NEIL ROCK was the star performer of the penultimate round of T20s, striking a superb 103 - including eight sixes - as Rush beat Leinster by 45 runs.

The young wicketkeeper also hit six fours in his 54-ball innings and the shell-shocked home side could only manage 134-5 in reply.

Balbriggan provided the upset of the day, beating Merrion by three wickets.

Opening bowlers Farooq Nasr and man-of-the-match Andrew Darroch took three wickets each as Merrion were bowled out for 140 then with most of the Balbriggan batters chipping in it was Darroch’s 26 not out that saw his team home with a ball to spare.

North County won the battle of the Fingal heavyweights, beating The Hills by five wickets. Eddie Richardson took 4-20 as The Hills were dismissed for 130 but it was his cousin John Mooney who claimed man-of-the-match for an unbeaten 53 from 35 balls, after County had been wobbling on 34-4.

In Phoenix Park, the home side made 165-5 against Dublin University, with Jamie Grassi posting a top score of 56, Louis Mcdonough 45 and George Dockrell 44, but it wasn’t enough and Trinity charged to victory by seven wickets.

Gavin Hoey hit a fine 48 not out off 20 balls for the visitors.

Elsewhere there were comfortable wins for YMCA, Clontarf, Malahide and Pembroke.

Michael O’Reilly and Tom Anders also shared six wickets as YMCA hammered Terenure by 10 wickets, bowling them out for 90 and knocking off the runs in 7.3 overs - Jack Tector unbeaten on 43, Rory Anders 37.

Eoghan Delany made 53 not out and Fionn Hand hit four sixes in a lighting fast 29 from 12 balls in a Clontarf total of 176-4 before the home side restricted Cork County to 124-6.

In a match restricted to 16 overs per side at Park Avenue, James Newland took 3-7 as Railway Union struggled to 72-9, a meagre effort that Malahide bettered with eight wickets and nearly six overs to spare - opener Alan Reynolds top scoring with 38.

Pembroke’s star-studded attack kept North Kildare to 119-6 at Sydney Parade and an unbeaten second-wicket stand of 111 saw the home side to victory with nine wickets and 3.3 overs to spare. Opener Diarmaid Tucker making 56 not out, his brother Lorcan 54