Merrion v Greystones [Minor Cup R1]
Merrion batted first and scored a competitive 123 for 5 of their 20 overs. This was thanks to some great partnerships with Patrick Hawley retiring on 29 no, Prathyush Kalamanathan scoring 15 and Ollie Molins hitting a quick fire 20 no. Merrion bowled really well with great spells from Prathyush, James Verdon, Sibha Bhoja, Louis Graby and Connor Wood. It was also great to see some good performances from new member Oliver Maclachlan. A committed fielding effort saw Merrion hold Greystones to 63 for 3 to win by 60 runs.
Merrion v Terenure [Junior Cup R1]
The Junior Boys kicked off their season with a comfortable 8 wicket win over Terenure in the cup at Anglesea Road on Sunday morning.
Terenure got off to a strong start with the bat with an unbeaten 50 run partnership but Merrion fought back strongly in the second half of the innings to leave a target of 95 to win. Seb Dijkstra bowled a very tight spell of 4 overs for just 6 runs and debutant Alister Verdon took a sharp caught and bowled chance. Sean Roets hit middle stump twice in an over to end with figures of two wickets for just one run. Sean Sandys took his first ever hat trick to wipe out the middle order including a sharp slip catch from Declan de Kock, a caught behind from Simon Kelly, and a clean bowled.
The Merrion batsmen made light work of the target getting home within 12 overs led by some destructive clean hitting by Isaac Dijkstra who retired on 36* and finished off with a steepling six down to the pavilion by Declan de Kock who finished on 30*.
The Boys Colts lost their cup match to YMCA.
The Girls start their cup campaign next weekend.
On the League front Merrion Junior Girls have made a great start with two wins out of two.
20th July v Terenure Merrion 111 / Terenure 103 Merrion win by 8 runs
27th July v YMCA Merrion 145 / YMCA 78 Merrion win by 67 runs
On Monday, the 27th of July, the Merrion junior girls had a league match against YMCA. Merrion won the toss, so the girls decided to bat first. Isabel and Annabel opened the batting. They batted incredibly well, with Annabel retiring at 38 runs and Isabel at 37. Niamh and Ali also played very well, both adding to the score nicely and both not out. Merrion ended up getting 145 runs.
Niamh and Isabel opened the bowling spectacularly, Isabel getting the first wicket of the match! Next Annabel and Maria bowled some lovely overs, while the rest of our team fielded excellently,not letting many runs through. After that Lucy and Sophie bowled beautifully, Lucy bowling an excellent ball, getting the girls another wicket. Up after that, Sibha and Lizzie bowled very well, Sibha got two wonderful wickets and definetly sent those stumps to the dumps! Finally to finish up the innings, Niamh, Annabel and Isabel bowled the last four overs. Isabel getting a runout off Niamh’s ball with some excellent fielding. Ali also kept great throughout the match. Caoimhe and Alice fielded wonderfully throughout the match. Merrion won the match 145-78!
By Maria and Lucy Kay