Merrion advanced to the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup following a 63 run win at home to Ardmore in a high scoring encounter at Anglesea Road.

In a game reduced to 48 overs per side Merrion racked up an imposing 293, with John Anderson showing his undoubted class top scoring with 91 from 100 balls - 14 fours.

The Irish international shared a 5th wicket stand of 133 with fellow South African Tyler Smith, who blasted 6 fours and 4 sixes as he made 67 from just 49 balls.

Tyrone Kane (28), Ben Ackland (24) and Dom Joyce (22) all chipped in as Merrion impressed with the bat.

Decker Curry took four wickets for 56, with Conor Brolly (2-37) and Gary Neely (2-56) also acquitting themselves well.

Ardmore's pursuit of 293 got off to a dreadful start, as they lost Paul Brolly, Ciaran Curley, and Andrew Riddles to slump to 8 for 3 in the 9th over.

Ardmore settled for respectability thereafter, and they certainly achieved that as Decker Curry (101) and Adrian Murphy (97) added 202 for the 4th wicket.

Curry scored his 93rd senior hundred, hitting 11 fours and 2 sixes in his 119 ball sojurn, while Murphy sparked to life late on, hitting 9 sixes and 3 fours in his 97 from 120 balls.

Ardmore finished on 230 for 5, 63 runs short, with Deon Carolus (2-23) and Tom Stanton (2-7) the pick of the bowlers.

Merrion advance to the last eight, one of five Leinster representatives.