Cork County edge Division 1 title in dramatic finale
The 2015 season officially came to a close on Saturday as Co. Galway defeated County Kerry by 69 runs in Division 1 at Lydican. The result of the match was crucial in deciding the destination of the Division 1 title with the home side requiring full bonus (5 points) to pip Cork County to top spot.
Due to the poor weather throughout the campaign, neither side faced each other in the competition and so league positions had to be decided on percentage points gained from all completed games (excluding No Results). With both Galway and Cork County finishing their respective campaigns unbeaten it all went down to the the percentage points.
Cork County's season finished unbeaten having amassed 123 points including 5 wins and 3 No Results equating to 98.4% points gained from points available. Going into their final game, Co. Galway required a win and full bonus points to win the league outright, 4 bonus points which mean it finished as a tie while 3 would mean County would edge ahead of them.
Galway's 69 run victory over the men from The Kingdom meant they collected just 3 bonus and so finished with 97.3% points gained from points available which meant they fell short by the closest of margins (1.1%).
In the circumstances it was an unfortunate way to decide the league competition with both sides eager to play each other as the competitions only two unbeaten sides. Great credit must go to both Cork County and Co. Galway who showed they were the most consistent and clearly a step above the competition throughout the season.