INSTONIANS

  • Ins: Cian Robertson, Nathan Cole (St Johnston)
  • Outs: None
  • Overseas player: None
  • Young Players to Watch : We are fortunate to have a number of young players around the fringes of the first team squad. It’s up to them to be the ‘ones to watch’!

Instonians have a settled look about them, and the club will use the 2021 season to bring more of their much vaunted young players into the senior set-up.

Young South African spinner Cian Robertson now resides here with his family, while also joining from the North West is St Johnston opening bowler Nathan Cole.

"As a club we are excited about what lies ahead this season, not just for the 1st XI but potentially more importantly, for our 2nd XI players who will hopefully thrive on the success of last year," said club captain Andrew White.

Brian Walsh and Andrew White

"We go into the season with a pretty settled squad, however, with no promotion and relegation again this season we will continue to look at offering opportunities to players, not because of their age but because of their performances for the 2nd XI. That certainly won’t take away from our endeavour to be at the business end of all competitions and nor will it be an excuse.

"Cian Robertson who has been at the club previously, has travelled with his family from South Africa to set up home in Northern Ireland and he will bring a much needed left arm spin option. Nathan Cole has joined from St Johnston and will bolster the seam bowling department.

"As players we would like to recognise the hard work that has gone in behind the scenes at club and union level to get us playing cricket again."

More success for Instonians youth section

Instonians youth section are moving forward with ambitious plans following the appointment of James Cameron-Dow as Director of Youth Cricket.

"James has fitted in seamlessly and has been a brilliant addition to the youth section," added a club spokesperson. 

"Despite Covid, we are driving participation at all ages and abilities, to offer more quality coaching and matches for more boys and girls.

"Currently we are coaching more primary school kids than we have for a few years and have ambitions to spread the net further over the next 12 months.

"Having an experienced team of qualified coaches including Shane Getkate, James Shannon and Steven Crothers shows that we are serious about developing our own talent for years to come.

"There’s a great buzz around the club as a whole as we approach the start of the season."