Merrion top the Leinster Premier league at the half-way stage after they beat YMCA by seven wickets at Claremont Road.

Half centuries from Jack Carty and John Anderson eased them to their 207 run target.

Carty top scored with 79, while Anderson made 64 in their stand of 100 from 119 balls.

Earlier Carty and Dom Joyce (35) had laid the platform with a 70-run opening stand.

Three wickets for Tom Stanton and Poonish Mehta had YM in trouble at 130 for 7, but James Parkinson clubbed 4 fours and 3 sixes in 44 from just 22 balls, as he and Avril Shukla (37*) added 58 for the 8th wicket, albeit in a losing cause.

Clontarf are in second place after they increased Leinster’s woes with a five-wicket win at Rathmines.

Wickets for Sameer Dutt, David Delany and Conor Kelly restrict the defending champions to 148. That proved inadequate especially after Bill Coghlan thumped a 26-ball half century to make the result a formality.

Sean Terry’s century was the basis for The Hills 71-run win at local rivals North County as they avenged their recent cup loss.

Terry hit 14 fours and 2 sixes in his 101 from 120 balls, as The Hills posted 269 for 7. Her shared a century stand with Mark Donegan (45), while there were useful cameos too from Nic Pretorius (32), Albert van der Merwe (29*), and Max Sorensen (21).

Eddie Richardson was the pick of the attack taking 3 for 18, and it was he who top scored in the County reply with 53. Jamie Grassi hit 49, and Adam Coughlan 25, but two wickets apiece for Daya Singh, Van Der Merwe and Nazeer Shaukat saw County dismissed for 198.

Pembroke eased their relegation worries with an emphatic 8-wicket win at home to Phoenix. Andrew Balbirnie (95*) and Theo Lawson (93*) shared an unbroken third wicket stand of 191 in 211 balls as they coasted past their 208 run target.

Fletcher Coutts took the two wickets to fall, and it was he who top scored with 72 from 62 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) in the Phoenix total of 207. Reinhardt Strydom scored 55, but their cause wasn’t helped by no fewer than four run outs!

In Division Two, Malahide recorded their highest ever senior total as they pummelled the Terenure bowling to rack up 432 for 7 - Arjun Muntha (103), Fintan McAllister (84*), and Matthew Ford (74) their main run getters. Terenure in reply were dismissed for 143 to stay firmly rooted at the bottom of the table.

Alex Stiles hit 82 as Railway Union beat Cork County by 64 runs, while Rush were 110-run winners over Dublin University.

Neil Rock scored a century, hitting 12 fours and 3 sixes in his 110 from 95 balls, as Rush made 288. Stephen Doheny struck 10 fours in a hard-hit 66, while Conor Armstrong and Conor Mullen chipped in with 27 and 24.

Half centuries from Jamie Brown and Anwar saw Trinity reach 137 for 1, but they imploded, losing 9 wickets for just 41 runs to be 178 all out.

Former Irish international Alan Eastwood picked up 5 for 38, while Shahid Iqbal claimed three wickets in the convincing win.