GLENDERMOTT

  • Skipper- Gordon Montgomery
  • Overseas player: Keshan Wijerathne
  • Ins- Keshan Witherathne, Gareth Burns, Ryan Barr, Scott Laird, Reece Laird, Curtis Cooke
  • Outs- Todd Killen

It's a return to the Premier Division for the first time in five years for the Rectory boys after an impressive league campaign last time around.

Experience proved to be the key during that promotion drive and it seems as though Gordon Montgomery has targeted more of the same for this summer.

'Goofer' has retained the services of the Cooke brothers and indeed Gordon's son, Curtis, will join his dad and two uncles to add to the family flavour at the Bonds Street club.

The bowling is strengthened with the addition of Gareth Burns and Ryan Barr- two men who have plenty of overs in the top flight under their belts.

New overseas player Kishan Wijerathne also looks a useful new-ball option; the Sri Lankan one of six new faces heading to the Rectory.

Skipper Montgomery is hoping that his side will be competitive on their return to the top table as he weighed up their close season business.

"A very constructive last few weeks leaves us in a strong position as we return to the North West Premiership. We are not just there to make up numbers but feel we are capable of beating anyone on our day.

"With the recent refurbishment of the clubhouse and future ground expansion proposals in place, we have big plans for the club going forward.

"Everyone is looking forward to next week's friendly against Muckamore and the season ahead generally. With a squad of about15 players, competition for places will make it even more intriguing.

"The Transfer Window has definitely now closed however!"

It is fantastic for North West cricket supporters to see Premiership matches back at Glendermott.

This is a hard-working club who are investing heavily in their future and they are to be applauded for that.

They will be nobody's mugs and are likely to do enough to stay out of trouble, and it will be no surprise to see them claim the odd big scalp this summer.