BALBRIGGAN

  • Club Captain - Duane Harper
  • 20/20 Captain - Shami Ahmed
  • Overseas Player Coach - Tymycen Maruma
  • 1st Team Manager - Paddy Martin
  • Players In - Khalid Bilal, Emad Uddin
  • Players Out - Mudassar Aziz, Cian Nulty
  • Young players to Watch - Justin Kavanagh, Adam Keefe, Connor Fletcher, Emad Udden, Kashif Ali.

Balbriggan have been one of the success stories of Leinster and Irish cricket in recent years, making great strides both on and off the pitch, and that looks set to continue in 2018.

A club spokesperson outlined the exciting developments taking pace at the club as he looked forward to the start of the season.

"As a club we are very much looking forward to 2018. We have developed hugely over the past 6 or 7 years on and off the pitch and that will continue in 2018. Off the pitch this year we will be investing in new wicket and outfield mowers, Roll on Covers, mounting the scoreboard, updating sightscreens, and purchasing new coaching and practice equipment including a mobile net to compliment our artificial practice nets.

"We are reviewing our Junior Coaching with the aim of implementing a new structure which will give our junior players the support and expertise needed to develop into the best players they can be. We will also be supporting our volunteer club coaches and players to develop themselves as coaches through introductory, Level 2 and Level 3 coaching courses.

"The 1st Team Squad has a nice blend with the experience of Duane Harper, Shami Ahmed, Khalid Bilal, Adrian Harper, Tim Maruma, Abdul Samad and Farooq Nasr to compliment the youth of Connor Fletcher, Adam Keefe, Kashif Ali, Justin Kavanagh and Emad Udden.

"Connor Fletcher is now permanently settled in Ireland and will be looking to build on his form from 2017 and break into the Leinster Lightning squads after a winter playing in the Old Pretoria Boy’s Premier side.

"Adam Keefe who by his own admission had a disappointing 2017 is determined 2018 will be a big year for him. We also expect Irish University player Kashif Ali to play a significant role in our seam attack this season.

"Justin Kavanagh continues his development and plans to make a 1st place his own this season after he finishes his exams. Khalid Bilal returns to spearhead our bowling after a year living and playing in the UK.

"Emad Uddin who played international cricket for Saudi Arabia and is now studying in Ireland joins and is keen to make an impact on Irish Cricket.

"Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe A and Mountaineers Top order Bat and Leg Spinner Tim Maruma is our Overseas Player for 2018 and the Level 3 Coach is keen to make a difference both on the field and through coaching at all levels of the club."

Skipper Duane Harper has high hopes for 2018 adding: “ We feel we are stronger this year and expect the team to train hard every week and that will lead to the right results on the pitch.

"There isn’t a side in the division we fear and if we get a positive start we feel we will be pushing hard for promotion at the end of the summer."