One would think that after their four trophy triumph in 2017 there would be an expectation that 2018 would again see Waringstown challenging in all competitions.

There is no doubt that a major factor in their success was the ability to turn out a first-choice XI week after week with the result that those victories have come at the cost of limiting the opportunities to blood younger players.

The strength in depth of the Villagers has been evident in recent seasons, a powerful second eleven recently joined in the top Junior section by an even more youthful third eleven.

A burgeoning youth programme can become a two-edged sword, as having created the stars of the future the time comes when they want to be the stars of today.
They see their contemporaries at other clubs performing regularly in the Premier league and ask ‘Why not me?’

Before the 2017 season began Aaron Wright had transferred to CSNI in a bid to get regular top flight cricket and his subsequent performances seem to have justified that decision.

If reports are to be believed Morgan Topping is following Aaron to CSNI and Jonathan Waite is on his way to Lisburn.
Add to that the fact that Jack Carson is continuing his education in England with a view to a cricket career with Sussex and you have a situation that would test the resilience of many clubs planning to compete for honours across the board.

No one is in any doubt that the pull of their home club will see most if not all of the above end their playing days back in the village but the fact that they are leaving now indicates that it may be time for a rethink.

The drive to write another chapter in the club’s history is a strong one and how the cards are played in 2018 will no doubt be a matter for debate but in the end it all boils down to ‘Stick or Twist.’