Gary Neely will skipper Ardmore for the third consecutive season this summer as the Bleachgreen club sets its sights on the chase for silverware after a slightly disappointing 2017.

Neely welcomes Grant Mokoena to the Green as overseas professional- the second successive year the club tried to secure the South African batsman's services.

"He broke his wrist just before the start of last season and had to withdraw but we're glad he's agreed to come this time," said the skipper.

"He's in some form at the minute too- he scored 154 not out for the Knights last week so hopefully he'll bring that form with him.

"We've also brought in David Anthony from St Johnston. I've seen him play a few times and I think he could be useful with a bit more experience."

Ardmore were a bit off the pace last season but the former Ireland International was upbeat about the job in hand.

"You're always looking to improve every season and this one is no different. We can definitely be better than we were last year and that's our aim this time."

Kevin Brolly was named second XI skipper, while veteran Michael Dalton takes the reins of the third XI.

The club has also announced that they will be two midweek XI's at the Bleachgreen this summer as their second ground becomes available for use.

Grovehill is the name of the new franchise with some ex Ardmore stalwarts lined up to showcase their talents.