ST JOHNSTON

  • Skipper- Ian Macbeth
  • Ins- None
  • Outs- David Anthony
  • Overseas player- None

Things have been relatively quiet at the Boathole for the past couple of seasons and the Saints are another club set to work with a similar squad as last time.

In their favour however is the fact that they have a couple of very talented young lads who have had a year of senior cricket under their belts heading into 2018.

Jack Macbeth could turn out to be a big player for the Donegal men in years to come and Jamie Robinson and Scott Devenney are others that Ian Macbeth has flagged up as ones for the future.

The skipper is also pleased that he won't be quite so badly hampered with players returning late from University this summer and feels that overall they should be more competitive.

"I'm expecting the Uni boys and our younger guys to come back with a vengeance this season" he began.

"Andrew Mcelhatton, Josh Cole and Michael Rankin are all very capable of stepping up a level and I personally think David Lapsley is set for a big season this year now that he doesn't have the captaincy to bother about.

"We're hoping that Jack Macbeth and Jacob Maroske carry on their good form from last season and I'm keen to give young Jamie and Scott their chance in the first team.

"We also have an Aussie family recently arrived in the area and we've had a look at two of the young lads who could be useful bowlers. Other than that the old dogs are still about to anchor the boat.

"Losing David Anthony to Ardmore is definitely a blow but we're optimistic with the experience and youth in our team that we'll be ok this season. We're looking forward to getting stuck in!"

There's not much to add to that really- you know what you're going to get when you meet the Saints and they will be a handful for most sides again in 2018.

In an open looking Division they are likely to improve on their last couple of Championship campaigns.