South African Andre Malan has signed for CSNI as their overseas professional for the 2018 season replacing Mansoor Amjad.

The 26 year-old all-rounder is a younger brother of former North Down professional Pieter, who enjoyed such a prolific spell at Comber.

CSNI's new recruit has been in scintillating form in his native country, scoring first-class and List-A centuries for North West in his last two games.

He boasts an impressive career record, averaging 42.50 in first-class cricket which includes seven centuries and has also passed the milestone twice in list-A where he averages 39.

Im thrilled to join CSNI. Im looking forward to meeting everyone at the Club and getting to know my team mates," said Malan.

"I want to help bring success to the Club and to help the young cricketers at Stormont achieve their full potential.

Andre will be hoping to make his debut as CSNI start their season on the 28th April against Instonians at Stormont.

Club Chairman, Ivan McMinn, said: I am delighted that Andre has joined us at CSNI. Andre has shown through his performances with both bat and ball what he is capable off and a player of his calibre will further strengthen our Club.

"Andre will be involved with coaching and his knowledge and skills with further enhance the coaching which is available at our Club. This will help achieve our aims of developing and nurturing our youth cricketers as they make the transition into senior cricket.

Tim Simmonite, Director of Cricket at CSNICC said: Andres signing is great news for CSNI. He is a player of proven quality and Im looking forward to him adding value to the 1st XI and club as a whole as we strive to take things forwards towards further success.