NEWBUILDINGS

  • Skipper- Marty Mehaffey
  • Ins- Clinton Pienaar; tbc
  • Outs- Peat Salmon
  • Overseas player- Clinton Pienaar

There's something of a changing of the guard at Newbuildings this year as Marty Mehaffey's men contemplate a first season without their adopted talisman Peat Salmon.

The affable Jamaican ruled out any chance of being able to play in the Championship under current Borders Agency regulations when he turned out in List A competition for his home Island over the winter.

Peat's replacement is 21-year old South African Clinton Pienaar; a left handed top order batsman and right arm spin bowler about whom little else is known for now.

Skipper Mehaffey suggested they have a few irons in the fire as yet as well but admitted that much could come down to how they cope without Salmon.

"It's obviously a big factor however Clinton has a really good profile and we hope he settles in well.

"As far as our aspirations for the season are concerned I'd say we want to be as competitive as we can and see where that takes us.

"First and foremost I'd like us to get a full strength team out every week. We want everyone to start enjoying their cricket again with no pressure of expectation.

"The fact is we haven't got the same tools at our disposal as we might have had a few years ago so we are trying to build a team that can get us back into a challenging position.

"If we compete and help the young lads get another good year of senior cricket under their belt I'd be happy with that."

It may seem unfair for Pienaar to be coming in under the shadow of "Big Peat" however that's a sign of the influence the West Indian held at the club.

In many ways there might not be the same pressure on Pienaar as the expectation has lowered a little and you have to commend the skipper for doing that.

You have to think that Newbuildings won't be far away regardless though. And if the new overseas man hits the ground running you just never know where the next chapter might go.