STRABANE

  • Captain: Aaron Gillespie
  • Overseas professional: None
  • Players in: tbc
  • Players out: Ryan Gallagher (North County)
  • Young players to watch: Tom Harpur, Conor Graham.

Former Ireland Under 19 international Aaron Gillespie is captain of Strabane for the forthcoming season.

The loss of influential all-rounder Ryan Gallagher is a huge blow, as he has moved to North County for the season, but it remains to be seen if he will play for the Red Caps until Leinster cricket starts next month.

Aaron Gillespie and Ryan Gallagher

They hope to bring in a new player to replace him, but that has still to be confirmed.

Two players identified by the captain to have a major breakthrough season are Junior Warriors Tom Harpur, an opening bowler and late-order powerful striker of the ball, plus wicket-keeper batsman Conor Graham.

"Itís been a long time coming but everyoneís ready to go as itís been showing with the training sessions so far this year which has helped massively," said Aaron.

"Peter and Michael taking up role of running training has brought structure.

"Itís a season weíre excited for as again, as itís a chance for the younger guys to gain senior experience which will put them in good stead going forward."

Strabane's season starts on Sunday with a home T20 match against Brigade (2pm).