The Comber-based club finished sixth after picking up 20 points from 14 games (5 wins, 6 losses, 3 no results), and reached the final of the Twenty20 Cup before a seven wicket loss to Waringstown.

Here, Moreland reflects on the 2018 season, looks back at his career and names who his replacement will be.

How do you feel the 2018 campaign went?

It wasnít that good to be honest. We started well, but we should have done better. We had three void games which doesnít help.

What do you put the poor season down to then?

We just werenít consistent enough. The talent is there, but we just werenít consistent enough with bat and ball.

A major positive was the form of Ruhan Pretorious though wasnít it?

He is a fantastic professional. I think he is the best in the league. He scored over 1000 runs for us this year and took over 30 wickets, so he certainly performed.

How important is it that Ruhan has re-signed for the 2019 campaign?

He is very important. We are going to be minus a couple of guys next season I would imagine.

You have announced that you are going to retire from 1st XI action. Did you just feel it was the right time to step down?

Yes. It is something I had been thinking about for a while.

When you look back on your career, are you happy with all you achieved? You won a lot of trophies.

Of course. I am very happy with it. The only thing that disappoints me is that I never won the Irish Cup with North Down. Thatís the only negative thing.

You have played in some fantastic teams down the years.

I played in some great teams. Taimur Khan was probably the best player Iíve played with or against. When he arrived over in his first few seasons, Taimur was very good.

Who will be taking over now?

Alistair Shields will be taking over. He looked after the Twenty20 stuff this year and last year, so he has done a bit already. He has matured a good bit and is scoring runs, so he is a good person to step into the role.

Do you feel the team are in a good position to achieve big things in 2019?

The team is young enough, so itís just about them getting the consistency. The talent is there, itís just using it week in, week out, which has been a problem for the past few seasons. You would be looking to see if they can get any new faces, so you never know what will happen over the winter.

Are you looking forward to dropping down to the 2nds?

When I was on the 1sts and not starred, I always played when I could for the 2nds because I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to it. There are three or four young guys that are 15/16 that need to push on, so hopefully they can do that. The 2nds are back in Junior One, so it will be a good standard playing against guys who have been there and done it. Hopefully we can win a Junior Cup!

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Top Run Aggregates

# Name Club Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Runs
1 R Pretorius N Down 21 21 3 1067 188 59.28 956 111.61 3 5 - 125 29 1067
2 A Shields N Down 20 20 2 650 83* 36.11 653 99.54 - 6 1 89 5 650
3 D Graham N Down 18 18 1 551 126* 32.41 739 74.56 2 1 - 55 5 551
4 Ryan Haire N Down 19 18 3 435 59 29.00 444 97.97 - 3 2 48 15 435
5 P Eakin N Down 21 19 4 306 57 20.40 326 93.87 - 4 3 18 12 306
6 C Robinson N Down 21 18 2 248 44 15.50 403 61.54 - - 1 25 2 248
7 S Nelson N Down 21 15 2 203 48 15.62 382 53.14 - - - 16 1 203
8 P Davison N Down 20 13 3 77 22* 7.70 136 56.62 - - 3 1 6 77
9 M Grossett N Down 18 10 7 63 31* 21.00 133 47.37 - - 2 5 1 63
10 J Hunter N Down 7 5 1 53 34 13.25 136 38.97 - - - 3 - 53
11 M Moreland N Down 21 8 3 48 22* 9.60 65 73.85 - - 1 2 3 48
12 R Ewing N Down 2 2 1 30 15* 30.00 14 214.29 - - - 2 2 30
13 H Coulter N Down 7 3 1 22 11* 11.00 46 47.83 - - 1 1 - 22
14 S Irvine N Down 3 1 1 4 4* - 2 200.00 - - - - - 4
15 Mathhew Gibson N Down 1 1 - 2 2 2.00 21 9.52 - - - - - 2
16 Gavin Anderson N Down 2 1 - 1 1 1.00 19 5.26 - - - - - 1

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Top Wicket Takers

# Name Club Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM wds nbs Wkts
1 R Pretorius N Down 21 132.5 14 623 33 5-27 18.88 4.69 24.15 2 - 37 6 33
2 P Eakin N Down 21 103.4 6 602 22 4-18 27.36 5.81 28.27 - - 26 1 22
3 P Davison N Down 20 94 4 551 18 3-22 30.61 5.86 31.33 - - 23 - 18
4 S Nelson N Down 21 38.1 1 236 15 3-18 15.73 6.18 15.27 - - 11 - 15
5 M Moreland N Down 21 101.2 6 591 15 4-38 39.40 5.83 40.53 - - 9 1 15
6 C Robinson N Down 21 84.1 4 442 13 3-18 34.00 5.25 38.85 - - 13 3 13
7 M Grossett N Down 18 75 10 325 12 2-13 27.08 4.33 37.50 - - 12 - 12
8 Ryan Haire N Down 19 53 3 217 11 3-10 19.73 4.09 28.91 - - 2 - 11
9 A Shields N Down 20 13.4 1 73 3 3-32 24.33 5.34 27.33 - - 7 - 3
10 A McCrory N Down 1 2.4 - 9 2 2-9 4.50 3.38 8.00 - - - - 2
11 S Irvine N Down 3 1.1 - 2 1 1-2 2.00 1.71 7.00 - - - - 1
12 H Coulter N Down 7 4 - 25 - 0-25 - 6.25 - - - 4 - 0