Following the Christmas break, the competitions are back in full flow and so far we have had 48 classes with 1163 children participating from all around Fingal.
There is so much excitement and intrigue in Division 10 this year, that I'm not quite sure where to start. It is the cricket league equivalent of a confluence of tides, with the River Senior crashing from above into the rising River junior from below. Of the 28 rivalries in Division 10 this year, only nine teams have met in the last five seasons. So we have no real idea as to how two thirds of the league will go, but let us have a go anyway!
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The entrance of a new club into Cricket Leinster's leagues has become a frequent occurrence in recent years, and this Sunday will see another momentous occasion, as Clondalkin 1 play their first match. How they perform over the season will have a big part to play in determining who will stay up and who will go down.
The Leinster Lightning are delighted to announce John Anderson as the captain for the 2016 season. John is an experienced international who has served as vice-captain for the Lightning for the past few seasons. John has 25 Irish caps across all formats of the game and has been an ever present for the Lightning since the inception of the newly-launched Inter-Provincial programme in 2013.
Adamstown 3 were the Division 12 winners in each of the last two seasons, and with them being promoted to bigger and better things, there is a wonderful opportunity for one of this year's participants to fill the gap. League titles have not exactly been rare for the nine teams in this season's Division 12 (only three haven't won a league title in the last ten years), but that doesn't make a league title any less coveted.
Another very productive year within Leinster saw further increases in participation and overall playing numbers. Added to this, the year saw the starting of several new clubs participating in the Leinster leagues. Further investment within the Leinster programme by local authorities (Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council and, more recently, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown) has seen more coaches employed, resulting in the game at Primary schools’ level in particular being as strong as ever. More recently, funding has been secured from Wexford County Council that will see the delivery of school cricket programmes in the Wexford, New Ross & Gorey areas.
Coaching staff from Cricket Leinster will this week be running the above workshop for secondary school teachers. The course will cover areas like batting, bowling, fielding, small-sided games and a section on practical ideas to add to your school coaching sessions.
Latest update on progress on player registration.
There is no common thread to be expounded upon in this year's Division 13. Eight teams who all have very different roles within their respective clubs - although presumably all have the same aim of winning Division 13.
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All clubs fielding more than one team in league cricket must submit their first starring list of the season by midnight on Tuesday 12th April. As in past years, responsibility for monitoring starring lists/result cards from clubs has been split between OCC members.
Fate (or the hands of the OCC as it can also be known as), has thrown together eight teams in Division 14 who have very little past history. Who would have thought for instance that Pembroke 6 haven't played a single match against any team from Civil Service in the past five seasons?
Whereas our Division 16 review was based on little more than a blindfolded pick of cards from a pack, Division 15 has a lot more history behind it, and hence our predictions have a bit more thought behind them - although it is more drunken poker with matchsticks rather than World Series of Poker.