The first semi-final of the All-Ireland T20 competition takes place on Sunday with Merrion taking on Cork Harlequins at Anglesea Road.

Merrion knocked out holders YMCA by winning the Leinster final and skipper Tom Stanton is relishing the opportunity to collect more silverware.

"Firstly, we’re delighted to have reached this stage in the competition and are really looking forward to the semi-final this Sunday," said Stanton (pictured right). 

We have a squad of guys that work extremely hard each week to make both themselves and the team better. We have a full squad to pick from for this weekend’s clash with Cork Harlequins.

"We’re a tight knit group and this has been a big factor in our success so far, the teamwork element of our game makes everyone want to push their team mates on and win as a group.

"Our club support has been another vital element, we have historically had great supporting members within the club and this year is no different. As a team, we’re extremely grateful for it and hope that we can continue to represent them on the pitch with the pride they show for us off it."

There is a spine of experience running through the Merrion side with John Anderson, Ed Joyce Dom Joyce and Max Sorensen all former internationals.

They also have Stephen Doheny and Jack Carty in their ranks and are a side with few obvious weaknesses.

They will start as favourites against Munster champions Cork Harlequins, but their captain Mattie Brewster is glad of the chance to take on the Leinster  winners.

"Playing in the All Ireland semi-final is extremely exciting for us," said Brewster.

"A lot of work has been put in to get here. We are eager to show our quality as a side. It will be a fantastic day for all our members past and present.

2021 Munster T20 champions Cork Harlequins

"We are looking to go out there and play the way we have all season and hopefully put some pressure on what looks like a strong Merrion side.

"Hopefully we will showcase our best cricket and show Quins will be a force to be reckoned with in the next few years."

In the other semi-final NCU T20 champions Carrickfergus will play NW Faughan Valley Cup winners Brigade at Middle Road next Sunday, August 15th.

Whatever happens there will be a new name on the trophy to join previous winners Clontarf, Waringstown, CIYMS and YMCA. The winners of the 2021 tournament will also represent Ireland in the European T20 competition in Spain, if the twice postponed event gets the green light.

Cork Harlequins team to play Merrion at Anglesea Road (2pm).

Matt Brewster (capt), Joe Hourihane (wk), Brandon Kruger, Murtaza Sidiqi,Shivam Kislay, Mubeen Ali, Jack Buss, Seanan Jones, Adam Hickey, Zubair Hassan Khan, Luke O’Reilly, Max Egan 12th man.

Merrion tbc.