Chris Hayes is back at the helm for the Belfast side, who are laying solid foundations for the future with their much vaunted youth structures and programmes.

Hayes was the successful skipper when the club gained promotion from Section Two in 2016.

The club have lost two major players in Ross Adair who has joined CSNI, while Kyle Walsh is also off to the Premiership with Woodvale.

"For us its really a question of two to four years patience until the first group of boys who are products of the Club Academy are old enough to play senior cricket," said a club spokesperson.

"Weve had around 360 children from age 3 to to 15 register with us since the beginning of the 2019 season. Our Club Junior Academy is taking shape thanks to excellent relationships with Rockport School and Sullivan Upper School who provide their facilities as bases.

"This year James Shannon took the role as Lead Technical Coach of the Club Academy for age 9+, assisted by Mike Grossett (NCU U9s head coach).

"This enormous growth in numbers channeled through the club Academy is due to the amazing efforts of Philip Wilson as Lead Schools Coach and John Hunter as Lead Coach of our innovative CRICKETEERS programme (age 5 to 9)."

Well done to Holywood for their superb initiatives which will hopefully bear fruit for them in years to come.