Ireland captains past and present were to the fore in the latest round of Women's fixtures in Division One on Thursday night.

Isobel Joyce top scored as Merrion beat YMCA, while Laura Delany was to the fore as Leinster beat Pembroke despite the best efforts of Clare Shillington.

Joyce top scored with a rapid unbeaten 83 from just 54 balls, hitting 12 fours as Merrion scored 175 for 1.

She shared an opening stand of 86 with Tilly Lugg who hit 7 fours in her 47, and then added an unbroken 89 for the second wicket with twin sister Cecelia (31*).

Robyn Lewis (1-25) was the only bowler to escape punishment.

Gaby Lewis thumped 6 fours and a six in a quickfire 43 from 22 balls, while her sister Robyn chipped in with 22 as YMCA finished on 114, losing by 61 runs.

Julianne Morrissey, sister of Joe and Simon Morrissey, took 4 wickets for just 15 runs, taking three in her last over.

After dismissing the dangerous Robyn Lewis who was well caught on the boundary by Cecelia Joyce, she bowled out the tail in the space of five balls.

Celeste Raack (2-22) and Rachel Delaney (2-35) were also among the wickets.

"It was nice to have a bit of a break last week and come back to club cricket fresh last night.," said Isobel Joyce afterwards.

"Scores are getting bigger this year so we knew with the batting lineup YM has that we had to set a big target and I think we ran and hit well towards the end of the innings. It was a pleasing team performance and will give us confidence for the rest of the season."

At Sydney Parade, current Ireland skipper Laura Delany was the star of the show as Leinster beat Pembroke by 26 runs.

Delany top scored with an undefeated 72 from 61 balls, hitting 8 boundaries to help Leinster post 144 for 4.

She shared stands of 40 with Isabella Fitzgibbon (14) and 56 with Sophie MacMahon (18) in a steady display.

Orla Prendergast was the stand-out Pembroke bowler, taking 1-10 in her four-over spell.

The total didn't look to be enough as Clare Shillington raced out of the blocks with a typically pugnacious knock.

'Shiller' clubbed 9 fours and 2 sixes in 54 from just 30 balls to take the home side to 68 for 0 at the start of the 9th over.

Enter Sophie MacMahon (3-26) who got the breakthrough, and then dismissed Shauna Kavanagh second ball to completely change the momentum of the game.

Pembroke didn't help their cause with four run-outs as they desperately tried to get back into the game, but eventually finished 26 runs short on 118 for 9.

"We won the toss and I elected to bat, and our total of 144 which if Iím honest given how nice the track was and with a quick outfield I thought maybe slightly below par given the strength of Pembroke's batting line-up," said Leinster skipper Delany afterwards.

"Shills got off to a flyer and they looked on course for the win. Sophie (MacMahon) took three quick wickets removing key players Clare Shillington, Shauna Kavanagh and Cliona Tucker.

"With a few runs out and some tight bowling at the end we saw ourselves over the line in what was a great game of cricket which ebbed and flowed throughout the evening."

Overseas players Paris Crowe and Niamh Walsh dominated as Malahide beat Clontarf by 34 runs in a high scoring game.

Crowe hit 8 fours in an unbeaten 73 from just 53 balls, sharing a 148-run stand with Walsh, who hit 4 boundaries in her 56.

Malahide's total of 194 for 2 was certainly an imposing one, but Kerrie Tomlinson gave it a go, top scoring with 72 as Clontarf posted 160 for 8.

Walsh followed up her half century with 2 for 26, while Isobel McCormack (1-9) took the crucial wicket of Tomlinson to ensure victory.

There's Super 3 action today on Friday at Merrion, while Oak Hill is the scene for a full day of T20 Super 3 matches on Sunday.


At Claremont Road, Merrion beat YMCA by 61 runs

Merrion 175-1 (20 overs; I Joyce 83*, M Lugg 47, C Joyce 31*)

YMCA 114 all out (19 overs; G Lewis 43, R Lewis 22; J Morrissey 4-15, C Raack 2-22, R Delaney 2-35)

At Sydney Parade, Leinster beat Pembroke by 26 runs

Leinster 144-4 (20 overs; L Delany 72*, S McMahon 18, O Prendergast 1-10)

Pembroke 118-9 (20 overs; C Shillington 54; S MacMahon 3-26)

At Malahide, Malahide beat Clontarf by 34 runs

Malahide 194-2 (20 overs; P Crowe 73*, N Walsh 56)

Clontarf 160-8 (20 overs; K Tomlinson 72, L Maritz 18; N Walsh 2-26, I McCormack 1-9)