The last few weekends of the season are going to boil down to two very distinct competitions in Division 6. At the bottom, any two of the bottom four could finish in the bottom two, whilst at the top, the top two places are to be fought over by the top three.

Congratulations to Anthony (Anto) Burke from Sandyford CC who this season has not only made his 500th appearance for the club but who has also recently taken his 900th wicket. At an average of around 35 wickets a season, Anto should have his 1000th wicket by the end of the 2018 season!

The first Division 7 unknown can become a known tonight, when Clontarf 4 take on Castleknock 1. If the match is rained off, or if Clontarf lose, then they will be guaranteed to finish in the bottom two. They have to win.

Balbriggan's historic win sets up intriguing battle for the Division 2 title

Amazingly, as we enter the last week in August, and with only eight matches remaining to be played (and with one card still to be processed) , we know very nearly nothing about how the end of season table will look.

The division 1 table is beautifully poised, with the eight teams entering the home straight - all knowing what they have to do. The weekend's four completed matches all went according to league position, but the spanner was thrown in the works yesterday, when the Clontarf/Pembroke match, a refix from the originally rained off match in late July, was a victim to the torrential rain yesterday. Both sides received eight points.

The traditional end of season excitement caused by the denouement of Division 3 is once again upon us. Season after season, the teams bunch up, with teams spending the final weeks of the season having one eye on the relegation zone, and the other on the top.

With four weekends to go what is the current state of play in D1/D2.

With the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday being less than promising, all teams in Open Competitions should bear in mind the regulations regarding rained off matches

With seventeen matches remaining to be played in Division 10, it looks as if the destination of the title is a three horse race, with Dundalk 1, Swords 1 and Railway Union 5 jostling for top spot. Delve a little deeper and it looks as if it is only Dundalk and Swords who really have a chance.

The top two teams in Division 11 are already known, but two titanic battles remain to see which one of them lifts the Division 11 title. YMCA 5 and Castleknock 2 are already guaranteed the top spots, but they meet on August 30th and September 13th to decided the destination of the title.

Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since our last look at Division 4, less a trickle than a flood of Niagara proportions.

The coming weekend sees the completion of Cricket Leinster’s cup finals for 2015.

Our "mid-season" look at all leagues, has now morphed into a preview of the last few weeks of the season. Division 12 is bubbling over nicely, with three teams still capable of winning the league, and all but the top two are still possible candidates to finish in the bottom two.

The main innings of last week, was by a batsman who finished on the losing side, and who is only at number 10 in the batting averages. Angus Dunlop, holder of 114 caps for Ireland, scored his 19th senior century in Leinster cricket, with his 115* coming off only 73 balls, including 37 off the 26th over of the innings. YMCA 2 were dismissed for only 172, with Dunlop scoring 66.9% of the runs.

Two weeks have passed since the last round up of the Division 1 averages, a fortnight in which ten Division 1 matches have been played. YMCA, Cork County, Pembroke and North County have all played three games in that period, with the other four teams playing once. Clontarf and Pembroke have been unbeaten in that period, with Railway Union and Malahide failing to win a game.

How to increase participation in club cricket Should we increase the number of T20 competitions.

The coming weekend sees the completion of three more Open Competition Cup competitions.

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