Fintan McAllister has spoken of his pride in Malahide after the club secured its return to the top flight of Leinster cricket with victory over Rush at the weekend.

Just how much does the elevation mean for the Malahide club?

"Its been massive for the club this season to gain promotion. Weve been in Division Two for the past few years, and came so close to a play-off spot last season, so to actually come back and win the league was brilliant, and return to the top flight of Leinster cricket."

Which players have made the difference this season for Malahide?

"Matt Ford (pictured right)has been our star player this year. He has got runs in every game and he can take the game away from a side very quickly. Its not just been the volume of runs that hes scored but the strike rate which has been exceptional.

"His brother Greg has also had some vital contributions, particularly at the start of the season. Its been great having the two lads around, both on and off the field. We have been very lucky to have them this season.

"On the bowling front youd struggle to find a better new ball partnership than Peter Chase and James Newland. Chaser has been incredibly consistent and bowled some really unplayable spells. Then you have James Newland up the other end who has bowled out of his skin this year and been rewarded with his Lightning Bolts debut this year. Hopefully now that well be in the Premier League hell be more in the shop window and hopefully kick on.

"That pair has been backed up really well by Neil Boyne and Keith Reynolds in the middle overs, where they have tied teams down, getting some big wickets and produced key spells.

"In the latter part of the season our overseas player Anish Desai has made some great contributions with the bat and won us a couple of games.

What's the atmosphere been like in the Village this year - following up the hosting of the historic first Test with a league title?

"Theres been a great buzz all around the club this year especially after we secured our promotion. Weve some fantastic supporters at the club who have supported us through thick and thin so its great to do this for them.

"Michael Hingston has done some great worth with our youth structure, and our numbers are ever growing. We are already seeing the benefits hes doing with that with increased membership, and youth player development.

"Id like to pay particular thanks to John Pryor junior who has been down at every training session and every game. Hes been running the warm-ups and is one of the main reasons that our standards have been growing. We have been very lucky to have him this year.

"There are a number of people who are working away in the background to ensure the club is successful. Gary Stewart who has been our Chair of Cricket, our President Philip Roche, Alun Brophy, Ciaran Keohane, and our groundsman Philip Frost who has prepared some wonderful pitches. Our scorer Lorraine McKeaney who has been with us through the good times and bad, doing a simply superb job which is much appreciated.

"The final word of thanks goes out to the Malahide members who have been incredibly supportive of our efforts and performances this year. The club would be nowhere without such loyal and genuine people, and we are so lucky to have them.

"Id like to finish by thanking the team for their dedication and commitment throughout the season which has been truly exceptional. They have been unbelievable, as they have just trained so, so hard. We really deserve this league win and myself and everyone else cant wait to be back in Division One and hopefully give a fighting account of ourselves there."