There was a real thriller in the Under 17 interpro at Balbriggan as the hosts beat the NCU by two wickets chasing 183. Batting first, Carson McCullough made a fine 70 in the NCU total of 183 for 9, with Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin claiming 3 for 21 and Clontarf left-armer claiming 2 for 32.

Srihan Karpe got the chase off to a good start with 44, but Harry Dyers four wickets brought the visitors right back into contention. However, Eoin Birch’s 36 proved crucial as the two-wicket win was sealed in the 35th over.

Ollie Riley produced a super all-round display to help his Leinster Under 15 side to a 170-run win against their NCU counterparts at North County. A half century from Robert O’Brien (54), plus 46 from Riley and 31 from Ethan Marshall (31) saw the hosts make 215 – two wickets for Watt.

It was with the ball that Riley came to the fore, producing one of the finest spells in recent memory at this level, taking eight wickets for just one run, including a hat-trick, as the NCU were bundled out for 45.

Leinster B won their opening match of the Under 13 Festival in the North West as they overcame a battling Munster to win eventually by 88 runs.

Runs for Sheryas Rajeshs (47), Joe Russell (43) and Ryan Keenan (30) took Leinster to 153 for 2, before Munster rallied with three wickets for Limerick’s Ayan Ullah restricting them to 197 for 6.

Injuries to two Munster players, including their opener meant an uphill battle, but 35 from Ullah and 24 from Khalid saw them add 54 for the 6th wicket on their way to 109. Gautem Rana (3-8) was the pick of the Leinster attack.

The NCU B side overcame the North West by just two wickets in their match at Foyle College.

The hosts made 137 for 9 in their 30 overs, with two wickets apiece for Edward Hall and Daniel Rayner.

The chase was a tense one, with Jack Robinson making a stylish 49, and Myles McNaught a quickfire 29 as they clinched the victory in the penultimate over.