Leinster's first showpiece event of the season sees The Hills and Phoenix meet at Milverton, after virtual unknown Amish Sidhu took five wickets to oust the favourites Merrion.

The left-arm spinner's journey to these shores mirrored that of current Irish international and team-mate Simi Singh, who encouraged Amish to follow his path.

"I met Amish in India where I was training at my local academy in Mohali ," Simi told CricketEurope.

"He expressed his interest in coming over to Ireland for studies and play cricket. So I spoke to Phoenix about him and obviously they were delighted to have him and it was a win win situation for both parties.

"Hes doing his masters here in DBS college and wants to make the most out of his cricket potential which he has shown already by the way hes bowled.

"Hes a lovely lad to be around and absolutely enjoying his time in Phoenix so far."

Phoenix name the same eleven that beat Merrion, and Coach Stephen Moreton is delighted to see his side back in the big time.

"We are excited about the game and the opportunity to represent Phoenix in a first team final for the first time in 20 years.

"The Hills are a quality all-round unit, and have a great identity of hard work, selflessness and a spirit that is hard to break. It will be a big challenge for us going up to their home ground. Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin, Joe Carroll, Daya Singh, Naz Shaukat, Tomas Rooney-Murphy and Mark Donegan are all capable of winning a game so we intend to perform at our best against them.

"We have been improving over the season as a group, particularly in our fielding and are getting contributions from all of the squad so Im looking forward to seeing that continue over the weekend, with two important games."

James Shannon is missing, having been given time off by Cricket Ireland for personal reasons.

The Hills too keep faith with the side that clinched their final slot against Pembroke in an attritional match where the result was more important than the performance.

They are a resilient outfit, and have added steely determination despite a turbulent off season where they were rarely out of the transfer news.

They will come face-to-face with former keeper Nic Pretorius, and Simi Singh, who was due to move to them before a late U-turn saw him move to Phoenix.

It's got the makings of a fascinating final, with free entry and a livestream for those not able to attend the game.