Three matches took place in the Women’s League on Thursday night with wins for Merrion, Leinster and Pembroke over Malahide, Clontarf and The Hills respectively.

Irish international captain Laura Delany was again to the fore as her Leinster side chased down 146 to beat Clontarf in a high scoring encounter.

Delany’s unbeaten 69 the highlight with Kerrie Tomlinson (55) and Una Raymond-Hoey (40) the best with the bat for the Castle Avenue side in a match dominated by the batters.

“Both Clontarf openers batted well but Sophie MacMahon took her key wicket for 40 just after the 10th over,” Laura Delany said after the win.

“Kerri Tomlinson (Clontarf’s overseas player) came in at three and batted incredibly well.

“Kerri was well supported by Lara Maritz towards the end of the innings leaving Clontarf on 146 for 2, which was a tough target.

“Valmai Gee (23) and myself opened the batting and with a lightning quick outfield we were 70 for none of 7 overs.

“After Valmai was run out Sophie and myself kept the run rate ticking and she pumped a few quick boundaries before being dismissed for 20.

“At this stage we required less than 30 to win in which we saw it over the line in the 17th over to complete an excellent win.”

Merrion were 67-run winners over Malahide with Leah Paul top scoring with 61 as the Angelsea Road side posted 182 for 4.

Paul struck 8 boundaries in her fine innings, well supported by Isobel Joyce (35), Hannah De Burgh White (26) and Sadabh Breslin (24).

Austalian Niamh Walsh (2-24) was the pick of the Malahide bowling unit.

Two wickets for Isobel Joyce including the dangerous Paris Crowe first ball, meant the Malahide chase never gained momentum, finishing on 117 for 7 with Celeste Raack and Sadbh Breslin among the wickets too.

Clare Shillington’s powerful 74 propelled Pembroke to a 68-run win over The Hills.

‘Shillers’ clubbed 11 fours and 2 sixes sharing a crucial sixth wicket stand of 93 in just 40 balls with Anna Beale after they had been struggling on 56 for 5.

Beale hit four boundaries herself in a rapid 27.

Anna Mooney took 3 for 17 for the Milverton side, while there were also wickets for Jane Maguire, Aisling Byrne, Natasha Morton and Tracy Clinton.

The Hills’ chase never materialised as the Pembroke attack all stuck to their task well after an opening stand of 40 between Alana Ryan (18) and Veronica Faye-Watt (14).

They finished on 99 for 7 with Rhianna Pope (16) and Aisling Byrne (13*) also batting well.

Hannah Little (2-18) was the most successful bowler, well supported by her sister Louise, Orla Prendergast, Anna Beale and Mhairi Nicoll.