Ian Callender, 24 June 2001
Merrion are at home in the other semi final, against North County, but they may need all the help they can get because when the competition resumes on August 11, Ed Joyce (right), who scored another 70 in Saturday's quarter final against The Hills, will be back at Middlesex. In contrast, North County can expect to be at full strength and after their performance on Saturday that can be something really special. After dismissing Malahide for 176, they knocked off the runs in just 21.3 overs - a scoring rate of eight and a half an over from the start - as Conor Armstrong, an Ireland reserve for the ICC Trophy, scored 87 not out and South African Andre Botha hit an unbeaten 46. Remarkable hitting.
Brigade had 32 runs to spare in their quarter final against Downpatrick as steady batting down the order saw them post 200 and then regular wicket-taking completed the almost perfect team performance, Downpatrick bowled out in exactly 49 overs.