Derriaghy

  • Captain - Mark Stinson
  • Players In - Jordan Wade (Downpatrick)
  • Players Out - none
  • Player to Watch - Matthew Halliday

Derriaghy are expected to be among the major contenders for the Section One title and have added to their squad this season with Jordan Wade coming from Downpatrick.

Mark Stinson wears the captain's armband in 2021 and he goes into the campaign with optimism, especially happy to have secured the services of Wade.

"Jordan is an explosive batsman and will be a great addition into our team," began Stinson. "He is capable of taking games away from teams and in any format we hope can bolster the top of the order.

"The prospect of seeing Jordan Wade and Craig Lewis batting together for any period of time is something I look forward to watching.

"Having finished joint top of the shortened seasoned last year, only to lose on overall NRR, gives us the push this year to compete for one of the top two spots to gain promotion to the Premier League.

"The boys have worked hard in what has been a short time frame of training prior to the season. We are a tight knit team, with plenty of youth about but at the same time some senior players to lead from the front. This mixture of players will hopefully lead us to success this season.

Craig Lewis of Derriaghy gets the Section One trophy

"An exciting prospect for me this season is watching Matthew Halliday play. Matthew has played for us regularly the past two seasons, but having trained with the Northern Knights youth set up has matured well and has come of age.

"He is a very talented batsman as well as wicket keeper and is definitely one to keep an eye on this season and the future at only 17 years old. He has impressed me in pre season nets and canít wait to see him in match scenarios.

Matthew Halliday batting

"Away from the firsts, the club this year has seen an increased number of U11 and U13 players attend coaching which definitely bodes well for the future. This has coincided with a number of our U21 members going through their coaching qualifications and assisting with training.

"This is positive to see not only for our club, but for the sport in general. Cricket is normally down the pecking order when is comes to which sport to pick, so it is encouraging to see such high numbers attending."

Derriaghy begin their campaign with an away trip to Ballymena, in the hope of kick-starting their season with a win.