Runs galore as Merrion beat YMCA
A Tim Lang century was the highlight of Merrion's 23 run win at YMCA in a high scoring affair.
Lang hit 8 sixes and 2 fours as he made exactly 100 as the Irish Cup finalists scored 311 for 6 in their 50 overs.
He shared century partnerships with skipper John Anderson (51), and ben Ackland (78*).
Ackland's 78 was particularly belligerent facing just 60 balls as he struck 4 sixes.
Simmi Singh (3-54) was best with the ball for YM.
It looked as if 311 mightn't be anywhere near enough as Reinhardt Strydom exploded out of the blocks.
The left hander smashed 10 fours and 4 sixes as he made 69 from just 44 balls to put YMCA right on trcak to chase down the total.
However a pattern was to emerge as the top seven all reached double figures before getting out as nobody was able to stay and play the defining innings.
Etesham Ahmed (49), Alan Lewis (31), Albert van der Merwe (30), Simmi Singh (24) were all among the runs as the chase fell just short.
Ben Ackland (5-49) completed a fine all-round game, while Damien Poder and Nick Brown each took two wickets.