Pembroke have announced that Lisburn seamer Mark Berry is joining the club along with Cork County all-rounder Byron McDonough. Their talented overseas player Nick Stapleton is also returning to Sydney Parade.

The triple boost is good news for the Leinster Champiionship winners who will be back in the top flight for the 2024 campaign and will remain there for the new look 12-team set up in 2025.

Berry has been a mainstay of the Lisburn attack for the past 12 seasons, playing 172 times and picking up 151 wickets at just over 27, with his best-bowling effort of 5 for 18 coming against Lurgan.

McDonough is a highly rated cricketer whose domestic form saw him gain interprovinical recognition with firstly Munster Heat, then Munster Reds.

He took 22 wickets in 13 matches for Cork in the Leinster Championship last season and he is certain to be a useful asset in the Pembroke armoury.

Australian professional Nick Stapleton was an unqualified success as Pembroke romped to the title last season, averaging over 50 with the bat, while picking up 44 wickets with a best-bowling return of 8 for 8 against Terenure.

We’re delighted to have secured the services of Nick Stapleton again for 2024," said Paul Lawson.

"Nick was vital to our promotion from the Championship and we can’t wait to see him perform in the Premier League next season.

"Byron is an exciting talent - we played against him a few times last season and feel he will be a great fit for our side. He had an impressive season in the Championship, so should really strengthen us in our return to Premier League cricket. 

"Mark isn’t a stranger to Pembroke, as he lives in Dublin he has trained with us the past number of seasons, so is very much familiar with the group. He brings a lot of experience with all he has achieved with Lisburn over the years and we’re delighted to have him on board."