BALLYSPALLEN

  • Skipper- Mark Averill
  • Overseas Player- Darnell McCallum
  • Ins- Paul McImoyle
  • Outs- Lee Ritchie, Mark McCann

What a year it turned out to be at Bridge Park in 2017 and despite plenty of rumour over the winter that the side was about to break up, that hasn't been the case.

Skipper Lee Ritchie has returned to Eglinton, however with Graham Kennedy and the Averill brothers staying put there is every chance of another very competitive season ahead for the Roe Valley men.

Mark has taken the armband for the coming summer and with West Indian Darnell McCallum also heading back the new captain was upbeat about their chances.

"My main hope for the season would be to go one better this time and win the Championship" he began.

"Retaining the Sammy Jeffrey title is also high on the agenda while after last year's experience we'd love another good cup run.

"Those don't usually come along all that often but we've had a taste now and I'd like to think we'd have a realistic chance of a run in the National Cup."

The danger for 'Spallen this year could be weight of expectation having come so close 12 months ago.

Keeping the Averills and bringing keeper/ batsman McCallum back represents really good business on their part. Craig looked like he was enjoying his cricket again during that superb run last year and he has the quality and experience to help lead the charge.

All things considered however, keeping Kennedy is a huge boost. On his day the teenager has few peers at local level. If he can find some consistency this summer there is every chance the club will be competing for that league title.

You feel that whoever finishes in front of Ballyspallen would win it.