. Happily for the home side however Andrew Riddles broke through in the nick of time removing Grassi for 17 and then Bertram soon after before Conor Brolly closed out a fantastic win against the five times champions.
Over in Donegal,St Johnston stunned a strong CSNI outfit with a spirited all-round showing to secure themselves a last-16 tie at home to Strabane.
The Saints batted first here and were given a fantastic platform by Michael Rankin (35) and David Lapsley (27) who put on 72 for the first wicket. Despite losing a few cheaply after that, Jassi Wallia and Ian Macbeth added 56 in the middle before the latter fell for 31.
David Macbeth's 27 were valuable runs as well before Wallia was out for 60 (5 fours and a six) that allowed the Championship side to close on 213 all out. Andrew Cowden (4 for 37) and Mark Adair (3 for 34) fared best with the ball but on a damp track it looked a really good score.
The Belfast side needed a good start but they got nothing like it as David Lapsley and Nathan Cole rocked them with excellent use of a new white ball. The youngsters bowled just back of a length and the "Service" batsmen couldn't work with them, and unbelievably, within the space of less than five overs the batting side were reduced to 6 for 5.
After that it was just damage limitation although stand in skipper Charlie Beverland resisted manfully, hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes on his way to 52 however with no other batsman making double figures it was a forlorn task.
Lapsley with 5-21 and Cole (3-16) were brilliant for the Saints and they were the catalyst for a huge 130-run winning margin but credit Wallia too as he followed up his half century by bowling 6 overs and returning figures of 2-3.
Strabane's win over Lurgan was also pretty straightforward as they continued their impressive start to the new season. The game was reduced to 47 overs because of rain but the visitors were soon struggling as Mark Snodgrass was on target with 3 early wickets.
Skipper Stephen Chambers kept his team in the hunt as he made 32 but the all-round power of the hosts' attack was simply too much and no-one else in the batting order got out of single figures. The upshot was a very modest total of 87 all out- Matt Bentley with 3-6, Snodgrass (3-23) and Jonny Robinson (2-1) doing the damage.
Kevin Martin with 23, Tawanda Mupariwa (17) and Peter Gillespie 16 not out ensured a comfortable passage to Round 2 for Strabane.
Fox Lodge made it four as they blew away Leinster in their own back yard in a match reduced to 20 overs. All the North West side's bowlers were among the wickets as the home side failed spectacularly with the bat to be dismissed for just 85 with a couple of balls to spare.
The Ballymagorry men weren't going to miss from there and despite losing Jason Milligan for 19, Iftikhar Hussain with 35 not out and Brian Allen (21 not out) saw them ease into the next stage with tons in hand.
Brigade's journey home will have been a bit more tedious after Gareth McKeegan's men fell foul of the dreaded Duckworth Lewis, losing out to Phoenix in the Park. The home side batted the best part of 43 overs for their 119 but despite losing 4 wickets early in the reply, the Beechgrove team's captain hadn't been unduly concerned.
"We had plenty of batting to come and plenty of overs in hand but the rain took us completely by surprise. It really was like a summer's day but it just changed all of a sudden and we were taken aback. We never got on again after that and were 13 runs adrift on D/L but it is so frustrating to have lost like that" he said.
Merrion overcame Muckamore by 44 runs (D/L) - the Anglesea men scored 208 for 3 in 30 overs, and when the rain came again, Muckamore had a revised target of 128 in 15 overs.
A fine bowling display saw Muckamore skittled for just 84.
Waringstown progressed after a 69 run win at home to Terenure.
Shaheen Khan top scored with 49 as the home side posted 178 - Lee Nelson (25), James Hall and Greg Thompson (both 23) chipping in.
Stephen Moreton (4-30) and Ken Brennan (3-35) the pick of the attack.
In reply, Terenure were dismissed for 104 - Gary Kidd taking 4 for 17, and two wickets apiece for Khan and McCallan.
At Shaw's Bridge, heavy rain meant the dreaded bowl-out, with visitors Railway Union striking twice to beat Instonians.
The second round draw is as follows: Ties to be played Sunday June 8