ITíS a big double header for seven of the eight Premier League clubs this weekend with a full round of league action followed by the first round of the Leinster Senior Cup tomorrow.

For the second year in a row Clontarf receive a bye but The Hills start their defence with a home match against North County, who defeated them in a rearranged 20 overs game last week. Itís a seventh home Senior Cup draw in a row for the Milverton side, including last yearís final, so they will start favourites to complete revenge tomorrow.

Balbriggan are the only Section Two side drawn at home but hopes of an upset are slim as they face Merrion, last yearís beaten finalists and current Premier League leaders, while Malahide travel to Pembroke and Rush are the visitors to YMCA.

For the first time this season Merrionís lead is threatened and unless they get something from their visit to Castle Avenue today, Clontarf will join them at the top of the table, although YMCA will reach the summit if they beat Pembroke at Sydney Parade and Clontarf also win.

The only way is up for Leinster who travel to North County today while the two teams immediately above them, Phoenix and The Hills, meet in the Park.