Munster bragging rights went to Cork County who edged out Harlequins by two wickets in a real ding-dong game. Francois Mostert (4-14) had Harlequins reeling at 7 for 4, and 77 for 7, but they battled their way to 180, with Seanan Jones and Kieran O’Reilly both making 39. Cormac Hassett struck ten boundaries in a hard-hit 70 from only 64 balls, and with Ben Marris (32) and Eshan O’Sullivan (28) also in the runs, it looked straightforward for County. However, four wickets for Matt Brewster and two apiece for Max Egan and Seanan Jones meant they had to fight for the two-wicket victory.

Leinster’s promotion challenge remained on track as they beat North Kildare by 148-runs. The win was set up by a consistent batting effort that saw the top seven all in the runs. Saqib Bahadur top-scored with 69, while there was also a half century for professional Ben Mitchell (53), who shared an opening stand of 66 with Bilal Azhar (38) as they posted 263 for 7. Ben Mitchell (2-26) struck an early blow with the wicket of Kaustubh Pawar, and from then it was the Bilal Azhar show, as he took six wickets in a superb display. Kildare were dismissed for 115, with Waqar Azmat hitting a defiant 53.

Railway Union edged out North County by 14 runs in the Championship promotion battle. Wickets for Abdul Ghaffar (4-49) and Usman Azhar (2-46) reduced Railway to 108 for 8, but Fakhar Zaman’s unbeaten 54 (5 fours, 2 sixes) allowed them to rally to 199 for 9, which was to the match defining passage of play. Zaman then took 2 for 10 in his ten overs spell, as County slumped to 57 for 5 in the 28th over – wickets too for Sean O’Brien (3-48) and Liam McCarthy (2-39). John Mooney was still there though, and he top-scored with 63 (4 fours, 3 sixes) as he added 93 with Luke Whelan (35). However, the required rate was just too much, the home side winning by 14 runs despite a late cameo of 26 in 16 balls from Sean Sludds (26*).

National Cup finalists Terenure made short work of Rush, whose batsmen with the exception of Llew Johnson, struggled on the new mat. Johnson hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 52 out of a total of 77. The other ten managed a combined 19, with number ten Brandon Morris making 10 of those. Bhavic Tukrel was the destroyer-in-chief taking seven wickets for 16. Seamus Lynch and Henry Dall had no fears over the surface, as they knocked off the runs in just eight overs. Lynch smashed 5 fours and 4 sixes in his unbeaten 56 from only 31 balls, while Dall’s 23 not out included five boundaries.