Leinster weekend roundup.
SIMI SINGH’s excellent form with the bat continued at the weekend as the Ireland international followed up a century in the Premier League game on Saturday with 81 for YMCA in their first round Senior Cup win over Rush.
Singh faced just 66 balls yesterday, hitting eight fours and three sixes, as YMCA piled up 239-5 in just 31 overs. Rush batted out the overs but were 90 runs short under the DLS calculation as rain affected all five of the cup ties; there was no play in the Balbriggan-Merrion game.
North County and The Hills could only play a 20 overs match which the Balrothery side won by eight wickets but Pembroke had a scare before getting past Division 2 side Malahide, chasing 166 in 30 overs, they won by two wickets off the penultimate delivery.
YMCA stormed to the top of the Premier League table after Merrion suffered their first defeat of the season in a thrilling finish at Castle Avenue.
Clontarf needed nine to win from the last over, bowled by John Anderson, and after Conor Kelly hit the vital boundary, David Delany, who had already taken five wickets, scored the winning run from the fifth ball to give ’Tarf a four wickets victory and move them within six points of Merrion and 16 behind the leaders.
Singh scored 109 in YM’s imposing 278 and Pembroke never threatened, bowled out for 145 in the 41st over.
North County moved into the top half with 70 runs win over Leinster, professional Malcolm Nofal hitting 118 from 99 balls in his side's 293-5.