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.

It's difficult to find a bad word to say about Knockharley at the moment. The ground has come on enormously under the control of Ralph Condie (picking up the awards for best ground in Division 5-16 category at the recent Cricket Leinster dinner), the club's youth set up continues to develop, and most of all the 1st team is climbing the league ladder at an alarming rate.

A triumphant season for Balbriggan 2 who swept all before them, winning a third league title this century, 2004 and 2007 being the preceding successful seasons.

Balbriggan 3 won their first ever league title, and their first piece of silverware since the 1997 Minor Cup with an efficient display that saw them with a 6% lead of second place Wicklow County, and 30% over Adamstown back in third.

There is no getting away from the fact that this year's Division 5 is distinctly odd.

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