George Dockrell has been appointed Leinster Lightning skipper ahead of the new season, replacing John Anderson who stepped down at the end of the 2017 campaign.

The 25 year-old Trinity and Leinster all-rounder has been a mainstay of the Irish side since his debut back in 2010.

In just eight years he has taken 254 wickets for the Boys In Green, placing him sixth in the all-time list just two victims behind Kyle McCallan in fifth.

Dockrell has also been a prime player for Lightning who have dominated the interprovincial scene since it was revamped in 2013, winning 13 of the 15 trophies on offer in the five year period.

Dockrell has taken 59 wickets at just over 18 apiece as the Dubliners have reigned supreme.

Fellow international Andy Balbirnie is named as Lightning deputy, ensuring plenty of experience at the helm as they embark on a  quest to win a fourth successive treble.

Their 2018 season begins with a three-day Championship match against NW Warriors at Oakhill from May 1-3, followed by T20 games against Munster Reds and the Northern Knights on May 18 and 25.

Lightning are also on the verge of revealing an expanded programme for their second string, the Lightning Bolts.

They played games last year against the Emerging Knights and it's hoped these sides may play each other as many as six times across different formats. Other opponents are also being considered and plans are in the final stages of confirmation.