MERRION can take centre stage this weekend with a place in the Premier League play-off final and the Alan Murray (T20) Cup up for grabs.

The defending league champions face group runners-up Pembroke today with the winners going straight through to the final on September 7, although the losers do get a second chance of setting up a repeat of today’s semi-final as they will meet the winners of today’s game between the third and fourth place teams, The Hills and Malahide later this month.

Pembroke are the hosts for T20 finals day tomorrow with Merrion in the first semi-final against holders Clontarf in a repeat of last year’s final, and Leinster and Malahide, who completed the top four in the group stages , contesting the second semi-final in the afternoon. The final is scheduled for 5.30pm.

The Premier League game between Merrion and Pembroke was reduced to 22 overs and with Max Sorensen hitting 70 from 48 balls, including five sixes, the champions had a comfortable 28 runs victory, despite a half century from Jack Balbirnie.

The game took place during Ireland’s series against Zimbabwe last month so Tyrone Kane and Lorcan Tucker and Andrew Balbirnie were notable absentees but all are available to play today.

It will be a first T20 meeting between Clontarf and Merrion since the Castle Avenue side’s six wickets victory last year but Leinster, without George Dockrell, won this year’s group game against Malahide by seven wickets so with the Ireland international playing they will be confident of reaching their first final since 2016 – when they beat Merrion in the decider