Barry Chambers (CricketEurope)
Irish internationals present and past were to the fore in the three Leinster Senior Women's games, no more so than Lara Maritz and Ava Canning as they helped Phoenix and Leinster to emphatic wins.
Maritz came back to haunt her old club The Hills, as she struck 16 boundaries on her way to the first century of the season, making 110 from 75 balls.
Irish international Lara Maritz: Pic Rodney Smythe
After Phoenix had lost a wicket from the first ball of the game, it was one-way traffic thereafter as Maritz shared a second wicket stand of 69 in eight overs with Georgina Dempsey (22) to get them back on track.
She then added a further 100 in 52 balls for the fourth wicket with Ashlee King (27*), before being caught by her sister Tess from the final ball of the innings.
Aisling Byrne claimed two wickets, but the Milverton side clearly missed their best bowler, Jane Maguire as Phoenix posted 210 for 4.
Chasing a daunting total, Clíodhna O'Reardon (23) shared stands of 36 and 35 with Tess Maritz and Natasha Morton, who made 16 apiece.
Sarah White took two wickets, with the final margin, 121 runs.
Leinster's Ava Canning celebrated her Ireland contract with four wickets as they proved too strong for Clontarf at Rathmines.
The teenager, capped during the recent series against Scotland bowled superbly to claim four scalps, while Maria Kerrison took three wickets to restrict Clontarf to 97 for 8.
Isobel Joyce top scored with 29 for the Castle Avenue side.
An opening stand of 53 in six overs between Sophie MacMahon 29 in 21 balls (2 fours, 1 six) and Ellen Ridgeway, who hit three fours in run-a-ball 33, set Leinster on their way to the nine-wicket win.
Ridgeway also shared an unbroken second wicket stand of 45 from just 21 balls with Irish skipper Laura Delany who also hit three fours in her unbeaten 18 from nine balls - the win achieved in the 10th over.
"We’re all really happy with how the season has started for us this year," said Canning afterwards.
"I’ve been out of club cricket for over a year and it was nice to be able to start this season well and take a few wickets.
"It’s great to get the wins but we still have lots of competitive games left. Hopefully we’ll keep it up for the season."Pembroke won the final game of the night as they beat Malahide at Sydney Parade by 37 runs.
A second wicket stand of 54 in 40 ball s between Irish internationals Shauna Kavanagh (37) and Louise Little (35) at better than even time laid a solid foundation.
Pembroke innings was given late impetus from former Irish international Clare Shillington, whose unbeaten 36 came from just 25 balls, including three fours and the only six of the innings, as they ended on 167 for 6.
Three wickets in six balls from Orla Prendergast (1-11) and Hannah Little (2-23) rocked the reply, and when Amy Hunter went after she had hit five boundaries in her 24, the game looked over at 49 for 4.
However a fifth wicket stand of 81 between Gemma Devally (31*) and Anna Kerrison (26*) helped by 50 extras, saw them finish on 130 for 4, losing by just 37 runs.
At Phoenix Park, Phoenix Women beat The Hills Women by 121 runs
Phoenix 210/4 (Lara Maritz 110, Ashlee King 27*, Georgina Dempsey 22; Aisling Byrne 2-47)
The Hills 89/5 (20 overs; Cliodhna O'Reardon 23; Sarah White 2-21)
At Observatory Lane, Leinster Women beat Clontarf Women by 9 wickets
Clontarf 97/8 (20 overs; Isobel Joyce 29, Aoife Brennan 17; Ava Canning 4-12, Maria Kerrison 3-10)
Leinster 98/1 (9.4 overs; Ellen Ridgeway 33*, Sophie MacMahon 29, Laura Delany 18*; Freya Sergeant 1-18)
At Sydney Parade, Pembroke Women beat Malahide Women by 37 runs
Pembroke 167/6 (20 overs; Shauna Kavanagh 37, Clare Shillington 36*, Louise Little 35; Beth Deacon 1-21, Sarah Condron 1-27)
Malahide 130/4 (20 overs; Gemma Devally 31*, Anna Kerrison 26*,Amy Hunter 24 ; Hannah Little 2-23)