A bit later than normal, but the Open Competitions Committee has tonight revealed the league structure for 2015. It makes fascinating reading, with the headline being that eight new teams are entered in the league, with three new clubs - Ashbourne, Carlow and AIB.
There will be three new teams to the division, with The Hills 1 and Terenure 1 coming down from Division 1, and YMCA 2 coming up from Division 3 (there has been a reduction in the division from nine teams to eight teams). Dublin University will continue to play half a season, with the other teams playing thirteen matches to Dublin University's seven.
The Open Competitions Committee has revealed the Division 1 fixtures for 2015
The eight Leinster teams who play in the National Cup, the second tier Cricket Ireland cup compeititon, have been given tough ties in the first round draw puclished by Cricket Ireland today.
Leinster sides have received some tough draws in the 2015 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. That should be expected in the island's premier competition, and many tough matches have been won as Leinster clubs have dominated in recent years, winning twelve of the last fourteen cups.
The pick of the draw looks to be holders Clontarf 2 against Merrion 2. Clontarf will be looking for a three in a row in 2015, and will come up against a Merrion team who last won back in 2011. The two sides have not met at all since 2012, and their last cup meeting was that 2011 final, with Merrion winning by 131 runs.
There will be only one all Division 1 tie in the first round of the 2015 Leinster Senior Cup, with Railway Union travelling to take on Cork County in The Mardyke. The other five ties are all clashes between Division 1 and Division 2.
Division 3 is traditionally a very tight league. When I say tradition, it is along the lines of people habitually posting "Happy Birthday" messages on Facebook - it happens every year without fail, but has only been a tradition for all of three years. As such, this article, which separates those who battled for top spot from those who scratched around at the bottom of the league, struggles when it comes to Division 3. There was a gap between 2nd and 3rd, and a bit of a gap between 7th and 8th. So in the interests of symmetry, those in this section are the top four, and below that are the exploits of the bottom four.
Phoenix 2's season was like a sandwich with two bits of stale bread, with the most sumptuous and tasty filling imaginable. They lost their first and last matches of the season, but went on an eleven game winning streak in the middle
At the beginning of the season in our league previews, it is only fair to say that Division 5 is as bad as it got. We thought that Malahide would come 2nd, so we weren't too far away with that one. Unfortunately we thought it would be Clontarf 3 who pipped them to top spot (see below for a look at Clontarf's season!). So Malahide were tipped to do well, and they did that, holding off a strong Greystones side to lift the Division 5 title.
Division 6 ended up in one of the most exciting league finishes of the season, and as such it is a little difficult summarising the season, knowing that the denouement was probably all that mattered
Proposed New Format for Irish Senior Cup and National Cup for 2015. Clubs are asked to consider in advance of the matter being raised at LCU AGM.
Not too many teams succeed with successive promotions, and for that reason, we thought the Corkagh Park club may just miss out. We were wrong
At our meeting next week (11th November) the OCC will be sorting out league and cup structures for the 2015 season.
Division 8 was split into three distinct parts. There were three clubs who were battling to escape the drop (see below), there was Leinster 4, and there were five teams chasing Leinster 4
Batting Partnership for 2014 in Open Competitions.
Three teams had a good chance to win Division 9 in 2014. One did, and the other two are probably kicking themselves. The next three teams were much closer to the top than they were with the bottom
Once the early season skirmishes had taken place, there were only three teams that really had a chance of wearing the Division 10 crown
Division 11 proved to be the closest of all the Open Competition leagues, with Longford 2, Lucan 1 and Adamstown 2 battling it out until the very end. After six months of battle, only a few points separated all three
Division 12 as a whole had more than a hint of dis-organisation about it. Some matches were not played, one was played with less than the minimum overs, some scorecards went missing for long periods, and there were a good few walkovers. It meant that the league table that we finished up with was not necessarily the same one as we could see at the time. However, with the benefit of hindsight, there were only three teams who were ever in the running to win the title