With a new Ireland Head Coach now in situ and an historic first Test match against Pakistan on the horizon there is probably no better time for players to find a vein of form.
Graham Ford probably has a good idea of the team he wants on the field at Malahide on 11 May but he is probably also aware that in Craig Young he has a bowling option as good as any in the country when he’s on all cylinders.
The Bready seamer has been plagued by injury for most of the past 12 months but he looked as fit as a flea on Saturday when he was tearing through Donemana’s top order as the Magheramason men stunned the reigning champions for the second year running.
Young was at times unplayable, finishing with figures of 6-10; knocking the stumps over six times on the way to that handsome return. Yet he played the whole thing down when he spoke about it after the game.
“It was great to get six wickets and even better to record a win like that first up against Donemana. It sets us up for the summer ahead but it’s only one win so we know we have to keep going with the same levels as this throughout the season.”
Asked if he felt it would enhance his Ireland chances the Warriors man was forthright in his view. “Donemana are a great side but no matter how good they are, this is club cricket. I need to show what I can do at the next level and then try to do it again at International level. That’s how it works and thankfully I have a couple of chances between now and the Test to prove myself at a higher level as well.
“I’m working hard with Rob Cassell and it is helping me a lot. I’m feeling the improvement. The pace, balance and momentum feels like it’s coming together.”
With a couple of warm up games this week and then a 3-day Interprovincial game against Leinster Lightning in Wicklow the following week there is time for Young to bag one of those precious Test places.
As for Bready he concluded, “I wish whatever it is we have when Donemana come here that we could take it with us everywhere!”