Holywood approach the 2018 Season with renewed optimism about the playing strength of the Club and about the foundations that are being laid with Schools and the Community for many years to come.
The arrivals of Nathan Burns and Paddy Beverland, combined with the existing Holywood batsmen of Mark Adair, Philip McCormick, Ricky Kerrigan, Chris Hayes, Jordan Wilson, Andy Haire and Paddy Park create a competitive environment that will raise standards and push the hard working younger players (Ben James, Callum Walsh, Jack Chrishop) to higher levels of performance.
Unfortunately Ross Adair will be unavailable for most if not all Summer due to injury and Mark Best will have limited availability due to Rugby with the Jersey Reds.
Regarding the bowlers, the 1st Team will be lead by Kyle Walsh and Mark Adair, aided by other seam bowling options of Thomas Anderson, Jack Chrishop, Callum Walsh, Wesley Hurn, Ron DeFreitas and Philip McCormick.
Jordan Wilson and Andy Haire provide the needed variety with their slow bowling options. David Kennedy is unavailable in 2018 following the birth of his 2nd child.
After a period where the Club's Junior Section and relationships with schools were neglected, the seeds have been planted in 2018 on a much wider scale with 9 local Primary / Prep Schools and 3 Secondary School Departments to produce many crops of players in the years to come.
Holywood are very excited to build on these relationships through its "Mini World Cup" day of KWIK Cricket on May 25th at Seapark and, it is hoped, the establishment of a schoolgirls cricket tournament sponsored by the Club.