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Wed 21st Nov 2018

By Paul Reynolds

The best team on the island for 2018 is….........

After a long, wait, the best team on the island of Ireland at the end of 2018 can be named as ...........Waringstown.

It's not perhaps the most surprising announcement, as the 2018 Irish Senior Cup champions from the NCU have been widely acclaimed as the top side in the land.

Cricket Leinster's All Ireland team rankings have been overhauled over the last three months. They now include more teams than ever before with Munster sides being included for the first time. Calculations have also been adjusted, meaning that the size of the rating given to most teams has changed since the last time these rankings were published.

The full list of teams that are now included is as follows:

Leinster - all 1st teams playing in the Open Competitions. (source: www.crickerleinster.ie)

Munster - all 1st teams playing in Munster Competitions (source: www.munstercricket.ie)

NCU: all 1st teams playing in Premier, Section 1 and Section 2, as well as associated cups (source: www.northerncricketunion.org)

North West: all 1st teams playing in Premier and Championship, as well as associated cups (source: www.cricketeurope.com/NORTHWEST)

Only matches between 1st teams are included. Approximately minimum of 6 matches per year must be played to qualify for the table.

Waringstown continue to dominate. They have now been number one since 5th August 2017, when they took over the crown from Clontarf. In fact, either Waringstown or Clontarf have been the best team on the island since Merrion had a three day stay at number 1 in early September 2015.

The top five is completed by Leinster champions Merrion, NCU champions CIYMS, Leinster Senior Cup champions Clontarf and YMCA. Brigade are the leading North West side in 6th place, whilst the top Munster team are Cork County in 29th place.

The increase or decrease in a team's rating gives a fairly good guide as to the success (or otherwise) experienced by a team over the season (whereas the position in the rankings depends on other teams). The NCU's Holywood come top of the pile. The Section 1 runners-up also beat Muckamore in the Challenge Cup, and moved up 15 places in our rankings to 27th. Holywood are now not too far off their previous highest ranking, reached way back at the start of these rankings in May 2001. 

Malahide's excellent season in Leinster has been well documented, with the team finishing unbeaten in the league on their way to the Division 2 title. The Village move up seven places to 19th, but are still a long way behind the 2006 Malahide vintage which is the best Malahide team we have this century.

Malahide's equivalent in the North West come third in our table of "Most Improved". Glendermott also won their second tier, but the gulf in standards between the North West and Leinster/NCU is highlighted by Glendermott only making it to 47th in the overall table.

The addition of many new clubs for these rankings is being assessed, and may lead to a few oddities - especially in Leinster. Dublin University are perhaps not surprisingly the 13th best team in Leinster, but the following team's position is mainly due to a lack of matches against relevant 1st team opposition.

Terenure, Carlow and North Kildare are the three teams that stand out. Terenure would argue that they should be above Knockharley, but it is has been a tough year for Terenure, with not a single match being won. Matches against the likes of North Kildare, Knockharley and Civil Service would give them the opportunity to chalk up some wins, a much needed commodity down Terenure way. 

Carlow owe their odd position due to many matches against 1st team opposition in recent years, albeit opposition of a fairly low quality (in the general scheme of things). Whilst they play enough matches to qualify for our table, a more realistic position will be found once they play a higher standard team. If such oddities persist, the experiment of including such teams may have to be curtailed.

To summarise the 2018 table

  • Waringstown continue to be the best team around - and according to our rankings, the best team on the island of the 21st century
  • CIYMS have joined the elite top 4
  • Cricket Leinster continues to have the best top division. The average rating of the teams in Cricket Leinster's Premier League was 90.5; in the NCU it was 83.3 and the North West was 67.4 
Year (Pos) Year (Pts) Team Played Points Rating
1 - 0.12 Waringstown 40 4483 111.14
2 +2 10.29 Merrion 41 4367 107.40
3 +3 12.54 CIYMS 39 4152 107.39
4 -2 5.02 Clontarf 39 4036 104.39
5 +2 -0.56 YMCA 35 3266 94.21
6 +2 2.91 Brigade 32 3010 94.07
7 +3 5.08 North County 36 3291 92.27
8 -3 -6.53 The Hills 36 3224 89.55
9 -6 -9.47 Instonians 35 3121 88.33
10 +1 2.53 Pembroke 38 3358 87.61
11 +5 9.29 Civil Service North 37 3151 84.40
12 +2 2.63 Carrickfergus 32 2633 82.28
13 - -4.77 North Down 33 2575 78.83
14 -1 -4.70 Coleraine 32 2461 77.72
15 -6 -12.82 Donemana 30 2260 76.17
16 -1 -3.01 Leinster 35 2607 74.49
17 +1 2.20 Phoenix 37 2776 74.37
18 -1 -4.11 Muckamore 36 2447 68.62
19 +7 14.53 Malahide 30 2015 66.43
20 +5 10.40 Strabane 33 2076 63.54
21 -2 -3.13 Eglinton 33 2089 63.29
22 +2 8.05 Bready 33 2028 62.09
23 -3 -5.80 Railway Union 29 1709 58.94
24 -3 -3.30 Ardmore 29 1685 57.43
25 +9 11.35 Rush 34 1901 55.91
26 -3 0.22 Lisburn 37 2050 55.90
27 +15 20.22 Holywood 37 1932 52.22
28 - -0.31 Balbriggan 30 1507 49.70
29 - -0.42 Cork County 34 1692 49.28
30 -3 -2.78 Woodvale 38 1810 47.23
31 +5 2.89 Downpatrick 41 1884 45.59
32 -2 -1.63 Armagh 31 1418 45.27
33 -1 -1.80 Fox Lodge 34 1516 45.03
34 -1 -0.53 Derriaghy 41 1815 44.26
35 NE NE Limerick 17 744 43.78
36 +7 11.25 Bangor 37 1609 43.11
37 NE NE Cregagh 35 1470 42.39
38 +9 13.72 Templepatrick 31 1196 39.00
39 +5 7.80 Ballyspallen 37 1376 37.20
40 -9 -10.76 Dublin University 12 445 36.08
41 -2 -1.29 Knockharley 16 528 33.71
42 NE NE Cliftonville Academy 15 498 33.17
43 NE NE Civil Service Dublin 12 383 31.09
44 -9 -14.10 Donacloney Mill 32 940 29.67
45 +3 8.08 Ballymena 32 931 29.41
46 -1 -0.12 Lurgan 35 1008 29.07
47 +5 14.02 Glendermott 30 831 28.00
48 +2 10.28 Killyclooney 31 819 26.70
49 NE NE Laois 13 316 24.95
50 -9 -11.62 Newbuildings 33 762 23.10
51 -11 -14.16 Terenure 29 607 20.68
52 NE NE County Kerry 20 397 20.18
53 -16 -18.71 Laurelvale 35 709 20.06
54 NE NE Carlow 11 146 13.23
55 -2 1.82 North Kildare 15 199 13.01
56 NE NE County Galway 12 144 11.97
57 -3 0.64 St Johnston 29 312 10.88
58 -20 -25.96 Drummond 30 324 10.70
59 -10 -9.33 BISC 26 242 9.31
60 -4 7.77 Saintfield 32 280 8.85
61 NE NE Monaghan 15 131 8.70
62 -4 10.01 Burndennett 28 183 6.53
63 NE NE Cork Harlequins 11 -7 -0.67
64 -13 -18.56 Donaghadee 25 -66 -2.62
65 -8 -2.65 Bonds Glen 28 -95 -3.45
66 -6 13.46 Cooke Collegians 24 -237 -10.00
67 -8 -14.67 Larne 23 -423 -18.38
68 NE NE Belfast Superkings 15 -316 -21.07
69 NE NE Ards 14 -391 -27.96
70 NE NE Dunmurry 14 -418 -29.86
71 NE NE Victoria 15 -483 -32.22
72 NE NE Drumaness 12 -489 -40.71
73 -12 -12.23 Dundrum (NCU) 27 -1228 -45.47

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