BRIGADE

  • Skipper- Andy Britton
  • Overseas player- None
  • Ins- Rachit Gaur, Ross Allen
  • Outs- None

It was a largely successful season at Beechgrove last time with the Waterside club taking home two of the three domestic trophies- the senior cup and the Faughan Valley.

It could so easily have been all three but for the brilliance of Bready and the fact that Brigade managed to pick up just 15 of the 125 points available to them from five league matches in the month of June.

Regardless of that it was a summer to remember.

Their top order didn't always fire but the middle and lower order had more than enough quality to dig them out when they needed it.

There are two new faces ahead of the 2019 campaign and a couple of very good players they are as well.

Ross Allen joins the ranks after a successful stint in Australia over the summer. The left arm spinner is of course a more than useful batting option as well and he looks sure to improve the cup holders.

A similar comment applies to Rachit Gaur- the former Railway Union man having spent last summer at Strabane. Gaur is another player capable of changing a game and if he finds his bearings in his new surroundings will help make Brigade very hard to beat.

Andy Britton continues as skipper and there looks to be a good balance to the side, albeit it is unclear if Niall McDonnell will be available for the full season.

Brigade will be most people's favourites for the major trophies once again this season, but as always, much will depend on finding that level of consistency.