Merrion are the new Premier league leaders after a five-wicket win at home to Phoenix.

Three wickets apiece for Dave Langford-Smith and Tom Stanton saw Phoenix squander a good start to falter to 187 all out.

Reinhard Strydom (37), Fletcher Coutts (36) and Richie Lawrence (27) all got starts but failed to kick on.

Anything under 200 at Angelsea Road is never likely to be enough barring something exceptional and thatís how it played out.

Dom Joyce top scored with 84 and brother-in-law John Anderson also got a half century in a thoroughly deserved win.

YMCA slipped down the table after they were well beaten by Clontarf at Claremont Road. Batting first, eight of their players reached double figures, with Harry Tector top scoring with 33.

He shared a 5th wicket stand of 53 with Zimbabwean Test player PJ Moor who made 30, as did James Parkinson, while Simi Singh hit 27.

Sameer Dutt was the five-wicket hero for Clontarf, while David Delany took 3 for 39 as YM were dismissed for 194.

Parkinson then took two early wickets accounting for Declan Gallagher and Bill Coghlan to give YM hope.

However, that was quickly extinguished by Obus Pienaar who clubbed 10 fours and 2 sixes in an undefeated 86 from just 81 balls.

He shared an unbroken stand of 104 in just 77 deliveries with former Irish international Andrew Poynter, who hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 61 not out from 50 balls, as Clontarf raced to a seven-wicket win.

Highest total of the day was at North County where the home side posted 299 for 8, thanks primarily to South African professional Malcolm Nofal.

He hit 13 fours and 8 sixes in a superb 160, sharing a second wicket partnership with County skipper Niall McGovern who stroked 12 boundaries in his 73. T

he Pembroke top order kept finding the boundary fielders as their chase never got going. Only Jack Balbirnie with 61 offered serious resistance as they were dismissed for 159 Ė former Ireland U19 spinner Adam Coughlan claiming four wickets.

In the bottom of the table clash, defending champions Leinster were crushed by The Hills.

The Milverton side racked up 270 for 6 and skittled Leinster for just 112 with Lightning coach Albert van der Merwe taking 5 for 13, and the ever -consistent Luke Clinton taking three wickets.

In Division Two Malahide made it four wins on the bounce as the Ford dynasty scored yet another hundred for the club.

Greg Fordís unbeaten 120 was the backbone of their total of 226 for 5 which was 109 too many for Rush Ė Stephen Doheny scoring 66 of their 117.

Balbriggan though top the table after a maximum point win over Dublin University.

Irish passport holding South African Conor Fletcher (113) and Zimbabwean overseas player Timycen Maruma (92*) were their main scorers as they racked up 322 for 4.

The students were then dismissed for just 101, with Kashif Ali taking four wickets and Duane Harper three.

Terenure stay rooted to the bottom of the table after being skittled for just 71 at Railway Union.

Sri Lankan Ranil Dhammika was the destroyer-in-chief as he took 6 for 17, while there were two apiece for Saad Ullah and Mo Tariq.

Kenny Carroll wasted no time in the modest chase, thumping five boundaries in an unbeaten 34 as Railway won by seven wickets in just 64 balls.