It was a season where Railway Union by and large operated under the radar, but they came agonizingly close to making the promotion play-off slot, losing out at the last minute to Rush.

The club could beat anyone on their day, but lacked consistency despite having a nice balance of experience and youth.

The club won seven of their 11 league matches, but didn't have much of a run in any of the cup competitions.

Irish international Kevin O'Brien didn't feature very often, but former international Kenny Carroll was a mainstay.

'Squacko' led the run charts, making 525 runs at 40.38, which put him ahead of Alex Stiles.

Widely tipped to be a future international, Stiles made 437 at 24.23.

Overseas professional Ranil Dhammika hit 366 runs at 33.27, while Kevin O'Brien scored 160 runs at 32 in five appearances.

Abdullah Hafiz (175) and Ciaran Diviney (123) were other players who passed the 100 run mark.

Sri Lankan Dhammika led the way in the bowling charts, capturing 31 wickets at just 13.23, with the best bowling return of 6 for 17.

Andrew Jackson showed his potential with 20 wickets at just under 25, while Dharam Singh managed 19 wickets at just over 16.

Saad Ullah had a five wicket haul in his 15 victims at just under 22.

Hashir Sultan with 12 wickets was the only other player to reach the double figures mark.

The new league structure for 2019 means all clubs are starting with a clean sheet, and that will certainly bring opportunities as well as challenges.

Railway will be no pushovers, and if they can get their big guns out, may well shock a few clubs especially at Park Avenue.

RAILWAY UNION 2018 BATTING

  • Kenny Carroll 525 runs at 40.38
  • Alex Stiles 437 runs at 24.23
  • Ranil Dhammika 366 runs at 33.27

RAILWAY UNION 2018 BOWLING

  • Ranil Dhammika 31 wickets at just 13.23
  • Andrew Jackson 20 wickets at 19.88
  • Dharam Singh 19 wickets at 16.18