Woodvale have pulled off a stunning coup with the capture of opening batsman James Hall from Waringstown.

The Ballygomartin side have signed the former Irish international on a three-year deal.

(James Hall)

Hall, capped eight times between 2008 and 2010, first played for Waringstown in 2003 as a 14 year-old and in 18 seasons at The Lawn went on to become their record run scorer, overhauling Garfield Harrison and Ivan Anderson.

In total he scored 11 884 runs in 373 matches, which included 17 centuries and 69 fifties, averaging 36.45.

His highest score of 206 not out came against Academy in 2015, and was the start of a remarkable run of scores in a four-week period as he followed it up with 101 against CSNI, 125 against Galway, and 200 versus Carrickfergus, while also making 172 against Ballymena later in the campaign.

He was an integral part of the all conquering side which won four Irish Senior Cups in the space of eight years.

(James Hall with Adam Dennison)

He is also a useful off-spinner, claiming 265 wickets at 18.66, taking five wickets or more in an innings four times, with a best-bowling display of 6 for 42 versus Bangor in 2008.

The signing by Woodvale is a real statement of intent by the club, who are determined to remain and indeed prosper in the top flight after gaining promotion in 2019.