The Hills and Leinster continue unbeaten runs
An entertaining day's play in the top flight of Leinster cricket saw Leinster and The Hills make it three wins out of three, with the Rathimines side on top by virtue of having secured two more bonus points.
The Irish representative players were very much to the fore with solid displays throughout the division.
Former Irish skipper Trent Johnston hit five sixes as he made 66 in YM's total of 182 - Reinhardt Strydom chipped in with 44. Alex Cusack (3-17) and Aussie professional Mitchell Watterson (2-32) being the main wicket takers.
Castle Avenue skipper Bill Coghlan then top scored with 56 and Andrew Poynter an undefeated 48 as Clontarf coasted to a five wicket win to earn their first victory of the campaign.
Half centuries for Stephen Moreton (83*) and Bajan professional Joel Leacock (62) formed the bedrock of Leinster's total of 234 for 7 against North County.
That proved 79 too many for the Balrothery outfit despite the best efforts of Sussex bound John Mooney (64) and Ireland Under 19 player Adam Coughlan (44).
Anton Scholtz was the thorn in their side as he claimed 5 for 37 to spin his team to the top of the table.
Low scores were again in evidence at Terenure but this week it was the home side who failed to make it to three figures,
Tim Townend claimed 4 for 8, and Saad Ullah a hat-trick as Terenure were skittled for just 84.
Tom Fisher's unbeaten 44 saw Railway to a seven wicket win despite the best efforts of Ken Brennan (2-18).
The Hills got the better of Merrion thanks to a battling batting display in difficult conditions.
Max Sorensen (24), Jonathan Andrews (22) and Manu Kumar (21*) all got starts as The Hills scored 166. Johnny Blakeney (4-39) was the most successful of the Merrion attack.
In reply the Anglesea Road side never got to grips with the visitors attack, surrendering meekly to 97 all out, with only Dom Joyce (40) offering any resistance.
Max Sorensen put his visa woes behind him to take 3 for 15, while Tomas Murphy (3-8) and Luke Clinton (2-8) were the other main wicket takers.