CLONTARF

  • Captain: Andrew Poynter.
  • Players in: Kashif Ali and Ehteshan Ahmed both from Balbriggan.
  • Players out: None.
  • Young players to watch: Andrew Vincent, Ben McCabe, David Vincent and John McNally. 

Former Irish international Andrew Poynter is at the helm and he's preparing to give youth a chance in the abbreviated campaign.

(Andrew Poynter receives MOM award from Phil Simmons)

The Castle Avenue side have retained their 2019 squad and made two additions, with Kashif Ali and Ehtesham Ahmed joining from Balbriggan, although like most sides there will be no overseas player at the club.

"It is a real honour and I am very proud to be club captain of this great club," said Poynter after taking on the responsibility of captaincy.

"We have started training well since the regulations allowed us and had big numbers at every session. There is a real buzz around the place and an excitement to get back playing after lockdown.

"We have had a few members of the squad make themselves unavailable but that gives opportunity to others to play and make a name for themselves.

"Marco Marias won't be joining us as pro but we are looking forward to seeing him in a Clontarf Jersey in 2021. The club as a whole are looking forward to seeing some cricket soon. There has been lots of work going on behind the scenes to get training and matches started and we all really appreciate that in the 1st XI squad."

On young players to watch among the talented crop at the club, Poynter highlighted Andrew Vincent as someone who will make an impact, as well as three others.

"Ben McCabe, David Vincent and John McNally have all benefitted from winter training with Leinster and Irish squads and have grown in size and confidence since last season. I'm really looking forward to them breaking into the first team and making an impact."

Clontarf look to have a really nice blend of youth and experience and have shown themselves really adapt at the T20 format in the past, and should be well placed to compete for major honours again.