EGLINTON

  • Skipper- Stuart Thompson
  • Ins- Mike Earlank, Adam McDaid, Lee Ritchie
  • Outs- Trevor Garwe
  • Overseas player- Mike Earlank

Eglinton have competed in the top half of the table for the past couple of seasons but Stuart Thompson will be relishing the chance to close the gap a little more in 2018 as the villagers keep more or less the same panel of players that has served them well to this point.

Top order batsman Mike Erlank replaces Trevor Garwe as overseas player while the addition of Adam McDaid from Drummond is a major coup.

Lee Ritchie returns to the village club after his action-packed season at Ballyspallen last time.

Chairman Brian Allen was upbeat about the season ahead but insisted that the growth of the game in and around the village remained priority number one.

"All three of our adult teams finished mid-table in their respective leagues last year and it is our hope that they can improve and progress this season.

"The club remains strongly committed to building a solid cricket foundation in the village which will ultimately and undoubtedly benefit North West cricket generally.

"Once again we have approximately 20 players (male and female) in the various Ireland and Warrior Academy squads, from U-11's right up to Ireland International Stuart Thompson.

"Stuart is club captain again for the incoming season while we also have a new professional in 27-year old South African Mike Erlank, a batting/off-spinning all rounder.

"Mike's career figures are very impressive and all our club members look forward to welcoming him this season.

"Lee Ritchie is returning to the club this season and will be a tremendous asset to the squad.

"On top of that, Adam McDaid is joining us from Drummond. Adam wants to play his cricket in the Premier League and he will also add undoubted quality to the squad.

"We continue to field three youth teams and a ladies team. There are a lot of talented players in our youth ranks and they will compliment our three teams as they start filtering into those at various levels."

With so many imponderables to consider the villagers are one of the sides now best equipped to challenge the 'big hitters'.

What they have lacked most of all up to now has been that extra step between chasing the pacesetters and catching them.

They will have few better opportunities to make it a season to remember.