BREADY

  • Skipper- Davy Scanlon
  • Overseas player- Irosh Samarasooriya
  • Ins- Marcus Poskitt
  • Outs- Craig Young, Ryan Barr

The new North West champions enjoyed a year to savour in 2018 and no doubt having tasted title success they will be desperate now for more.

The nucleus of the team remains the same although the loss of Craig Young in particular is a real blow.

Ryan Barr impressed last season too and his departure doesn't help either, however the addition of Marcus Poskitt was a genuine surprise.

Skipper Scanlon was delighted to have secured the services of the former Coleraine batsman and said his side was relishing the opportunity to defend their title.

"Marcus is an excellent signing for Bready and it shows the leaps and bounds the club is making when a player of his calibre wants to come and play here.

"His addition strengthens our batting department, which people saw as our weakness last year. Along with Andy Austin, Davy Rankin, Irosh, Jamie Magee and Ross Dougherty we feel that's a really decent top six.

"The bowling will be as strong as ever despite losing the two boys. Conor Olphert has come on very well in the past 12 months and Greg McFaul has benefitted a lot from Warriors and U-19 winter training.

"Reece Kelly will play a bigger role this year and Marc McCloskey is one of a number of others pushing for a spot in the side.

"We're looking forward to defending our title including a tough first fixture (v Brigade) that the boys are relishing."

All in all last year's title win was no fluke and Bready could well go close again. Now that they have the experience of winning the league under their belts they will be determined to do everything they can to defend it.