The countdown to the 2016 Cricket Leinster season continues with the release of the Open Competitions Division 1 fixtures. With news of any player movements or overseas signings still only rumours, it is far too early to be looking at any possible title deciders, but even then, it is difficult to get away from some ties that have an added look of importance about them.
Another dominant season for Clontarf who completed the league and cup double, the league being their 12th Senior/Division 1 title. Whilst the batting was more then dependable, there was one bowler who's return was frankly astounding, and last year kept under the radar somewhat.
Once again it was a team effort for Merrion, with seven players contributing in a major way to the nine wins.
A triumphant year for Phoenix 3, who won all twelve of their league games that were completed, winning Division 5 by nearly 25%. It was the team's 10th league title (following up on the Division 6 title last year), and the 6th time they have won the tier 5 league title (they also won the fourth tier Middle A in 2003)
From the lowest points total of a champion in Division 6 to the leading league points score in Division 5. Phoenix claimed the league honours here both in terms of percentage and points. They lost 2 games to no result, but were undefeated in the other 12 games. They are one of only two champions through the 16 divisions to be undefeated (the other being YMCA in Division 11).