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
The draws for the Semi Finals of the Leinster Senior and Senior 2 Cups will be conducted in Clontarf Cricket Club on Monday next, 15th June, at 11.30 a.m.
Summary report on OC League D14 at the start June.
Next week sees the second round of both the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup and the National Cup, and this is how the rankings see those ties
Division 2 promises to be one of the most competitive for years, but some patterns are already apparent. Dublin University have already been confirmed as the bottom placed team in the division, and the lack of their players in the averages is not surprising (Will von Behr being the one entrant in the batting). At the other end of the scale, The Hills provide many of the top players.
The quarter finals draw for the Leinster Senior Cup & Senior 2 Cup was made this morning in Malahide before the start of the Ireland's Intercontinental Cup match against the UAE.
The draws for the second rounds of the Leinster Senior and Senior 2 Cups will be conducted in Malahide Cricket Club on Tuesday next, 2nd June, at 11.30 a.m, during the first day of the Ireland vs UAE Intercontinental Cup clash.
Report on the play in the first round of the Leinster Senior Cup.
Good outcome for most Leinster sides in ISC.
Please note and ensure relevant members of your club are fully informed that the regulations specify that Pink Balls and Fielding Circles are to be used in all games in these competitions. Several cases of lack of awareness of these have been reported to me.