Belfast Royal Academy retained the Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup with a tense three-wicket victory over RBAI on Friday.
The Academy won the trophy for the first time in their history last year and their successful retention came with less than two overs to spare and thanks to a brilliant 78 not out by Max Burton in 94 balls.
He scored virtually half the Academy’s required total of 159, having come to the middle with his side in serious difficulty at 34 for 3.
None of the other batsmen managed to reach the twenties and only three claimed double figures.
Early in their innings Inst promised a higher challenge than their total of 158 off 38 of their 40 overs with a second wicket stand of 71 between Ben Mellor (41) and Matthew Lightbody (32).
The fact that the later order could not bat out their full quota of overs was to cost dearly.
RBAI – 158 all out (38.1 overs)
B Mellor 41; M Lightbody 32; B Cochrane 22.
BRA Bowling: M Wilson 7.1-32-2;D McLarnon 8-36-1; J Burton 8-37-3; F Collins 4-15-1; C Boyd 6-8-1
BRA – 159 for 7 (38.1 overs)
F Collins 18; M Burton 78
Bowling: L McNamara 8-34-2; D Robinson 8-28-2; D Whitten 7-27-3
BRA win by three wickets