Wexford Wanderers 3 vs Finglas 3 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Clondalki 3 vs Wexford Wanderers 3 (September 2)
North Kildare W2 vs Adamstown W1 - No preview as waiting for multiple Division 4 scorecards.
Balbriggan 1 vs Clontarf 1 - An unusual event in the Premier League - a dead match, where nothing rides on the game except pride. Balbriggan's season couldn't be scoffed at - it will be their second ever highest position in the league. Clontarf finished 6th in 2022, and results today could see them finish anywhere between 4th and 6th. The three previous senior matches between the teams in the Jack Harper Memorial Ground have all been won by the team batting first, and all by big margins- Clontarf winning two, and Balbriggan winning last year's Premier League match on June 18. For Balbriggan, all the top 8 got into double figures, with Chris De Freitas scoring 60 as Balbriggan made 245 all out, Fionn Hand taking 3-58 and Ruan Cronje 3-52. But some excellent early bowling by Rhan Hadley (2-10) and Andrew Darroch (3-25) reduced Clontarf to 39-5 and there was no coing back. John Mc Nally scored 40 and David Vincent 33, but Tarf could only make 158 all out.
Cork Harlequins 1 vs Merrion 3 - Cork Harlequins could sneak up to 3rd place in Division 4 if they have a big win today and results go their way. Or they could drop down to 6th. Either finishing spot will be their worst finishing position in their three years of Leinster cricket. The middle of the table is so tight, that Merrion could be in any of those same positions as well - third place would be the third year in a row that Merrion have finished 27th in the league. The teams met in Anglesea Road in July 2021, with Harlequins winning by 27 runs. But as there haven't been too many previews of Division 4 matches this year, a quick catch up on the top performers on both sides. Quins have struggled to get their best team on the pitch, with only Seanan Jones playing nine games. He is their leading run scorer with 111 runs at 18.50. The bowling looks healthier with Ryan Joyce taking 16 wickets at 9.44. Akshay Dubey has dominated Merrion's run scoring with 337 runs at 48.14 with Nitin Sharma and Siddharth Kalra both taking 13 wickets.
Rush 1 vs Terenure 1 - Rush fought hard in their Championship season and will be reasonably happy with their 3rd place (they are already guaranteed to finish there). It is only the third time since 2013 that they have finished in the top 11 in the league. Terenure will be keen to overtake Cork County who are 1.5 points ahead of them to finish in 13th spot in the league - which would be their second time in the top 13 in the last six seasons. Rush have won the last five senior matches at home against Terenure, with Terenure's last win coming in April 2013. In that match Ehtesham Ahmed made the second of his three senior tons with an 85 ball 117, as Terenure made280/8 (no one else scoring more than Dan Van Zyl's 34). Rush never looked like getting close, with only Shahid Iqbal scoring more than 27 with 87. Richie Lawrence took 3-39 and Umar Jehangir 3-20 as Rush were bowled out for 204.
Cork County 1 vs North County 1 - Cork County will be aiming to stay ahead of Terenure and to keep 5th place (13th overall in the league), which would be their best finish in the league since 2018. North County are guaranteed to finish in 4th, the same position they finished in 2021 and 2022. North County's four previous senior matches in Cork have all resulted in them winning - in 1997, 2015, 2017 and 2022. In the 2022 match, Eddie Richardson made the initial inroads, as Cork County found themselves at 58-4 with Richardson ending up with 4-41. Abdul Ghaffar scored 55*, his second 50 at the time (he added one more last weekend against Civil Service) to partly rescue the hosts as they made 183/9. A stand of 98 between Eddie Richardson (63) and Malcolm Nofal (76) saw North County win by 4 wickets with 24 balls to spare.
Civil Service 1 vs Pembroke 1 - Civil Service's most successful league season since records of all leagues began in 1980 and probably since the mid 1940s. A final day win against Champions Pembroke may be a bit much to ask, but the three wins and 7th place signal a good season's work. Pembroke will be keen to finish an unbeaten season, and for a few individual milestones to be reached. As mentioned elsewhere on the site, JJ Garth and the retiring Theo Lawson are neck and neck for the Championship batting award. Nick Stapleton is currently in 11th place in the list of lowest average in a senior season for Pembroke (min 40 wickets). The most recent of those above him is Pat Smith's 1989 season, when he took 57 wickets at 9.44. Pembroke's last senior match in Service was on August 12th 1944, whilst Civil Service's last win was on August 1 1931.
Phoenix 1 vs North Kildare 1 - Phoenix's biggest match of the season is still to come - their play off against The Hills or Railway Union. Today will offer a useful warm up against a North Kildare team who have a had a tough winless season. However it has been North Kildare's joint third highest league finish of all time. With the reverse fixture earlier in the season being rained off, this will be the first ever senior match between the teams. North Kildare's batting has been a real struggle this year, with only Josh Uddin getting past 200 runs with 233 at 17.92. Husnain Maroof has been the star with the ball with 22 senior wickets 21.36. Phoenix's batting has had a similar issue, lacking in the major seasons that are needed. Only two players have passed 200 runs, with Jed Wiggins the best with 253 runs at 28.11. Amish Sidhu's 28 wickets at 9.79 is the best for Phoenix. Taking 28 wickets as the minimum, Sidhu's average is the 22nd lowest ever for Phoenix in a senior season. The most recent on the list above him is Rod Young's 1977 season with 39 wickets at 9.67.
Railway Union 1 vs Leinster 1 - As important as an end of season game can be. Leinster will be crowned Premier League champions if they get 22 points today (YMCA need to finish ahead of Leinster, as Leinster have more points in the head to head between the teams). If they get less than 22 points, they will still be champions as long as YM do not score four more points than them (or more than four). The best Railway Union can do is to finish in 7th spot, which will send them to the play off against Phoenix (in Phoenix) on September 16th. If they finish 8th they will be automatically relegated to the Championship. Railway must score at least 9 points more than The Hills, who are playing Merrion at home. With the weather forecast good, that will mean Railway winning and The Hills losing - with the small possibility of a Railway tie, and The Hills picking up three points or less. Senior matches between these two teams have been few and far between. There have only been eleven this century (Railway leading 8-3) but only one since 2012. That was last season's Championship match on June 18 when 78 from Saqib Bahadur and 52 from Tristan de Beer (batting at number 9) got Leinster to 319 all out. It was the first 50 by a Leinster number 9 since Joey Carroll scored 66* in June 2011 against Cork County and was Leinster's highest ever total in Park Avenue (beating 272 all out in July 1955). Ben Mitchell took 3-18 and Bahadur 3-19 as Railway made only 103 all out, Ashil Prakash top scoring with 32.
YMCA 1 vs Malahide 1 - If YMCA are to win their first Senior League title since 2014, they are going to have to overcome a three point deficit, with Leinster just about holding on to the lead after thirteen rounds of top level cricket. With Leinster winning the one match between the teams this year that beat the rain, YMCA have to win the league, whilst tied points will be good enough for Leinster. That means that YMCA have to hope Leinster get less than 22 points against Railway Union, and then do as well as they can at their Claremont Road home. Even a loss could be enough for Leinster - as long as they get four more points. If Malahide can hang on to 4th spot, it will be their third 4th place in the last four seasons. If they overtake Balbriggan (two points ahead) and finish in 3rd, it will be their highest league finish since 2005's 2nd place. YMCA haven't won at home against Malahide since June 2009. In that match, Stu McCready scored 50, and multiple other contributions got YM to 222 all out, with Matt Daykin taking 5-21 for Malahide. Daykin completed a great game with 59, but didn't receive too much support, with James Parkinson taking 4-19 as Malahide were bowled out for 152.
The Hills 1 vs Merrion 1 - As long as Railway do not score nine or more points than The Hills, The Hills will be playing Phoenix in Phoenix in the play off match next Saturday. If however Railway do get nine points (or more) more than The Hills, the Skerries side will be relegated to the Championship to the first time since 2015. Merrion look as if they will finish 5th or 6th, a come down after three league titles and a runners up spot it the last four seasons. The two sides have had a keenly contested rivalry in Milverton, with the last ten matches shared 5-5. The August 2012 match was a low scoring classic. Tomas Rooney Murphy took 4-27 for The Hills with only Dom Joyce (29) and Kade Beasley (31) getting past 12. Merrion's 105 was not an easy chase though. Dom Joyce took 3-23 at the top of the innings, as The Hills fell to 21/5. But from 67/7 Nicolaas Pretorious's 41 and Howard McDonnell's 21* got The Hills close. Pretorius was out with 7 still needed, but McDonnell came up with the goods for a famous one wicket win. Over the years, The Hills have had eleven 1 wicket wins in senior cricket, with nine of them at home.
Longford 1 vs Mullingar 1 - Longford are already crowned Division 6 champions with an incredible three games still to be played. Mullingar 1 still have a chance of grabbing the second promotion spot, but need to win today, and hope Terenure 2 lose both of their last two games. The teams have never managed to play a league match, with both of this season's attempts rained off. Longford's season has been led by Adnan Khan's 540 runs at 41.54. Adnan requires 45 runs to be the third Longford player to score 3000 runs for the club after Shamas Sarfraz (3965 at 32.77) and Ashir Javed (3217 at 20.75). Danish Javed is their leading wicket taker this season with 22 wickets at 18.55. Max Green has led the way with the bat for Mullingar with 542 runs at 45.17. With the ball PJ Mount is top wicket taker with 21 wickets at 19.33.
Castleknock 4 vs Leinster 6 - A dead match in Division 19 for these two. Castleknock 4 are only in their second ever league season, and after finishing 149th in the league in 2022, they are currently in 152nd and with three league games could move up one more place - but no further. Leinster are down in 154th position in the league, and have previously never finished worse than 143rd. That is more of a function of the expanding leagues and numbers playing in the province than anything else. The only previous match between the teams was on July 16 this year. Contributions from Zeus Appas (21), Michael Scully (28) and Liam Masterson (33) got Leinster to 159 all out with Umer Chughtai taking 3-30 for Castleknock. That didn't prove to be nearly enough, as Naveid Nazir's 30 and 50 from Mubeen Khan (his fifth 50 in 24 games across 12 years!) got Castleknock home by 4 wickets in 25.5 overs.
Dundalk 1 vs Adamstown 5 - Champions of Division 13, Dundalk 1 can enjoy today, knowing that their big night at the Cricket Leinster Awards Night is confirmed. Dundalk finish in 97th in the league, still a long way from where they were in 2019 (78th), but great to see them on the way back up - their first league title since Division 10 in 2015. Adamstown need 10 points from their last two matches, but that will only be needed if North Kildare 5 get maximum points in their match against Finglas tomorrow. Three previous league matches between these two have all gone the way of Dundalk. In this year's match on April 23, Adamstown were always in trouble, from the moment they were 8/2. Muhammad Tayyab had an interesting over - a walk off triple wicket maiden as Adamstown were all out for 66 with Shreyas Rajesh top scoring with 16. That was Adamstown 5's lowest ever home score. Dundalk didn't exactly dominate the reply, but won by 7 wickets off 11 overs, Qazi Khan scoring 18*.
DLR County 2 vs Phoenix 6 - A relaxing day for DLR County in Division 17 who have already been crowned 2023 champions. After having a "reset" during Covid, this is a step in the right direction for the team, who finished three places higher this year than last. Phoenix 6 are relegated after last week's loss to Lucan. If they can stay in 8th place in the league, they will have finished in the same place as in 2022 - 137th. The only previous match between them was on may 20 this year in Castleknock College. When DLR County were 106/7, they had a great chance, but solid batting from the DLR County tail (Shanavaz Naina Mohamed 25, Pritesh Kumar 57 and Rajan Verma 32) saw them get to 237/9. That was Kumar's only 50 so far in 2023, his first season in Leinster cricket. Zahid Safi was the pick of the Phoenix bowlers with 3-36. Phoenix just never got going. When Nevedha Saravanarajan was dismissed in the 11th over, Phoenix were 16-3 and had no chance. Anurag Bhandari scored 40 and Bijin Samuel Babu 33, but Shanavaz Naina Mohamed's 3-17 had knocked the stuffing out of Phoenix and it was really just a long net session. Phoenix finished on 118/7 from 40 overs.
Slieve Bloom 1 vs Malahide 5 - Still lots if cricket to be played in Division 14. Slieve Bloom have a very slim chance of the second promotion spot, needing to win both and getting at least 21 points today - and then needing Clondalkin to lose one of their last two games whilst not getting too many bonus points. That is before we take into account North County 5 who still have four matches to go down in 7th place, and could also finish in second. Malahide's path is much easier. A big win today, and then it is just between them and Clondalkin for the second spot. These two have never played at any level.
Tyrrelstown 3 vs Halverstown 1 - Halverstown are safely mid-table in Division 13 and can enjoy the end of season sun (fingers crossed). Tyrrelstown are only one place above them, but have a chance of promotion (but only a slim one). They need to win all three of their remaining games, with at least 67 points, and then hope Wexford Wanderers 3 and Finglas 2 fail in their remaining games. This will be Tyrrelstown 3;s most successful league season, in their fourth year. The only previous match between the teams was a fortnight ago in Brannockstown. Halverstown made a useful 198/6 from 30 overs, with Lijo Joseph (31), Paolo Rosa (40*) and Vishnu Vardhan Reddy Yannam (62) all contributing well. Rosa and Yannam added 109 for the 6th wicket, breaking the club's 6th wicket record which has stood since July 2014, when Richard Greene and John Threadgold added 68 against Phoenix 5. Tyrrelstown then crumbled to 117 all out, with only Mohneesh Jindal standing out with 39. Anoop Kurian took 3-25 and Tojo Thomas 3-21 as Halverstown won by 81 runs.
Kilkenny 2 vs Naas 2 - Neither of these teams can be promoted and they both have a tiny possibility of relegation, with Naas needing a win from their last two games to ensure safety, and Kilkenny needing one point. However both "targets" are worse case scenarios and in reality they are safe. Both teams have actually had their worst ever seasons in their short careers in league cricket. Kilkenny finished in 132 place in both of their first two seasons, and currently sit in 133rd place. Naas 2 finished in 124th and 127th in their first two years in the league, and are currently in 135th. The teams met for the first time a few weeks back, with Kilkenny winning by four wickets. Naas were bowled out for 170, with Rana Faheem Riaz taking 3-31, and Vishvas Sharma top scoring with 35. Nibin Antony then took 3-44 for Naas, but those wickets were a bit too late, as Farooq Mohammadi at the top of the order scored 73*. 100/2 for Kilkenny became 171/6 but they were never really in trouble. It was Farooq's second 50 of his three match career (at that point), he scored his first the day before against Lucan.
North County 5 vs Clondalkin 2 - A crunch game in Division 14. If North County are going to complete their remarkable season, and rise from 7th spot today to take the second promotion spot, they must win their last four games. However, should those last four games turn into a disaster, they could do with one (or maybe two) wins to avoid relegation. Clondalkin very much have their eyes on that promotion spot and 45 points in their last two matches will seal it. The one previous league game between the teams in Inch was in September last year. Niaz Sait was the only Clondalkin batter to get passed 20, scoring 42, but a good combined effort by the North County bowling attack dismissed Clondalkin for 126. Then a 101 run partnership for the second wicket nearly took County home, Srijan Yerramsetti scoring 43* and Jake Devane 58 as County won by 8 wickets. That partnership is now the highest 2nd wicket partnership on record for North County 5, beating Foram Mehta and Daniel Hughes' 84 against Longford 2 in August 2014.
Mullingar 3 vs Lucan 3 - Two games to go for Mullingar in Division 17, and they can still pull off the great escape by winning both. That could give them as many as 162 points, and it would then be down to whether Athlone 3, Naas 2 and Lucan 3 could overtake that target. A win for Lucan today would ensure their safety, and they also have one game left should they lose. Lucan are currently the 23rd highest ranked 3rd team and Mullingar the 25th (Lucan were the 26th best in 2022). The one previous match between the teams was played on July 16th this year. Suresh Vaskula blew the Mullingar top order away with 3-5 and from then on it was tough going for Mullingar. Seb Thompson top scored with 31, but Mullingar could only make 119 all out. Annu Shukla (45), Cai Baron (31) and Ihsan Ullah (28) then knocked off the runs in 21.5 overs.
Pembroke 6 vs The Hills 5 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Pembroke 6 vs Carlow 4 (September 5)
Swords 4 vs Sandyford 3 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of North Kildare 6 vs Swords 4 (September 3)
Greystones 4 vs Carlow 4 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Pembroke 6 vs Carlow 4 (September 5)
Adamstown 2 vs Greystones 1 - The final few weeks of Division 7 are going to be tense. Three teams can finish top (Castleknock, Greystones and Tyrrelstown), whilst Adamstown and Kilkenny also have very slim chances of getting promoted. Adamstown must win today with maximum points - which will be enough to finish ahead of Greystones due to their better head to head record. But they will still need the results of Tyrrelstown 1 and Kilkenny 1 to go their way. For Greystones, one point will keep them ahead of Adamstown; four points is enough to finish ahead of Kilkenny, but they cannot guarantee finishing ahead of Greystones or Castleknock. All they can do is win as well as they can today and cross their fingers. The teams last met in 2015, when they played twice in the league. In the 35 match played in Corkagh Park, Ali Elahi and Bradley Fernandes top scored with 38 as Adamstown made 196/9, Simon Rice taking 3-40 in five exciting overs for Greystones. However Greystones started losing wickets instantly, 7/1 becoming 11/2 becoming 22/3. Kashif Shah took 3/20 (he had his best bowling, 5-28 for Railway Union in Division 6 at the beginning of this July) with Simon Rice top scoring with 28, but Greystones didn't get close, being bowled out for 99.
Athlone 3 vs Adamstown 7 - Adamstown have booked their place as runners-up in Division 17. Athlone 3 still have a bit of work to do to avoid relegation, but have four matches left in which to do it. Mathematically they need 24 more points from their remaining games, but that is based on Mullingar 3 getting maximum points from their two matches. Another pair of teams in this division who have only played each other once before. These two met in Corkagh Park on July 29 this year, with Varatharaj Murthy's 4-20 for Adamstown setting the course of the match. It was his career best bowling in a 35 match career for Sandyford and Adamstown since 2015. Sudhakar Mani scored 26, but once Murthy's four wickets had reduced Athlone to 51/4 they were always going to struggle to bounce back. They were eventually dismissed for 101. There were a couple of early wickets for Athlone but solid 20s from Arunava Mukherjee (27), Mohan Kumar Satyanarayana (26) and Balaji Gnaneshwar (24) got Adamstown home by 7 wickets and nearly 20 overs to spare.
Ashbourne 2 vs Ongar 1 - Ongar need six points today to be confirmed as Division 14 champions for 2023 - and should it all go wrong, they have one more game against Leinster next Saturday to get the required points. Alternatively, losses elsewhere in the group could crown Ongar champions with less points. Ashbourne are in the midst of a relegation fight with North County 5 and Merrion 6 and need a win (or perhaps two) from their last two games to ensure they are in Division 14 next year. The sides have still not completed a game on field. Kiran Patel is Ashbourne's highest run scorer this season with 212 runs at 23.67, whilst the top wicket taker is Manoj Malviya with 22 wickets at 12.23. For Ongar, Anup Kishen has 429 runs at 33 with Suman Bokka leading the way with the ball with 22 wickets at 10.86.
Malahide 6 vs The Hills 4 - Malahide have three Division 16 games left, so despite being bottom of the league, there is still plenty of time to rescue themselves. However, they will need to win all three, and it is possible that if they lose today, they will be relegated. The Hills are at the other end of the table, and equally still have chances of moving divisions - or perhaps even the league title. They play Terenure tomorrow, and will probably need two wins and to hope that Wicklow County slip up in one of their two remaining matches. The first ever match between these teams was played a couple of weeks back on August 20. Malahide made only 95, with Obul Reddy Chintaparthi top scoring with 22 and Tristan Vincenzo Sebastian the best bowling figures for The Hills with 3-19. The Hills' response was all about one player - Muddesser Bhandara, who scored an incredible 79* out of The Hills' 97/1 from 15.2 overs. That was Bhandara's 9th time to pass 50 for The Hills 4, with an excellent record of 1258 runs at 43.38. However that has only earned him promotion twice, scoring 21 for The Hills 3rd string and 6* for The Hills 2, both in 2019.
Merrion W1 vs Clontarf W1 - The final of the 2023 Pilkington Plate between the Women's Senior Cup winners Merrion and the Women's Division 1 winners Clontarf 1. The sides have met three times in the Plate in the last six seasons, with Clontarf winning twice, and Merrion the other one. Two of the three previous matches were classics, and if we get the same today, it will be a fitting end to the season. In 2019, the sides met in Castle Avenue where 59 from Una Raymond-Hoey, 66 from Cassie Stephens and 43 from Isobel Joyce saw Clontarf make 226/8. Celeste Raack (4-40) and Naomi Matthews (3-40) caused many of the problems for Clontarf and without them Clontarf would have made many more. Cecilia Joyce was the star for Merrion with a 119 ball 112, but no one else got to 20, and after recovering from 147/6, Merrion finished 8 runs short, Anna Kirk taking 3-50. In last year's match in Anglesea Road, Niamh MacNulty took four early wickets (4-26) to leave Clontarf in trouble at 33/4. But a stand of 92 between Christina Coulter-Reilly (72) and Anna Kirk (51) put Clontarf on the path to 179 all out. At 84/1 Merrion were looking like running out easy winners. But Cecilia Joyce fell for 31, followed shortly by Celeste Raack going for 30 and all of a sudden Merrion were creaking. Four run outs in the innings definitely didn't help, and with Molly Butler taking 3-36 at the end, Merrion fell from 155/5 to 173 all out to lose by 6 runs. Hopefully today's final will match one of those two for excitement.
North County 2 vs Malahide 2 - Pembroke have now set the target in the 2nd XI Premier League for the others to chase - 226 points. Malahide have two games to get there, and cannot afford to drop a single point - they must score 50 points from those two games. Even then Railway Union could over take them both with a big win. Clontarf's big loss last night means North County still have a chance of escaping relegation, but need to win both games (they play YMCA tomorrow) with big wins and hope Clontarf lose to Malahide tomorrow. North COunty haven't won a home league game against Malahide since July 2013, losing the last three. Andrew Sheridan top scored with 73 for North County as they ran up 295 all out from their 50 overs, Hamish Manks taking 3-32. Darren Bertram then took 5-53 for County as Malahide were bowled out for 141, with Manks top scoring with 40. It was Bertram's best bowling for North County in the 55 matches we have recorded post 2010, and his only five wicket haul.
Sandyford 1 vs Malahide 3 - Plenty to play for at the top of Division 5. Malahide need a big win and then to hope that Sandyford lose their last two. Sandyford have to play North Kildare 2 and leaders Adamstown 1, so that is not an impossibility. But Civil Service 2, North Kildare 2 and Laois 1 all have similar aims, and even were Malahide to win and Sandyford to lose both games, Laois could still overtake them both. For Sandyford, the equation is much simpler. They need 28 points from their last three games to be promoted to Division 4. The title hasn't quite gone for Sandyford. They need three wins, and then will probably have to hope that Adamstown lose to Civil Service. Malahide's last match to be played in Marlay Park (and completed) was back in 2017. Senthil Kumar (now with Bagenalstown) opened and scored 67, but apart from him, only number 7, Ali Khan got into double figures as Conor Gibbons (3-17) and Ben Askew (3-10) took Sandyford apart as they were bowled out for 147. Malahide only chased the total down with 2 balls to spare, mainly thanks to Glenn Kirwan's 43 and Des Horstmann's 38, with the Villagers winning by 3 wickets.
Knockharley 2 vs Clondalkin 1 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Swords 1 vs Knockharley 2 (September 2)
Bagenalstown 1 vs Phoenix 4 - No preview as waiting for scorecard of Swords 1 vs Knockharley 2 (September 2)
Clontarf 5 vs Wicklow County 1 - Two sides who are already relegated from Division 10 meet in an end of season dead rubber. This has been the worst finish in the league for Wicklow County in their current incarnation - in their 11th season under that name in the league. Clontarf have fallen since last year, but their 80th spot is better than any season from 1998-2018. The only previous match between the teams was on July 16th this year. Mudit Srivastava made 29 for Wicklow County, but no one else got into double figures, as Shasank Pyate (3-12), Harry Irving (3-8) and Muhammad Asif Razzaq (3-14) bowled Wicklow out for 91. 46* from Muhammad Rizwan Ullah then put the game beyond doubt, as Clontarf won by 7 wickets.
Laois 2 vs Railway Union 4 - A brilliant finish in prospect in Division 10. A win today for Railway Union will make them Division 10 champions. Anything else and Laois will have a chance of taking the title from Railway when they play their last match against Wicklow County on September 16th. The team's only previous meeting was a match on July 8 this year, which Laois ran out 116 run winners. Shiva Katta made 59 and Shahan Ali 43 as Laois ran up 236/8, Lalit Saini taking 3-52 for Railway. Sonny Rosha (30) and Khizar Khan (31) contributed in the middle order, but that was all the Railway batters could offer as Laois ran out big winners. Shazil Ahmed took 3-26.