Laois 3 vs Civil Service 5 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Laois 3 vs Greystones 3 (July 2)
Malahide 2 vs YMCA 2 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from YMCA 2 vs Civil Service 2 (June 17)
Athlone 2 vs Greystones 3 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Laois 3 vs Greystones 3 (July 2)
Finglas 1 vs Naas 1 - Naas travel to Poppintree Park in Division 11 looking to kickstart their season, and to overturn the recerse fixture three weeks ago when they lost by 146 runs. They sit bottom of the league after six matches played. Finglas are 3-1, but have won their last two. They need to keep winning to narrow the gap between them (in fourth) and the top three. The match on June 25 saw Vishnu Nair score 61* as Finglas made 230/4 from only 30 overs. In reply, Naas collapsed fro 22-0 to 84 all out, with Abhijit Anilan being the pick of the Finglas bowlers with 3-13. Finglas 1 have never been higher than their current league position - Naas 1 have never been lower.
North Kildare 4 vs Greystones 2 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from North Kildare 4 vs Terenure 3 (July 2)
Castleknock 2 vs Malahide 4 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Wicklow County 1 vs Malahide 4 (July 2)
Phoenix 5 vs Sandyford 2 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from North Kildare 4 vs Terenure 3 (July 2, Division 12)
Railway Union 5 vs Knockharley 3 - No preview as result of yesterday's match between Adamstown 6 and Naas 2 not reported on Cricket Leinster website.
Clontarf 7 vs Mullingar 4 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Mullingar 4 vs Swords 5 (July 2)
Pembroke 3 vs Clontarf 4 - The bottom two teams in Division 6 face off. Clontarf have lost all eight games they have completed on the field to sit in bottom place. Pembroke are winless as well, although they have only lost four matches (with another two rained off). Surprisingly the teams have only ever played against each other twice, with both of those being won by Pembroke in the 2019 season. In the match played in Sydney Parade, Bryan McDermott top scored for Clontarf with 65 as Ashane Wijesinghe took 4-23 for Pembroke to bowl Clontarf out for 213. That was his best return for Pembroke 3 in a seven match career. Solid batting from the Pembroke top order saw them get home with 53 balls to spare, with Phil Blackley top scoring with 61. Blackley sits in third plaec on the highest run scorers for Pembroke 3 since 2011, a list topped by David O'Riordan with 1801 runs at 23.39.
Civil Service 4 vs North Kildare 3 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Civil Service 4 vs North Kildare 3 (June 24)
Merrion 6 vs Ongar 1 - Merrion's Junior Cup campaign for 2023 is over, but Ongar will confirm their place in the semi finals with a win today. The sides played in Division 14 on May 14th, with Ongar winning by 5 wickets. Ongar only took 7 Merrion wickets in the 30 over innings, but Merrion never seemed to get going. Majid Hyder scored 41, but no one else got past 20, and 112/7 always looked a long way under par. Rishabh Sharma took 3-31 to put Ongar in some difficulty at 60/5 but Santosh Kumar (19) and Sai Kiran Padmanabuni (32) saw Ongar home comfortably.
Ashbourne 1 vs Leinster 4 - The first match of a double header today for Ashbourne as Group B of the Intermediate Cup comes down to its final stages. Ashbourne have three matches left and winning all three will take them to the quarter finals. If they don't they are out. For Leinster, one win from their remaining two would put them in a tie with Pembroke (to be decided by net run rate). Anything extra would send them through. The only previous match between the teams was last year's Intermediate Cup semi final. Played in Rathmines, Ashbourne couldn't break free of the Leinster bowling with Hamdullah Safi taking 3-8, and no batter scoring more than Abid Ali's 22 as Ashbourne were bowled out for 96. Leinster didn't find it any easier, with Sandeep Velaga taking 4-21 (one of four, four wicket hauls he has for Ashbourne 1) as they limped to 74/8. However, Dharmraj Chudasama (12) and Abdul Khan (16) added 25 for the 9th wicket to see Leinster home with five balls to spare.
Leinster 6 vs Carlow 3 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Tyrrelstown 5 vs Carlow 3 (July 1)
Gorey 1 vs Halverstown 1 - Gorey's league season got up and running last week with a pair of wins over North Kildare and Tyrrelstown. They remain bottom of Division 13, but are on a charge. Halverstown are not too far above them, in sixth place. Gorey traveled to Brannockstown on June 3rd for the Division 13 reverse fixture. Mohammed Shifan Hameed Raheem made 54 his highest score in an 18 match Gorey career as Gorey made 159/7. Hisham Ismail's 3-42 gave Gorey hope, but 76* from Christopher Hamilton-Fowle eased Halverstown home with 52 balls an five wickets to spare. That was Hamilton-Fowle's first 50 for Halverstown and he added his second on July 1st.
The Hills 2 vs Adamstown 2 - As crucial and as clear cut as it gets. If The Hills win this Group A YMCA Salver match, they are still in the hunt for a semi final spot. If the lose, they are out and Adamstown 2 qualify for the semi finals. The reverse fixture was played on May 1, with Adamstown running out winners by 11 runs. In itself that was an amazing achievement for Adamstown. In 2012, Adamstown 2 were 80 places below The Hills 2 in the league, and even in 2022, they finished 15 places below. Sunil Parashar scored 45 for Adamstown, but that only got them to 101, which didn't look enough - Cian Multy taking 3-12. But The Hills' batting just didn't click. No one scored more than the 16 that Will Archer and Ashad Farooqi scored, and Suhas Yellur's 4-10 took out the middle order.
Balbriggan 2 vs Clontarf 2 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Merrion 3 vs Balbriggan 2 (July 4)
North County 6 vs Swords 4 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from North Kildare 6 vs Clondalkin 3 (June 11)
DLR County 2 vs Clondalkin 3 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from North Kildare 6 vs Clondalkin 3 (June 11)
Kilkenny 2 vs Pembroke 5 - No preview as result of yesterday's match between Pembroke 5 and Phoenix 6 not reported on Cricket Leinster website.
Greystones 4 vs Adamstown 8 - Group B of the Minor 2 Cup enters it's slightly confusing phase from now on. Only two matches are left (this one and Greystones vs Terenure on July 23). That looks to leave five matches that just haven't been arranged by the clubs - or at the very least the four teams are all playing differing numbers of matches. So unfortunately, this preview can't cast much light on what is happening! These two did play in a Division 20 match on May 7th. Six Greystones bowlers took at least a wicket as Adamstown were bowled out for 71. But the fun had only just started as Maaz Mushir Ahmad Khan took 3-5 for Adamstown, as Greystones fell to 56-7 Ranjith Balakrishnan stood firm though with 32* as Greystones got home by 2 wickets.
Leinster 5 vs Dundalk 1 - The two semi final spots in Group A of the Junior Cup will be between Ongar, Dundalk and Leinster. It is all for Leinster to do though - they need to win their last three games and enter a tie break with the other two sides. The two have not met since a pair of Division 10 fixtures back in 2015. In the match in Rathmines, Phil Osborn made 54* (one of two 50s he made for Dundalk between 2011 and 2017) as Dundalk made 171/7 from 40 overs. At 140/6 the match was Leinster's to lose, but they lost the last four wickets for 25 runs and lost by 6 runs with four overs still to use. Khalid Chaudhary top scored for Leinster with 31, and Andrew Pike took 3-21 for Dundalk.
Longford 1 vs Phoenix 3 - As important a match as Group D of the YM Salver will see this year. Phoenix and Longford are side by side at the top with 3-1 records but even the winner today will not be quite home - it is likely that one of them will need to win twice in order to qualify for the semi finals. In the reverse fixture on April 30th, Aaron Joseph took 4-27 for Phoenix as Longford were bowled out for 129 (Fadi Khan scoring 50). It was the first time Joseph had taken four wickets in a match since June 2019. At 24-2, Phoenix were in trouble, but a partnership of 69 between Akshay Beniwal (41) and Usama Dar (24) by the end of the 12th over put Phoenix well ahead on DLS, and even when Beniwal was dismissed and the rains came down, Phoenix were still 10 runs ahead.
Mullingar 1 vs Lucan 1 - DLR County's dramatic one wicket win over Kilkenny 1 yesterday in the Middle Cup makes semi final qualification much easier for these two teams. For Mullingar, two wins in their remaining matches will see the qualify. Lucan also have to win two, but then have to hope Mullingar beat Kilkenny on July 23 which will send Lucan through. The only previous match between these two teams was the reverse Middle Cup fixture on June 4. Manpreet Rocky Singh hit 82, his 7th fifty for Lucan as they made an impressive 189/6, Obaidullah Tarakai being the pick of the Mullingar bowlers with 2-11 from three overs. Rocky stands third on the all time list of Lucan 1 50 makers with 7 (behind Ali Hashmi and Amit Walia). In reply, Satnam Singh took 3-8 as Mullingar fell from a promising 40-0 to 67-6 and from that stage they were gone. Craig Sweeney top scored for Mullingar with 39*, his highest score in Leinster cricket in a long 193 match career since 2012.
Lucan 3 vs The Hills 4 - Lucan's loss to Sandyford 3 yesterday in the Minor Cup ends their chances of qualification, so today is just about the day out. The Hills 4 are in a much better position, but will need at least the two wins from their last two matches (today and against Phoenix 6 on July 23) to qualify. Those two wins would take them to 20 points and there are scenarios where Kilkenny and Sandyford could get to 20 points as well. Then it is calculator time. Lucan are 2-3 for the 2023 season, with their top run scorer being Annu Shukla with 165 runs at 20.63. Their leading wicket taker is Vishnu Raju with 10 wickets at 16.90. The Hills are a decent 7-4 for the season. Their top bowlers are Usama Shah and Tristan Vincenzo Sebastian who have both taken 11 wickets. With the bat, Muddesser Bhandara is top run scorer with 186 runs at 31.
Rush 3 vs North County 4 - Sandyford 2 are the team to beat in Group B of the Whelan Cup. Assuming they win their last game against Swords 2, 16 points is the mark to beat if either of these two want to make the semi finals. Two wins for Rush will get them to 16 points, but as Sandyford have the better head to head record, Rush would still not qualify - and hence Rush are out. North County can get to 18 points with two wins, and so today is a massively important game for the Balrothery side. Rush have the form though - the teams met on June 4th in the Whelan Cup. with Rush winning by 20 runs. Hassan Shahid top scored for Rush with 45 as they made 134/8. Tight bowling spells by Conor Butterly (0-14 from 4) and Sean McCormack (1-11 from 3) put the pressure on County, and they never really threatened, making 114/6.
Sandyford 4 vs North Kildare 6 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from North Kildare 6 vs Clondalkin 3 (June 11)
Adamstown 1 vs Civil Service 2 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from YMCA 2 vs Civil Service 2 (June 17)
Terenure 3 vs Mullingar 2 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from North Kildare 4 vs Terenure 3 (July 2)
Swords 1 vs Carlow 1 - No preview as result of yesterday's match between Swords 1 and Railway Union 3 not reported on Cricket Leinster website.
Railway Union 2 vs Laois 1 - A crucial match in Group D of the Tillain Cup. Wins in both of their remaining games (today and Sandyford 1 on July 22) will put Laois level with points with Railway Union and net run rate will be needed. This is Railway's last game, and whilst a loss may be enough, a win today will guarantee them a semi final place. Laois' last win in Park Avenue was way back in July 2017 in a Division 4 league match. Fintan Moore top scored for Laois with 60, the fist of two 50s he scored for Laois 1 that summer. Patrick Guest took 3-47 from Railway, but Laois would have been happy with 181 all out in 47.2 overs. After that, it was the Usama Raees show, as he took 5-13 as Railway were bundled out for 67. Hafiz Abdullah was the only one to get into double figures for Railway with 24. It was the second time Raees had taken five wickets in an innings for Laois 1 (after 6-24 against Dundrum in June 2016) and he added a third instance against Phoenix 2 in Stradbally this April.
Ashbourne 1 vs Wicklow County 1 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Wicklow County 1 vs Malahide 4 (July 2)
The Hills 2 vs Merrion 3 - If The Hills beat Adamstown in their Group A YMCA match earlier on, this game needs a Hills win if they are to qualify for the semis. They would then need some other results to go their way, before the group order was decided by net run rate. But if The Hills lost this morning, this is a dead match, with Merrion already out. The first YMCA Salver match between the teams this year saw a Hills win and a brilliant match for Athar Farooqi and Mark Dwyer. The pair added 138 for the first wicket, the third highest opening partnership we have recorded in the YMCA Salver (the highest is Derek Rooney and Niall McGovern's 149 for North County 3 vs Laois 2 in June 2011). The Hills got to 176, and then Dwyer took 3-27 and Farooqi 3-23 as Merrion reached 141/9.
Clontarf 7 vs Malahide 6 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Mullingar 4 vs Swords 5 (July 2)
Balbriggan 2 vs Knockharley 1 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Merrion 3 vs Balbriggan 2 (July 4)
Castleknock 3 vs Swords 3 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Athlone 2 vs Terenure 4 (June 17)
Terenure W2 vs Mullingar W1 - No preview as waiting on scorecard from Greystones W1 vs Mullingar W1 (June 21)