BALLYSPALLEN

  • Captain: Andy Christie
  • Overseas professional: Damith Perera (Sri Lanka)
  • Players in: Jacob Logan-Wilson
  • Players out: Graham Kennedy (CIYMS)

The signing by Ballyspallen of Sri Lankan Damith Perera will help soften the blow of the loss of talismanic all-rounder Graham Kennedy.

Perera is a free-scoring left-handed top-order batsman/wicket-keeper, who averages over 40 in first-class cricket. Last August he hit centuries in both innings against Sinhalese Sports Club (113, 112*), becoming the 31st player to do so in Sri Lankan first-class cricket.

He has UK experience having played for Farnworth in the Bolton League in 2019. He was also due to play in Scotland for Greenock in the Western Premier Division before COVID struck.

His arrival will boost the playing strength at Ballyspallen, who suffered a major blow with Graham Kennedy's move to CIYMS.

Andy Christie skippers the side and he is optimistic about the future.

“The club has a great youth policy, as we have been sending coaches into local schools since 2014, and the result of this can be seen in the make-up of our first and second XI.'s," said Christie.

"We welcome Jacob Logan-Wilson back to his home club along with our overseas player Damith Perera, who will be a big influence on our young team, on and off the field, and we wish Graham well as he joins CIYMS.

"The club has worked hard in developing youth and we are now starting to reap the benefits. The new format this year, provides an ideal opportunity to give them experience at the highest level.

"They are a great bunch of young lads hungry to learn and take on board what you’re saying, making my job as captain straightforward”.

Ballyspallen are also branching out this year adding a Women's side.

"There’s a real buzz around the club and a great camaraderie. This year the club is entering a ladies team (for the first time) into the development league.

"We look forward to getting started and renewing acquaintances and hopefully some decent weather."

Ballyspallen begin the season with a home match against Ardmore on Saturday May 8th.