Carrickfergus

  • Last season - 3rd
  • Captain - Michael Gilmour
  • Players out - Jack Burton, Harry Warke, Max Burton, Matthew McCord
  • Players in - Neil Gill, Michael Armstrong
  • One-to-watch - Ashton Clark

Carrickfergus who finished third in last year’s Premiership behind CIYMS and North Down will surely find it challenging to repeat that placing in this shortened season.

Michael Gilmour takes the reins again but has lost his talisman Jacques Snyman who like so many other ‘professionals’.remains in South Africa.

Snyman’s 1085 runs and 24 wickets will be hard to replace but with CJ van der Walt and Jamie Holmes in the line up alongside the evergreen Ryan Eagleson there should still be runs and wickets in the bank.

Moving on to pastures new are Jack Burton and Harry Warke who are heading to newly promoted Woodvale. No surprise that Warke is back at the club which his father and grandfather captained.

More of a surprise is the fact that Jack’s younger brother Max is also moving on alongside Matty McCord who is returning to his former team, both heading down the leagues to Section One side Cliftonville Academy.

McCord had a taste of representative action with the Northern Knights last year and Burton was named as the North West Warriors keeper although in the end didn’t play a game for them.

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Both will hope and expect to contribute heavily to the Cliftonville Academy cause in the lower section.

Some gaps to fill at Carrick then, but of course Neil Gill has arrived from Muckamore to take the new ball and has been joined by Michael Armstrong who played at Carrick 2014-2015.

Michael, originally from Frinton CC in Essex is like Gill an opening bowler, and is now permanently settled with a teaching job in Northern Ireland.

One to watch for will be youngster Ashton Clark, the son of Michael Clark, who had spells as professional at a number of NCU clubs in the past.

Ashton is a 15yr old batter/keeper who may get a chance ‘with the gloves’ this year.