TOM LYNCH'S sterling 91 saw St Mary's end a 37-year wait for the Leinster schoolboy senior cricket title as they comprehensively saw off St Andrew's by 54 runs at Anglesea Road on Tuesday afternoon.
Mary's victory was built on a strong batting performance despite a slow start, amassing 189 from their allotted 40 overs.
Indeed, they lost one of their key men, Michael Hogan, in the second over, run out by Aaron Bailey at the bowler's end with just one on the board.
Gareth Delany announced himself at the crease with a six first up, but was stumped soon after by School Sports Star of the Week winner Lee Cole off the bowling of Cameron Shoebridge. He was keeping it particularly tight, his first four overs going for just five runs but Lynch was picking off the bowling at the other end, flaying six boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
The introduction of Jack Balbirnie to tweak some leg breaks similarly curbed the scoring rate to keep Mary's in check at 73 for two at drinks. But Andrew's will rue a couple of missed run-out chances while Hogan was dropped on 40.
He was to go on and make 57, lasting 35 overs at the crease, and was the rock on which the innings flourished, patiently taking singles while a flamboyant Lynch passed 50 off 57 balls.
Hogan and Lynch amassed a partnership of 134, and while Shoebridge returned for a second spell to nick out Hogan, Lynch teed-off late on as over 30 runs came from the last four overs.
It left an intimidating 189 total for Andrew's to chase and when Bailey was caught behind off Lynch, they were under further pressure, forcing a few nervous strokes.
Lee Cole and Ryan Hohn set about rebuilding the innings and brought the score past 50 in decent time but, when the former was caught at the stumps by Hogan off Delany, St Mary's sensed blood.
Hohn was bowled by Benn Hoey soon after and Balbirnie departed lbw with the score on 55 for four to leave Andrew's in tatters.
Delany removed Geoff Cole and the innings never truly recovered.
The ton was passed in the 30th over before Benn Hoey, Michael Hoey and Lynch finished off the tail, 54 runs shy of the target.
It handed Mary's just their fourth crown in the competition's 109-year history.
St Mary's 189-5 (T Lynch 91, D Hogan 57; C Shoebridge 3-44) St Andrew's 136 all out (M Kirk 25; G Delany 3-31, B Hoey 3-32); St Mary's win by 54 runs.