THE HILLS completed the perfect weekend yesterday with a maximum points start to the Premier League, 24 hours after winning the first trophy of the season.

Naseer Shoukat had figures of 7-20 as Phoenix were skittled for 84 in the League Cup final which The Hills won by seven wickets inside 20 overs. And the 53-year-old opening bowler was at it again yesterday, taking three wickets in four balls to reduce Rush to 12-3 in reply to the Milverton’s side 243-2, the match reduced to rain by 39 overs.

Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin and Bhavesh Lakhotia put on 174 for the first wicket and faced with a revised target of 281, the visitors were bowled out 96 runs short.

Defending champions Merrion share the league leadership, however, after posting a huge 384-7 against Leinster at Rathmines. Dominick Joyce (147) and John Anderson (130) shared a second wicket stand of 277 in 37 overs and victory was completed in double quick time, the home side bowled out for 70, the last six wickets falling for 19.

The other opening day league winners were Pembroke, who inflicted a second defeat of the weekend on Phoenix by 32 runs – international Barry McCarthy taking 6-25 – and YMCA who got up in the last over to beat Malahide. despite an unbeaten century by Fintan McAllister, by three wickets, James Parkinson finishing 36 not out.