Merrion picked up their fifth league title, their first since 2011, and the third time they have won the seventh tier league in Leinster cricket. So far so good, but it is tempting to wonder how this team is so much better than any other fifth team in the province (Railway Union and Leinster are the next best. 27 and 28 places respectively down the league ladder.
Merrion topped Division 7 both in terms of points scored and percentage. Their league record was 9 wins, 2 losses and 3 no results. Their points total of 212 is the fourth lowest by any champions. Pembroke managed to crawl out of the pack at the very end of the season to finish second in Captain Stephen Willis’ first season at the helm, but rather than quit whilst ahead he continues in the role next season.
YMCA were one of only two teams to get through the league season unbeaten - Phoenix 3 were the other. The two crucial games of the season were within six days of each other at the end of the season, when YM played eventual runners up Castleknock 2 twice.
YMCA were undefeated with 11 victories and 3 no results. Deserved winners of the Division, they scored most points and won by virtue of their percentage.
Over a quarter of all matches in Division 13 didn't take place this season - mainly due to the weather. It left something of a disjointed feeling to many sides' season, with Railway Union 6 and North Kildare 3 only completing eight matches each, and Laois 3 only seven.