The Leinster Women's Division One Twenty-over League could be decided this weekend. Having lost only one match in 10 so far, Merrion are ahead of the curve with two matches to play.
They play both their remaining matches in the same day, tomorrow, first taking on The Hills at 9.30 at Anglesea Road, and then facing title contenders Leinster at Observatory Lane.
Leinster are the only team to have toppled Merrion in the League in a high scoring affair two months ago. Both sides will be missing players. Opening bowler Amy Kenealy out with injury for Leinster while Merrion's Emma Beamish has had a very stop-start season, a number of injuries ruling her out for most of the summer. Youngster Elena Tice - who impressed at the Europeans with her leg-spin - and Julie Van der Flier are also unavailable.
Merrion's Jill Whelan comes into the game in good form, as does Cecelia Joyce who impressed in two Twenty20 matches against Holland last weekend.
Laura Delany, Melissa Scott-Hayward, Eimear Richardson and captain Rebecca Rolfe are the danger women for Leinster. In Kenealy's absence, Richardson's off-spin will be all the more crucial.
Leinster still have matches to play, so even if Merrion lose both matches tomorrow they could still win. Leinster, however, must beat the Anglesea Road side if they are to have any hope of clinching the title.