The first trophy of the season is to be decided at Milverton when The Hills face Phoenix in the final of the Leinster League Cup.

Guaranteed home advantage if they reached the decider, The Hills won Group A with six wins out of six, including a 26 runs win over today’s opponents, and then defeated Pembroke in last week’s semi-final by three wickets.

Phoenix, though, ended Merrion’s 100 per cent run with an impressive 37 runs win in the other semi at Anglesea Road where Ireland international Simi Singh continued his fine start to the season.

Having hit 79 in the win over Malahide to book their last four slot, Singh hit a run-a-ball 27 and took three wickets to shock the league champions who start the defence of the Premier League title tomorrow with a visit to Rathmines to face Leinster.

It is unusual for the league season to start on a Sunday in June but the teams must hit the ground running with only seven matches – every team playing each other once – before the top four go into play-off games to decide the title winners.

The Hills and Phoenix both have home advantage tomorrow, starting their league campaign against Rush and Pembroke respectively, with Malahide at home to YMCA in the other game.