Defending champions Merrion showed no mercy as they ruthlessly dismantled Fox Lodge by 170 runs in the All-Ireland T20 final at Malahide in a game reduced to 19 overs by early rain.

Lucy Neely struck early to dismiss Annabel Squires, but that was a rare highlight for the Ballymagorry side as Irish internationals Leah Paul and Rachel Delaney (36) pounced on anything remotely loose.

The pair added 96 in just 52 balls before Delaney was run out by a direct hit by Mollie Devine.

Isabel Light was then bowled by 11 year-old Elle Moore, but Merrion finished strongly.

Paul hit 18 boundaries in her unbeaten 112 from 62 deliveries, sharing an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 77 in just five overs with overseas player Polly Inglis.

The New Zealander hit 6 fours and the only maximum in the innings in her 19-ball 42 not out as Merrion finished on an imposing 230 for 3.

Fox Lodge never threatened in the chase with only Sarah Black offering any serious resistance as she hit three fours and a six in 29 from 22 balls.

Her dismissal was the spark for a collapse from 53 for 3 to 60 all out, with seven wickets falling for seven runs.

There were two wickets apiece for Sophie Stewart, Julieanne Morrissey, and Rachel Delaney in a comprehensive win.