There is a frequently a sub plot to league cricket in Leinster, that oftens goes unnoticed, but gives an added touch of excitement all the same. The number that appears after club names is often said, but may not be though about very often. First team cricket is the pinacle in any club, whether you are playing for Irish Senior Cup glory, or battling for promotion to Division 13. Those playing second team cricket are always striving to take that blinder, or knuckle down for that crucial 50 that may see them selected to the 1sts.
Division 10 has all the potential to be the plot of Netflix's follow up to House of Cards. Will the young upstart Slieve Bloom 1 dramatically steal the limelight and push on for higher presidential glory? Will Merrion 6 bounce back up through the Capitol after several years in minor positions? Can those stalwarts of middle government Rush 3 finally realise their potential, or will they be disposed of in a ruthless fashion?
Division 12 looks like being a league of two halves this season, with the nine teams nicely dividing up in to a perceived bottom four, and a top five based on a bit of guesswork. However, I predicted the winner of this league last year, so lets try again!
Nine teams will take the starting line for the 2014 Division 2 season. With Dublin University playing seven matches, the first nine rounds of the league will feature one team sitting out each week, with Dublin University's matches being allocated double points. The 2013 Division 2 season was a one sided affair, with Clontarf running away with the title. This year looks much closer though, and most of the teams would have ambitions of promotion (Merrion 2 and Pembroke 2 being the obvious exceptions).