Wins for Merrion, The Hills and Railway Union
Merrion secured their place in the Leinster Grand final with a seven-wicket win against a Phoenix side who have endured a poor campaign plagued by injuries and unavailability.
Tyrone Kane top scored with 32, while Stephen Moreton chipped in with 22 as the home side made 124. Daniel Forkin continued his excellent week with another three wickets, while there were also fine bowling displays for Amish Sidhu 3-10, Jack Carty 2-27 and Hugh Kennedy 2-31.
The ever consistent John Anderson’s unbeaten 59 ensured the victory in the 19th overs, with Michael Lewis also making 31.
The Hills won at Leinster in a contest abbreviated by bad light.
Bilal Azhar top scored with 38 as the home side made 156 for 8, with the highlight being his dismissal by teenager Sam Smyth’s first ball in senior cricket.
Murray Commins hit 4 sixes and 4 fours in an unbeaten 51 to take The Hills to 144 for 4, needing 13 off 15 balls when the light meters came out – The Milverton side winners on DLS.
A fine all-round display for Liam McCarthy who made 51 and took three wickets helped Railway Union to a 49-run win against Rush.
Ireland U19 international Phillipe Le Roux also made a half century as Railway posted 131 for 5 – Allan Eastwood taking 2 for 26.
Railway then produced a fine bowling display to skittle Rush for 72, with Sean O’Brien also taking three wickets and Prabanshu Kamal 2-19 – Jarred Barnes (29) and Finn McGee (22) offering some resistance.