Merrion and Malahide face crunch games
Ian Callender (Irish Independent)
MERRION and Malahide, the T20 Cup holders, can take a huge stride to a place in the semi-finals of the Senior League Cup today with victories in the fourth round of games.
Both teams have 100 per cent records and both meet their nearest challenger today, Merrion at home to Irish Cup holders Pembroke and Malahide away to North County.
Although all the Ireland internationals are back home, they must self-isolate for the next two weeks so will not be available for their clubs until August 22.
John Anderson has been the dominant batsman this season – he has already scored almost 50 runs more than anyone else - with half centuries in all three games, so the 37-year-old, still playing as well as ever, must be Pembroke’s No 1 target today if they are to join the Group A leaders on 60 points.
Phoenix are the other team, hoping for a Merrion slip-up and they can get to 60 points with victory at Rush.
Malahide have the leading wicket-taker of the season in Cameron Shoebridge and the Scotsman, who has ensured that Peter Chase has not been missed, will be keen to add to his tally of eight to help make it four wins out of four for the Villagers in Group B.
YMCA, still missing their three internationals including Tuesday night’s hero against England, Harry Tector, face a difficult trip to League Cup holders The Hills who can move level with the D4 side with a victory, but Railway Union will be confident of claiming a third win when they travel to Terenure.
Today’s fixtures (2.0) - League Cup Group A: Merrion v Pembroke, North Kildare v Dublin University, Rush v Phoenix
Group B: Clontarf v Balbriggan, North County v Malahide, Terenure v Railway Union, The Hills v YMCA.