Perfect weekend for Merrion
Ian Callender (Irish Independent)
MERRION completed the perfect weekend yesterday when they reached the quarter finals of the RSA Irish Senior Cup with a 63 runs victory over Ardmore, despite a century by Decker Curry.
Their most satisfying performance, though, came 24 hours earlier when they turned the top of the table Division One league clash into a non-event, dismissing YMCA for 120 and then knocking off the runs in 31 overs for the loss of two wickets.
John Anderson, who top scored with 91 yesterday, was again the main man for Merrion with an undefeated 69, sharing a third wicket stand of 110 with Brett Thompson.
In contrast, YMCA's weekend got even worse yesterday when they were knocked of the Irish Cup 3-2 in a bowl out, after only 10 overs were possible in their game against North West champions Coleraine. Each side hit twice in the regulation bowl-out but in sudden death, after two more misses each, Coleraine professional Killian Vardhan hit after Tom Fisher missed.
Defending Division One champions The Hills are back on the winning trail, following up their second league win of the season – by four wickets at North County with an 59 runs Irish Cup success over Bready, although they were held up by a last wicket stand of 55.
Cormac McLoughlin hit an unbeaten 78 in his side's 192 for seven but he was grateful for Kumar's 26 in their eighth wicket stand of 70 which put them out of sight of their North West opponents who were bowled out in the 36th over.
Irish Cup holders Clontarf were also back to back winners. They beat Pembroke by just five runs in an exciting league game and then yesterday, much more emphatically, won by nine wickets against Fox Lodge despite chasing 261. Bill Coghlan, after hitting an 87-ball hundred, finished with a superb 157 not out which included 11 fours and 14 sixes.
Railway Union crashed to a seven wickets defeat to Terenure but although they have still to win a match in the Irish Cup they are in the last eight. After beating Instonians in the first round in a bowl-out, they were on target again yesterday after their game against Waringstown, the other NCU joint league champions, was abandoned, winning the bowl-out 3-1.
Pembroke are the other Leinster team in the quarter finals, after beating Cork County by 55 runs.