In the Royal Liver Irish Cup, there were two remarkable games as Muckamore defended 99 to beat Leinster by four runs and CYM, needing 24 off the last four overs with seven wickets left, were bowled out, nine runs short of Malahide's total of 129.
Leslie Allen, the Muckamore skipper, led from the front again, top scoring with 24 in an innings which lasted only 40 overs. Leinster, in reply, were 30 for two and 63 for five but Allen and Charlie Henderson shared eight wickets, as the Dubliners collapsed, needing a last wicket stand of eight just to take the innings into the 38th over. Henderson took the final wicket, having No 10 McDonnell leg before wicket.
At Malahide, man of the match Peter Saville took two wickets in two balls to spark a dramatic CYM collapse which saw seven wickets go down for 14 runs. First John Pryor held a brilliant catch to dismiss top scorer Michael Lax and next ball he bowled the only other major runs scorer Conor Kelly. Merrion are the only other side through to the quarter finals after a 42 runs victory over Pembroke but with half the ties still to be played and the next round not down for decision until July 27, the draw, due to take place yesterday until RTE withdrew the cricket slot, has been put back, probably for another three weeks.