Some clubs in Leinster have had a gradual rise in standard over the sixteen years that these rankings have been in operation, perhaps interspersed with the odd blip. The very odd club has been on a perpetual downward slope. And then there are the cyclical clubs, those who experience the highs and lows of club life in equal quantity.

Merrion's win over Waringstown in last September's Irish Senior Cup final was the 13th time in the last sixteen seasons that the competition's winner has come from Leinster, and the countdown to the 2017 season has now started, with Cricket Ireland announcing the draw for the first round.

Clontarf 1 dominated Division 1 in 2016, losing three matches, but never being really threatened. It was their 13th Senior League/Division 1 title, and the third time they had won back to back titles, after 1991/92 and 1995/96. There were a few changes in personnel from the 2015 title winning team, but nothing major, and the new players slotted in well. It was a simple formula - pile up a stack of runs, which was easy with some of the province's top players, and strength in depth. And then let loose a well balanced bowling attack.

A tenth league title for Phoenix 2, and the second this century after 2014's Division 14 title. It was a job well done by Phoenix, who were desperate to right the relegation of 2015, and did so well, losing once all season (to Railway) and winning the title by a 22% margin.

It's difficult to find a bad word to say about Knockharley at the moment. The ground has come on enormously under the control of Ralph Condie (picking up the awards for best ground in Division 5-16 category at the recent Cricket Leinster dinner), the club's youth set up continues to develop, and most of all the 1st team is climbing the league ladder at an alarming rate.

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