About Leinster Cricket
The Leinster Cricket Union (LCU) is made up of affiliated sports clubs in Leinster engaged in the playing of cricket. Its role is to promote, foster and organise the playing of cricket in the province. There are currently 41 affiliated clubs participating in open, womens and youth competitions as well as through a network of social cricket. The number of clubs is increasing all the time with renewed interest in the sport in the fast growing areas around the periphery of Dublin.
The season runs from mid- April to mid- September with league and cup competitions organised for different groups. The main Open Competitions are divided into fourteen divisions of eight teams, with each team also entered in a knockout cup. There are also three womens divisions, with approximately 24 teams battling for honours.
Because of the relative shortage of cricket grounds in Leinster many of the clubs run multiple teams, so you will find a match going on in most clubs every weekend and youth and social matches throughout the week.
Schools matches are played during the short summer term from after Easter to the end of May. For the remainder of the summer the clubs organise teams for young players, boys and girls, from the Under 9 age group.
There is also a lot of social cricket between clubs, companies and loosely formed groups of enthusiastic cricketers. This provides opportunities not only for those that have retired from the more competitive leagues and cups but also for beginners who want to take up the sport for the first time or for those who perhaps haven’t played since school but want to get started again. It is a good way for people who have moved to Dublin to integrate and make friends. Some of the social clubs are very well organised and go on tour.
The LCU works closely with Cricket Ireland to foster cricket in new areas and employs, with government support, a number of development officers. Leinster clubs also participate in the All Ireland Cup.
Dublin is a good place for visiting touring teams but you need to make your plans early as the available days for playing matches get used up quickly for league and cup competitions.