Athlone 1 vs Clondalkin 1 - Two Division 8 sides face off in this Middle Cup semi final. Clondalkin topped Group A with a 4-1 record, with Athlone winning Group C with a 4-0 record. This is the first time the teams have met in T20 cricket, with Athlone leading the all competition head to head 3-1. George Jebaraj scored 109 runs in three Middle Cup matches this year for Athlone 1, with Awais Khalily their most economical bowler, with 5-49 from 11 overs. For Clondalkin watch out for Faisal Zaman who hit 117 runs across five Middle Cup innings, and Khalid Khan who took 8-68 in 17 overs.
Mullingar 1 vs Railway Union 3 - Two Division 6 sides who are next to each other in the league face off in this Middle Cup semi final. With the other two semi finalists being from Division 8, the favourites for the title must come from this semi. Mullingar qualified with a 2-1 record, tying with Kilkenny but advancing on account of winning in the one match between the teams. Railway Union won Group D at a canter with a 5-1 return. The teams last match in the Middle Cup was back in June 2015. Mullingar got to 138/3 thanks to 68 from Daragh Ryan, but then collapsed to 153/9. Railway started strongly getting to 87/3 before a collapse left them in all sorts of trouble at 106/8 and 125/9. However a brilliant 47* from Susheel Kumar batting at number 9 got Railway home by 1 wicket with 2 balls to spare.
Naas 2 vs Terenure 4 - Naas 2 of Division 17 host Terenure 4 of Division 16 in this 7th tier T20 Cup - the Russell Court Trophy. Terenure are currently having their best ever league season and go into this one as favourites. They came second in Group B, although this is the group where two matches were just not played. Terenure still managed to qualify with four games played with a 3-0 record. Naas 2 won Group A with a 3-1 record. Muhammad Anzar scored 155 runs at 51.67 in four Russell Court games, with their most economical bowler being Soumya Shah who took 4-37 from 12 overs. For Terenure, their curtailed group phase meant only the bowling of Khizar Jan stands out, with 2-70 from 12 overs.
Carlow 2 vs Adamstown 6 - Carlow 2 of Division 15 host Adamstown 6 of Division 16 in this Russell Court Trophy semi final. Carlow won Group B winning all five matches played, whilst Adamstown were second in Group A with a 3-2 record. Waleed Ahsen Abbasi scored 121 runs for once out for Adamstown, with their bowler to look out for, Ashok Cutinha with 5-63 from 12 overs. For Carlow, keep an eye on Jaspal Singh who hit 126 runs at 42 in the group stages and Satnam Singh who took 3-42 from 11 overs.
Kilkenny 2 vs DLR County 2 - An impressive Kilkenny 2 from Division 17 topped Group A of the Minor Cup, winning all five matches played. They take on fellow Division 17 side DLR County 2 who came second in Group B with a 4-1 record. The two teams have already played two league matches this season, with DLR County winning both making them firm favourites today. Watch out for DLR COUnty's Chhandak Barman (126 runs in the Minor Cup at 31.5) and Elaiyaraja Veerasamy (who has taken 7-34 from 10 overs). For Kilkenny, look out for Rana Faheem Riaz (117 runs in three innings) and Lintu Regi who has taken 4-42 from 12 overs.
Wicklow County 2 vs The Hills 4 - Two Division 16 sides meet in the Minor Cup semi final as Wicklow County 2 host The Hills 4. Wicklow County easily won Group B with a 5-1 record, whereas The Hills 4 came second in Group A, qualifying instead of Sandyford 3 due to the better record in the head to head. For Wicklow County, look out for Thejas Sreedharan who this year scored 158 runs from four innings and Sri Chidipothu who took 3-61 from 15 overs. For The Hills keep an eye open for Muddesser Bhandara (120 runs at 40) and Usama Shah with 4-45 from 10 overs.
Slieve Bloom 1 vs Dundalk 1 - Division 14 side Slieve Bloom welcome Division 13 side Dundalk 1 to Ballyeighan. Slieve Bloom qualified as Group B winners with a 3-1 record, whilst Dundalk were more impressive in coming second in Group A, 5-1. Bloom's qualifying campaign batting was dominated by Faizan Hakim with 213 runs at 42.60. Keep an eye out for Shahzad Mirza with the ball, who took 2-43 from 10 overs across qualifying. Sakhi Jan dominated the run scoring for Dundalk with 230 runs at 38.33, whilst the pick of the bowlers was Syed Ibnan Ali Shah with 6-91 from 22 overs.
Adamstown 8 vs The Hills 5 - Two Division 20 sides meet in the semi final of the Minor 2 Cup, the lowest cup competition in the Cricket Leinster Open Competitions ladder. Group A wasn't quite the most satisfactory way of finding a qualifier in the history of sport. The Hills qualified from Group A in second place, pipping Malahide 6 on net run rate. However, they didn't take to the field once, having two walkovers in their favour against Swords 5 and having the other six games rained off. Group B was a bit more traditional - despite any games not being played, Adamstown were worthy group winners, playing all six of their matches with a 4-2 record to win the group. The teams last met in the Minor 2 Cup in June 2022. Max Brophy hit 56 for The Hills as they got to a decent 138/3, with eleven players bowling for Adamstown. Adamstown stalwart Ashok Cutinha then hit 65* at number 6 to ensure the Adamstown win by 2 wickets off the last ball.
Clontarf 7 vs Terenure 5 - Is today a day for a giant killing act in the Minor 2 Cup? Non-league Terenure 5 take on Clontarf 7 of Division 20. Clontarf won Group A well being unbeaten in the six games they played on field. Terenure only played two games, but in a haphazard group, that was enough to get through to the semi final phase. This is the repeat of last year's Minor 2 Cup semi final, which Clontarf won by 7 wickets. Only Ned Quigley (20) and Hamish Forsyth (22) got to double figures as Terenure struggled to 79/7 from their 20 overs. Clontarf hardly blinked in their reply, as Alice Walsh (27) ad Julie Mc Nally (39*) added 72 for the fourth wicket, rescuing Clontarf from 8/3 and taking them to victory with 54 balls to spare.
Athlone 3 vs Ongar 2 - Athlone 3 of Division 17 host Division 19 Ongar 2 in the Adamstown Cup semi finals. Normally that would mean Athlone were the big favourites, but Ongar have had a strong start to their first season and an upset isn't impossible. Ongar finished second in Group A with a 3-1 record, tying with Sandyford 4 and Adamstown 4, but advancing on net run rate. Athlone won Group B with an identical 3-1 record. No Athlone batter has caught the eye, but Ashwath Sudhakar has taken 9-59 in 11 overs in the Adamstown Cup this year. For Ongar Rajkiran Pucchakayala has scored 114 runs at 38 and Arun Reddy Katheri has taken 5-99 from 14 overs.
Railway Union 4 vs Tyrrelstown 2 - Railway Union 4 of Division 10 host Tyrrelstown 2 who are 2nd in Division 11. Railway dominated Group A of the Intermediate Cup with a 5-0 record, whilst Tyrrelstown won Group C with a 5-1 return. Maninderjit Ghai is the Railway batter to watch with 124 runs at 41.33 in the competition so far this year, with their best bowler looking to be Ganesh Upadhyay with 13-77 from 18 overs. For Tyrrelstown, look out for Sarath Macha with the bat - 131 runs at 32.75 and Vikram Gade with the ball - 5-69 from 20 overs.
Ashbourne 1 vs Laois 2 - Ashbourne (the leaders of Division 9) face Laois (the leaders of Division 10) in this Intermediate Cup semi final. Ashbourne won Group B with a 3-1 record, their superior net run rate over Pembroke enough to send them through. Laois won Group D with a decent 4-1 return from their five matches completed on the pitch. Jobin Thomas scored 121 runs at 121 for Ashbourne in the Group phase, with their best bowler also being Thomas with 10-65 from 16 overs. He will be the key player for Ashbourne. For Laois, look out for Mohammed Sheraz with the bat (180 at 45) and Shazil Ahmed with the ball (1-61 from 15 tight overs)
Terenure 3 vs Phoenix 5 - Two sides who lie next to each other in Division 12, Terenure in 4th place and Phoenix in 5th, meet int he semi finals of the Whelan Cup. Terenure won Group A with a 4-2 record, whilst Phoenix won three and lost one to top Group C. Terenure's strengths int he Whelan Cup this year look to be very much with the ball, with Divjot Sarna leading the way with 6-67 from 16 overs. Ankur Baliyan is Phoenix's top run scorer in the competition this year with 112 runs at 28, whilst Rajesh Malik took 5-37 in 10 very tight overs.
North County 4 vs Lucan 2 - North County 4 of Division 11 host Lucan 2 of Division 12 in the Whelan Cup semi final. North County won Group B with a 3-1 record, with Lucan winning Group D, unbeaten in four matches. Watch out for Umar Khan for North County, who was their top scorer in the group phase with 111 runs at 27.75 and also for Zia Mohyuddin who took 4-95 from 16 overs. For Lucan, keep an eye out for Honey Gugale who scored 110 runs at 36.67 and Srikanth Reddy Police who took 5-83 across 12 overs.
Clontarf 2 vs Railway Union 2 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Merrion 2 vs Clontarf 2 (July 23)
Civil Service 2 vs Malahide 2 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Merrion 2 vs Clontarf 2 (July 23)
Castleknock 1 vs Longford 1 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Merrion 3 vs Leinster 3 (July 22)
Adamstown 2 vs Wexford Wanderers 1 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Merrion 3 vs Leinster 3 (July 22)
Leinster 2 vs Pembroke 2 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of Merrion 2 vs Pembroke 2 (July 27) and Malahide 2 vs Pembroke 2 (July 16)
YMCA 3 vs Phoenix 2 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of Cork Harlequins 1 vs YMCA 3 (July 1)
The Hills 2 vs Cork Harlequins 1 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of Cork Harlequins 1 vs YMCA 3 (July 1)
Clontarf 5 vs Balbriggan 3 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of Wicklow County 1 vs Clontarf 5 (July 16)
Phoenix 6 vs Mullingar 3 - Phoenix are yet to win a game in Division 17, but all is not quite lost as they still have eight games left to turn the situation around. They can't move off the bottom of the table today, but need to start closing the gap on those above. Mullingar are in 6th and whilst nor being completely safe from relegation, they do have the look of a mid-table finishing team all over them. The reverse league match on June 24 was a decent match. Riju Varghese (73) and Bilal Alam (37) added 83 for the fourth wicket to get Mullingar to a useful 191 all out. Jinu Varghese took 4-43 for Phoenix. At 77/6 it looked lost for Phoenix with Suresh Bhau taking 3-40 and Bilal Alam 4-32 (his best bowling in 50 matches for Mullingar). But late order runs by Mark Gargan (37) and Aadil Naizam (27) got Phoenix closer before eventually losing by 20 runs.
Rush 4 vs North Kildare 6 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of North Kildare 6 vs Clondalkin 3 (June 11)
Sandyford 3 vs Swords 4 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of North Kildare 6 vs Clondalkin 3 (June 11)
Pembroke 4 vs Leinster 4 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of Wicklow County 1 vs Clontarf 5 (July 16)
Adamstown 6 vs Malahide 6 - An important game at the bottom of Division 16. Adamstown are in 7th place with 97 points from nine games and Malahide are in 9th with only 39 points from eight games. Adamstown are 6-7 for the year with Waleed Ahsen Abbasi being their leading run scorer with 412 runs at 82.40. This is already the highest number of runs in a season for Adamstown 6, beating Ashok Cutinha's 2021 record. Their top wicket taker is Rajnish Kumar Malik with 16 at 18.63. Malahide are 5-9 for the year, with a leading wicket taker of James Dickinson with 12 at 9.75 and a leading run scorer of Sanjay Pahuja with only 117 at 29.25.
Laois 1 vs Rush 2 - Two teams at the wrong end of Division 5 meet in Stradbally, although Laois' two games in hand helps. They are in 6th place, with Rush 14 points behind in 7th. These two have surprisingly never played each other, so a look at their seasons so far. Laois are 5-6 for the season , not the worst but not the best either considering they haven't finished a league season in a position as bad as this since 1998). Their leading run scorer is Rashid Mehraj with 232 at 38.67 (this would be the 6th year since 2011 that Mehraj has been Laois 1's leading run scorer) with their top wicket taker being Usama Raees with 20 wickets at 16.90. Rush are not having the best of seasons at 2-11, with Shahid Iqbal being their top run scorer with 309 at 51.50 and Brandon Morris their leading wicket taker with 18 at 19.72.
Halverstown 2 vs Carlow 3 - With Division 19 being a nine team division there is still a long way to go. Carlow are in fourth place but still have nine games to play with Halverstown only having five games left, but look fairly safe in sixth spot. But plenty can change and a good run for either could turn the table on its head. On the batting paradise of St Patrick's College, Carlow ran up a massive 341/3 in the revere fixture on July 8. There were 50s for Solim Mohammed (88), Dammar Budhathoki (92) and Mohammed Ismail 2 (70*) as Carlow 3 ran up their highest ever score, eclipsing the 318/9 they made the week before against Tyrrelstown 5. Halverstown crumbled under the pressure of the huge chase, only making 148/9 from their 40 overs. It will be a different story back in Brannockstown today.
Tyrrelstown 2 vs North County 4 - Plenty to play for at the top end of Division 11. Tyrrelstown are in second place with 127 points, with North County in third with 111 points (but with two games in hand). The reverse fixture on July 2 in Inch was a record breaking affair. North County 4 made their highest ever total, 365/9 with 50s for Umar Khan (54), Rana Muhammad Hasan Ur Rahman (75) and Safdar Ali (77). Sairam Goud Ayella had the misfortune to bowl the most expensive figures in Tyrrelstown history with 2-97 from his 8 overs. Umar Khan then took 3-13 as Tyrrelstown made 221 all out, Sharath Goud Yerakala top scoring with 56.
Railway Union 4 vs Wicklow County 1 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of Wicklow County 1 vs Clontarf 5 (July 16)
North County 6 vs Finglas 3 - No preview as waiting on scorecard of North Kildare 6 vs Clondalkin 3 (June 11)
North Kildare 4 vs Mullingar 2 - No preview as no result submitted for Mullingar 2 vs Phoenix 5 yesterday
Clontarf 6 vs Laois 3 - The inclement weather has helped Clontarf a little bit in Division 15. 12.5 points for a rained off match is better than very little for a loss. But they need to start winning. and only have four games left to do it. Laois 3 are only 29 points ahead of Clontarf in 5th place but have a couple of games in hand. Laois 3 last payed Clontarf 6 in Mount Temple in July 2017. Laois could only make 103 all out from 37.4 overs with Salman Shahid top scoring with 34 and Aamir Aziz Khan taking 3-18 for Clontarf. The Clontarf reply wasn't exactly dominant, but they were never in any trouble, winning by 5 wickets with 12 overs left. Darragh Devilly top scored with 26 for Tarf.
Swords 1 vs DLR County 1 - Another low mid-table match in Division 8 with sixth place Swords hosting fifth place DLR County. The losers will find themselves dran into the relegation fight, with the winners moving towards even more security in the most middle of mid table positions. Swords 1 are 4-8 for the year, with their top run scorer being Jobby Thomas with 335 runs at 33.50 and their leading wicket taker being Sreekumar Sanulal with 11 wickets at 13.82. DLR Couhty are a similar 4-7 for the year, with their top wicket taker being Ghanshyam Godara with 15 at 14.40 and their leading run scorer being Chiraag Arora with 305 runs ay 38.13.
Clondalkin 1 vs Phoenix 4 - Two more sides who are right next to each other meet in Division 8. There are only seven points behind Phoenix in fourth and Clondalkin in fifth and to be honest it is difficult to see either being promoted or relegated. Clondalkin have won all the three previous games between the sides, with two in 2018 and one this year. The April 2018 match saw Clondalkin struggle to 124/9 from 20 overs with no batter getting past 20 and no Phoenix bowler taking more than 2 wickets. At 42-0 it looked as if Phoenix had it in the bag, but 3-15 by Munir Khan started a massive Phoenix collapse. At 70/4 they still had a chance before losing their last five for 7 runs. It is Phoenix 4's third worst five wicket collapse, after two separate collapses against Pembroke 4 in August 2020, on the way to being bowled out for 57.
Merrion 6 vs Clondalkin 2 - A tough task today as Merrion, bottom of Division 14 host Clondalkin who are in second place. Merrion have it all to do with both North County 6 and Ashbourne 2 above them having games in hand. Clondalkin have a big gap to close on Ongar 1 at the top, but a decent run will bring them close. The team's last league meeting was in July 2016 in Bird Avenue. Merrion made only 103/9 from 40 overs, which turned out to be more than enough as Clondalkin were bowled out for 66, with the Merrion wickets shared around. It is Clondalkin 1's second lowest innings score after 55 all out against Knockharley 2 this May.
Adamstown 4 vs Greystones 2 - Greystones are up in third place in Division 12, although there is a big 50 point gap to Lucan 2 in second. Adamstown are struggling at the wrong end of the table and need to start winning to move themselves out of the relegation zone - four or five wins out of their last six matches are needed. The last time the teams met in a league game in Corkagh Park was a Division 13 match in May 2018. Mandeep Sandhay top scored for Adamstown with 47, as they were bowled out for 226 with William Drane the pick of the bowlers with 2-20 (his career best bowling). Mirwais Nawabzai then top scored for Greystones with 88 (his highest score for Greystones in 103 matches), but 4-22 from Sarath Babu Lepakshi (one of three four wicket hauls in his 2017-2019 career) as Greystones were bowled out for 200.