The RSA Senior Cup Final, the highlight of the Leinster cricket season, takes place at Claremount Road [YMCA] today from 11.00. The final is between Clontarf [D1] and Pembroke [D2], the first time these two teams have met in the final for over 60 years.
The match promises to be a close one as a youthful Pembroke team have been in good form this season and currently top D2. Clontarf on the other hand have had a mixed season and are currently lying fifth in D1. An important factor in the ultimate destination of the cup, however, may be the absence of two of Pembroke’s promising young players who are with the Irish U19 team on their way to the U19 World Cup.
Of the two teams Pembroke have had by far the harder path to the final. They had fairly comfortable wins against Rush and Phoenix in the first two rounds but then had a close DL victory against the Hills in the SF. Clontarf on the other hand got a bye in the first round and won against Old Belvedere in a Bowl-Out in the second. In the SF they had an excellent seven wicket win against a strong Railway Union side.
This is also a big day for YMCA who host the cup final for the first time. They will be hoping for a close match, a good crowd and some fine weather.