In a recent article on the Cricket Leinster website there is an account of the history of the three All Ireland Youth Club Competitions [U11 / U13 / U15] going back to 1983. https://www.cricketleinster.ie/news/all-ireland-youth-competitions
Merrion won All Ireland Youth titles on three occasions. In 1998 the club took the U15 title in a victory at Anglesea Road against a strong Donamana side. It was a tight fought game with Merrion scoring 95 in the first innings but then ‘Merrion did some serious sledging and got them all out for 60’. The picture below is the team that qualified for the final by winning the Leinster U15 Cup.
With eight players who went on to represent Ireland at youth level in cricket and seven to play Senior Club Cricket [there are also three future full hockey internationals in the picture], this can be counted as one of the strongest youth teams that Merrion ever produced. For a variety of reasons; including a focus on other sports, emigration, work and movement to other clubs, none of this team is currently playing cricket in the club.
Seven years later another team of exceptional players emerged. The 2005 U11s team, many of whom were on the U13 team which won the All Ireland title the following year, beat CSNI in the final. Tyrone Kane, second from left standing, went on to play for Ireland in their first ever mens Test Match in Malahide against Pakistan in 2018. Three of the players are still playing for Merrion and six went on to play Senior Club cricket .
There is little recorded / remembered about the U13 Team that won the All Ireland title in 2006 [we will fill in gaps when we have them] against Waringstown.
Apart from the three All Ireland titles, there were many [probably too many] near-misses. The overall strength of the youth section in Merrion from 1998 and 2010 can be gauged from the count of finals contested – nine in twelve years.
Merrion has not reached an All Ireland final since 2009.
Anyone who can fill in further details and/or has a photo of the U13 team of 2006, please send on to Eddie Lewis at email@example.com