It's been quite a year for Ireland vice-captain Trent Johnston - the all-rounder has broken the Irish record for most wickets in a season, overtaking the previous record of Dermott Monteith.

However on Saturday, his thoughts turn very much to domestic matters when he leads his Railway Union side in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup against Merrion at North County (11am start).

Johnston and fellow Ireland team mate Kevin O'Brien return to the Railwat ranks, bolstering an already strong side, and Johnston for one can't wait for the tie to start:

"It's my first Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup final, and it should be quite a game. It was great that the decision was to made to move the date and I'm certainly looking forward to it.

"I'm happy it's at North County, which has a good wicket and facilities. We've lost to Merrion and YMCA so our form in the last week is indifferent, but it's a one-off game and I hope the big players can rise to the challenge.

"The guys have been scoring runs up front so Kenny Carroll and Tom Fisher will be instrumental in getting us off to a good start. With the current rules Merrion are short of a an opening bowler, while myself and Kevin are coming back so hopefully its 20 overs from us and a couple of hundred runs!

"There are only two non-Irish qualifed players so John Anderson and their  professional Greg Clarence, so McDonald  misses out - he took a few wickets against us in league game, so that's a boost for us. 

"Their captain John Anderson is obviously a big danger - he got a good 100 in their semi final win at Waringstown. But if we bowl in good areas we should have things covered.

"It's easy to say we were going for all three trophies but once we got a sniff of the Irish Cup final, the boys focus changed. I'd have loved to have won league but North County played the more consistent cricket and they deserved it - we'll be happy with the cup double. We have quality all over the park so hopefully that will shine through."

2010 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Stats

  • Tom Fisher is the leading run scorer in 2010 - he has scored 275 runs at an average of 68.75.
  • Kenny Carroll is the only other Rauilway batsman in the top 20 - he's made 122 runs at 30.50.
  • There have been 12 centuries in this year's competition - Fisher has one of those - he made 123 against Fox Lodge in the semi-final win.
  • Railway have two bowlers in the top 20 - Dhruv Kapoor with 8 at a miserly average of just 5.00, and Graham McDonnell who has 7 wickets at just 8 apiece.
  • Mc Donnell's 5 for 22 is second on the best bowling performances in 2010.
  • Railway's total of 315 for 6 is the fourth highest in the 2010 competition.

Railway Union's Road to the final

Semi Final

Fox Lodge lost to Railway Union by 123 runs.
Railway Union 315-6 (50.0 overs, T Fisher 123, K cCarroll 92)
Fox Lodge 192 (38.1 overs, J Heywood 47, A McGinnis 41, B Allen 40, P Conliffe 3-59)

Fourth Round

Coleraine lost to Railway Union by 20 runs

Railway Union 239 (50.0 overs, C Mullen 82, T Fisher 66, S Dunn 4-49, M Salman 3-29) Coleraine 193 (39.4 overs, T Chopra 69, M Salman 41, K Carroll 3-39) DL Method: par score 213 in 41 overs.

Third Round

Railway Union beat YMCA by 141 runs.

Railway Union 260-9 (50.0 overs, T Fisher 62, T Johnston 48, T Townend 41, R Strydom 3-38) YMCA 119 (C Hosford 53, O Kapoor 3-17)

Second Round

Railway Union beat Rush by 2 wickets.

Rush 161 (40.4 overs, S Gull 57, D van Zyl 50, G McDonnell 5-22, D Kapoor 3-8) Railway Union 162-8 (42.0 overs, S Gull 4-23)