Jim Bennett has been unveiled as Cricket Leinster President Elect, and will succeed Stella Downes when her term ends.

The former Head Teacher has been a driving force in youth cricket for Ireland over many decades, and in recent times has been prominent in not only recording the history of the game, but also in delivering various safeguarding courses.

He has forged a deserved reputation as one of the most tireless and dedicated volunteers in Leinster and Irish cricket, where his work, particularly in the sphere of youth cricket is legendary.

Bennett's contribution to the game has seen him collect awards not only from Cricket Ireland, "Outstanding contribution to Irish crcket'  but also ICC, with the world governing body presenting him 'Lifetime Service Award' in 2016.

The Hills' stalwart told CricketEurope of his pride at being nominated for the prestigious role.

(Jim Bennett)

"I thank Stella Downes for nominating me and the clubs in Leinster for sanctioning my appointment," said Bennett.

I'm delighted to accept it on my own behalf, on behalf of my family and The Hills CC.

"I'm very grateful to all who have sent goodwill messages during past few days."

(Joe Doherty congratulates Jim Bennett)

In other good news revealed by the Union in recent days, Fingal will have a centre of excellence based at Balbriggan.

This new venture, the brainchild of Brian O'Rourke, will provide young cricketers from Malahide, Rush, North County, The Hills and Balbriggan with weekly sessions.

In South Dublin, Cricket Leinster's Naomi Scott-Hayward has spearheaded the delivery of cricket session to over 800 pupils, despite fears that the programme would be cancelled.

Well done all.