CIYMS

  • Captain: Nigel Jones
  • Overseas player: Keith Dudgeon (South Africa)
  • Head Coach: Ian Butler
  • Players in: Ross Adair (CSNI)
  • Players out: Dave Miller (Lisburn)

The Belmont club have been predominant in the silverware stakes over the past decade and there's no reason to suspect it will be any different in 2022.

The club have made some exciting additions with the hard-hitting Ross Adair joining from CSNI, where he will hook up with his brother mark to give some real firepower.

Ian Butler who has played for New Zealand in all three formats is the new Head Coach, and although he mightn't take the field will certainly add experience and guile from the sidelines.

Keith Dudgeon is a right-arm fast bowler who has represented South Africa at U19 international level and is a prolific wicket-taker, as well as a useful late order powerful hitter.

The only exit is that of David Miller who has opted to join Lisburn.

"There have some really great appointments this year and it's an exciting time ahead of the new season," captain Nigel Jones told CricketEurope.

"We wish Dave Miller all the best as he leaves for Lisburn, while I's also like to give a special shout out to Trevor Britton. If we are lucky enough to get 'Ted' on the field this year it will be wonderful, but even if we can just have him around the club then that would be awesome.

"We had a busy winter planning, having a look at our squad and seeing where we could add to it. We identified we were lacking a bit of firepower with the ball, especially in the pace department, and with the bat, we wanted to continue the theme of having that aggressive approach, batting as deep as we can.

"With the addition of Ross and Keith, we cover those options nicely, along with the rest of the squad that we have.

"Carson McCullough is one to watch for us. He is a young left-arm spinner/batsman who has come through the system with us. We are looking to push him on and I've no doubt he will get opportunities with the firsts.

"John Matchett continues to improve his game year-on-year and steps up every time. He is maturing as a cricketer and a potential leader in time.

"I've got the reins again and It's very much going to be my mantra of one game at a time. We just look to the next game, win that and things take care of themselves and we will be in contention right across the board. If we stay injury free with the squad we have, we should knocking on the door of most competitions.

"Certainly, that's going to be our aim for the year, and we can't wait to get started on the 23rd."