TERENURE

Looking ahead to the 2020 season, Terenure are in quite a fortunate position to have still benefited from a number of new players coming into the club. When added to the squad which went on a run to the National Cup semi-final last season, there is confidence within the club that they can compete well again in the shortened season.

Terenure won't be able to avail of 2018 overseas player Sean O'Connor who was due back this season, while 2019 season record-breaker Jack Webster has left the country.

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However they are hoping it will provide an opportunity for more local players to make their mark.

First XI captain Donal Vaughan added, "we were fortunate last season to have someone as good as Jack with us, after a couple of difficult seasons his runs really dragged us into many games and helped give us a lot more confidence that we can compete again at senior level. It was a really enjoyable season.

"I was hugely impressed when I came back to the club in 2018 with some of the younger players in the club, but we needed some support and I am thrilled to have a number of new players come in again to strengthen our first and second XI squads. There's competition for spots that just hasn't been there.

"T20 cricket hasn't been a major focus for us over the last couple of seasons so we're looking forward to developing our skills and learning as much as we can over the next two months."

The up-and-comers in the squad include emerging academy batsman Sťamus Lynch, who is likely to be one to look out for across the whole province with this season's curtailed T20 format.

Seamers Aidan Doyle, Patrick Ryan and Dylan Cleary had some limited exposure to first team cricket in 2018, and all made significantly more impact last season and Terenure will be hoping they can continue this upward trend in the coming season.

These three along with batsman Sol Bell-Megaw have all benefited from the cancellation of exams which would otherwise have caused major disruption to their seasons.

Terenure have the capacity to cause a few shocks with their young guns, and with the pressure off could well thrive.