Balbriggan

  • Captain - Nathan Rooney
  • Ins - Greg Ford, Shahid Iqbal, Dylan Lues, Campbell Webb, Noman Shahid, Chris DeFreitas
  • Outs - Matt Varner (UK)
  • Young Players to Watch - Eoin Birch, Justin Martin, Noman Shahid, Steven Harper, Ghanim Dara, Dylan Lues, Campbell Webb.

It's been a busy close season for Balbriggan who have no fewer than six new faces in the ranks which will bolster their strength and depth for the forthcoming campaign.

Andre Botha is Head Coach, while Paddy Martin will continue as First Team Manager.

"The club are very much looking forward to the new season," said spokesperson Damien Byrne.

"There has been a huge amount of work done off the pitch since the end of last season and we are looking forward now to seeing our players of all ages and abilities get on to the pitch at Jack Harper Park and enjoy some cricket.

"Andre Botha coming on board as Head Coach and Director of Cricket has given everyone at the club a lift and further ignited our drive to develop as a club on and off the pitch. We have several new players who have joined our squad for 2021 which has added depth and provided a strong competition for places across all our senior sides. It has also necessitated the addition of a 5th Senior Side for 2021.

Balbriggan: pic Paddy Martin

"Greg Ford has joined and will add quality and experience to the middle order, Dylan Lues and Campbell Webb have joined ahead of beginning their degree studies in Dublin in September, Dylan is a talented off spinner and middle / lower order bat who has played Premier Club cricket in South Africa under Andre Botha since the age of 16. Campbell is a tall seam bowler who has just graduated from the prestigious Michaelhouse school in South Africa.

"Shahid Iqbal and his son Noman join from Rush having moved to Balbriggan to live; Shahid adds a massive amount of experience and quality to the squad and Noman has shown he has the potential and drive to make an impact on senior cricket over the next couple of years.

"Finally Chris Defreitas who is a member of the Guateng Lions Academy joins; Chris is a left hand middle order bat and an accurate seamer who hopes to use his Portuguese passport to settle in Ireland.

"While there is a number of new faces, the only absentee to the squad from 2020 is Matt Varner who has moved to the UK to further his studies.

"Nathan Rooney will again lead the side for 2021. Originally it was expected that Nathanís knee surgery would mean he missed a large part of the season, but a quick recovery and the delay in the start of the season means heís good to go.

"Connor Fletcher had been named first team captain but with his good friend Nathan now fit and with the responsibility of keeping and opening the batting, Connor felt that the role of Vice Captain to Nathan was more beneficial to the team.

"Numbers at training have been excellent and the players are really enjoying the quality and intensity of the sessions Andre is running. He has named a large squad for the start of the season and places in the 1st Team are very much up for grabs which can only be a good thing.

"Our Junior section continues to develop and we will run 11 youth teams in 2021 including 2 new Girls teams, developing a strong Girls/Ladies section over the next few years is a key goal for the club.

"Our volunteer grounds team have the pitch and surrounds looking better than ever and our clubhouse is in the middle of a very welcome revamp.

"Itís been a difficult 18 months but the committee have worked incredibly hard to keep the club moving forward and we are ready to go and looking forward to the 2021 season."