The ‘old firm’ of Kenny Carroll and Liam McCarthy inspired Railway Union to a vital 37-run win in their promotion battle with fellow title hopefuls Leinster at Rathmines.

Kenny shared a second wicket stand of 153 with Ashil Prakash (62) as Railway looked set for a total well in excess of 200.

However, three wickets apiece for Ben Mitchell and Saqib Bahadur saw 155 for 1 become 187 all out.

Bilal Azhar (74), Ben Mitchell (21) and Joey Carroll (19) gave the home side a strong start at 73 for 1, but they too slumped when well set.

Liam McCarthy took a five wicket haul, while Alan Mathew and Hamza Maan each claimed a brace as Leinster were 150 all out.

Liam McCarthy took five wickets

Byron McDonough’s brutal assault on the Terenure attack inspired Cork County to a 135-run win at The Mardyke.

He clubbed 8 sixes and 6 fours in whirlwind 98 from just 61 balls as the Munster side piled up 315 for 8.

There was a half century too for skipper Ross Durity (60), while Sukphal Singh (37) and Cormac Hassett (34) also contributed.

Donal Lynch 952) and Raghav Grover (46) offered some resistance, but four wickets for Singh, and three for Abu Saddique ensured the comfortable win.

Byron McDonough

Half centuries for Jonathan Andrews and Malcolm Nofal led North County to a 119-run win over Cork Harlequins.

Andrews top-scored with 64 (3 fours, 3 sixes), while Nofal made 55 in County’s 253 for 9.

Brandon Kruger (3-22) and Esmat Ibrahami (3-52) each took three wickets for the Munster side.

Abdul Ghaffar took four wickets as Quins slid to 44 for 5, but a 6th wicket stand of 66 between Ryan Joyce – whose 52 from 43 balls contained 6 fours and 3 sixes- and Matt Brewster (30) offered the visitors hope.

However, once Nofal (3-26) broke the stand, the game petered out as Harlequins were bowled out for 134.

Jonathan Andrews

A poor batting display by Rush saw them overpowered by North Kildare at Kenure.

The home side were in trouble from the off, losing Llew Johnson second ball, slumping to 21 for 5.

That they recovered to 175 was down to the late order, with Asher Abbasi hitting 55 (7 fours, 2 sixes), Allan Eastwood (26*) and David Carthy (24).

A solid chase saw overseas professional Kaustubh Pawar (44), Khawaja Murtaza Sidiqi (41*) and Manjeet Singh (40*) all in the runs – the latter pair adding an unbroken 70 for a convincing win.