How are teams and clubs doing at about the halfway point in the season.
The two top sides in Division 4, Malahide 2 and North County 2 both faced tricky away encounters against mid table opposition last weekend, and both came away with the points.
It is easy to forget that the Division 1 season is still at its very early stages. Saturday's matched were round five on the fourteen match season, and although clubs are the bottom of the table will start to be worried, and those at the top will start to think of whether they can keep going towards the dreamed of title, in reality, we are still a long, long way or knowing who the title contenders (or relegation contenders for that matter will be)
Saturday's Division 2 league program was characterised by glimpses of youthful brilliance which more often or not wasn't quite enough to win the match, with age and experience providing the crucial performances to the winning teams.
The five remaining clubs in Cricket Ireland's two all Ireland club competitions will be generally happy, with three of the five getting home draws.
With only one Division 4 game played this week - and that in a league that is only a third of the way through the season - means that there is little change to this week's averages.
North Kildare 1 kept up the pressure on leaders Merrion 2 with a narrow four run win on Sunday. They were the visitors to Milverton, where The Hills 2 were desperate for a first win of the season, as they look to close the gap on the safety of 6th place - 61 points away at the start of the match.
Division 2 is shaping up to be a rip roaring contest. And after the result of the weekend's only match, both ends of the table promise to provide the entertainment. YMCA 2's 46 run win over leaders Terenure 1, has lifted the Claremont Road second string to mid-table, and has left other clubs - such as Rush and Leinster, distinctly worried.
There were three more matches over the weekend, with the fourth, the abandoned tie between Dundrum 1 and Greystones 1 left out of the averages until the OCC decides on the outcome of the game.
Charles Dickens had no idea that his opening words of a Tale of Two Cities would be so apt for a weekend’s cricket. ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...’
Only two league matches in Division 3 this weekend, so changes to the averages, as well as to the table itself are minimal. Clontarf 2 beat North Kildare 1 in the league (before North Kildare turned the tables in the Tillain Cup a day later). Big individual performances were a bit short on both sides, with Matthew Auret scoring 67 of North Kildare's 167, before Mark Collier top scored with 58 as Clontarf chased it down for the loss of six wickets.
Three Division 2 matches at the weekend with plenty of fine performances. The Hills won by 162 runs against Balbriggan, with Nic Pretorius scoring 106 and Manu Kumar having a fine afternoon with 70 and 5-23. On the Balbriggan side, Roger Kear took 5-43. Tom Ritchie took 5-50 and Joe Carroll scored 60 for Leinster, but it was Phoenix who finished on top, thanks mainly to 50s from Sam Anderson and Matt Scott. In the other match, Terenure overcame YMCA 2 by 4 wickets, although the match was fifty less, and no one took more than three wickets.
The weekend's four Division 1 matches saw two tight finishes, as YMCA and Malahide beat Clontarf and Pembroke respectively, although it is North county who remain top, as their unbeaten league run stretched to four matches after a big win over Railway Union. In the final match, Merrion gained revenege for their cup defeat with a big win against Cork County.
The latest Division 4 averages (excluding Saturday's Merrion 3 vs Dundrum match) are still at an early stage, although players from Greystones are moving into poll position in most categories.
The career figures from 1919 to the present day [end 2014]. Include all players who scored 5000 runs or more and averaged over 22.
Update on the race for the individual awards in Division 2
Where did players in Open Competitions learn their cricket? An initial breakdown of figures for 2015.
The weekend's Leinster Senior Cup quarter finals saw some big performances with bat and ball, with five centuries being recorded, a hat trick, and three other bowlers taking five wickets in an innings.
Statistics on the age profile of Leinster Cricket