The recently published list of clubs and teams that qualified for the semi-finals of the is disappointing from a Merrion perspective – there are no representatives from our Open teams. It is true that earlier in the season the 1st XI did qualify for the Alan Murray SFs, but did not progress further than that. This year Merrion joins two other Premier League clubs, YMCA and Pembroke, with no teams through to the various T20 Cup Competitions.
More important, however, is the league positions. The breakdown of the different Open Competition league placing for the different Merrion teams is as follows at the midway point.
|Premier 2nd XI||2nd XI||7||5||1||1||1st|
|D14||6th XI||8||2||0||6||8th last|
|D19||7th XI||11||3||0||8||9th last|
While there is plenty of time left to improve placings, at the moment it looks as if most of the Open teams in the club are fighting relegation battles with only the 2nd XI in a strong position to challenge for a title.
Combined with the lack of success in the T20 competitions the results so far suggest that a review of performance and playing strength will be required at the end of the season.
Looking at the overall player averages for the club. 119 players have turned out in Open Competitions. Rishabh Sharma has scored the most runs – the only player to exceed 400. The ten top scorers [those over 250 runs] are set out in the table below.
Similarly ten players have taken 15 or more wickets, with Nitin Sharma the leading wicket taker and also has the best bowling average.
Finally, mention should be made of the touring sides who have made the trip to Ireland this year. Already this year we have hosted teams from Australia and San Fransisco as well as opponents from nearer to home. It is not all about competitive league cricket.