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.
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.
The one irrefutable truth is that whoever wins Division 16 will be experiencing a new emotion - none of the octet have previously won a league title at any level.That doesn't make a prediction any easier, nor does the news that two of the teams are playing their first season of league cricket, and a further four only have last year's Division 16 season to draw upon. It is a league that is callow in many senses.
Adult players will not be registered until they have uploaded a photo, and clubs will not be able to include these players in their starrings. These players will not be able to take the field either.
The Open Competitions Committee has released the playing regulations for the 2016 season