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Open Competition Structure 2022

The details of the competition structures for Merrion’s Open teams have been released by Cricket Leinster, see  https://www.cricketleinster.ie/news/open-competitions-league-structure-confirmed

There has been another significant expansion in the overall size of the Open Competitions with the number of Divisions going up to 20 [the last being a Development League]. The position of the various Merrion teams is as follows.

1st XI        The 1st XI will have a busy season with the possibility of more matches than ever across four competitions. The minimum and maximum number of matches [depending on level of success] are as follows:  League [14], League Cup [7 – 9], T20 [6 – 10], ISC [1-5].  Counting all matches this means the 1st XI will play a 28 scheduled matches this season and could in theory be called upon to play up to 38. And that does not take into account players involved in representative cricket at different levels. A large squad will be required. This is the most games in a season that, as far as I can tell, have ever been provided for the 1st XI.

2nd – 6th XI               The remainder of the teams will play 14 league games and 6 – 8 T20s depending on whether they get through to the knock-out stages.


Our opponents this season are:

1st XI        League                      Clontarf, Balbriggan, Malahide, Pembroke, Phoenix, The Hills, YMCA

1st XI       T20                             Balbriggan, Civil Service, North County

1st XI        League Cup             Balbriggan, Clontarf, Cork County, Leinster, N Kildare, Rush, YMCA

2nd XI       League                      Clontarf II, Leinster II, Malahide II, N County II, Pembroke II, Railway U II, YMCA II

2nd XI       T20                            Malahide II, North County II, YMCA III.

3rd XI      League                      Civil Service, Clontarf III, Co Galway, Knockharley, Phoenix II, Rush II, YMCA III

3rd XI      T20                            Clontarf II, Leinster II, Pembroke II

4th XI      League                      Bagenalstown, Carlow, Castleknock, Clontarf IV, Greystones, Railway U III, Swords

4th XI        T20                            Clondalkin, Kilkenny, Tyrrelstown

5th XI        League                      Adamstown IV, Balbriggan III, Castleknock II, Laois II, Longford II, Rush III, Slieve B

5th XI        T20                             Adamstown IV, AIB, Bagenalstown II, Lucan II, Naas, Rush III

6th XI        League                      Gorey, Greystones II, Halverstown, Leinster V, Phoenix V, Swords II, Terenure III

6th Xi        T20                             Clontarf VI, Dundalk, Gorey, N County IV, N Kildare IV