Parchment keeps County on front foot
Clontarf are the leaders of Leinster League Division One after two rounds of games but more surprising is that North County and Railway Union, the only other teams with a 100% record, complete the fledgling top three.
While Clontarf duly completed a second win over the two promoted sides, beating Cork County by 81 runs, Railway held on to win a high-scoring game against Malahide by seven runs and County stunned Merrion with a 36 runs success at Anglesea Road.
County skipper Eddie Richardson had said he was worried about his side's batting but, led by his in-form overseas professional Brenton Parchment, they did not let him down against last season's runners-up. Parchment (85) and Adam Coughlan (65 not out) put on 116 for the third wicket and the captain hit 49 off 50 balls to leave Merrion a victory target of 249.
Richardson and Parchment then took the big wickets of Tyrone Kane and Dom Joyce to reduce the hosts to 14 for two and, crucially, Coughlan ripped through the middle order with three for 23.
Railway's launching pad was an opening stand of 112 between Kenny Carroll and Abdullah Hafiz who both scored 55 and Adrian Murphy's 62 got them up to 239 for eight. Malahide's new professional, Will Kindley, made an instant impression with 95 but when he was out, the remaining three wickets fell for 15 runs.
Stephen Moreton batted through the Clontarf innings for 119 out of his side's 277 for four and although Stephan Grobler replied with 95 for Cork, their next top scorer was 14.
Best result of the day was Pembroke's 21 runs win over champions YMCA who needed 72 off the last nine overs with eight wickets left but were bowled out off the last ball, Jono Cook taking four wickets. In contrast, Ryan Hopkins, who retired hurt after getting cut on the eye in the second over, returned to put on 70 from the last 39 balls with Jack Balbirnie to propel YM to 241 for six.