Merrion have traditionally been one of the strongest sides in Dublin over the past decade, and despite the shortened nature of the 2020 season, there's no reason to suspect this campaign will be any different.
Tom Stanton takes the skippers armband and he has an almost full strength squad to choose from, although they will, like most sides, be without the services of an overseas professional, with Ollie Newton in New Zealand.
On the credit side they do have one new face in their ranks, Michael Cowdrey, an all-rounder orginally from the UK but now living in Ireland.
"We’re chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch and the 18th of July can’t come soon enough for us," said Stanton.
"There aren’t many changes to the squad with with Ollie Newton returning to New Zealand where he has since represented New Zealand A. We welcome Michael Cowdrey to the club and we’re excited to have him with us for our shortened season.
(Merrion captain Tom Stanton)
"Merrion takes great pride in the club’s youth set-up as shown by the number of home grown players we have in our squad. We’re very excited by the youth talent we have coming through.
"Peter Forkin is a very talented and hard working individual that has risen to each challenge that has been thrown at him. His younger brother Daniel is also one to watch coming through the ranks. Jamie MacNulty has put on an extra yard of pace over the winter and is an exciting prospect in the club.
"Sean Stanton showed great determination and ability in the Premier League final last year with the bat which will give him great confidence going into the coming season. We have a lot of experience in the side with the likes of former internationals John Anderson and Dom Joyce continuing to put in big seasons for us year after year. Their experience is invaluable both on and off the pitch.
"Max Sorensen had a great season for us last year with bat and ball, picking up the Samuels Cup and we hope he can continue where he left off. There is no denying the abilities of Tyrone Kane and his stats at club and interprovincial level certainly show this. I believe I speak for everyone in the club when I say that we’re all hoping to see him playing against England later this month where he can further showcase his all round abilities on the international scene.
"It is unfortunate that we won’t get to see our Trinity players (Mathew Strong, JJ Walsh, Max Neville and Richard Bisgood) in Merrion colours this year. However, this is an excellent opportunity for them to get further senior cricket under their belts while they continue their studies.
"2020 brings a very different type of season and a unique challenge that we are all looking forward to and hopefully we can be in contention for some silverware come September."
Merrion start their season with an away day trip to North Kildare on Saturday July 18th. Their fixtures in full are as follows:
- North Kildare v Merrion (July 18)
- Merrion v Dublin University (July 25)
- Phoenix v Merrion (August 1)
- Merrion v Pembroke (August 8)
- Merrion v Leinster (August 15)
- Rush v Merrion (August 22)