• Captain: Jack Tector
  • Coach: Alan Lewis/John Moffatt
  • Players Out: Tom Fisher
  • Players In: Jarred Barnes, SJ and Wilhelm De Clerk
  • Overseas player: Oliver Gunning overseas
  • Young Players to watch: Mitchell Thompson after a strong winter away along with Tim Tector & Cillian McDonnell.

YMCA are expected to be there or thereabouts after a strong end to 2017.

While the club have lost a great servant in Tom Fisher who has emigrated to Singapore, the signings of Jarred Barnes and the De Klerk brothers from Malahide more than compensate for that.

Barnes is an experienced opening bowler originally from South Africa, and he has represented the Warriors at inter-provincial level. 

The De Klerks are very talented cricketers who are predicted to have very bright futures in the game.

Once again Oliver Gunning, an Australian with genuine Irish ambitions arrives as their overseas player.

The club have a thriving youth section under the expert eye of Kamal Merchant, which is the envy of many in Ireland.

Jack Tector has the skipper's armband for the coming campaign and he's optimistic that the season will go well.

"We finished the season strongly last year so hoping to continue where we left off.

"It's brilliant to see Simi Singh have a great winter with the Irish team and he brings a wealth of experience to us."

In the ultra competitive world of Premier cricket in the province there is once again very little to choose between the teams, but you would expect the Claremont Road side to be challenging for major honours.