NORTH DOWN

  • Captain: Ally Shields
  • Ins: Tom Mayes, Aniruddha Chore
  • Outs: Ruhan Pretorius, Jamie Magowan, Aditya Adey.
  • Overseas Professional: Gayan Maneeshan

It's been a busy close season at Comber, with major signings and also high profile departures.

The club enjoyed a successful 2020, winning the Premier League Cup, their first silverware since 2013, while losing in the T20 final.

The three new arrivals will bolster an already strong side, with Irish internationals Craig Young and Paul Stirling.

Sri Lankan Gayan Maneeshan  is a top-order batsman who averages just under 37 in first-class cricket, with 21 fifties and eight centuries. The 29 year-old also keeps wickets and bowls useful spin, and is sure to be a real asset at Comber.

2020 League winners North Down

He has UK experience, having played two seasons in England with Chorley and one in Scotland with Drumpellier.

Joining him is Irish passport holding South Africa seam bowler Tom Mayes. The 19 year-old has previously played for the South African Schools Colts and looks an exciting prospect.

Completing the trio, is Indian born Aniruddha Chore who has represented Oman A. The 29 year-old wicket-keeper batsman played the last of his ten first-class matches for Vidarbha in 2015, with a highest score of 157 - clearly a talented player. He now lives locally with his wife who works in the banking industry.

On the debit side Ruhan Pretorius has joined Woodvale along with Aditya Adey, while Jamie Magowan has also departed, returning to Muckamore.

"We are really looking forward to the season," said club captain Alistair Shields.

"It was good to finish last year with a trophy so looking to build on that whilst giving all of our guys opportunities with the bat and ball.

"One to watch for us would be Carl Robinson after breaking into the Knights last year. He was the dominant spinner in the league last season. And of course Tom Mayes who will no doubt enjoy bowling at the Green where the pitches should be to his liking."