WARINGSTOWN

  • Captain; Lee Nelson 
  • Ins; Graham Hume (Coleraine)
  • Outs; James Hall (Woodvale)
  • Overseas Professional; Andre Malan (South Africa)
  • Young players to watch: The Topping brothers, Morgan and Sam.

Waringstown will have to cope without the services of their all-time leading run scorer James Hall for the 2021 season, but they have two top quality signings that will be boost their all-round strength and depth.

While Hall's departure is an undoubted body blow, the pain will have been eased by having Andre Malan as their overseas player. A proven talent who averaged 55 with the bat in his time at CSNI (including nine centuries), while also picking up 84 wickets at just under 18.

His fellow countryman was the glue that held Coleraine together in his time in the NW and he will be a real handful for NCU top orders with his new ball ability.

Hume is also proven at interprovincial level and featured on the recent Ireland Wolves tour of Bangladesh. The left-hander is also a very handy middle-order batsman who hits the ball with great power.

Waringstown captain Lee Nelson with the All-Ireland Cup

"We were delighted to be able to bring in Andre and Graham for this season and Iím sure their arrival will give us an extra impetus that we havenít had in a few years with both their natural all round ability," said Waringstown captain Lee Nelson.

"James Hall was obviously a huge servant to us and we wish him well on his new venture but Iím confident in the talent coming through that we have in place a plan to be able to replace that over the coming years.

"In my opinion the NCU will be as strong as it has been in years and we will have to be at our very best week in week out to ensure we are challenging for trophies come the end of the season."