Paul Reynolds looks at the playing records of the teams competing in this year's Alan Murray Cup

In 2014, there was a certain similarity between the results of the three "second tier" competitions. In Division 3, YMCA 2 pipped Clontarf 2 to the title. In the Senior 2 Cup, it was Clontarf 2 who had their day, as they overcame a certain YMCA 2 in the final. And the Tillain Cup for which this preview is penned? No surprises there, as YMCA 2 beat Clontarf 2 in their third encounter of the close kind.

One of Leinster cricket's great ironies. The third tier of T20 competition (for sides in Divisions 5-8) has a trophy donated by the famous Dunlop family, and named after the YMCA club with which they will be forever associated, has never been won by any team from the Sandymount based club.This will be the 26th YMCA Salver. Do YMCA 4 have a chance of lifting the trophy?

Nine former winners of the Whelan Cup take their place in this year's draw, but one team stands apart from all others in being a three time winner of the higher YMCA Salver (the most recent being in 2008). They have to be seen as the favourites for this year's competition. To find out more, read on!

In 2012, several members of Railway Union came up with the idea of a new T20 competition for the lower rungs of the Cricket Leinster ladder. The new competition was eventually named the Russell Court Trophy, and has succeeded in its aims of giving more competitive cricket for those players plying their trade in Division 13 or below.

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