Semi finalists decided in DGM league
Controversy dogged the DGM quarter finals, with Leinster being expelled from the final eight, due to a registration irregularity over one of their players. The drama didn't end there, when their supposed replacement, Munster Reds, were unable to field a team, and gave their opponents Phoenix, a bye into the semi-finals.
On the field of play, Merrion progressed with a five wicket win over YMCA. Batting first, the visitors were soon in trouble in the face of a hostile opening spell from Australian professional Matthew Petrie. The 28 year old, who has taken four wickets against both Pakistan and South Africa, went one better, to finish with 5-21, as he expolited both helpful pitch and overhead conditions. Irish international Thinus Fourie chipped in with 3-41 as YMCA were skittled for just 78, helped by the concession of 24 extras. Graham Mc Coy, batting at number nine, top scored with 19.
A fiery opening spell by Paul Beacroft (5-28), gave his side some brief hope when he reduced Merrion to 59-5, but Thinus Fourie (21), and Pradeep Lavang (20*), steered them safely into the semi finals.
Half centuries from Ireland exiles Conor Armstrong and John Mooney helped North County defeat Clontarf by 49 runs at Castle Avenue. Armstrong struck 9 boundaries in his run a ball 60, while Mooney struck 5 fours and a six in his 65, which came off 68 deliveries. Paul Mooney (20), was the only other contributor of note in the County total of 210. Alex Cusack (3-35), and Conor D' Arcy (2-37) were best with the ball for Clontarf.
Former Scottish international Dom Rigby (30), and Rod Hokin (32), then saw off the new ball pairing of John Mooney and Reinhardt Strydom to put on 51 for the first wicket. However they relaxed, thinking the hard work had been completed, and 16 year old Eddie Richardson took advantage dismissing both. Clontarf rebuilt and at 118 for 3 looked well placed for victory. The dismissal of Bill Coghlan(28), one of four victims for Dwayne Harper, spelt the end for the home side. Rob Lawrence (3-23) mopped up the tail, as Clontarf capitulated to161 all out, losing their last four wickets for 9 runs.
A Johnny Pryor half century was the catalyst for a five wicket win for Malahide at home to Rush. Chasing 177 for victory, Pryor struck 6 fours and a six in his 59, which took just 66 balls. He shared in a 70 run stand for the 3rd wicket with Andy Smith (44), which effectively settled the contest. Damien Ryan (27*) and Shane Getkate (22), ensured there were no slip ups late on. Shahid Iqbal (2-32), and Naseer Shoukat (2-45), tried their hardest, but to no avail.
Earlier Rush had failed to capitalise on a 55 run opening stand between Fintan Mc Allister (33), and Brian O' Rourke (25). Shahid Iqbal (27), and Lee Jansen (26), also got starts, but Rush would have been unhappy with their final total of 176, having committed the cardinal one day sin of having nearly 5 overs unused. Steve Smith (3-23), and Calum Riches (3-41) were the Malahide bowlers chiefly responsible for their demise.