It has certainly been a winter of content at Newbuildings as former Brigade players Gareth McKeegan and Johnny Thompson made the switch to Foyleview in the close season.

Obviously the plan was to launch an assault on the promotion race to the Premier Division, however that now goes on hold until next season.

Instead, new skipper McKeegan said that the club was happy to get playing some meaningful cricket this summer and it would be all systems go for his side.

(Gareth McKeegan and Johnny Thompson)

"I'd like to say 'well done' to the North West for being able to make the best of a bad lot. They've found a good format too with everybody guaranteed a full programme of matches and a cup semi-final.

"Myself and Johnny aren't the only new faces in at Newbuildings. Ross Dougherty and Steven McCloskey come in as well while Graeme Robb returns after a couple of seasons away.

"Bobby Rao is here as Head Coach and that has been great for all of us. Bobby will be a big help to the younger lads like Trent (McKeegan) and Jason Dunn.

"There's a great buzz about the place now that we have a start date and we're looking forward to it. The place looks really well after yet more hard work from 'Mitch' and the team.

"I don't like singling anyone out but Ross Dougherty could be the one to watch. He's a quality player and has so much time to play his shots.

"Hopefully we'll get a good run at the group games and give ourselves a chance to win a trophy. That's the thing about T20 cricket- it can be a great leveller."

Newbuildings are in Group Two which will see them pit their wits against Brigade, Glendermott and St Johnston in what is certain to be a competitive environment.