Everyone connected with cricket in Leinster will be deeply saddened by news of the death of Joe Clinton, in another desperately sad day for The Hills…

Many of our league reviews so far have predicted that teams will finish in approximately the same order as they finished last year. Teams that were relegated from above should stay too strong, those that are promoted from below will find it too tough. But Division 9 looks as if it could be a bit different. And so at the risk of looking stupid come September, our Division 9 preview has some slightly left field predictions.

Division 12 is going to throw up some fascinating matches in 2017. Let us cast our mind back to 2012. Leinster 5 were flying high in 60th place in the league structure - a solid Division 8 side. North County 4 weren't too far behind - in Division 9. At the other end of the scale Balbriggan 3 were struggling at the bottom of Division 16, finishing in 115th place.

So without further ado, here is our Division 16 preview for the 2017 season!

The 2016 National Cup was a celebration of Leinster cricket, Laois taking on Rush to make the first all Leinster final. Rush retained their 2015 title making it the second time that Leinster clubs have completed the Irish Senior Cup and National Cup double. Merrion and Rush matches Clontarf and Malahide's feat in 2013.

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