• Captain: John Anderson
  • Overseas Player: Ollie Newton
  • Players in: Ollie Newton, Max Sorensen
  • Players out: Poonish Mehta (pro), Jack Carty (Aus)

Merrion enter the new era of Leinster cricket looking to defend their league title. The Angelsea Road side are never far away when the major honours are to be given out and this year looks no different.

John Anderson takes over the captain's armband from Dom Joyce, and if he can repeat the success of his first spell as captain then it will be a good effort, as he led them to an Irish Cup win over railway Union in 2010.

"Itís an honour to be back captaining this great club once again," said Anderson.

"There's tough opposition this year in the league and it'll be all to play for so it should make for some exciting games."

The squad have been training hard in the build up to the season with both fitness and nets and everyone is excited for the coming season especially with the additions of a few new faces.

Merrion welcome their first New Zealand overseas professional in the form of Ollie Newton, who is a dynamic bowling all-rounder from Wellington Firebirds.

The 30 year-old is a left-hand bat and right-arm medium pacer, who will hope to hit the ground running when the campaign starts next week.

Max Sorensen also joined in the off-season and he will add real quality and dynamism to the team, and adds strength and depth to an already formidable side.

On the debit side, Poonish Mehta is off to Phoenix and last season's leading wicket taker in the region will be missed, as will Jack Carty who enjoyed a solid season.

Merrion will once again set the benchmark for other sides in Leinster and with Anderson at the helm, expect another trophy or two making its way there.