Rush, Clontarf and Terenure qualify for T20 finals day
Terenure emerged the surprise finalists in the Alan Murray Cup when they came out on top on NRR after they, North County and The Hills all won a game each in their group at Milverton.
Their 23 run win against the hosts proved crucial - 27 from Max Sorensen and 14 from Mike Baumgart had led The Hills to 76 for 6 in 13 overs, with Zander van der Merwe taking 2 for 7 and James Smith 2 for 14.
Dan Van Zyl then smashed four sixes in a rapid 36 from 19 balls as Terenure raced to 59 for 3 in 6.3 overs - enough for them to be declared 23 run winners under DL.
Terenure's loss had been to North County by just one run in a thriller. John Mooney hit 41 from 28 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) with support from Conor Armstrong (36) as the Balrothery side made 96 for 3 in 13 overs.
That didn't look adequate as Van Der Merwe launched a brutal attack hitting 5 sixes and 2 fours in his 54, receiving good support from Andre Botha (23).
However Ross Staunton took 3 for 10 as Terenure fell just short on 95 for 6 as the final ball saw a wicket with 2 runs needed..
In the other group game The Hills made 105 for 2 which was 33 too many for County.
Defending T20 champions Clontarf are through after comfortable wins against Railway Union and Malahide.
Kenny Carroll hit 7 fours in a 45 ball 54 as Railway scored 118/8 - Joe Morrissey (3-17) and Andrew Poynter (2-20).
Poynter then sent a timely reminder to the Irish selectors as he made 62 from 55 balls (7 fours, 1 six), with Alex Cusack hitting 29, Clontarf romped to a seven wicket win with 15 balls to spare.
They secured their place in the final with a 66 run win against Malahide. Alex Cusack got their innings off to a quick start hitting 36 in 19 balls (6 fours, 1 six), and Eoghan Delany (32) and Andy Poynter (31) helping Clontarf to 156 for 7.
Yet again Poynter starred with the ball taking 3 for 18 as Malahide limped to 90 all out.
Bowl-out kings Rush then triumphed in the final group - beating Phoenix 3-2 and Merrion 2-1 to complete three of the finals line up at YMCA on Sunday August 5th.
YMCA, Leinster and Pembroke will play their Group next week.