Ger Siggins and Gerry Byrne check the Archives to see how often a player scores a century and goes on to take seven wickets.

Summary report on the happenings on 28th April.

Champions Leinster kick off the new season with a tricky match against Merrion in Anglesea Rd

Previews of Division 1 and 2 can get down to the nitty gritty. Who has joined? Who has left? Purely and simply, what players does the club have? There's little doubt that this year there is more interest in Division 2 than there has been for a while. Clontarf's first appearance in the second tier since 2003 has been the main ingredient behind the interest, but shrewd signings by Balbriggan and Terenure, along with a refresh looking Malahide, mean that their is an element of wonder in Divison 2 at last.

Halverstown have regretfully had to withdraw their first team from Division 8 of the Open Competitions, following a decision made by the club committee…

For all the oohs and aahs that surrounded some divisions in 2012, Division 3 was the one league that kept followers not so much on the edge of their seats, as in a perpetual mid air state somewhere beteen falling off the seat, and hitting the ground. Balbriggan spent most of the final day in a desperate battle to avoid relegation, before emerging as Division 3 champions. It was that sort of season. In many ways, not much has changed. Balbriggan 1, Merrion 2 and Civil Service 1 have been replaced by Laois 1, Malahide 2 and Cork County 1. and the eventual performance of these three teams will be crucial in the outcome of the division.

Division 4 is where the cricket gets (even more) serious. Teams need laptops and scorers. They need coloured clothing to play in the RSA National Cup. And the regulations are designed to mimic ODI's, so power plays, fiedling restrictions and Duckworth Lewis. There is also a delicious mix of teams, with some thrusting ambitious first teams, some second teams from clubs who's second teams should be doing a bit better, and a couple of third teams who must punch above their weight to even get to this level.

To set us up for 2013, a summary of last season's results and awards.

Hopefully none of the clubs in Division 6 will take offence, but whereas some divisions have looked like having all the teams capable of topping the table, Division 6 is the opposite. Let me explain.

Division 7 has the honour of starting the 2013 season, with today's (Sat 13th April) match between Clontarf 4 and Wexford Wanderers 1. Will either of those teams have a pennant on their table come the annual dinner in the Autumn?

KEVIN O’Brien, comments on his appointment as captain of Leinster Lightning ahead of the start of the revamped interprovincial cricket championship next month.

Regulation Changes for Open Competitions in 2013 N.B. This document summarises the main thrust of any amendments/new regulations. It is to provide a pointer to them but should not in any way be seen as a substitute for reading and understanding the actual regulation.

The OCC outlines some of the important points for the 2013 season

Division 8 throws up some exciting possibilities, with most clubs having reason to think they can be top of the pile come September. But which do we think will come top? Read on. Four first teams are in this division, and all will be in the shake up for promotion. Adamstown's progression has been well documented, but whether they can acheive successive promotions is open to question. Dundalk are in exactly the same position. Masses of potential, will definitely move higher, but whether it will be this year, I'm not sure.

YMCA 1st XI travel to North Down CC to take part in a T20 Tournament sponsored by O'Neills, at Comber over the weekend, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th of April.North Down CC will host YMCA CC, Cork County CC & Donemana CC in a series of T20 games which will be concluded with a Final between the top 2 teams.

An update of the batting and bowling career averages for senior [open] competitions since 1919 have been added to the Archive. Go to Archives > Articles

Dublin University 2 may have the best chance of moving up. Although it is even harder trying to predict how a university side will perform from year to year, one thing in paricular is in Trinity's favour. The OCC have removed the "handicap" that balanced Dublin University sides only playing half a season, meaning that their sides have recieved a definite shot in the arm. With the players onbly having to make themselves availability eight times, and their points now getting equal weighting with the opposition, there may be no better time of a Trinity promotion.

The structure of the Open Competitions league and cups for 2013 shows a steady increase in the number of teams and clubs participating.

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