The Vineyard is open again and ready for action in this strangest of years. Tomas Rooney-Murphy has the skippers armband, and like most clubs in the country the emphasis will be on youth.

A club spokesperson said of the forthcoming season:

"2019 was such a special year for the club with the 50th year anniversary. The menís first team had an incredible year with a great cup win and was unbeaten in Leinster well into July 2019 will be hard to emulate, unless you take it we are still unbeaten well into July 2020!!

"With the longest winter and spring ever, cricket wise, all in the Hills are happy to see the Vineyard open up again and do what she does best.

(Tomas Rooney-Murphy)

"All matches will be 2020 and this format will bring its own fun and madness in an already fun and mad year. With the short season of about 8 weeks or so and the country still finding its feet, the club like others have decided not to bring in an overseas player. It makes zero sense to us.

"Tomas Rooney Murphy will again captain the side and no one could disagree with that. A fine captain who unites the squad with his leadership and direction. Tomas has always been a champion of the local younger players and the plan is to let the younger squad members and the next crop of Hills youth loose and see how they fair. Some already have senior experience and silverware and others coming in, are well used to being around the squad and have shared in the recent success.

"The more mature members will still be there to guide these young scallywags and of course do their own damage when needed. Killian Everard, Andy Kavanagh, Cian Nulty will cement their place in key rolls in the team.

"Older young men in Cormac, Mark Donegan, Dev, Brav, Will Archer and the captain will shown their experience. The new batch of kids like Athar Faroozi, Killian Magrane, Ian Byrne, Lorcan Woodhouse and Colly Cunneen will get chances to show their fine talent which is evident in winter nets.

"We in the Vineyard are delighted to be back out playing and looking forward to 2020 and seeing family members, close friends and wider Leinster and indeed Irish cricket family again. Good Luck to all this year."

The Hills start their season on Saturday with a home tie against Terenure (July 18). They then travel to North County (July 25), before travelling to Clontarf (Aug 1). Their other games are home to YMCA (Aug 8), and Malahide (Aug 15), before finishing with away day trips to Balbriggan (Aug 22) and Railway Union (Aug 29).