MERRION put their 100 per cent record on the line again today in the semi-final of the Leinster Senior League Cup when the Group B winners host Phoenix and Tyrone Kane admits the season could not have gone any better for the Ballsbridge side.

“We couldn’t have asked for much more. We’ve been led excellently by John Anderson thus far along with the ever reliable Dom Joyce at the top of the order,” said the Ireland international. “Ollie Newton, our overseas pro, and newcomer Max Sorensen have been tremendous additions both on and off the pitch.

“It’s also been great to see the likes of Patrick Tice, Michael Lewis and Tom Stanton be rewarded for a brilliant start to the season by getting a chance with the Lightning Bolts and doing extremely well in the process.“
Kane admits that Phoenix are a dangerous side who have “added a lot of firepower” including fellow internationals James Shannon and Simi Singh.

“They deserve their spot in the semi-final after some performances of note, it should make for an exciting game this weekend.”

If Merrion win today, though, Kane will probably not be involved in the final next Saturday after being selected yesterday in both Ireland Wolves squads for three 50-over games against Scotland A at Oak Hill next week and a further three T20s, starting tomorrow week.

The other semi-final is at Milverton between Group A winners The Hills.and Pembroke.

Like Merrion, the Milverton club also won all six group games but Pembroke’s only defeat was to Merrion and in the two games since, they have chased down 276 to beat Rush and lost only two wickets in passing Clontarf’s 218 and no-one is in better form than Theo Lawson, following up his 107 at Kenure with 122 not out last Sunday.