Another day, another tantalising glimpse of the new season. The OCC has released the league structure for the 2016 season, with the headline news being that there will be two more teams playng in 2016, with 130 teams entered. There are new teams from Carlow, Ashbourne, Balbriggan and Clondalkin, tempered by the removal of teams by Railway Union and Sandyford.
The Open Competitions Division 2 fixtures for the 2016 season have been announced, with the first question to be answered concerning the teams that are involved in Division 2 this coming season.
The countdown to the 2016 Cricket Leinster season continues with the release of the Open Competitions Division 1 fixtures. With news of any player movements or overseas signings still only rumours, it is far too early to be looking at any possible title deciders, but even then, it is difficult to get away from some ties that have an added look of importance about them.
The draw for the Senior 2 Cup was broadcast live on NEAR 90.3fm before Christmas, with defending champions Laois 1 given a "trip" into the unknown. Laois have never played Dundrum, and so will welcome the Division 4 side to Laois for the first round match with no experience to rely on. Since entering the Senior 2 Cup for the first time in 2013, Dundrum have had a reasonable return, with their run to the semi finals in 2013 being the best.
Before Christmas, the draw for the 2016 Leinster Senior Cup was made live on NEAR 90.3fm, and here we look at that draw in detail.
Open Competitions - the Win/Loss ration by club for the 2015 season.
Another dominant season for Clontarf who completed the league and cup double, the league being their 12th Senior/Division 1 title. Whilst the batting was more then dependable, there was one bowler who's return was frankly astounding, and last year kept under the radar somewhat.
Whilst it was not the biggest surprise of the 2015 cricketing season, The Hills won Division 2 by a convincing margin, lifting their 10th league title in total.
Once again it was a team effort for Merrion, with seven players contributing in a major way to the nine wins.
Fortress Malahide is a familiar phrase in cricket marketing speak, but there was a large helping of truth when describing Malahide's season in 2015
The draws for the 2016 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup and the National Cup have thrown up the normal mix of intriguing ties, and has left all the provinces thinking they have tough draws, with Leinster being no exception
A triumphant year for Phoenix 3, who won all twelve of their league games that were completed, winning Division 5 by nearly 25%. It was the team's 10th league title (following up on the Division 6 title last year), and the 6th time they have won the tier 5 league title (they also won the fourth tier Middle A in 2003)
From the lowest points total of a champion in Division 6 to the leading league points score in Division 5. Phoenix claimed the league honours here both in terms of percentage and points. They lost 2 games to no result, but were undefeated in the other 12 games. They are one of only two champions through the 16 divisions to be undefeated (the other being YMCA in Division 11).
Knockharley responded to the disappointment of being put in Division 6 for 2015 in the best way possible, by winning the title, and putting to bed any doubts over their right to be in Division 5. It was Knockharley 1's sixth league title, and their first since 2009
Merrion picked up their fifth league title, their first since 2011, and the third time they have won the seventh tier league in Leinster cricket. So far so good, but it is tempting to wonder how this team is so much better than any other fifth team in the province (Railway Union and Leinster are the next best. 27 and 28 places respectively down the league ladder.
Merrion topped Division 7 both in terms of points scored and percentage. Their league record was 9 wins, 2 losses and 3 no results. Their points total of 212 is the fourth lowest by any champions. Pembroke managed to crawl out of the pack at the very end of the season to finish second in Captain Stephen Willis’ first season at the helm, but rather than quit whilst ahead he continues in the role next season.
Bagenalstown 1 lifted their third league title, and their first since 2001, a title all the sweeter after we predicted them to come bottom of the league!