Saturday 24 February 2018

Merrion cling on to reach cup final

Merrion will meet The Hills in the final. Photo: Stock Image
Merrion will meet The Hills in the final. Photo: Stock Image

Ian Callender

Merrion survived a storming finish by Clontarf to book their place in the final of the Leinster Senior Cup where the Division 2 side will meet The Hills.

John Anderson's superb 126 seemed to have put Merrion out of sight when the Ballsbridge side reduced Clontarf to 185 for eight, still needing 44 off the last two overs. But John Mooney hit three sixes and two fours in the penultimate over off Max Neville to leave them 16 to win from the last six balls. But Tyrone Kane held his nerve and although Mooney hit another six to reach 49 from 32 balls, he was bowled off the last to give Merrion a nine runs victory.

Albert van der Merwe was The Hills hero in the other semi-final as he top-scored with 39 in his side's 176 for seven and then took three wickets, including the big one of Kevin O'Brien for just 15, as Railway were bowled out for 128, with eight overs unused.

Consolation

Clontarf gained some consolation for their cup defeat by extending their lead at the top of Division 1 to 45 points after a six wickets victory over nearest challengers Phoenix at Castle Avenue.

The visitors were dismissed for just 106 in 26.2 overs and the champions knocked off the runs four balls quicker.

The Hills moved up to third with an eight wickets win over Pembroke, Max Sorensen hitting a sensational 108 not out from just 57 balls as they passed the home's side's 167 in just 22.4 overs.

North County drop to fourth and YMCA moved out of the relegation places with a 147 runs win at Claremont Road which was exactly the contribution of Simi Singh who continued his remarkable recent form. The Ireland international hit 18 fours and four sixes and then took four for 22 as the visitors were bowled out for 197.

Irish Independent

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