No competition was harder hit by the summer's weather than the Pilkington Plate, so it's no surprise that the teams in the final have agreed to altering the competition to get the game played.
Merrion will host Leinster on Tuesday and Wednesday evening in a 40-over match to decide the winner of what is usually a 50-over competition. It's the second time the teams will meet in a final inside a week, Merrion winning the 25-over cup by five wickets last Thursday.
Melissa Scott-Hayward was the player-of-the-match, scoring 64 and taking two wickets as well as two catches and she will, no doubt, be a key player for the Anglesea Road outfit this time around, as will Blaithnaid Breslin who claimed four wickets in the same match. Julianne Morrissey stepped into the captaincy role last week and took three wickets along with scoring the winning runs.
Regular captain Isobel Joyce returns to action tomorrow, though, along with Hannah de Burgh Whyte and Arlene Stanton. Top performer for Leinster this season is Laura Delany who is topping the Leinster batting and bowling averages, but she is carrying a leg injury and is a doubt for this match. S
uzanne Kenealy and Amy Kenealy will front the bowling attack and will need to be leaders in this match with captain Rebecca Rolfe also out injured with a broken finger. Play is due to start at 5.30 on both evenings in Merrion Cricket Club.