Carlisle shines for Balbriggan in shock victory over Clontarf
BALBRIGGAN were the shock-troopers on the opening day of the inaugural Leinster League Cup, with a 32-runs defeat of last year's Premiership runners-up and Senior Cup holders, Clontarf.
Dean Carlisle, one of a handful of new players who have joined the Fingal club this season, top scored with 79 in his side's 228-7. Although Bill Coghlan responded with 77 for the home side, after his dismissal they lost their last eight wickets for 44.
The other Group B games resulted in easy victories for defending league champions Merrion, as well as Pembroke, the latter bowling out Leinster for 88, while Merrion laid down a marker for the season by amassing 336-9 against Terenure. Michael Lewis scored the first century of the season, hitting 114 from just 76 balls (13 fours and five sixes) to set up a huge 242-runs success.
Malahide were top scorers in Group A, with Peter Chase finishing 37 not out in his side's 235-7, and despite a half-century from Eddie Richardson, North County were bowled out 46 runs short.
James Shannon saw Phoenix to a five-wickets victory with 28 not out on his debut against Dublin University. The Hills chased down YMCA's 156 with just two wickets and three balls to spare at Claremont Road, professional Daya Singh seeing them home with an unbeaten 68.