ARDMORE

  • Skipper- Peter Harrigan
  • Overseas player- Peet Pienaar
  • Ins- Peet Pienaar, Jared Wilson
  • Outs- Stephen Dunn, David Anthony, Grant Mokowena.

It was to be a disappointing 2018 for the Bleachgreen side, culminating in relegation to the Championship in the end-of-season play-off.

Not even the presence of Decker Curry could keep Gary Neely's men safe but the powers-that-be at the Green will be hoping that Curry opts for one last hurrah as they bid to bounce straight back up.

Ardmore may have just pulled a rabbit from the hat with the addition of Irish passport holder Jared Wilson, a 19 year old South African who lives and works in the North West.

Wilson is a pace bowling all- rounder and he will be joined at the club by new overseas man Peet Pienaar.

Pienaar, from Johannesburg, is a 20-year old wicket-keeper and opening batsman who arrives with a lofty reputation.

Stevie Dunn has left to join Eglinton while David Anthony has returned to St Johnston. Kevin Martin, who played just a handful of games at the start of last campaign has also signed on the dotted line for the Donegal club.

It is unclear whether or not Steve Lazars will return, however Ryan Brolly will be available for the full season, which is a solid boost.

Peter Harrigan is a surprise choice as skipper, however a spokesman for Ardmore said they were confident he could handle the job with little fuss.

"We felt it was time to give youth a chance and Peter will have plenty of experience around him. He is continuing to develop as a player himself and the extra responsibility could well help him.

"Our aims for the season are to make a swift return to the Premiership and maybe win a cup along the way. If you're looking for a player to watch at Ardmore this year it could well be 16-year old Conor King."

Ardmore will be hot favourites to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, but another protracted battle with Fox Lodge looks on the cards.