Friday 22 September 2017

Cricket: Pembroke look to end Merrion's scoring streak

Pembroke are the next bowling attack who will attempt to tame Merrion's powerful batting line-up today when the Sydney Parade side host the new leaders of RSA Leinster League Division One.

Merrion hit the front last week after The Hills lost their unbeaten record, but also because of another runs scoring feast, which has been a feature of their league performances this season.

They totalled more than 260 for the second game in a row and the third time in five matches and, indeed, the only time they have not reached 200 was when they were chasing 172 – and they passed that total without losing a wicket.

Pembroke are unchanged after picking up their second win of the season last Sunday at Phoenix.

The Hills are now one point behind the new leaders after their surprise defeat to North County and they are unlikely to find it any easier against YMCA today at Claremont Road.

A YM victory would leapfrog them over their opponents.

Kevin O'Brien makes a welcome return for Railway Union. They host North County with both teams locked in a congested mid-table.

Leinster, who have lost all five league games so far, have a must-win game at Phoenix, the team immediately above them in the table. Defeat would leave the Rathmines side needing three wins to avoid the two relegation places.

TROTT FEELS ENGLAND PEAKING AT RIGHT TIME

Jonathan Trott hopes England are ready to peak at the right time in the Champions Trophy final.

Trott will be a batting lynchpin against India on his home ground at Edgbaston tomorrow as England seek their first global one-day international trophy. That is an enticing prospect in its own right, after 16 previous failures in world tournaments spread over almost 40 years.

"You always have a little cheeky sneak at the fixtures, and where the final is going to be played and I was very excited about getting here – and it's happened," said Trott.

SORENSEN IN A HURRY AS LIGHTNING STRIKE TWICE

MAX SORENSEN and Patrick Collins took the honours as Leinster Lightning completed back-to-back victories at Sydney Parade in the RSA T20 Trophy.

Sorensen proved too quick for the North-West Warriors, taking two wickets in his first over and another in his second to reduce the visitors to 8-4. The Hills paceman finished with 3-13 as the Warriors were dismissed for 78 and Leinster hit their target with seven wickets and nine overs to spare.

The Northern Knights fared little better in the second game, losing by 58 runs. Opener Collins led the way for Leinster with 66 from 54 balls, before Kevin O'Brien and John Mooney lifted two sixes each to take the home side to an imposing 177-4.

Barry McCarthy and Alex Cusack shared six wickets as the Belfast-based outfit were bowled out for 119.

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