Pembroke survived a stirring Malahide fightback to go top of the table with a two wicket win in their rearranged T20 clash at the village.

Early wickets for Barry McCarthy (3-21) and leg-spinner Gavin Hoey (4-15) had the hosts innings in disarray at 32 for 4, but a fifth wicket stand of 62 in ten overs between Alistair Frost (38) and skipper Fintan McAllister (21) steadied the ship.

A total of 109 looked well under par, and after six overs of the chase that indeed seemed to be the case as the Sydney Parade side raced out of the blocks, with Danny Hogan hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes in a rapid 35 from 17 balls, putting on 58 with Gavin Hoey, who also cleared the ropes twice in his 24.

However, the momentum switched completely as four wickets fell in five balls, 75 for 2 becoming 75 for 6, and suddenly 110 seemed very far away, with Keith Reynolds (3-20) and Mike Frost (2-21) doing the damage.

JJ Garth's 24 got Pembroke close to the line and Paul Lawson's penultimate ball boundary secured the win, just!


At The Village, Pembroke beat Malahide by 2 wickets

Malahide 109 all out (19.4 overs; A Frost 38, F McAllister 21; G Hoey 4-15, B McCarthy 3-21)

Pembroke 112/8 (19.5 overs; D Hogan 35, JJ Garth 24, G Hoey 24; K Reynolds 3-20, M Frost 2-21)