Leinster's premier competition for cricket playing Primary schools has reached the semi finals stages following the conclusion of group matches this week. As per last year, the standard of cricket has been very impressive with four good sides progressing through to the knock out stages. These semi final games will be played next Wednesday at Pembroke CC.
While next Tuesday will see the senior schools final being played between established schools St Andrew’s and St Mary’s there has been quite a bit of activity of late within secondary schools who have had little or no history of the game.
The new format of the Schools Senior League saw the introduction of four sections of three teams. The top two teams in each section qualified for quarter -finals and the losers in each section went into a plate competition.
The Tallaght Schools cricket team entered the Leinster Schoolboys Cricket League for the 2013 season. This was on the back of coaching visits carried out to schools in the Tallaght area over the past 12 months through South Dublin County Council and the Cricket Leinster’s ‘Cricket in the Community’ programme. Players were drawn from all areas of Tallaght and from the following schools: St Marks Community School, Firhouse Community College, Old Bawn Community School, Colaiste De hIde, Holy Family and Tallaght Community School.
The Southern U'17’s squad of 13 to play North West (Strabane CC) on Sunday, May 19th (12pm) and NCU (YMCA) on Sunday, May 26th (1pm) is selected
Firhouse will get its first taste of the Leprechaun Cup on Thursday when Scoil Treasa host local rivals Holy Rosary NS in what will be both schools' first ever cricket match.
New Zealander Josh Tasman-Jones officially launched this year’s Leprechaun Cup, a competition that will see 46 Primary schools participating in hardball cricket matches in the coming weeks.
The first games in this year’s Primary schools ‘Super League’ have already started with five weeks of competitive hard-ball cricket to come during April and May . Two new schools have been added this year and shows the continued rise in popularity of cricket within Primary schools around the province.
It’s hard to believe a year has passed since Cricket Leinster ran the first Girl's Easter training camp and it's even harder to believe that its 18 degrees colder!