Following on from the acquisition of Stuart Thompson, CSNI have signed batsman Ross Adair from Holywood ahead of the 2020 season.

The 25-year-old has long been considered one of the best players outside of the Premier League and would have attracted much interest following Holywood’s relegation to Section Two in 2019.

Older brother of Ireland all-rounder Mark, Ross has his own international honours having represented Ireland up to Under-19 level.

A hard-hitting opening batsman, Adair showcased his talent in full last season, scoring half-centuries against Downpatrick (twice), Armagh and Woodvale before smashing 153 against the eventual Section One champions in July.

That form earned him a call-up to the Emerging Knights squad for matches against the North West and Leinster (which were postponed without a ball being bowled) and a fixture against Ireland U19, where he scored 80 from 50 deliveries.

Also providing the option of some handy spin, Adair could establish a dynamic opening partnership with Marc Ellison, who won the Larry Warke Trophy for batting last season, at Stormont.

“When it became evident that Ross wanted to play Premier League cricket, we were immediately keen to see if we could get him to Stormont,” said Gary Wilson.

“It’s great that he has agreed to join us after having I’m sure no shortage of teams looking to sign him.

“We know how destructive he can be and are looking forward to having him with us.”

It will further bolster CSNI’s options after announcing Andre Malan won’t be returning as overseas professional and losing both Aaron Wright and Morgan Topping to Waringstown last week.

Adair is also a talent on the rugby field, playing currently for Ballynahinch in All-Ireland Division 1A and was named Ulster Rugby Club Player of the Year for the 2018/19 season.

Following a spell with Jersey, Adair also turns out for Ulster A, who he helped reach the Celtic Cup final in October.