Phoenix Cricket Club

  • Skipper: Adam Chester
  • Overseas Player: Poonish Metha (Merrion)
  • Ins: Nicklaus Pretorius (The Hills), James Shannon (Instonians), Simi Singh (YMCA), Digamber Mishra (Railway Union).
  • Outs: Tom, Rory and Ian Anders (YMCA), Reinhardt Strydom (Lisburn), Brad Kneebone (Pro).

After a troubled 2018, Phoenix have made major changes on and off the field and go into the new campaign with a renewed sense of vigour.

While the loss of the Anders' brothers, Reinhardt Strydom and Brad Kneebone is an undoubted blow, they have invested to bring some high profile names to the club.

Last season's leading wicket taker in the region Poonish Mehta joins as overseas professional from Merrion, while Irish internationals James Shannon and Simi Singh give solidity and quality to the batting.

Interpro player Nic Pretorius returns, while Digamber Mishra joins from Railway Union.

Looking ahead to the new season, new Head Coach Stephen Moreton told CricketEurope.

"The Winds of Change have blown through Phoenix Cricket Club over the winter, and we are looking forward to take a step back towards the forefront of Leinster and Irish cricket.

"We are investing across the club, in every area and looking to build sustainably over the long run. It will take some time to establish our identity - but the opposition can expect us to be extremely competitive in every game.

"A major focus will be getting the Second XI back up to Division 3, so our younger players and fringe first teamers can compete at a higher level.

"The strongest teams, Clontarf, Merrion and Pembroke will all be vying for the trophies, they have established sides and will expect to perform well.

"We certainly won’t be giving anyone an inch, but our priorities are different for 2019. We are bullish about our young players, who have serious potential - and have a far better support structure around them to prosper."

Phoenix start the season with an away day trip to College Park to face Dublin University on Saturday.