Balbriggan have appointed former Irish international Andre Botha as their Head Coach and Director of Cricket.

The 45 year-old had a glittering career both domestically in Leinster cricket and internationally with Ireland.

He played 142 times for his adopted country between 2001 and 2011, retiring after the World Cup.

(Andre Botha)

He scored 3606 runs and took 176 wickets - both good enough for 12th in the all-time Irish aggregates, marking him as one of the best players ever.

A level 3 coach, he has fulfilled a variety of roles since leaving Ireland, being Head Coach for Malawi and is currently Director Of Cricket for Krugersdorp School, Head Coach at Khosa Sports Club CC in  his native South Africa.

A statement on the Balbriggan website announced the move saying"

"As a club we have come a long way on and off the pitch over the past ten years and we feel strongly that the appointment of a Coach of the calibre of Andre is the next step in our development as a club.

We have a strong group of young Senior Players and an excellent group of Junior players who will all benefit massively from Andre’s coaching and guidance.

"Both the club and Andre consider this appointment the beginning of a long term commitment and a project to develop Balbriggan C.C. into one of the top clubs in Irish cricket. Andre brings a massive amount of knowledge and experience to our club and we are delighted that he has accepted the role."