Wexford Wanderers 3 vs North County 6 - An excellent win For Wexford Wanderers yesterday in Division 18 (beating Kilkenny 3 by 8 wickets) lifts Wexford off the bottom, and into sixth place. North County slip down into the relegation places because of it and although they have lots of games in hand, they do need to start winning. Wexford Wanderers 3 aren't playing in cup competitions, hence all their cricket this year has been in the league, with a 2-3 record after yesterday. Their leading run scorer (before yesterday) is Benjamin Sales, with his one knock of 106* (see yesterday's preview) and their leading wicket takers are Freddie Matfield and Abban Moran who have both taken six wickets. North County are 1-7 in all competitions, winning for the first time away to Kilkenny on June 25. Edwin Saji has 146 runs at 29.20, with the leading wicket taker being Mahad Gull with 10 wickets at 13.20.
Malahide 2 vs Leinster 2 - To be brutally honest, Malahide's 2nd team players are brushing off their kit after a long winter, and only thinking about cricket. They have had two games rained off in the league, and their only completed match was a loss to Merrion on May 7th. They have lots of cricket to be played over the second half of the season! Leinster have played a couple more matches, winning one and losing two to sit in 6th place. In league games played in Malahide, Leinster lead the head to head 2-1, with Malahide's last league home win against Leinster being all the way back in 2011. Joe Byrne scored a 157 ball 70 for Leinster (the third most balls faced in our database for a score less than 100) as Leinster made 246/8. Shash Kiran (79) and Alan Reynolds (70*) then made short work of the chase, winning with 86 balls and 6 wickets to spare.
Clontarf 2 vs North County 2 - With multiple postponements due to cups, the 2nd XI Premier League is taking a while to really kick into action. Clontarf are fifth with a 1-2 record on the field, with North County down in 7th having played an extra game - and lost it. North County don't have too bad a record at the home of one of of Leinster's strongest 2nd teams winning two, and losing five of the seven matches played over the last 12 seasons. County's last win was in June 2018 with Anthony Mooney taking 3-1 as the tail was wrapped up quickly. It could have been worse for Clontarf - they were 98-7 until Naveed Khan hit 66 from number 8, before 150-7 turned into 150 all out. That was Naveed's highest scored for Clontarf in the 24 matches he played for them in 2018 and 2018. It is also the only 50 by a number 8 for Clontarf 2 we have on record. Luke Whelan then hit 40* to see County home by 5 wickets.
Pembroke 2 vs Merrion 2 - Second place Pembroke host third place Merrion in a 2nd XI Premier League cracker. Merrion's last win in a league game in Sydney Parade was a record breaking affair, with Merrion clocking up 364/6, thanks to 72 from Vikas Dhiman, and a brilliant 161 from Niranjan Shankar. Where to start with the records?! The pair added 214 for the 3rd wicket. It is hte 3rd highest partnership on record for Merrion 2, and the best for the 3rd wicket; the best 3rd wicket partnership in Division 3/the 2nd XI Premier League and the highest 3rd wicket partnership on record in Sydney Parade. Shankar's innings is the highest on record for Merrion 2 and the highest of his three tons for Merrion and Adamstown. JJ Walsh then took 4-34 as Pembroke were bowled out for 181. It is Pembroke 2's biggest loss by runs on record.
YMCA 2 vs Railway Union 2 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Phoenix 2 vs Balbriggan 2 - Balbriggan stay in second place in Division 4, with their much anticipated game at home to leaders The Hills last week being one of the few games to be rained off. Phoenix had a good win over YMCA, and moved up to 5th spot, with two wins and two losses. Phoenix are 4-7 for the year, with Anudeep Yalamuru being their leading run scorer with 261 runs at 29. Their leading wicket taker is Akash Kulkarni with 11 at 7.45. Balbriggan are 5-4 for the season, with their top wicket taker being Eoin Birch with 13 wickets at 14.69 and their top run scorer - Ghanim Dara with 232 runs at 77.33.
Knockharley 1 vs Wexford Wanderers 1 - Something of a surprise in Division 4, with Knockharley not getting off to the best of starts, losing all three of their matches played on the field. Wexford are up in fourth place with a 2-1 record. Wexford's last win in Kentstown was all the way back in 2013, when in a Division 7 match, they successfully defended 150. Alan Murphy top scored with 44, but the Wexford bowling attack won it, with multiple wickets for Lahiru Fernando, Tony Murray, Eugene Brennan and Martin Sheridan-Pope as only Shoaib Khan got past 15 for Knockharley - they were dismissed for 101.
Kilkenny 2 vs Adamstown 7 - An impressive Adamstown 7 (unbeaten in six games on the field) travel to Kilkenny in Division 17. Kilkenny have one win (over Athlone 3) to go along with four losses and lie in eighth place in the nine team league. Kilkenny lead the head to head between the teams 3-1, so in some respects this season is not going to form. In their last match played in Castleblunden, Kilkenny were struggling at 134-6 before Huzaifah Irfan Butt scored 69* at number 8 to take the home side to 248/9. For Adamstown, Shijo Paul scored 56, but they never really threatened and were bowled out for 150, with Butt completing a fine match with 3-22. It was the highest score by a number 8 for any Kilkenny side, and one of three times a player has scored a 50 and taken three wickets for Kilkenny 2 (all in 2022)
Rush 2 vs Civil Service 2 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Tyrrelstown 3 vs Gorey 1 - No preview as the result of yesterday's match between Gorey 1 and North Kildare 5 hasn't been posted.
North Kildare 2 vs Adamstown 1 - Both teams are in the top half of the Division 5 table, although this is provisional as the Civil Service 2 vs Laois 1 game from last weekend has still not had its scorecard submitted. North Kildare are in 4th place with two wins and two losses, whilst Adamstown are riding high in second place with four wins and a loss. There have only been two matches between the teams - 14 May 2013 and nearly ten years later - 21 May this year in the reverse fixture. Manpreet Monty Singh made 108 for North Kildare (his fifth hundred for North Kildare - no one has scored more for North Kildare since 2011) as they made 226/10. Three Adamstown bowlers took three wickets - Jibran Shabbir (3-45), Navin Raja (3-3) and Prabhanshu Kamal (3-59). Adamstown had a centurion of their own, as Kamal hit 115, adding 102 for the 5th wicket with Kunal Nagare (39*) as Adamstown won by 5 wickets with 53 balls to spare. That was Kamal's second hundred for Adamstown (in a 24 match Adamstown career) and he became the second player to score a hundred and take 3 wickets in a match for Adamstown. Aman Yadav achieved this twice - in 2018 and 2019.
Railway Union 4 vs Clontarf 5 - No preview as the result of the Leinster 4 vs Railway Union 4 match on Thursday night has not been posted.
Greystones 2 vs Sandyford 2 - No scorecard has been submitted for last week's Terenure vs North Kildare match, so Greystones are either in 4th (if North Kildare won) or 5th (if Terenure won). Sandyford have won four of their five games to sit in second place, but with games in hand on leaders Lucan, are looking well set for the Division 12 title. The pair have a long relationship, with Greystones leading the head to head 6-5 over the last thirteen seasons. The reverse fixture on May 7 looked like going Sandyford's way, as Greystones got off to a slow start. John Fitzsimons made an 86 ball 42 followed by Simon Davey's 58 ball 41* as Greystones made 156 from 40 overs. Frequent wickets and accurate bowling kept the pressure on Sandyford, and with no one scoring more than Vinodhkumar Lingesan's 22 Greystones always had a chance, with Mamoon Rashid wrapping up the tail with 3-23 to win by 10 runs.
Balbriggan 4 vs Phoenix 6 - Two teams who would have wanted better seasons in Division 17. The ever ambitious Balbriggan 4 are in 4th place with a 3-4 record, with Phoenix being bottom of the league after losing all four matches they have played. The only previous match between the teams was a June 2022 Minor Cup game played in Castleknock College. Phoenix slumped to 8-3 before a rescue act from Raj Kumar Mohanasundaram (46) and Benjamin Thomson (36) got them to 100/4 from their 20 overs. It was never enough though, and Balbriggan won at a canter, with 40 balls and 4 wickets to spare, Stephen Crawley top scoring with 36
Laois 1 vs Clontarf 3 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
North County 4 vs Tyrrelstown 2 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Castleknock 4 vs Dundalk 2 - The non return of the scorecard for Ongar 2 vs Sandyford 4 last week has left the top of Division 19 unconfirmed. Ongar may have overtaken Dundalk at the top, but we have no idea. Castleknock are down in 6th place with a 3-3 record, and without knowing exactly where Dundalk stand, we know they are in the top two. The one previous meeting between the teams was on mAy 13, resulting in a big Dundalk win. For Dundalk Jiwan Jodhani scored 54 (his only 50 in a 73 match career) and Muhammad Subtain 95 (also his first 50 in Leinster cricket in his 14 match career) as Dundalk made 290/8/. Azgar Baig took 5-36 for Castleknock, career best bowling for him and the second best bowling recorded for Castleknock 4. Rameshkumar Manopriya then took 4-27 for Dundalk (also his best bowing in his seven match career) as Castleknock never really got going, being dismissed for 123 to lose by 167 runs.
Terenure 4 vs Castleknock 3 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Carlow 1 vs Terenure 2 - Two mid table teams in Division 6. Carlow's season is still young, winning two and losing one to sit in sixth place. Terenure are one place above them with a 2-3 record. In all matches this year, Carlow are 3-4. Amir Mehmood is their leading run scorer with 161 runs at 32.2, with Saqib Nagra being their top wicket taker with 12 wickets at 13.08. Terenure have lost their last three to stand at 4-5 for the season. The irrepressible Colm Morgan leads the way with the bat with 223 runs at 74.33, whilst the top bowler is Aidan Doyle with 12 wickets at 17.08.
Finglas 3 vs Swords 4 - Finglas have got off to a great start in Division 18, and the rest of the season looks like being a tussle between them and Sandyford for the Division 18 title (famous last words!). Finglas sit on top with a 6-1 record. Swords are even better in some respects - they have only played two matches, one was rained off, and they beat Clondalkin in the other one. That was on April 9th - meaning nearly three months between league games! The Minor Cup match between the sides on May 1 saw Aaron Dias take 5-6 as Swords made only 93 all out, mainly thanks to G42 from. opan Gangadharan. Dias's figures were the best recorded for Finglas 3 until Noble George took 8-11 last week against North Kildare 6.They are the best bowling figures in Finglas' history and the best recorded in Division 18. Finglas didn't have it all their own way in reply, collapsing to 65/8. Chetan Mahadev (8) and Ajo Joy (7) added 16 for the 9th wicket to seal the 2 wicket win.
North Kildare 4 vs Terenure 3 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Athlone 2 vs Tyrrelstown 4 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Leinster 6 vs Tyrrelstown 5 - No preview as the result of yesterday's Tyrresltown 5 vs Carlow 3 match has not been posted.
Merrion 6 vs Slieve Bloom 1 - Two teams who if they maintain their league position will both finish in their worst ever places in the Leinster leagues (which isn't a very positive way of starting a review!). Merrion are 2-4 from their first six league games to sit in 5th place, with Slieve Bloom in 8th place with a 1-4 record. Merrion lead the head to head between the teams 2-1, with their last match between the teams being on May 20th this year in Ballyeighan. Slieve Bloom batted first, with Síbha Bhoja taking 3-23 on her Merrion 6 debut - her best career bowling in the Open Comps being 4-11 for Merrion 7. Bloom got to 139/8 thanks to 24s from Faizan Hakim and Jinu John. Bloom had a chance when Merrion slipped to 140/4, but Rishabh Sharma (36) and Winston Dassanayake (26)
added 71 for the 5th wicket to see Merrion home.
Leinster 4 vs Pembroke 4 - No preview as the result of the Leinster 4 vs Railway Union 4 match on Thursday night has not been posted.
Civil Service 3 vs Castleknock 1 - This is the highest position Civil Service 3 have ever been in the league, so despite the apparent troubles of being in 7th place with two wins and three losses, they are still punching above their weight. Castleknock 1 will be eyeing up promotion, but can't afford to slip up, having already lost four of their eight matches. This is another pair of teams who have played for the first time earlier this season. Castleknock made 161 all out with no one scoring more than Qasim Raza Sethi's 41. Shyam Ravichandran took 4-15 for Civil Service, his best bowling in a 43 match career for Civil Service going back to 2020. Civil Service wouldn't have been entirely confident at any point of the innings (the falls of wicket were 10/1, 23/2, 49/3, 67/4 and 105/5), until Aakash Kutty (60) and Guna Nagarathinam (15) added 57 for the 5th wicket as Service won by 5 wickets.
Adamstown 6 vs The Hills 4 - Division 16 looks like being one of the most interesting leagues of 2023. Only 12 points separate Wicklow County 2 in third, and Adamstown 6 in eighth place. The Hills 4 lie one place higher than Adamstown, but places don't make too much difference - the winner of this game will be in third place tonight. The reverse match saw that rarity in lower division cricket - a player scoring a ton but finishing on the losing side. Waleed Ahsen Abbasi scored the hundred, 118, helping Adamstown to a very healthy 266/8. That is the third highest score for Adamstown 6 (Ashok Cutinha's 128 in August 2021 against Athlone 2 is the highest). Abbasi has only passed 35 three times in his 12 match Cricket Leinster career (all this year). But he turned those starts into 80, 106 and 118 - the moral being, get him early! But Matthew Richards (53), Jason Magee (66*) and Ravindra Chellagurki all scored 50s as The Hills won by 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare. It is The Hills 4's highest successful chase on record.
Lucan 2 vs Adamstown 4 - Top hosts bottom in Division 12. Lucan's season may not have been perfect, but after yesterday's win over Phoenix 5, they sit on top of the league with a 6-2 record and will be happy with their position - if they finish top, it will be their highest ever finish in league cricket. Adamstown 4 have had a contrasting season with a 1-4 record. Six times the teams have met since May 2019 and Lucan have won all six. And without wishing to be too despondent around Adamstown's chances today, the match this year on May 7 sums up the series quite well. Lalith Perugu took 3-10 for Adamstown (his best bowling figures in 56 matches for Lucan) as Adamstown were bundled out for 111. Lucan didn't quite blow Adamstown away, but cruised to an 8 wicket win from 24.2 overs, Perugu top scoring with 37.
Adamstown 8 vs Pembroke 6 - One game in Division 20 this weekend, as top of the table Adamstown 8 host fourth place Pembroke 6. No previous match between the sides, so a look at their seasons so far. Adamstown are 5-3, with Angad Bawa being their top run scorer with 130 runs at 32.5. Their top wicket taker is Maaz Mushir Ahmad Khan with 11 wickets at 3.82. Pembroke have still only payed one game this year, beating Greystones 4.
Merrion 4 vs Greystones 1 - A relegation match in Division 7, as sixth place Merrion 4 host bottom placed Greystones 1. No one in the division has lost more than Merrion's five games, and it is them rather than Greystones who look in the bigger trouble. Greystones have games in hand on all sides and don't be surprised to see them move up the table in the coming weeks. The head to head in Anglesea Road is two wins apiece, but Merrion were the big winners when they met last August. Seb Dijkstra (66) scored his first 50 for Merrion, and Siddharth Kalra matched his score as Merrion got to 252/5. That was more than enough though, as Sean Sandys took 5-23 as Greystones collapsed to 95 all out, only Michael Kirk's 45* preventing a bigger disaster. That was Sandys' second 5 wicket performance for Merrion in a 66 match career (both hauls coming in 2022)
Wicklow County 1 vs Malahide 4 - Wicklow County are rooted to the bottom of Division 10 after failing to win any of their first four matches. Malahide's position is provisional die to the non reporting of the Leinster/Railway Union game during the week. If Railway Union won. Malahide will have dropped down to 6th, but any other result, and Malahide are still in fifth with a 2-3 record. Wicklow county lead the head to head between the teams 3-2, but they have not played since July 2017. The Wicklow County middle order scored well, with Trevor Koen (67), Justin van der Spuy (40) and Nicky Fusco (46) getting them to 246/7, Vikas Gulati taking 3/40. The Malahide innings was a real thriller, but 50s from Brian Gilmore (57) and Nicholas Payne (73) and a crucial 46* by Mark Duffy got Malahide home off the penultimate ball, with six wickets down. It was Payne's highest score in a 15 match Malahide career from 2017-2019.
Dundalk 1 vs Wexford Wanderers 2 - A brilliant match in prospect in the Junior Cup in Hiney Park, as Wexford Wanderers make the long trek from the bottom of South Leinster to the top of North Leinster. Both are very much in contention. Wexford have to win their last game, which won't guarantee them a semi final spot, but would give them a chance. Dundalk have two games left - two wins would see them to the semis, but one may not be enough. Their one meeting this year saw Sanju Thomas take 4-7 for Dundalk, as Wexford were bundled out for 73. That was the second time Thomas has taken four wickets or more in an innings for Dundalk, in his 21 match career for the club. At 29/4, Wexford had a chance. but Muhammad Subtain scored 40* to take the match Dundalk's way - they won by 5 wickets.
Mullingar 4 vs Swords 5 - A dead game in Group A of the Minor 2 Cup, with both sides already out. Mullingar have only managed to play one match so far this season, a 79 run loss to Clontarf 7, with Swords 5 losing the three matches they have played. The all time leading run scorer for Swords 5 is Joseph Johnson with 193 runs at 32.17, with Johnson also being their all time leading wicket taker, with 18 wickets at 10.72.
Phoenix 4 vs The Hills 3 - For The Hills, their Middle Cup season is over, with only two dead matches left to keep themselves match ready for the rest of the league season. For Phoenix, the equation is much more positive - and simple. Win their remaining three matches and they qualify for the semi finals. In the reverse fixture on May 28, The Hills made a respectable 145/8, with Muhammad Hassan top scoring with 40. Hassan completed a great all round game with 3-25, but Phoenix got home with 7 balls and three wickets to spare. Only Gaurav Kumar passed 30, but his 35 with support from most of the Phoenix batters was enough to get them over the line.