Club cricket can be a difficult beast to predict. There are hundreds of factors that go into how well any given side will perform come the summer - and most important of all is probably, will the side actually play well!?
The draw for the 2015 Open Competitions Junior Cup involves ten former winners of the Cup, along with another three who have won other cups. Only four newer teams, Adamstown 3, Cabinteely, Castleknock 2 and Lucan 1 are yet to experience the thrill of lifting a Cricket Leinster cup. Maybe 2015 will be the year?
The 2014 cricket season is but a distant memory now. Attention turns to the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia, where our Boys in Blue/Green will be battling with the likes of AB de Villiers, Kohli and Chris Gayle. By the time that tournament is over, our own season will not be too far away. Indoor cricket leagues and indoor winter nets will be in full flow and preparations for the 2015 season will be well underway.
The Minor Cup is the seventh tier cup competition, with the 2015 edition of this venerable trophy having its final in Laois Cricket Club on August 22nd. The competition is one of the older on the provincial circuit, with the first edition of the Minor Cup being won by YMCA 4 in 1926. A new competition, aimed at a lower level of cricket was instigated in 1986, and fittingly that was won by another YMCA side, YMCA 5.