Coleraine continued their remarkable 2013 by dominating the News Letter’s North West Team of the Year – which was named at the weekend.
The Bannsiders had four players in the 11, including captain David Cooke who led the club to an historic first North West Premiership title along with victories in the Ulster Cup and Faughan Valley T20.
Cooke was joined in the team by Gordon Cooke, his brother and former Ireland all-rounder, fast bowler Gareth Burns and Niall McDonnell, the Radio Foyle player of the year and North West batsman of the year.
McDonnell enjoyed a magnificent first season at Sandel Lodge, plundering five hundreds on his way to a remarkable tally of 1,230 runs at an average of 76.88.
The former Strabane opener was joined in the 11 by his North West Warriors team-mates Jason Milligan, David Rankin, Andy McBrine, Johnny Thompson and Andrew Riddles.
Fox Lodge off-spinner Johnny Robinson, the winner of the bowling prize, made the team after taking 45 wickets at an average of 16 while there was a place for teenage Donemana slow bowler William McBrine. The off-spinner took 36 wickets at an average of 18, including a remarkable nine-wicket haul against Killyclooney.
Meanwhile, Coleraine have confirmed that they will not be bringing Sri Lankan professional Roy Silva back to the club.
Jarred Barnes, the towering South African-born seamer, will be returning and possibly in an overseas capacity because of new residency rules introduced in the North West.
Iftikhar Hussain meanwhile is the new captain of Fox Lodge.
News Letter team: David Cooke, Niall McDonnell, Gareth Burns, Gordon Cooke (all Coleraine), Andy McBrine, William Brine (both Donemana), Johnny Thompson (Brigade), Johnny Robinson, Jason Milligan (both Fox Lodge), David Rankin (Bready), Andrew Riddles (Ardmore).