The Emerging Knights experienced mixed fortunes in their T20 double headers at Carrick as they lost by five wickets against Ireland U19s but beat the Emerging Warriors by the same margin.
In the morning game Ollie Metcalfe to the second ball of the day but Ryan Hunter, who played a pivotal role in the NCU Under 15's trophy success, showed he has the class and ability to step up to a higher level with an accomplished innings.
Ireland U19s take the field
The CSNI 15 year-old hit 11 boundaries in his 67 from just 47 balls, sharing a second wicket stand of 108 with Matthew Halliday.
Derriaghy batsman Halliday top scored with an unbeaten 73 from just 56 deliveries (8 fours, a sixes) adding 51 for the third wicket with Aditya Adey (18) as the hosts posted 169 for 3.
That total is par at best on the fast scoring Middle Road ground and so it proved as Nathan McGuire raced out of the blocks.
Umpires Milne and Burrowes
He hit 9 fours and 2 sixes in a quickfire 59 from 33 balls, sharing stands of 55 with Jack Dickson (19) and 48 with Scott Macbeth.
St Johnston all-rounder Macbeth showed his pedigree as he continued the fast paced innings hitting seven fours and clearing the ropes three times in a top score of 62 from 40 balls.
He was one of three wickets for Carson McCullough (3-21) but Phillipe Le Roux (29 no) ensured the five-wicket win with an over to spare.
The afternoon match saw a succession of visiting Warriors batters get starts but fail to capitalize once in.
Varun Chopra top scored with 29, skipper Kyle Magee made 28, while Scott Macbeth swapped allegiances in making 20, and Tommy Orr hit 19 in the Warriors 141 all out.
North Down's Tom Mayes took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Cian Robertson, CJ van der Walt and Ben Mackey.
Nathan McGuire dismissed Ross Adair second ball, but skipper John Matchett counter-attacked hitting a fluent 47 from 29 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes).
Thereafter the result was never really in doubt as the Knights batting chipped away at the relatively modest target.
Morgan Topping hit four boundaries in his 27 not out, as did Max Burton in his 22. Ollie Metcalfe (18), James Hunter (17) and CJ van der Walt (10no) all made double figures as the win was reached with five wickets and seven balls to spare.
The Knights finish in second place on the same points as third placed Ireland U19s, 16 points adrift of runaway champions Leinster Bolts.
Munster Heat take on Emerging Warriors in the final game of the tournament on Monday, with the winners avoiding the wooden spoon.