Leinster Premiership 2023
Railway Union14403718135.5
The Hills14303828125.5

YMCA deducted 5 points for starring infringment

Balbriggan beat Clontarf by 5 wickets
Jack Harper Ground, 9 September.
Clontarf 213 (45.3 overs: Robert Forrest 36, Eoghan Delany 35, Ryan Karunakaran 28, David Delany 23; Farooq Nasr 3-24, Andy Darroch 2-17, Chris De Freitas 2-28)
Balbriggan 215/5 35.5 overs; Cameron Rowe 79, Chris De Freitas 57, G Ford 37*)
Balbriggan finished the season on a high as they beat Clontarf by five wickets at Jack Harper Park. Clontarf posted 213 as they lost their way after an opening stand of 72 in nine overs between skipper Eoghan Delany (35) and Ryan Karunakaran (28). It took Bobbo Forrest's 36 to get them over the 200. Farooq Nasr claimed three wickets, while there were two apiece for Kashif Ali, Andy Darroch and Chris De Freitas. The result was never in doubt thanks to a third wicket stand of 129 between top-scorer Cameron Rowe - who hit 9 fours and 2 sixes in his 79 - and Chris De Freitas who made 57 (7 fours, 1 six). Captain Greg Ford thumped seven boundaries in a rapid unbeaten 37 to clinch the win in the 36th over.
The Hills lost to Merrion by 9 runs
The Vineyard, 9 September.
Merrion 189/9 (50 overs: John Anderson 83*, Stephen Doheny 31; Jonathan Tall 3-19, Bhavesh Lakhotia 2-28, Matthew Weldon 2-39)
The Hills 180 (41.5 overs; Nicolaj Laegsgaard 91, Mark Donegan 24; T Stanton 3-14, D Forkin 2-18, S Harbinson 2-23, H Kennedy 2-24)
A dramatic collapse by The Hills saw them fall through the relegation trap-door as they lost by nine runs at home to Merrion. There appeared no danger as they reached 140 for 2 thanks to a third wicket stand of 85 between Mark Donegan (24) and Nicolaj Laegsgaard. The Dane had smashed 91 from only 47 balls (11 fours, 5 sixes), but his dismissal put the Milverton side in a tailspin as pressure told, and they lost eight wickets for 40 runs to be 180 all out. Earlier, John Anderson's 83 (4 fours, 2 sixes) had held the Merrion innings together after an opening stand of 59 between Stephen Doheny (31) and Jack Carty (19).
Railway Union beat Leinster by 5 wickets
Park Avenue, 9 September.
Leinster 117 (42.2 overs: Monil Patel 33, Joey Carroll 23; Hamza Maan 4-26, Liam McCartjy 2-18, Brandon Kruger 2-30)
Railway Union 118/5 (28.4 overs; Brandon Kruger 33, Kenny Carroll 29; Gareth Delany 3-44)
Brandon Kruger helped Railway Union beat Leinster (Kenny Carroll)
Railway Union produced the first half of the 'Great Escape' crushing Leinster's title hopes with a five-wicket win at Park Avenue. Monil Patel (33) and Joey Carroll (23) took Leinster to a steady 54 for 2, but they couldn't kick on as four wickets for Hamza Maan, and two apiece for Liam McCarthy and Brandon Kruger saw them bowled out for 117. Gareth Delany took three wickets in the chase, but Brandon Kruger hit three sixes in his 33, and Kenny Carroll made 27 in a vital win. Part two comes next Saturday with an all or nothing clash with Phoenix to determine who gets the last Premiership slot.
YMCA beat Malahide by 117 runs
Claremont Road, 9 September.
YMCA 239/9 (50 overs: Adam Rossle 85, Jamie Forbes 48, Tom Anders 21*, Tim Tector 20; Kelvin Donnelly 2-34, Andrew Sheridan 2-48)
Malahide 122 (36.2 overs; M Frost 55, A Sheridan 30; M O'Reilly 5-18, T Tector 2-31)
YMCA, 2023 Premiership winners (YMCA )
YMCA's probable swansong at Claremont Road turned into a real celebration as they went out with a bang producing a near faultless display to sweep aside Malahide by 117 runs and clinch the Premier title for the seventh time. Batting first there was a slight wobble at 94 for 6, but a 7th wicket stand of 97 between top scorer Adam Rosslee - who hit 12 boundaries in his 85 - and Jamie Forbes (48) took them to 239 for 9. Malahide's top order was blew away by Mikey O'Reilly (5-18) to slump to 27 for 6, and there was no way back from that. Mike Frost hit 6 fours in his 55, adding 57 with Andrew Sheridan (30), but it was only delaying the inevitable - skipper Tim Tector taking two wickets on his way to lifting the trophy.
Merrion lost to Leinster by 39 runs
Anglesea Road, 2 September.
Leinster 277/9 (50 overs; S Bahadur 64, G Delany 53, M Patel 37, J Carroll 34; T Anders 3-34, D Forkin 2-43)
Merrion 238 (47.2 overs; J Anderson 81, S Harbinson 38, D Forkin 29, H Kennedy 21, N Shankar 20; G Delany 3-34, B Azhar 2-25, P Francis 2-49)
Leinster stay top of the Premiership after a 39-run win over Merrion at Anglesea Road. A 5th wicket stand of 103 in 17 overs between Saqib Bahadur and Gareth Delany - both of whom made half centuries - laid the foundations for a total of 277 for 9 - runs too for Monil Patel (37) and Joey Carroll (34). The chase was soon in trouble at 27 for 3, but John Anderson top-scored with 81 (10 fours) as he shared half century stands with Sam Harbinson (38) and Daniel Forkin (29), However, three wickets for Gareth Delany and two apiece for Bilal Azhar and Peter Francis closed out the win that keeps their double hopes in their own hands going into the final match of the campaign.
Balbriggan lost to Railway Union by 4 wickets
Jack Harper Ground, 2 September.
Balbriggan 64 (20 overs; D Lues 22*; Zaman Safi 7-25, S O'Brien 2-32)
Railway Union 70/6 (16.5 overs; D Lues 3-20, S Willemse 2-7)
Zaman Safi took 7 wickets as Railway beat Balbriggan (Kevin O'Brien)
Balbriggan's title defence was left in tatters after they were blown away by Zaman Safi's seven-wicket haul for Railway Union - their best figures in the modern era. The Afghan's wonderful spell of 7 for 25 plus two wickets for Sean O'Brien saw the hosts dismissed for justs 64 - Dylan Lues making 22 not out. Lues then took three wickets and Sam Willemse two as Railway lost 6 wickets chasing their modest target. The victory gives them hope of leapfrogging The Hills into the play-off place, but to do so they will have to beat leaders Leinster and hope The Hills are beaten by Merrion.
YMCA beat Clontarf by 5 wickets
Claremont Road, 2 September.
Clontarf 182/7 (50 overs; D Delany 63, F Hand 57, A Delany 21*; O Riley 4-40)
YMCA 183/5 (39.4 overs; J Tector 37, A Rosslee 35, H Thompson 23, A Burton 25*, C Campher 21; C McDonnell 2-41)
Action from Claremont Road (Trevor Freeman)
YMCA's future at Claremont Road may be hanging by a thread, but his win over Clontarf means they could well be champions when the season ends there on Saturday. They move up to second place thanks to a hard fought 5-wicket win over Clontarf. The Castle Avenue side found the going tough as they were 33 for 3 in the 14th over. They recovered thanks to a fourth wicket stand of 105 in 29 overs between David Delany (63) and Fionn Hand (57) who were never able to break the shackles. Olly Riley took 4-40 as Clontarf posted 182 for 7. Jack Tector hit 37, followed by half century stands between Adam Rosslee (35) and Henry Thompson (23), ass well as Ash Burton (25*) and Curtis Campher (21) - the five wickets win sealed in the 40th over.
The Hills lost to Malahide by 3 wickets
The Vineyard, 2 September.
The Hills 108 (36.5 overs; T Rooney-Murphy 24, M Donegan 22; M Frost 6-23, K Donnelly 2-11, H KIndley 2-25)
Malahide 111/7 (36.5 overs; J Grassi 30, F McAllister 22*; T Rooney-Murphy 2-21, N Laegsgaard 2-25, S McNicholl 2-31)
Champagne for Michael Frost after his six wicket haul. (James Newland)
The Hills face an anxious end to the season after this latest loss at home to Malahide. Michael Frost took 6 for 23 as they were bowled out for just 108 - Tomas Rooney-Murphy and Mark Donegan making 20s in a third wicket stand of 52. However from 66 for 2, they slumped to 108 all out. Malahide found the going equally tough after Jamie Grassi's early salvo saw him hit 5 fours and a six in an 18-ball 30. At 89 for 7 it was very much in the balance, but an unbroken 8th wicket stand of 22 saw them home, with Fintan McAllister (22*) and James Newland (7*) keeping cool under pressure.
YMCA beat Railway Union by 8 wickets
Claremont Road, 27 August.
Railway Union 120 (41.2 overs; Philippe Le Roux 38, Liam McCarthy 24; Padraic Flanagan 3-23, Tom Anders 3-24, Mikey O’Reilly 2-24)
YMCA 121-2 (21.3 overs; Jack Tector 58*, Henry Thompson 37)
Railway Union remain rooted to the foot of the table and look destined for an instant return to the Championship after an 8 wickets loss at Claremont Road in their rearranged clash with YMCA. They were always in trouble following early wickets for Padraic Flanagan (3-23), Tom Anders (3-24), and Mikey O’Reilly (2-24), and despite a battling 38 from skipper Philippe Le Roux and 24 from Liam McCarthy a final total of 120 was nowhere near challenging. Tim Tector (13) went with 20 on the board, but a second wicket stand of 65 in 10 overs between Jack Tector and Henry Thompson - who hit 6 fours and a six in a run-a-ball 37 - all but settled the one-sided contest. Jack Tector's even time unbeaten 58 (9 fours) ensuring a win that keeps YMCA right in the title mix.
Merrion v YMCA. Abandoned.
Anglesea Road, 26 August.
Merrion 218/7 (44 overs; J Anderson 84, S Harbinson 36, N Shankar 31*, S Modgill 27, J Carty 21; O Riley 3-25, T Anders 2-33, A Burton 2-52)
YMCA 17/0 (2.4 overs)
Merrion stay looking over their shoulder anxiously after their match with YMCA was another that didn't get completed. John Anderson top-scored with an even time 84 (8 fours, 2 sixes) adding 85 for the fifth wicket with Niranjan Shankar (31*), having earlier put on 62 for the fourth with Sam Harbinson (36). A total of 218 for 7 in 44 overs was a decent one in the conditions, but we will never know if it was enough as the game was abandoned with the Claremont Road side on 17 for 0 in the 3rd over when the stumps were pulled.
The Hills v Leinster. Abandoned
The Vineyard, 26 August.
The Hills 140 (34 overs; C McLouglin-Gavin 53, M Commins 30; S Bahadur 5-31, D Ranolia 3-29)
Leinster 48/2 (14 overs; M Hogan 29*)
Leinster still top the table after their game against The Hills was abandoned just six overs short of the 20 required to make a match. Saqib Bahadur took five wickets as the home side threw away a good start by Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin (53) and Murray Commins (30) to slump from 93 for 1 to 140 all out - three wckets too for Devder Ranolia. Michael Hogan's unbeaten 29 helped them to 48 for 2 before the weather had the final say with 14 overs gone.
Railway Union v Clontarf. Abandoned.
Park Avenue, 26 August.
Clontarf 183/8 (39.4 overs; D Delany 40, E Delany 38, R Karunakaran 30, PJ Moor 25; B Kruger 2-27, H Maan 2-56)
Railway Union 2/2 (1.2 overs; D Delany 2-0)
David Delany took two wickets in eight balls to hint at what could have been as Railway Union's chase of Clontarf's 183 lasted only eight balls before the elements intervened. He had earlier top-scored with 40 as the Clontarf top four all got starts. Skipper Eoghan Delany (38), opener Ryan Karunakaran (30), and PJ Moor (25) in the runs, while there were two wickets apiece for Brandon Kruger and Hamza Maan. Railway are back in action on Sunday when they take on YMCA.
Balbriggan beat Malahide by 6 wickets (DLS)
Jack Harper Ground, 26 August.
Malahide 94 (19.3 overs; S Willemse 4-20, D Lues 3-15, M Pollard 2-23)
Balbriggan 60/4 (12.3 overs) (Target 58 in 20 overs)
Balbriggan were the only winners on a day in Dublin when the rain was never too far away. A superb display by the bowling unit exploited the helpful conditions to great effect as Malahide were bundled out for 94. Sam Willemse (4-20), Dylan Lues (3-15), and Matt Pollard (2-23) doing the damage at the Jack Harper Ground. A revised target of 58 in 20 overs saw the home side lose four wickets but get over the line thanks to double figure contributions from Greg Ford (18*), Farooq Nasr (14) and Chris de Freitas (13). They go into Sunday's All-Ireland T20 final with their title defence still very much a possibility.
Clontarf lost to Leinster by 110 runs
Castle Avenue, 19 August.
Leinster 241/7 (50 overs; J Carroll 52, M Patel 48, M Hogan 44, S Bahadur 33, P Francis 28*, G Delany 21; S Dutt 3-50)
Clontarf 131 (35.3 overs; D Delany 40, D Vincent 38, G Delany 4-29, J Carroll 3-16, S Bahadur 2-29)
Leinster go marching on as they went top of the table with a 110-runs win over Clontarf at Castle Avenue. The win was set up by a solid batting effort spearheaded by Joey Carroll's half century, plus runs right down the order from Monil Patel, Michael Hogan, Saqib Bahadur, Peter Francis and Irish international Gareth Delany to get them to 241 for 7. He then took four wickets as Clontarf were dismissed for 131, despite the best efforts of David Delany (40) and David Vincent (38). Carroll (3-16) and Bahadur (2-29) completed fine all-round games, as Leinster stand on the brink of what has been a memorable season even more remarkable.
The Hills beat Balbriggan by 43 runs
The Vineyard, 19 August.
The Hills 201/5 (32 overs; C McLoughlin-Gavin 73, M Commins 64, N Laegsgaard 28; F Nasr 2-37)
Balbriggan 158 (27 overs; C Fletcher 45, D Lues 40; C Nulty 4-19, M Sherzad 2-33)
The Hills gave their survival hopes a significant boost with a 43-run win over Balbriggan, whose title defence has taken a hit. A 32 overs match saw the hosts never look back atter an opening stand of 115 in 20 overs between Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin (73) and Murray Commins (64). Nicolaj Laegsgaard (28) added a further 50 in 7 overs with Cormac, and a final total of 201 for 5 was always likely to prove tough against a determined hosts. Cian Nulty (4-19) blew away the top order and when Farooq Nasr was run out, followed shortly by Farooq Nasr they were in deep strife at 64 for 6. Connor Fletcher (45) and Dylan Lues (40) counter-attacked but they had too much to make up - bowled out for 158 in 27 overs.
Merrion beat Malahide by 181 runs
Anglesea Road, 19 August.
Merrion 346 (49 overs; S Doheny 128, J Carty 93, S Harbinson 27, M Sorensen 27, J Anderson 22; J Newland 4-62, A Frost 3-70, A Sheridan 2-55)
Malahide 165 (30.4 overs; Younas Ahmadzai 33, M Ford 30, A Frost 27, A Doyle 20; T Stanton 3-23, H Kennedy 2-29, S Harbinson 2-36)
Century for Stephen Doheny (Rodney Smythe)
Merrion produced a powerful statement win that eases their relegation woes, while at the same time putting a dent in Malahide's title ambitions as the Premiership reaches the business end of the season. The Anglesea side never looked back after a record opening stand of 231 between Stephen Doheny and Jack Carty. Doheny top-scored with 128 from only 119 balls (16 fours, 4 sixes), while Carty's 93 from 107 balls included 7 fours and 5 maximums. The runs kept flowing with breezy cameos from Swapnil Modgill, Sam Harbinson and John Anderson as they made 346. There was one over unused - James Newland's hat-trick the main reason for that. It mattered little though as faced with such a daunting target Malahide never got a foothold in the chase. Younas Ahmadzai's 33 and Matt Ford (30) their main efforts in 165 all out - three wickets for Tom Stanton and two apiece for Hugh Kennedy and Sam Harbinson in the 181-run win.
Leinster beat Malahide by 22 runs
Rathmines, 13 August.
Leinster 208/9 (50 overs; J Carroll 71*, M Patel 40, P Francis 36; C Shoebridge 4-45, H Kindley 2-23)
Malahide 186 (42.2 overs; F McAllister 57, M Frost 31, M Ford 25; B Azhar 3-32, S Bahadur 2-23, P Francis 2-27)
It was a weekend to remember for Leinster who followed up their Irish Cup win with a 22-run win over Malahide. Joey Carroll made an unbeaten 71 in their 208 for 9, with runs too for Monil Patel (40) and Peter Francis (36). Cameron Shoebridge took four wickets for the villagers. Fintan McAllister's 57 kept the visitors in the hunt, but Leinster' attack again proved up to the task. Three wickets for Bilal Azhar, plus two apiece for Saqib Bahadur and Peter Francis sealing a crucial win in their title quest.
Balbriggan beat YMCA by 146 runs
Jack Harper Park, 13 August.
Balbriggan 314/9 (50 overs; G Dara 95, C De Freitas 43, C Fletcher 39, C Rowe 29, F Nasr 26; T Tector 6-75)
YMCA 168 (37.5 overs; A Burton 48, T Tector 46, T Anders 26; K Ali 4-40, D Lues 3-22, S Willemse 2-23)
Defending champions Balbriggan produced a statement win as they thumped YMCA by 146 runs. Ghanim Dara top-scored with 95 in their challenging 314 for 9. That proved more than enough as Kashif Ali took four wickets to dismiss them for 168 - Ash Burton (48) and Tim Tector (46) their best efforts.
Railway Union beat Merrion by 33 runs
Park Avenue, 13 August.
Railway Union 250 (49.2 overs; P Le Roux 88*, B Kruger 28, L McCarthy 25, R Mudford 21; S Harbinson 2-40, T Stanton 3-43, M Sinan 2-49)
Merrion 217 (49.1 overs; S Harbinson 78, J Anderson 55. S Modgill 22; B Kruger 3-37, Z Safi 3-57, L McCarthy 2-29)
Riley Mudford helped Railway Union beat Merrion (CricketEurope)
Teenager Phillipe Le Roux was among the runs again as Railway Union beat Merrion by 33 runs to leave the Anglesea Road with a nervous end to the season. PLR hit 6 fours and a six in an unbeaten 88 as they posted 250. A third wicket stand of 113 between Sam Harbinson (78) and John Anderson (55) looked to be easing their team to the win, before a now customary collapse saw them dismissed for 217.
Clontarf beat The Hills by 58 runs
Castle Avenue, 13 August.
Clontarf 136 (45.1 overs; F Hand 39, R Forrest 27; S MacNicholl 5-16, C Nulty 2-28)
The Hills 78 (16.5 overs; M Commins 25; D Delany 7-43, F Hand 3-31)
David Delany may be out of favour with the Irish selectors but he showed just how devastating he can be to bowl Clontarf to a famous win as they defended 136 against The Hills. The 'Clontarf Express' took 7 for 43 in a fiery spell, and with Fionn Hand taking 3 wickets, the visitors were bundled out for 78 chasing 137. Hand top-scored with 39 in the Castle Avenue's sides innings - Sean MacNicholl taking five wickets. That looked like being a match winning contribution, but Delany proved otherwise.
Railway Union lost to Malahide by 81 runs
Park Avenue, 29 July.
Malahide 293/6 (33 overs; Hunter Kindley 145, Younas Ahmadzai 88, Matt Ford 21; Hamza Maan 3-45)
Railway Union 212 (33 overs; Philippe Le Roux 89*, Riley Mudford 28, Liam McCarthy 25, Brandon Kruger 20; Kelvin Donnelly 3-43, Andrew Sheridan 2-25)
Hunter Kindley's brutal 145 helped Malahide to an 81-run win over Railway Union at Park Avenue. He thumped 17 fours and cleared the ropes three times in his 108-ball innings, sharing a second wicket stand of 187 in 20 overs with Younas Ahmadzai. The Afghan has made quite a name for himself in his first season in Dublin, and he was at his belligerent best, clubbing 8 fours and 6 sixes in his 88 from only 52 balls as the villagers made 293 for 6 in 33 overs. Kelvin Donnelly took three early wickets and only Ireland U19 international Philippe Le Roux's even time unbeaten 89 (7 fours, 2 sixes) held up the win.
The Hills lost to YMCA by 110 runs (DLS)
The Vineyard, 29 July.
YMCA 263/6 (50 overs; Adam Rosslee 110*, James Forbes 48, Ash Burton 43; Nicolaj Laegsgaard 2-25, Sean McNicholl 2-56)
The Hills 146 (34.2 overs; Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin 50, Nicolaj Laegsgaard 40; Harry Tector 4-33, Ash Burton 2-5)) (Target 257 in 47 overs)
Adam Rosslee's unbeaten 110 propelled YMCA to victory over The Hills. The Irish hopeful struck 9 fours and a 6 in his 117-ball knock, sharing stands of 88 for the fourth wicket with Ash Burton (43) , and 93 in just 12 overs for the 6th with James Forbes (46) as YM made 263 for 6. The Hills briefly threatened with Cormac McLoughlin's half century and a brisk 40 from Nicolaj Laegsgaard, but Harry Tector's four wickets saw them dismissed for 146.
Merrion lost to Clontarf by 21 runs (DLS)
Anglesea Road, 29 July.
Clontarf 218 (39.2 overs; Ruan Cronje 56, David Delany 51, PJ Moor 41, Eoghan Delany 23; Mohammed Sinan 3-18, Max Sorensen 3-51, Jordan Neill 2-47)
Merrion 198 (38.2 overs; John Anderson 51, Swapnil Modgill 30, Stephen Doheny 28; Fionn Hand 3-21, John McNally 2-23, David Delany 2-32) (Target 219 in 41 overs)
Clontarf dug deep to inflict a 21-run loss on Merrion at Anglesea Road. Irish internationals David Delany (51) and PJ Moor (41) shared a fourth wicket stand of 72 as the Castle Avenue side made 218 - vital late runs coming from Ruan Cronje who shepherded the tail on hiss way to a top score of 56 from 39 balls (7 fours, two 6's). Merrion look well placed in the chase with John Anderson making a half century, but not for the first time this season, they collapsed under scoreboard pressure to lose by 21 - three wickets for Fionn Hand and two apiece for John McNally and Delany. Merrion did give a debut to South African Jordan Neill - who has been playing for Ireland Under 19s in Scotland as well as Munster Heat.
Leinster lost to Balbriggan by 9 wickets (DLS)
Rathmines, 29 July.
Leinster 114 (30.3 overs; Peter Francis 34; Matt Pollard 3-20, Sam Willemse 3-34, Andrew Darroch 2-37)
Balbriggan 109 (16 overs; Farooq Nasr 67, Cameron Rowe 30*)
Defending champions Balbriggan made light work of title hopefuls Leinster with a 9-wicket demolition at Rathmines. Batting first, Leinster went from 26 for 0 to 44 for 7, blown away by three wickets apiece for Matt Pollard and Sam Willemse, with Andy Darroch taking two. Peter Francis hit 34 but a total of 114 was never going to be enough. Farooq Nasr hit 13 fours and a six in his unbeaten 67 from 45 balls, sharing a second wicket stand of 95 in 14 overs with Cameron Rowe (30*). The statement win meaning Balbriggan aren't going to relinquish their crown without a fight.
YMCA v Leinster: abandoned
Claremont Road, 22 July.
Leinster 108-3 (15.4 overs; B Azhar 45, M Patel 31*; A Burton 2-12)
YMCA (23 over match.)
Balbriggan v The Hills: no play.
Jack Harper Ground, 15 July.
The Hills
Malahide v Merrion: no play.
The Village, 15 July.
Railway Union v YMCA: no play.
Park Avenue, 15 July.
Railway Union
Leinster v Clontarf: no play.
Rathmines, 15 July.
Leinster lost to Merrion by 41 runs.
Rathmines, 8 July.
Merrion 191 (44.3 overs; Swapnil Modgill 73, Stephen Doheny 51, Jack Carty 23; Peter Francis 4-20, Joey Carroll 3-28, Saqib Bahadur 2-24)
Leinster 150 (43.1 overs; P Lynch 54*, Sam Harbinson 3-19, Hugh Kennedy 3-23, Niranjan Shankar 3-30)
Merrion survived a first innings batting collapse to inflict a 41-run loss on Leinster, putting a dent in the Rathmines sides title ambitions. Swapnil Modgill's 73 (8 fours, 1 six) plus a rattling 51 from Stephen Doheny (5 fours, 1 six) took them to 150 for 1, before they imploded, losing 9 wickets for 41 runs. Peter Francis (4-20), Joey Carroll (3-28), and Saqib Bahadur (2-24) doing the damage. The chasse started poorly for the hosts, with Sam Harbinson striking three early blows, and when Hugh Kennedy also grabbed a trio of scalps, the writing was on the wall. Patrick Lynch hit 7 fours in a defiant 54 not out, but three wickets for Niranjan Shankar sealed the win.
Railway Union beat Balbriggan by 4 wickets.
Park Avenue, 8 July.
Balbriggan 230/9 (50 overs; Chris De Freitas 109*, Connor Fletcher 57, Greg Ford 21, Eoin Birch 21*; Hamza Maan 4-41, Zaman Safi 2-35)
Railway Union 231-6 (43.1 overs; Riley Mudford 71, Ashil Prakash 55, Kenny Carroll 32; Dylan Lues 3-33)
Ashil Prakash and Riley Mudford who led Railway to victory over Balbriggan (CricketEurope)
Railway Union delivered another blow to Balbriggan in their title defence as they earned welcome points in a successful pursuit of 231. Batting first, the prolific Chris De Freitas was in the runs again with an unbeaten 109 as he and Connor Fletcher (57) helped them recover from 9 for 3. Greg Ford and Eoin Birch both made 21 in their 230 for 9. Leg-spinner Hamza Maan enhanced his burgeoning reputation with four wickets. Kenny Carroll (32) shared an opening stand of 71 with Ashil Prakash (55), who also added 90 with Riley Mudford - the latter clattering 6 fours and 5 sixes in a 44-ball 71. From then the result was never in any doubt, as they eased to a four-wickets win.
Clontarf beat YMCA by 5 wickets.
Castle Avenue, 8 July.
YMCA 186 (49.1 overs; Tom Anders 47, Adam Rosslee 43, Olly Riley 29, Tim Tector 21; David Delany 4-38, Ruan Cronje 3-30, Luke Thomson 2-20)
Clontarf 187-5 (44.5 overs; John McNally 42, Ryan Karunakaran 36*, Fionn Hand 35)
Ryan Karunakaran and John McNally (CricketEurope)
A solid chase which saw six of the top seven make double figures helped Clontarf to a 5-wickets win at home to YMCA chasing 187. John McNally top-scored with 42, while Ireland Academy's Ryan Karunakaran made 36 not out - Irish international Fionn Hand earlier having made 35. YM's innings had seen an early burst from David Delany (4-38) and Ruan Cronje (3-30) reduce them to 87 for 7 and 116 for 8 despite 43 from Adam Rosslee, before a late rally by Tom Anders (47) and Olly Riley (29) saw them post 186 - better, but not enough.
Malahide beat The Hills by 8 wickets
The Village, 8 July.
The Hills 153 (40.2 overs; Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin 39, Athar Farooqi 37, Tomas Rooney-Murphy 33, Mark Donegan 20; Mike Frost 4-21, Peter Chase 3-21, HUnter Kindley 3-25)
Malahide 157/2 (32.1 overs; Hunter Kindley 74*, Alistair Frost 58*)
Half centuries from Alistair Frost and Hunter Kindley led The Hills to a routine win (James Newland)
A third wicket stand of 139 in 26 overs between Hunter Kindley and Alistair Frost saw Malahide romp to a surprisingly easy 8-wicket win at home to The Hills. Kindley hit 11 fours in his unbeaten 74, while Frist made 58 not out (7 fours, 2 sixes) as they passed their modest target of 154 in the 32nd over. The visitors batting imploded as after a good start from the top four of Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin (39), Athar Farooqi (37), Tomas Rooney-Murphy (33) and Mark Donegan (20) took them to 120 for 2. They lost 8 wickets for 33, with Mike Frost (4-21), Peter Chase (3-21) and Hunter Kindley (3-25) doing the damage.
Malahide beat Balbriggan by 4 wickets
The Village, 1 July.
Balbriggan 260 (48.3 overs; Greg Ford 100*, Ghanim Dara 40, Connor Fletcher 35, Farooq Nasr 26; Mike Frost 2-50 )
Malahide 263/6 (49.5 overs; Matt Ford 116, Andrew Sheridan 31*, Andrew Darroch 3-35)
Champagne for centurions Matt and Greg Ford (James Newland)
It was a battle of the Ford brothers in the Fingal derby with Matt Ford outgunning sibling Greg in a tense tussle that went to the penultimate ball. Greg's unbeaten 100 helped Balbriggan to 260, with runs too for Ghanim Dara (40), Connor Fletcher (35) and Farooq Nasr (26). It perhaps should have been more, and they were made to pay as Matt Ford made a typically powerful 116, and helped by an unbeaten 31 from Andrew Sheridan, they got over the line.
Clontarf beat Railway Union by 6 wickets
Castle Avenue, 1 July.
Railway Union 144 (40.3 overs; Riley Mudford 37, Hamza Maan 35; Fionn Hand 3-27, Ruan Cronje 2-29, David Delany 2-32, Mike Granger 2-39)
Clontarf 149/4 (22.2 overs; Robert Forrest 63, John McNally 41; Fakhar Zaman 2-9)
Thumbs up for Clontarf's Ruan Cronje and Andrew Vincent after their win over Railway Union (Deryck Vincent)
Clontarf were the quickest winners of the day as they had little trouble accounting for Railway Union. Riley Mudford's 37, and 35 from Hamza Maan were the best efforts of a disappointing Railway effort of 144. Birthday boy Fionn Hand took three wickets, while there two each or Mick Granger, David Delany and Ruan Cronje. Bobbo Forrest thumped 11 fours in a rapid 63 from 55 deliveries, while John McNally hit 41 as they sealed the six-wickets win in the 23rd over.
Leinster beat The Hills by 40 runs
Rathmines, 1 July.
Leinster 284/7 (50 overs; Peter Francis 83*, Michael Hogan 79, Saqib Bahadur71; Cian Nulty 3-64, Sean McNicholl 2-54)
The Hills 244 (47.1 overs; Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin 90, Nathan Rooney 52, Althar Farooqi 31, Andrew Kavanagh 25*; Saqib Bahadur 4-39, Mark Tongue 2-23, Joey Carroll 2-48)
Saqib Bahadur took a hat-trick in his 4-39 and also made 71 (Stephen Tonge)
Leinster have emerged as serious title contenders and this feels like a statement win for the Rathmines side against The Hills. Peter Francis hit 7 fours and 4 sixes in a rapid unbeaten 83 from only 57 balls. Michael Hogan stroked 12 boundaries in his 79, while Saqib Bahadur made 71 (9 fours) in a home total of 284 for 7. The chase looked on with Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin and Nathan Rooney (52) adding 83 for the 5th wicket. However, from 185 for 4, they were dismissed for 244. McLoughlin-Gavin hit 11 boundaries in a top-score of 90, before becoming the first wicket of Saqib Bahadur'ss hat-trick.
YMCA beat Merrion by 27 runs
Claremont Road, 1 July.
YMCA 252/9 (50 overs; Rory Anders 64, Adam Roslee 63, Ash Burton 62*; Hugh Kennedy 4-41, Muhammed Sinan 2-34)
Merrion 225 (48.5 overs: Swapnil Modgill 86, Jack Carty 71; John Anderson 23; Tom Anders 5-37, Reuben Wilson 2-36, Mikey O'Reilly 2-50)
YMCA dug deep to beat Merrion by 27 runs, having looked dead and buried. Chasing 253, Swapnil Modgill (86) and Jack Carty (71) shared an opening stand of 173 to leave the Anglesea Road side needing 80 in 14 overs with all their wickets intact. However, the wheels came off as Tom Anders claimed 5 scalps, with Mikey O'Reilly and Reuben Wilson two each to be dismissed for 225. YM's innings saw Rory Anders top-score with 64 (10 fours, 1 six), sharing a third wicket stand of 132 in 25 overs with Adam Rosslee, whose 63 included 8 fours and a six. Ash Burton's unbeaten 62 added late runs - Hugh Kennedy taking four wickets for Merrion.
Balbriggan beat Leinster by 1 wicket.
Jack Harper Ground, 24 June.
Leinster 242 (46.4 overs; M PAtel 48, S Bahadur 46, M Hogan 40, J Carroll 36; K Ali 6-52, F Nasr 2-37)
Balbriggan 243-9 (45.4 overs; C de Freitas 88, G Dara 40, M Pollard 35; T de Beer 2-11, P Francis 3-30)
Clontarf beat Merrion by 6 wickets.
Castle Avenue, 24 June.
Merrion 150 (35.3 overs; M Sorensen 27; D Delany 4-21, F Hand 3-28)
Clontarf 152-4 (34.1 overs; E Delany 41, D Delany 40*)
Guinness is good for you. David Delany provided the point of dfference for Clontarf as they beat Merrion. (CricketEurope)
Malahide beat Railway Union by 27 runs.
The Village, 24 June.
Malahide 263 (48.2 overs; F McAllister 69, H Kindley 54, Y Ahmadzai 38; S O'Brien 3-39, A Mathew 2-44, F Zaman 2-49, B Kruger 2-63)
Railway Union 236 (48.5 overs; A Prakash 72, P Mehra 36, K Carroll 30, R Mudford 29; J Newland 3-44, M Frost 2-46, K Donnelly 2-52)
YMCA beat The Hills by 134 runs.
Claremont Road, 24 June.
YMCA 245 (50 overs; A Rosslee 57, M O'Reill49, R Anders 40, T Tector 39; J Tall 3-66, M Weldon 2-28, S McNicholl 2-60)
The Hills 111 (34.2 overs; M O'Reilly 4-27, T Tector 2-11, A Burton 2-25)
Merrion beat The Hills by 4 wickets
Anglesea Road, 17 June.
The Hills 160 (32/1 overs; Nicolaj Laegsgaard 40, Yaseen Sherzad 23; Muhammed Sinan 3-49, Tom Stanton 2-19, Oisin Bhoja 2-34, Sam Harbinosn 2-41)
Merrion 164/6 (45.4 overs; John Anderson 55, Dom Joyce 34*, Franco Marais 29; Nicolaj Laegsgaard 2-20, Sean McNicholl 2-23)
Merrion showed the value of experience as the battle hardened duo of John Anderson and Dom Joyce guided them to a four-wicket win at home to The Hills. Chasing 161, the hosts were struggling at 27 for 4, before Anderson (54) and Franco Marais (29) shared a 5th wicket stand of 72. When the pair went, 39 were still needed, but skipper Joyce (34*) ensured no late dramas, adding an unbroken 42 with Max Sorensen. The Hills' 160 saw Nicolaj Laegsgaard top score with a 23-ball 40 (4 fours, 3 sixes), but the bowlers were always in control, with three wickets for Muhammed Sinan, and two apiece for Tom Stanton, Sam Harbinson and Oisin Bhoja.
Clontarf lost to Balbriggan by 6 wickets
Castle Avenue, 17 June.
Clontarf 182/7 (41 overs; Ruan Cronje 62*, David Delany 35, Luke Thomson 25; Sam Willemse 3-23)
Balbriggan 183/4 (31 overs; Greg Ford 74*, Dylan Lues 38, Matt Pollard 36*; David Delany 2-26)
David Delany roars with delight (Deryck Vincent)
An unbroken 5th wicket stand of 112 between Greg Ford and Matt Pollard led Balbriggan to a six wickets win at Clontarf. Ford hit 8 fours and a six in his unbeaten 74, while Pollard finished unbeaten on 36 as they made light of a chase of 183. Clontarf professional Ruan Cronje - batting down the order at 7 - made an unbeaten 62, adding 57 for the 8th wicket with Luke Thomson (25*), while there were runs too for David Delany (35). Sam Willemse (3-23) was best with the ball for the defending champions.
Leinster beat Railway Union by 123 runs
Rathmines, 17 June.
Leinster 194/8 (39 overs; Monil Patel 55, Peter Francis 54, Joey Carroll 28; Sean O'Brien 2-32, Hamza Maan 2-41)
Railway Union 71 (21.4 overs; Devender Ranolia 3-14, Bilal Azhar 2-8, Saqib Bahadur 2-10, Peter Francis 2-22)
Leinster's bowling unit came to the party as they skittled out Railway for just 71 at Rathmines. The quintet of Devender Ranolia (3-14), Bilal Azhar (2-8), Saqib Bahadur (2-10), Peter Francis (2-22) and Mark Tonge (1-0) were all on target in a ruthless display, Earlier half centuries from in-form Monil Patel (55) and Peter Francis (54) guided the hosts to 194 for 8 in a game reduced to 39 overs. It was more than enough.
Malahide lost to YMCA by 8 runs
The Village, 17 June.
YMCA 169 (38 overs; Henry Thompson 42, Mikey O'Reilly 24, Adam Rosslee 22, Tim Tector 20; Cameron Shoebridge 3-22, Michael Frost 2-18, Peter Chase 2-38, James Newland 2-41)
Malahide 161 (37.4 overs; Matty Ford 51, Ali Frost 36; Olly Riley 4-25, Reuben Wilson 3-33, Mikey O'Reilly 2-24)
Closest game of the day saw YMCA edge out Malahide by 8 runs in a rain-shortened 38-overs match. Henry Thompson top-scored for YM with 42, while there were 20s from skipper Tim Tector, Adam Rosslee and Mikey O'Reilly. Cameron Shoebridge took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Michael Frost, Peter Chase and James Newland. A fourth wicket stand of 85 in 17 overs between Matt Ford (51) and Ali Frost (36) looked to be guiding the hosts home but they collapsed, falling 8 runs short - a combined seven wickets for teenager Olly Riley (4-25) and Reuben Wilson (3-33), plus two for 20 year-old Mikey O'Reilly as youth had its day.
Balbriggan lost to YMCA by 4 wickets (DLS)
Jack Harper Ground, 10 June.
Balbriggan 266/9 (50 overs; Greg Ford 95, Matthew Pollard 57, Cameron Rowe 36, Ghanim Dara 22; Tom Anders 3-36, Ash Burton 3-61, Olly Riley 2-48)
YMCA 238/6 (37.5 overs; Adam Rosslee 111, Ash Burton 43, Tim Tector 28; Farooq Nasr 2-29) (Target 238 in 40 overs)
Adam Rosslee's century helped YMCA to a four wickets win at champions Balbriggan. He top-scored with 111 from 93 balls (10 fours, 4 sixes) as he shared a fourth wicket stand of 127 with Ash Burton (43) as YM chased a revised target of 238 to win with 11 balls to spare. Earlier Greg Ford made 95 (14 fours, 1 six) adding 128 with in-form Matthew Pollard (57) as Balbriggan made 266 - three wickets apiece for Tom Anders and Ash Burton.
Merrion beat Railway Union by 5 wickets (DLS)
Anglesea Road, 10 June.
Railway Union 194 (35.5 overs; Riley Mudford 79, Fakhar Zaman 39, Liam McCarthy 22; Sam Harbinson 3-15, Max Sorensen 3-32, Hugh Kennedy 3-48)
Merrion 151/5 (27 overs; Sam Harbinson 72*, Franco Marais 31; Liam McCarthy 2-17) (Target 151 in 30 overs)
Sam Harbinson acknowledges applause for his half century (Rodney Smythe)
Sam Harbinson's unbeaten 72 and 3 wickets helped Merrion to a 5-wicket DLS win over Railway Union. Riley Mudford hit 11 boundaries in a quickfire 79 for the visitors, who lost wickets in clusters - including three in four balls by Hugh Kennedy - denied a hat-trick by a spill in the slips. That was part of a spell where the last five wickets added one run and a final total of 194 looked well short. With Harbinson and Dom Joyce in the middle, the DLS target of 151 was passed with three overs and five wickets to spare.
Leinster beat Malahide by 4 wickets (DLS)
Rathmines, 10 June.
Malahide 301/5 (50 overs; HunterKindley 102, Jamie Grassi 83, Younas Ahmadzai 71; Peter Francis 3-69, Bilal Azhar 2-74)
Leinster 234/6 (31.1 overs; Monil Patel 58, Bilal Azhar 50, Michael Hogan 34, Peter Francis 35*; Cameron Shoebridge 2-44) (Target 233 in 34 overs)
A Leinster win looked unlikely as Hunter Kindley and Jamie Grassi put on an opening stand of 174 for Malahide. KIndley hit 12 fours in his 102, while Grassi found the boundary nine times in his 83. Younas Ahmadzzai pressed the accelerator as he cleared the ropes 6 times and hit 5 fours too in his 71 from 33 balls as Malahide finished on 301 for 5. Rain reduced the target to 233 in 34 and thanks to better than even time 50s from skipper Bilal Azhar and Monil Patel they got ahead of the rate. Peter Francis (35*) and Joe O'Sullivan (18*) sealing the four wickets win in the penultimate over.
The Hills beat Clontarf by 6 wickets (DLS)
The Vineyard, 10 June.
Clontarf 177 (47.5 overs; Eoghan Delany 66, David Vincent 34, Robert Forrest 31; Sean McNicholl 5-24, Nicolaj Laegsgaard 4-34)
The Hills 157/4 (35.4 overs; Murray Commins 59, Mark Donegan 47*, Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin 31) (Target 151 in 41 overs)
Sean McNicholl took 6 wickets for The Hills (CricketEurope)
Sean McNicholl's five-wickets haul led The Hills to a comfortable win at home to Clontarf. The Irish Australian has been in prolific form in recent weeks and his acquisition has given the Milverton attack an extra dimension. Eoghan Delany (66) and David Vincent (34) shared an opening stand of 60 but thereafter they struggled against McNicholl (5-24) and Nicolaj Laegsgaard (4-34), with only Robert Forrest (31) showing resistance. A total of 177 was never going to be challenging and it was reduced to 151 after a shower. Cormac McLoughlin made an entertaining 31 (5 fours) after Laegsgaard and Bhavesh Lakhotia went cheaply, but the match was effectively put to bed by a fourth wicket stand of 99 between Murray Commins (59) and Mark Donegan (47*).
Sean McNicholl talks with Willie Dwyer after the game
Railway Union lost to The Hills by 7 wickets
Park Avenue, 3 June.
Railway Union 117 (23 overs; R Mudford 59*, T Rooney Murphy 6-28, N Laeqsgaard 2-21, C Nulty 2-28)
The Hills 121-3 (N Laeqsgaard 50, M Commins 44*)
Clontarf lost to Malahide by 6 wickets
Castle Avenue, 3 June.
Clontarf 251-9 (50 overs; J McNally 54, R Cronje 40, E Delany 39; C Shoebridge 2-34, J Newland 2-28, A Sheridan 2-59)
Malahide 254-4 (47.1 overs; Y Ahmadzai 101, M Ford 53*, H Kindley 34; L Gilhooly 2-34)
Century for Younas Ahmadzai of Malahide (Deryck Vincent)
Merrion lost to Balbriggan by 3 wickets
Anglesea Road, 3 June.
Merrion 276-6 (50 overs; J Anderson 105, S Modgill 43, S Harbinson 40)
Balbriggan 277-7 (47.4 overs; C De Freitas 128*, G Ford 31; M Sorensen 3-46, S Stanton 3-52)
Leinster beat YMCA by 39 runs
Rathmines, 3 June.
Leinster 254 (49 overs; M Patel 99, J Carroll 82*; M O'Reilly 3-43, O Riley 2-27, T Anders 2-38)
YMCA 215 (48.2 overs; A Rosslee 72, E Ahmed 40; B Azhar 3-27, P Francis 3-40, D Raniola 2-43, A Shukla 2-51)
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