It has been said many times that 1st team cricket is the cricket that really gets the pulse racing. The passion that comes from the ups and downs generated by the best eleven players in a club is unmatched, however close knit a 3rd or 4th team maybe.
Division 11 has the honour of kicking off the 2015 season this Saturday, when Clontarf 5 welcome Lucan 1 to Castle Avenue. To find out whether we think this one will be a possible title decider, or whether it will have implications at the other end of the table, read on!
Five teams in Division 12 are from the lower end of their clubs. In all honesty, it will not make too much difference to the long history of these clubs if their team runs off with a victorious league title. For the other three teams involved, it would mean much, much more.
After the excitement of finding that we correctly predicted the winner of Division 13 last year, the hunt for this year's winner starts here.
After a less than stellar set of predictions last year (see above - champions Wicklow County 2 were predicted to struggle, and Clontarf 6, who had a pretty miserable season were predicted to be champions), it is probably best not to read too much into the thousand or so words below.
Division 15 is another new division in Cricket Leinster's league structure for 2015, it's existence thanks to the growth of playing numbers over the past few seasons. Unlike Division 16, these teams are mostly seasoned campaigners; grizzled veterans who have been there, and done it.
Registration for all youth players who are playing adult cricket this season (Open Competitions and Womens Competitions) is now open!
With the 2015 season staring four weeks this Saturday, it is time to start our previews of the Open Comps league season. With two new leagues this season, we have a massive sixteen league divisions to get through, so today sees the first of those previews, as eight new teams come into the Cricket Leinster league structure.
Paul Reynolds looks at the playing records of the teams competing in this year's Alan Murray Cup
In 2014, there was a certain similarity between the results of the three "second tier" competitions. In Division 3, YMCA 2 pipped Clontarf 2 to the title. In the Senior 2 Cup, it was Clontarf 2 who had their day, as they overcame a certain YMCA 2 in the final. And the Tillain Cup for which this preview is penned? No surprises there, as YMCA 2 beat Clontarf 2 in their third encounter of the close kind.
One of Leinster cricket's great ironies. The third tier of T20 competition (for sides in Divisions 5-8) has a trophy donated by the famous Dunlop family, and named after the YMCA club with which they will be forever associated, has never been won by any team from the Sandymount based club.This will be the 26th YMCA Salver. Do YMCA 4 have a chance of lifting the trophy?
Nine former winners of the Whelan Cup take their place in this year's draw, but one team stands apart from all others in being a three time winner of the higher YMCA Salver (the most recent being in 2008). They have to be seen as the favourites for this year's competition. To find out more, read on!
The Open Competitions Committee announces some regulation changes ahead of the 2015 season
In 2012, several members of Railway Union came up with the idea of a new T20 competition for the lower rungs of the Cricket Leinster ladder. The new competition was eventually named the Russell Court Trophy, and has succeeded in its aims of giving more competitive cricket for those players plying their trade in Division 13 or below.
Our final preview for the 2015 season's Open Comps Cup Competitions is here, with a look at the Leinster Senior Cup.
There are a massive 24 league places between the 2014 league finishing positions of the highest and lowest ranked teams in this year's Middle Cup draw, and it is difficult to ignore those league positions - however romantic the dreams of a giant slaying cup run may be.
Club cricket can be a difficult beast to predict. There are hundreds of factors that go into how well any given side will perform come the summer - and most important of all is probably, will the side actually play well!?
The Intermediate Cup is the venerable old man of Leinster cricket, with the trophy first presented in 1895. There was one familiar name in those early years, as Clontarf 1sts won three of the first twelve cups. The unfamiliar names are also worth reading - Athy won in 1895 and 1896, Land Commission won three titles at the very end of the 19th century, Beaumont completed a three in a row from 1902-1904 and Richmond Asylum put their name on the trophy in 1901.
The draw for the 2015 Open Competitions Junior Cup involves ten former winners of the Cup, along with another three who have won other cups. Only four newer teams, Adamstown 3, Cabinteely, Castleknock 2 and Lucan 1 are yet to experience the thrill of lifting a Cricket Leinster cup. Maybe 2015 will be the year?
The Minor Cup is the seventh tier cup competition, with the 2015 edition of this venerable trophy having its final in Laois Cricket Club on August 22nd. The competition is one of the older on the provincial circuit, with the first edition of the Minor Cup being won by YMCA 4 in 1926. A new competition, aimed at a lower level of cricket was instigated in 1986, and fittingly that was won by another YMCA side, YMCA 5.