An entertaining evening's cricket took place at Sydney Parade last Friday, July 26th, as a pre-cursor to the scheduled Leinster Senior Cup final in Clontarf between Pembroke and YMCA.
YMCA experience could be key against Pembroke
For all the oohs and aahs that surrounded some divisions in 2012, Division 3 was the one league that kept followers not so much on the edge of their seats, as in a perpetual mid air state somewhere beteen falling off the seat, and hitting the ground. Balbriggan spent most of the final day in a desperate battle to avoid relegation, before emerging as Division 3 champions. It was that sort of season. In many ways, not much has changed. Balbriggan 1, Merrion 2 and Civil Service 1 have been replaced by Laois 1, Malahide 2 and Cork County 1. and the eventual performance of these three teams will be crucial in the outcome of the division.
Division 4 is where the cricket gets (even more) serious. Teams need laptops and scorers. They need coloured clothing to play in the RSA National Cup. And the regulations are designed to mimic ODI's, so power plays, fiedling restrictions and Duckworth Lewis. There is also a delicious mix of teams, with some thrusting ambitious first teams, some second teams from clubs who's second teams should be doing a bit better, and a couple of third teams who must punch above their weight to even get to this level.