BALLYSPALLEN

  • Skipper – Adam McDaid
  • Overseas Player – Brendon Louw
  • Ins – B Louw, A McDaid, K Morrow, J Millar, D Waterstone, H Waterstone
  • Outs – D McCallum, G Burns

After a couple of seasons knocking on the door, it is a welcome return to the Premier Division for Ballyspallen.

The Roe Valley club have made a number of changes ahead of the new campaign; chief amongst them the addition of Adam McDaid, and the talented batsman has immediately been handed the armband ahead of the new season.

There's a change of overseas professional as well- Darnell McCallum no longer eligible to play for the Bridge Park outfit following their promotion to the Premier League.

His replacement is Brendan Louw, a 27-year old South African wicketkeeper/batsman who has some impressive figures at First Class level. Louw looks a quality addition and with Graham and Steven Kennedy and the Avrils-Mark and Craig still in the side, 'Spallen may well hold their own this year.

Others to come in include Kyle Morrow and Jamie Miller, both formerly of Drummond and Brigade duo Dylan and Harry Waterstone.

The new captain was upbeat ahead of the start of the campaign and said they were looking forward to testing themselves in the top flight of North West cricket.

"We are looking forward to this season, but we’re under no illusion that it will be tough. We have a young but very talented squad and no doubt we’ll be everyone’s favourite for relegation having gained promotion through the play-off" said McDaid.

"It’s nice to see Premiership cricket return to the Roe Valley, and we’ll be trying our best to ensure it remain here."

Whatever the season brings for 'Spallen it is important to acknowledge the hard work that has been put in over the last number of years by the committees and backroom team at the club.

They have done things the right way, having carried out extensive work to their ground and facilities over those last couple of years. At a time when cricket in the Roe Valley has been struggling, it is fantastic for the North West to see that all is far from lost.