The Open Competitions Committee has revealed the Division 1 fixtures for 2015

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The eight Leinster teams who play in the National Cup, the second tier Cricket Ireland cup compeititon, have been given tough ties in the first round draw puclished by Cricket Ireland today.

Leinster sides have received some tough draws in the 2015 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. That should be expected in the island's premier competition, and many tough matches have been won as Leinster clubs have dominated in recent years, winning twelve of the last fourteen cups.

The pick of the draw looks to be holders Clontarf 2 against Merrion 2. Clontarf will be looking for a three in a row in 2015, and will come up against a Merrion team who last won back in 2011. The two sides have not met at all since 2012, and their last cup meeting was that 2011 final, with Merrion winning by 131 runs.

There will be only one all Division 1 tie in the first round of the 2015 Leinster Senior Cup, with Railway Union travelling to take on Cork County in The Mardyke. The other five ties are all clashes between Division 1 and Division 2.

Summary findings from a recent report on sport in Ireland published by Philip Lee Solicitors

Division 3 is traditionally a very tight league. When I say tradition, it is along the lines of people habitually posting "Happy Birthday" messages on Facebook - it happens every year without fail, but has only been a tradition for all of three years. As such, this article, which separates those who battled for top spot from those who scratched around at the bottom of the league, struggles when it comes to Division 3. There was a gap between 2nd and 3rd, and a bit of a gap between 7th and 8th. So in the interests of symmetry, those in this section are the top four, and below that are the exploits of the bottom four.

2014 was a memorable year for Leinster youth cricket. A first ever tour to South Africa by the Leinster u16’s started proceedings back in February and this was followed by further tours to Durham, Taunton, Cork, Belfast and North Wales. Results were most encouraging throughout the summer and squad sessions are currently well underway in preparation for the 2015 season.

FREE Coach Development Programme for Provincial and Head Coaches next week. It will be held in the Cricket Ireland Offices from 6.30-9pm on Wednesday 10th December. This is an Induction evening for a series of programmes that will continue to be FREE for all CICA members*. They will be used to cater for your needs as coaches so it is important that you give you input so that we can focus sessions on relevant content for you. *A charge of €20 will be in place for all non-CICA members after the Induction evening.

Clontarf win 1969 Leinster Senior Cup Final by two wickets over Phoenix.

The elections and nominations to committees for the 2015 Season.

Phoenix 2's season was like a sandwich with two bits of stale bread, with the most sumptuous and tasty filling imaginable. They lost their first and last matches of the season, but went on an eleven game winning streak in the middle

After a very successful start to the Top Class Throw Competition, we are taking a break over the festive season and will restart in the New Year again

IRELAND'S selectors have unveiled a total of 37 players in their winter training squads, split between their Performance squad and the Emerging Players Programme.

The Hon Secretary's Report for the 2014 Season which was presented to the recent AGM of the Union.

Leinster defeat Clontarf in the 1968 Leinster Senior Cup Final to take the trophy after a gap of ten years.

Article on challenges facing recreational cricket in England and Wales in ESPN Cricinfo that may have some relevance for Ireland.

At the beginning of the season in our league previews, it is only fair to say that Division 5 is as bad as it got. We thought that Malahide would come 2nd, so we weren't too far away with that one. Unfortunately we thought it would be Clontarf 3 who pipped them to top spot (see below for a look at Clontarf's season!). So Malahide were tipped to do well, and they did that, holding off a strong Greystones side to lift the Division 5 title.

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