Railway Union are pleased to announce Kevin O'Herlihy as 1st team coach for the upcoming season as we begin preparations for our campaign in Leinster OCC Division 1 , the Leinster and Irish Senior Cups and the T20 Alan Murray Cup.

One line from a Club issued message that reminds me my new year’s resolutions have once more fallen to the wayside. I will, once more, enter the new season with huffs and puffs; and that the day after, the day after nets will be filled with aches and pains from complaining muscles that won’t go away until March. Every year I state my intention to remain supple if not actually fit, then not completely unfit during the off season and every year indoor nets sneak up and surprise me. It’ll be a case of back to the products of Glaxo Smith Kline, Phifzer or the Colorado Harvest Company. Paracetamol, Solphadene, Aspirin or Difiene, I have no favourites and this column does not have product placement (although I would be open to offers).

Last year's Minor Cup saw history as Swords 2 won the first piece of silverware in the history of the club. That day saw a 39 run win over Dundrum 3, mainly due to a 119 run partnership for the 8th wicket between Swords' Augustus Binu and Girish Kumar. Swords take their place again in this year's competition, and it would be a brave person who wagered against them repeating the feat.

This week we started our coaching sessions at the local primary school, College Hill in Uitenhage, the feeder school to Muir College. We teach cricket to Grade 2, 7 year olds and Grade 3, 8 year olds - these sessions take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-2 pm under the supervision of Mr Wahl who is looking to lift the overall standard of cricket at our school.

Ireland win third INterContinental Match in row to stay on top.

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A training squad has been selected for winter coaching sessions currently being held at North County cricket club. Eight coaching sessions between October and Easter will give the boys an opportunity to further develop their skills and improve as players in their preparation for the season ahead.



Draw for the 2016 women's Senior Cup

Draw for the 2016 Women's Junior Cup

Draw for 2016 Women's Division 3 Minor Cup

The final of the 2016 Minor 2 Cup will take place in Greystones - Druids Glen on August 21, with it being guaranteed that there will be a new name on the trophy, and a pretty good chance that the winners will have never won a Cricket Leinster cup before!

It is still early days in the Cricket Leinster transfer market, with new players and overseas players yet to be announced at the top tier of the game. As such it is far too early to be making accurate predictions regarding the likely winners and losers in the 2016 Alan Murray Cup. What can be said is that over the last three seasons, a definite T20 elite had developed, and we will look at who those elite clubs have been, and whether anyone outside of that top five.

It was a long flight to Port Elizabeth, taking three flights to get there. We were met by school staff Mr Suti and Mr Du Ploy. Mr Suti is the coach of the first team and Mr Deploy coaches the U15’s and he also stays in the school hostel with us. After they greeted us, we went to the Summerstrand area in Port Elizabeth.

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