Merrion cruised into the next round of the Bob Kerr Irish Cup with a emphatic 120 run win over NCU table toppers CIYMS.

Gus and Dom Joyce opened the Merrion innings and comfortable saw them past the 50 mark. However within three overs both batsmen departed, first Gus Joyce went having made 24, out bowled by spinner Ryan Hanna, and then Dom Joyce (33) played on to the same bowler, it left Merrion on 62-2 off 15 overs. Twenty nine runs were added for the 3rd wicket and a further fourteen for the 4th wicket. Kade Beasley (31) and Greg Clarence (41) then added 51 runs before the partnership was broken by returning Hanna in the second over of his second spell. 166 for 5 in the 36th over became 167 for 6 an over later as the innings looked like faltering. Twelve runs and 3 overs later Hanna (4-44 off 10) had his “four for” to leave Merrion on 179 for 7 in the 40th over. The Merrion innings could have folded at that point but thanks to a stand of 65 between Damian Poder and Alex Chetkovich it didn't. The pair got their side past the 200 mark and beyond, the partnership was eventually broken by Craig McMillan (2-41 off 10) when he had Poder (35) stumped with the score on 244 in the 50th over. Chetkovich remained 32 not out as the innings closed on 251-8.

Only five overs were gone in the CIYMS innings when Merrion got their first break through with the wicket of CIYMS skipper Barry Cooper. Next batsman in was the New Zealander pro Craig McMillan, he looked in indifferent form as he played and missed at a few and hit a few for four. With the score on thirty two and McMillan on nineteen he drove Richard Keavney straight to cover where Greg Clarence took a sharp catch. The introduction of Simon Morrissey into the Merrion attack two overs later had an immediate effect as he had opener Neil Gelston caught by Damian Poder at mid off, however the catch came a cost as Poder damaged his finger in the process and had to be substituted. That left CIYMS in some trouble on 40-3 after 11 overs. Four overs later things got even worse when a super full length diving catch at point by Merrion skipper John Anderson claimed the wicket of Derek Heasley (14), that left CIYMS on 57 for 4 after 15 overs. Ryan Hanna and Michael Hingston helped CIYMS cause by adding 26 runs in eight overs for the 5th wicket. The partnership was broken by Morrissey (3-33 off 10), with the wicket of Hanna, to give the bowler his “three for”. Four overs later the returning Keavney (3-27 off 7) had the wicket of Hingston (25) to give him his third wicket, that left CIYMS 90-7 in the 27th over. Greg Clarence (2-21 off 5) and Alex Chetkovich (2-28 off 7.2) then helped themselves to two wickets a piece as the CIYMS tail folded to leave them all out on 131, 30 of which were wides, in the 40th over.