Women's Division 3 stats
Leading all time run scorer (2016-2019) - Stephanie Woods (Leinster) - 653 runs @ 50.23
Most runs in a Division 3 season - Rebecca Gough (Rush) - 338 runs (2019)
Highest score - Sarah Forbes - 105 - YMCA W2 vs Rush W2 - Claremont Road - 20 Jun 2018
Leading all time wicket taker (2016-2019) - Emma Butler (Clontarf) - 23 wkts @ 9.52
Most wickets in a Division 3 season - Ciara OBrien (Railway Union) - 16 wkts (2019)
Best bowling - Barbara Musgrave - 6-13 - Pembroke W3 vs Dublin University W1 - College Park - 22 Apr 2016
Most matches - Sophia Nulty (Leinster)- 30 (2018-2019)
Highest team score - 182-2 - Leinster W3 vs Greystones W1 - Observatory Lane - 23 Jul 2018
Lowest team score - 25 all out - North Kildare W2 vs YMCA W2 - The Maws - 25 Jul 2018
Team of the Year Batters: Joanna Loughran (Leinster), Angela Hickey (Greystones), Stephanie Woods (Leinster), Orla Bagnall (Leinster), Ailbhe Beggs (Rush)
Wicketkeeper: Eileen Foley (Rush)
Bowlers: Kate McEvoy (YMCA), Ciara OBrien (Railway Union), Rebecca Gough (Rush), Lainey Martin (Pembroke), Katie Dillon (Leinster)
Our 2019 Cricket Leinster league reviews start today, with a look at Women's Division 3. Over the next few months, we will cast an analytical eye at all twenty league divisions, looking at the ups and downs, the winners and losers, and those players who made their mark. A note should be added to Women's Division 3. Six games resulted in sides being given walkovers, seven matches were completed but without a scorecard being submitted. A further ten matches were played for other reasons, leaving 41 matches that were actually played.
Runs per wicket for all teams - 18.82 Runs per over for all teams - 5.29
Leinster W3 - Champions - (Pos in league - 15 (2018 - 15)) - Batting Rating 196 - Bowling Rating 120 - RpO for 6.26 - RpO against 5.30 - Youth %age (by appearances) 87.5% - Average age of team 16.5
A triumphant league title for Leinster W3, who took the title after finishing 2nd in 2018. It was a league title built on the power of their batting line up - only once did they lose more than four wickets. That batting turned around a less than impressive start to the season (they were 2-2 on the pitch on July 2), winning the last six games played. Added to that were four more games that were awarded to Leinster for one reason and another to leave them 12-2 for the season. Three batters contributed in a major way and all three made our Team of the Year. Joanna Loughran was only dismissed twice in eight innings, scoring 208 runs at 104. Orla Bagnall score 188 at 37.6, and Stephanie Woods scored 165 at 55, scoring one of only two 50s for the team (Aoife Livingston got the other). Katie Dillon also made our Team of the Year, taking 11 wickets at 12.09. Those players dominated, scoring 14 of the team's 16 scores over 20, and four of the nine occasions when a bowler took more than one wicket (with a mention to Rhiann Slevin who made that list twice).
YMCA W2 - 2nd - (Pos in league - 16 (2018 - 18)) - Batting Rating 185 - Bowling Rating 143 - RpO for 7.26 - RpO against 4.55 - Youth %age (by appearances) 82.8% - Average age of team 16.2
A successful season for YMCA W2, who improved on their 2018 league placing by two places. There may well be a touch of disappointment as well - at the beginning of August the team were 8-0 (with six of those wins being on the pitch), but losses to Railway Union and Leinster saw them slip to a final 10-2, finishing in that runners-up spot. Kate McEvoy was by far and away the star player, making our Team of the Year with 118 runs at 59 and taking 12 wickets at 6.42. Zoe Hoffman was the leading run scorer with 119 runs at 23.8, with Roisin Staunton being the third batter to pass 100 runs for the season with 109 at 54.5. Highlight of the season was probably the 93 run win over champions Leinster, when Rosin Staunton (52*) and Kate McEvoy (84*) put on 176 runs for the second wicket, before two wickets each for Kate McEvoy, Vanishka Shukla and Sarah Brownlee saw YM to big win, that ultimately wasn't enough.
Rush W2 - 3rd - (Pos in league - 17 (2018 - 19)) - Batting Rating 124 - Bowling Rating 132 - RpO for 5.16 - RpO against 4.52 - Youth %age (by appearances) 87.3% - Average age of team 15.1
The second strongest bowling attack in the league, and the third strongest batting line up propelled Rush W2 to 17 position in the league, along with propelling three players into our Team of the Year. It was a mixed season for the team, with walkovers received, walkovers given, and there being no major winning or losing streaks. The team's star performer was Rebecca Gough, who was the division's leading run scorer with 338 runs at 56.33 including three 50s. Gough also came second in the wicket taking chart, with 13 wickets at 10.92 - the 15 year old looks like a brilliant prospect. Ailbhe Beggs came next with 175 runs at 35 and the two shared the teams four biggest partnerships, the best being 137 runs unbeaten on September 1 against Greystones. Eileen Foley was the third member of our TotY, being the leading wicketkeeper in the division with three dismissals.
Dublin University W1 - 4th - (Pos in league - 18 (2018 - 20)) - Batting Rating 115 - Bowling Rating 117 - RpO for 5.49 - RpO against 3.88 - Youth %age (by appearances) 0% - Average age of team 21.8
The students had a disjointed year, giving three walkovers at the beginning of the season. Of the five matches actually played, they won four and only lost to champions Leinster although they didn't play either of the other teams that finished above them (YMCA and Rush). With only five matches being played, Dublin University W1 were going to struggle to have any players with commanding seasonal totals. Sorcha O'Carolan Murphy once again was the outstanding batter, scoring 131 runs whilst only being dismissed once in four innings. The leading wicket taker was Caoimhe O Brien with 7 wickets at 11.29.
Railway Union W1 - 5th - (Pos in league - 19 (2018 - N/A)) - Batting Rating 89 - Bowling Rating 88 - RpO for 5.12 - RpO against 5.69 - Youth %age (by appearances) 1.8% - Average age of team 35.8
A welcome return to Cricket Leinster's league structures for Railway Union W1. An 18 player squad got off to a slow start in the league, and were 1-4 at the start of July. A 24 run win over Rush then started a strong finish to the season with five of the last six games of the season being won. Railway had the divisions pre-eminent player, with Ciara OBrien dominating with bat and ball. She scored 325 runs at 65 and 16 wickets at 10.75, both of which were the highest in the division. Eimear Lenehan was next with the bat with 99 runs at 16.5 and Ali Nolan was next with the ball with 9 wickets at 25.89. A promising return for the Park Avenue team.
Pembroke W3 - 6th - (Pos in league - 20 (2018 - 21)) - Batting Rating 73 - Bowling Rating 59 - RpO for 5.07 - RpO against 6.19 - Youth %age (by appearances) 25.7% - Average age of team 36.8
Something of an odd season for Pembroke W3, who finished one place higher in 2019, but who according to our analysis were the weakest team in the division. The bowling in particular struggled, with all teams taking a liking to Pembroke's bowling attack. On no occasion did Pembroke take more than six wickets, and not surprisingly only one Pembroke bowler took more than five wickets. That bowler made a big impression though, with Lainey Martin taking 12 wickets at 11 to make our Team of the Year. Results wise that translated into two distinct halves of the season. After beating North Kildare on July 9, Pembroke were 4-3, but five consecutive losses on the pitch saw them drop down the table.
North Kildare W2 - 7th - (Pos in league - 21 (2018 - 23)) - Batting Rating 60 - Bowling Rating 117 - RpO for 4.18 - RpO against 5.33 - Youth %age (by appearances) 29.8% - Average age of team 32.7
Another team whose 2019 performance was an improvement on 2018, with North Kildare W2 finishing two places higher than in 2018. Only eight games were completed on the pitch, with only two of those being won - against Railway Union and Greystones. Rose Neuman Jones led the way with both bat and ball, scoring 103 runs at 25.75 and taking 9 wickets at 7.78. For a multitude of reasons, North Kildare only played two away matches all season.
Phoenix W2 - 8th - (Pos in league - 22 (2018 - N/A)) - Batting Rating 77 - Bowling Rating 60 - RpO for 4.65 - RpO against 6.08 - Youth %age (by appearances) 34.0% - Average age of team 35.1
Another new team in Leinster's leagues with Phoenix entering a second eleven. This analysis is somewhat shortened though, with a lack of data to go on. The first two games of the season were lost, and from then on ,there were only three more scorecards submitted (sometimes by Phoenix, sometimes by the opposition). Of the scorecards we have, Phoenix were 1-4, with Liz Moreton being the leading run scorer with 54 runs in her only innings, and Faith Hopkins (2 wicket at 15) and Deirdre Fahy (2 wickets at 25) being the leading wicket takers.
Greystones W1 - 9th - (Pos in league - 23 (2017 - 22)) - Batting Rating 97 - Bowling Rating 75 - RpO for 4.78 - RpO against 5.88 - Youth %age (by appearances) 28.1% - Average age of team 35.7
A season for Greystones W1 that perhaps looks worse in the league table than it did whilst playing. The last game of the season saw the first victory (against Pembroke), and the one run loss to Railway Union was one that got away. Remarkably for a team that finished bottom, Greystones have one player on the Team of the Year, with Angela Hickey scoring a brilliant 225 runs at 56.25. Angela Garland also passed 100 runs with 107 at 53.5, and she added 8 wickets at 16.25.