Johnny Terrett is the star in North Down Cup win over Leinster
First the good news for North Down supporters. The team has won an Irish Cup match in Dublin for the first time in four years. The bad news is they may have to travel south again for the second round.
Victory by five wickets over Leinster at Rathmines has given them an away game against either Coleraine or Merrion, who managed only 12 overs in their first attempt on Saturday, but the Ballsbridge side – beaten finalists last year – will have home advantage in the rearranged fixture.
Johnny Terrett, opening the batting following the departure of Neil Russell, was North Down's star man with 78 from 90 balls , including eight fours and two sixes as the Comber side chased down their 178 victory target in the 37th over. Peter Eakin completing the job in style.
After taking 20 balls to get off the mark, he hit 38 off his next 26 with five fours and a six.
Civil Service North claimed their first win of the season, just as impressively, by five wickets against Strabane with Wayne Horwood hitting a solitary boundary in a remarkable 39 off 26 balls, despite having to bat with a runner, after pulling a hamstring. Set 158 in 33 overs, the NCU side won with five balls to spare and are next away to Bready or Lurgan.
CIYMS were in a spot of bother at 19 for three, chasing just 118 in 34 overs to beat Glendermott, but an unbeaten 57 from Chris Dougherty saw the NCU champions home for the loss of only one more partner.
The Belmont side will probably be involved in the match of the round next month after being drawn away, in the only confirmed tie, to The Hills who ended Instonians interest in the competition at the first hurdle, the holders winning by 27 runs after dismissing their visitors for 170, despite a third successive 50 from Andrew White and also a typically dashing 40 from the aforementioned Russell.
Ballymena were the other NCU team to play but they were bowled out for just 95, something of a recovery from 20 for five but, as a result, never in the same parish as Clontarf who had made 208 for eight. Bill Coghlan, called into the Leinster squad for this week's three-day interprovincial against North West, scored 94.
Only one game was completed in the North West – indeed only Coleraine got on the field – and all five teams must travel for the replays, at a stroke making it difficult to improve on their one win from five away games on Saturday.
But Fox Lodge, with a straightforward 112 runs win in Cork, thanks to 74 from Dean McCarter, will now back themselves to reach the quarter-finals after being drawn at home to Carrickfergus or Cork County.
The other two North West teams to bite the dust were Brigade, bowled out for 161 at North County and beaten by six wickets while Creevedonnell (70 all out) lost by seven wickets at Pembroke.
There is no reserve date in the National Cup so with only three games played, nine were decided by bowl-outs.
Ardmore were the only team to travel, but they failed to hit the stumps against Derriaghy and were one of five North West teams to lose.
Killyclooney and St Johnston are the only two in Wednesday's second round draw and they will be joined by holders Muckamore, Cliftonville, Derriaghy, Laurelvale and Dundrum from the NCU.
RSA Irish Senior Cup 2nd round draw: Coleraine or Merrion v North Down, Bready or Lurgan v Civil Service North, Bonds Glen or Waringstown v Donemana or Terenure, The Hills v CIYMS, Lisburn or YMCA v Pembroke, Fox Lodge v Carrick or Cork County, Downpatrick or Railway Union v North County, Clontarf v Eglinton or Phoenix.
Ties to be played on Saturday June 8.