Railway Union 2 vs Leinster 2 - The 2nd XI Premier League is shaping up to be a classic, with all teams in the division having lost at least one. Railway are top of the pile with a 3-1 record, with Leinster down in 6th and 1-1. Needless to say, there isn't really much between them. Railway are 6-1 this year in all competitions, Devesh Sharma being the star with the bat with 232 runs at 33.14, and Robert O'Brien being leading wicket taker with 8 wickets at 12.23. Leinster are 4-3, Joe O'Sullivan being top run scorer with 196 at 39.2 and Christopher Janik has taken 12 wickets at 7.
North County 2 vs Pembroke 2 - North County are rock bottom of the 2nd XI Premier League after losing their first three games on the field, with Pembroke in second place with a 3-1 record. This fixture in 2022 was something of a classic. Pembroke struggled all the way through their innings, with only Rehan Ali (39 from 82 balls) getting a score as they were bowled out for 112 - no County bowler getting more than two wickets. But North County didn't find it easy either. Sean Rooney scored 31, and Manmeet Singh a crucial 37 ball 24. Wickets kept falling though, with Sumit Kumar (3-31) and Arshad Safi (4-29) leading the way. Anthony and Daniel Mooney added 9 for the last wicket to see County home.
Clontarf 3 vs North Kildare 2 - North Kildare's excellent 7 wicket win over Civil Service 3 yesterday, coupled with both of Clontarf's matches against Wexford Wanderers 1 being rained off has led to the amazing league table of all four teams having eight points from four matches each. So all boils down to the last two rounds, with any team winning two being in a strong position, although it could still go to net run rate. These two have already met twice this season, with North Kildare winning both. Sithosh Ittyavirah took 3-21 for North Kildare to restrict Clontarf to 148/5 in the YMCA Salver match, before Jithin Yohannan Shaji (68*) and Manpreet Monty Singh (58) added a very quick 86 as North Kildare chased it down in 12.3 overs.
Balbriggan 4 vs Mullingar 3 - Two sides who are mid-table in Division 17 and whilst they have lost contact with the leaders, it is just too early to say whether they will end up closer to a relegation battle than a chance of promotion. The reverse fixture in St Finian's College last week was a great day for Balbriggan. Druhan Knight took 5-51, his best bowling figures so far in an 89 match career. Riju Varghese scored his sixth 50 for Mullingar, getting 61 as Mullingar made 195/10. But 44 from Druhan Knight and 69* from Amkela Nontso (his 5th 50 for Balbriggan 4) saw Brigg home by 4 wickets with 16 balls to spare. It was Balbriggan 4's highest successful chase in an away match.
Leinster 4 vs Railway Union 4 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Laois 3 vs Knockharley 3 - The top two in Group A of the Russell Court Trophy face off in Stradbally. The group looks like going to the third week in July, with all seven teams having lost at least one match. Laois have not won this fixture since 2014 (kKockharley have won the last six). In that match, Mahbubur Rahman and Muhammad Shaheyar both took three wickets as Laois were bowled out for 137. The Laois bowlers were not to be outdone though, as Umar Zafar (4-14) and Stephen Saunderson (4-20) oversaw a Knockharley collapse, as the Meath team fell from 66-1 to 121ao.
Slieve Bloom 1 vs Clondalkin 2 - Slieve Bloom have a home double header today, with their second match being against North County 5. They have so far only played one Group B match in Junior B, beating North Kildare 5 and are the only unbeaten side along with Ashbourne 2. Clondalkin are 2-1 (with one rained off), and will be in a strong position if they win their last two games. No previous meetings between the two teams, so a look at their seasons so far. Slieve Bloom are 2-2, with their leading wicket taker being Sajin Soman with 8 wickets at 10.88. No Bloom batter has yet got to 100 runs for the season. Clondalkin 2 are 5-2, with their leading run scorer being Zeeshan Saleem with 243 runs at 40.5 and their leading wicket taker being Nayemur Rahman with 14 at 9.14.
The Hills 2 vs Leinster 3 - Group A in the YMCA Salver is just about still alive, although if Adamstown 2 beat Merrion yesterday, these two sides are up against it after both winning one and losing one of their first two matches. The last time the teams met in the YMCA Salver in The Vineyard. Sam Smyth took 4-21 (his best bowling for The Hills 2) as Leinster made only 104/10. Mark Dwyer (57* from 33 balls) and Bhavesh Lakhotia (30 from 30 balls) then finished the game quickly in 10.2 overs. It was The Hills 2's third 10 wicket win since the start of 2011.
Phoenix 3 vs YMCA 3 - The second game of the weekend and if they won yesterday, a weekend that sees them very much in the hunt for the semi finals in Group D of the YMCA Salver. For YMCA, the outlook is less rosy, and after losing their first three matches. they are up against it. The sides haven't met since August 2018, when a strong YMCA 3 side won. Max Collins took 3-30 and Sadaf Raza took 3022 as YMCA were bowled out for 116. Devansh Singh then scored 59* as YMCA won by 7 wickets off only 22 overs. Raza took 114 senior wickets in a career spanning nine seasons (between 2004 and 2014) and four senior clubs (Balbriggan, Leinster, Old Belvedere and Phoenix)
Halverstown 2 vs Tyrrelstown 5 - This match can just about be classified as a mid-table affair in the nine team Division 19. Tyrrelstown are 4th with a 3-3 record, with Halverstown down in 7th after winning two and losing five. Their only previous match was the reverse league fixture on April 23. Ashwin Menon made 64 for Tyrrelstown, but received absolutely no support, as they were bowled out for 122 - the next highest score was 6. Halverstown calmly went about their business, taking 34 overs to knock it off with 25 balls and 6 wickets remaining. Sean Conroy top scored with 29.
Greystones 2 vs Adamstown 4 - With YMCA 4 having withdrawn from the Whelan Cup, Group C has become a short sprint with each team only playing four matches. As this is Adamstown's first game, anything is possible with no real idea who will qualify. The sides last met in 2018, with Adamstown winning both matches. In the match played in Druids Glen. Mandeep Sandhay scored 75 as Adamstown got to 206/8. That was more than enough, as no Greystones player got past 30, being dismissed for 170.
Carlow 4 vs Adamstown 8 - No preview as result of yesterday's Adamstown 8 vs Terenure 5 match not reported.
Malahide 2 vs Rush 2 - One of the few completely dead matches this season, with Group C in the Tillain Cup already decided as Malahide 2 advance to the semis - a nice position for Malahide to be in! This is only the third ever meeting between the teams, with Malahide winning both. In the return fixture on May 27, Andrew Dohney and Shahid Iqbal added 117 for the 4th wicket as Rush got to 129-3. It wasn't quite enough though, as Malahide won by 5 wickets on the last ball. That partnership was the second highest 4th wicket partnership on record in the Tillain Cup, behind Andrew Poynter and Andrew Delany's 126 for Clontarf 2 against Merrion 3 last July.
Merrion 5 vs Terenure 3 - Merrion's rained off match in Mullingar yesterday means they have no option but to win today - anything else and they are out of the Whelan Cup. Even a win and they will be hoping Mullingar 2 don't pass them by winning their last three games. Terenure still have two games left, and a pair of wins would see them in the semis. Amazingly, these two have only met once in the last 13 seasons, and that was a couple of weeks ago. No one passed 30 in the match and no one got more than two wickets, but Terenure took the points anyway, scoring 120/7 against Merrion's 99/7.
Wexford Wanderers 2 vs Merrion 6 - The second of three Junior Cup matches for Wexford Wanderers 2 in the Junior Cup. It looks as if teams will need at least 16 points to qualify for the semi finals, which would require Wexford to win at least three of their last four games (and at least two of these weekend's matches). Merrion have only played once, a loss to Malahide and therefore their fate is in their own hands. Five wins and they will qualify for the semis. Wexford are 2-2 this season, with their leading run scorer being Prasanth Pillai with 131 runs at 32.75, but with no bowler taking more than 5 wickets. Merrion are 2-4, with their leading wicket taker being Winston Dassanayake with 8 wickets at 8.25 and their leading run scorer being Majid Hyder with 145 runs at 29.
Naas 2 vs Lucan 3 - It is something of a surprise to see Naas 2 at the bottom of Division 17, losing their first four matches. Lucan are in mid-table with a 2-2 record, and the sides need to start winning if they still harbour hopes of promotion. The reverse fixture on April 15th saw Chirag Nagavekar have a brilliant game for Lucan. He scored 64* to take Lucan to 189/10 before taking 5-25 as Naas were bowled out for 171. It was his third 50 for Lucan in 36 matches, and his best bowling as well. He is the first player to take 5 wickets and score a 50 in the same match for Lucan, with the club having played 278 matches.
Knockharley 1 vs Clontarf 2 - No preview as results of yesterday's Knockharley 1 vs Merrion 2 match not reported.
Kilkenny 1 vs Lucan 1 - Half of the games have been played in Group B of the Middle Cup, and it is still all to play for. DLR County and Mullingar played each other yesterday, and after today's match, the destination of the one semi final spot should be much clearer. The reverse fixture was a brilliantly close game. The irrepressible Manpreet Rocky Singh took the first three wickets to fall as Kilkenny fell to 87 all out (Singh 3-6, Shalitha Wijethilaka 3-16). In reply, Lucan kept losing wickets, eventually losing by 1 run. Manpreet Singh has one of the great careers of the last decade. Playing for six clubs (Terenure, Wicklow County, Greystones, North Kildare, Naas and Lucan) he has taken over 5000 runs (5091 at 30.12) and nearly 400 wickets (386 at 16.38). Of the 19 players who have scored over 5000 runs since 2011, none has taken as many wickets as Singh, and only Eddie Richardson and Joey Carroll have taken over 300.
Adamstown 7 vs Sandyford 4 - Sandyford play their second Adamstown Cup game of the weekend. But despite being in 5th place in the six team group, two wins will put them right back in it. Adamstown lead the group with two wins from their first two matches. Adamstown 7 are actually unbeaten in six games this year, their best ever run. The player mainly responsible for that run is Mohan Kumar Satyanarayana with 239 runs at 39.83 and also 16 wickets at 9.56. Sandyford are 3-2 for the season with Viswanathan Umamaheswaran being top run scorer with 243 runs at 48.6 and no bowler yet taking more than five wickets.
Athlone 3 vs Dundalk 2 - Very early days in Group B of the Adamstown Cup - Castleknock 4 have not even played a game yet! Athlone are 4-2 for the season with their leading run scorer being Kumuditha Athukorala with 147 runs at 29.4 and their leading wicket taker being Rohit Jha with 8 wickets at 12.63. For Dundalk 2, the season's record stands at 3-2, with Avijot Singh being leading run scorer with 171 at 42.75, and the top wicket taker being Jithin John with 11 wickets at 9.55.
North County 6 vs Phoenix 6 - North County 6 complete their Minor Cup campaign, and unless there is a miracle, will be bowing out of Group A. Phoenix 6 find themselves bottom after losing their first two matches, but four wins will put them on 16 points, which at least gives the a chance. The sides met twice in 2022, with Phoenix winning both. In the match in Phoenix in May, Phoenix ran up 245/10 with Prasanth RA top scoring with 62 - his only 50 for Phoenix in 23 innings. Ronan Harris then took 4-33 as North County were bowled out for 126.
Rush 4 vs DLR County 2 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Ashbourne 1 vs Pembroke 4 - A crucial match in Group B of the Inter Cup, and hte only match being played in the group this weekend. If Pembroke win, Ashbourne are out, and Leinster need to win their last two games against Ashbourne to take it to net run rate between them and Pembroke. But if Ashbourne win today, they are very much in the hunt but do need to need all their remaining games to qualify. The reverse fixture on June 5th had a stack of runs, but no individual 50s, nor a bowler taking three wickets. Pembroke made 169/5 with Sahil Manchanda top scoring with 40 and former Irish youth international Stu McDonnell hitting an 18 ball 34. Ashbourne never quite got up to the run rate, David Gash top scoring with 41 from 21, but Ashbourne fell 19 runs short.
Adamstown 3 vs Tyrrelstown 2 - Tyrrelstown play their second game of the season in Group C of the Inter Cup. Yesterday's match against North Kildare doesn't make too much different, and three wins from their remaining three matches will get them through. Before this weekend, Adamstown 3 were 3-3 for the season, with their leading run scorer being Jacob Ullasa Kumar with 213 runs at 35.5 and their top wicket taker being Amandeep Matharoo with 11 wickets at 17.64. For Tyrrelstown, they are 5-1 for the season with top run scorer being Vamsi Mukollu with a massive 387 runs at 77.4 and their top wicket taker being Sairam Goud Ayella with 18 wickets at 10.44. Mukollu's scores for the team this year have been 15, 53, 82, 51, 34, 53 and 99.
Civil Service 2 vs Adamstown 1 - No preview as results of yesterday's YMCA 2 vs Civil Service 2 match not reported.
Swords 4 vs Wicklow County 2 - The bottom two in Group B of the Minor Cup meet, with contrasting outlooks for the teams. With this being their last match, Swords 4 cannot make the semis, so this afternoon is effectively practice. But Wicklow County still have four matches left, and should be very close to qualification if they win all four. Swords are 2-4 for the year, with their leading run scorer being Chandrabhiroop MSV with 114 runs at 22.8 - no bowler has yet taken more than 5 wickets. Wicklow County are 4-3 for the season, with their top batter being Thejas Sreedharan (270 at 45) and their top bowler being Sashi Kanth (16 at 9.25)
Tyrrelstown 3 vs Naas 1 - It is all over bar the shouting in group D of the WHelan Cup. Lucan 2 beat Naas yesterday, and the best either Naas or Tyrrelstown can do is to draw level with Lucan's 16 points. It's not impossible but not likely. No matched between these two teams in the clubs' short history. Tyrrelstown are 5-2 for the season, with no batter managing to mass more than 100 runs, with their leading wicket taker being Mohneesh Jindal with 10 wickets at 16.1. For Naas, they are 1-5 for the season, with their leading run scorer being Muhammad Anzar with 183 runs at 45.75, and their top wicket taker being Ravi Shokeen with 7 at 12.57.
Malahide 6 vs Clontarf 7 - The top two in Group A of the Minor 2 Cup face off in Malahide. Both teams find themselves in a good position, and a loss wouldn't be the end of the world for either. Malahide started their season in awful fashion, losing the first six, but have turned it round recently with three wins. Despite all those games, no batter has yet got to 100 runs, with their top wicket taker being James Dickinson with 12 at 9.75. For Clontarf 7, they have only completed three matches on the field all season with two wins and a loss.
Bagenalstown 1 vs Merrion 4 - Bagenalstown 1 are not quite eliminated from Group C of the Middle Cup, but will need something of a miracle after losing their first three matches. Merrion have only played one match, and despite losing to Athlone, have their fate in their own hands. The one previous match between the. teams in McGrath Park ( in May last year) saw Merrion make 179/9, Killian O'Flynn top scoring with 35*. Bagenalstown kept losing wickets at crucial times (with Sebastian Dijkstra taking 3-22) and they eventually finished 27 runs short.
North Kildare 4 vs Mullingar 2 - Mullingar's rained off match yesterday, means that they are going to have to win all three of their remaining games. For North Kildare, they need to win all their games, and hope Terenure lose all theirs. Only two previous meetings between the teams, and they were both in Division 12 in 2022. In the match in the Maws, there were North Kildare 50s for Satinder Singh, Behzad Majeed and Tehseen Hashmi as they ran up the distinctly useful 280/6. That was North Kildare 4's highest home innings total on record. Muddasir Zeb then took 7-20 as Mullingar were dismissed for 126. It was Zeb's best bowling in a 120 match Leinster career, and the third best in the history of Division 12.
Finglas 1 vs Knockharley 2 - No preview, as the results of yesterday's first part of the double header between these teams not reported.
Clontarf 4 vs Carlow 1 - After playing each other in Division 6 yesterday, these two meet in Group D of the Middle Cup today. This group is wide open, with seven matches in the group still to play. Carlow are 1-1, Clontarf 1-2, and everything really is to play for. For a full look at these team's rivalry, check out yesterday's preview.
Laois 1 vs Sandyford 1 - With Railway Union 2 unbeaten in Group D of the Tillain Cup, both of these sides are up against it - although not completely out of it yet. Even the loser of this match has a microscopic chance of qualifying for the semis. Laois 1 haven't won a match since April 30th - their record run of matches without a win now only a couple of games away (7 between Sept 2018 and May 2019). Sandyford are the altogether healthier 4-1, with their leading run scorer being Rachan Potluri with 207 runs at 51.75 and their top wicket taker being Masum Patel with 10 at 9.
Slieve Bloom 1 vs North County 5 - No preview as result of yesterday's Adamstown 5 vs North County 5 match not reported.
Wexford Wanderers 2 vs Leinster 5 - The third of Wexford's three Junior Cup matches this weekend. They lost narrowly to Malahide yesterday, so now need to win their last three matches as a minimum - even when doing that, they still may not qualify. Leinster have only played once, beating Malahide back on April 30. The teams have never played each other before, so a quick look at their season. Wexford are 3-2 for the season (before this weekend) - top of their run charts is Prasanth Pillai with 131 runs at 32.75 and no bowler has got more than five wickets. For Leinster, they have had a 3-3 start to the season. Nitesh Khodke is the leading run scorer with 123 runs at 24.6, and their top wicket taker is Keith Cardozo with 7 wickets at 24.
Phoenix 5 vs YMCA 4 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.
Malahide 4 vs Castleknock 2 - No preview as result of yesterday's Railway Union 4 vs Castleknock 2 match not reported.
Merrion 2 vs Balbriggan 2 - Group B of the Tillain Cup is a tight affair, with qualification for the semi finals a long way off for any team. However Merrion played Knockharley yesterday, and that result may have had a big impact on the league standings. The reverse fixture was an astounding match. Balbriggan were repeatedly in trouble at 19-3, 35-4 and 72-5 before a 38 ball blitz from 14 year old Brian Dunphy resulted in him scoring 82* and Balbriggan scoring 165/5. It was Dunphy's first 50 for Balbriggan 2, and his sixth overall for the club. Chirag Poddar (51) and Vaibhav Sapra (54*) both scored 50s, but Merrion were just behind the rate, and lost by 13 runs.
Carlow 2 vs Greystones 3 - Carlow sit on top of Group B of the Russell Court Trophy with three wins, with Greystones not out of it with a 2-2 record. Carlow lead the head to head between the teams 5-2, but there have been some good tussles, none better than their meeting a couple of weeks ago in the league. Rob Massey's 80 (the fourth time he has passed 50 in 53 innings for Greystones 3) set Greystones up for a good total of 201/10. Multiple contributions from the Carlow batters got them there with seven overs and four wickets to spare, Robert O'Driscoll top scoring with 44. It was Carlow 2's fifth highest successful run chase.
Greystones 1 vs Castleknock 1 - Castleknock were in a great position going into this weekend in Group B of the YMCA Salver, after winning their first two games. They played Terenure 2 yesterday, and a pair of wins would see them on the verge of semi final qualification. For Greystones, everything depends on yesterday's must win against Pembroke 3. The teams have already met twice this season, with a win a piece. On June 3, Greystones won the Division 7 match, scoring 178/10 with Alec Jackson scoring 52 (his first 50 for Greystones, and fourth in 77 matches in Leinster) and Masrat Naveed Aslam taking 5-44 (his career best). In reply Castleknock never got going, no one passing Shahbaz Ahmed's 26 and Mamoon Rashid and Ramayya Botcha taking three wickets each.
Mullingar W1 vs Balbriggan W2 - No preview, as previous matches this season involving at least one of these teams still to be processed.