CRICKET: James Kennedy signs for CSNI

James Kennedy (right), who has signed for CSNI, is pictured previously with Club captain Andrew Cowden and Stephen Cruise from Ulster Bank.
James Kennedy (right), who has signed for CSNI, is pictured previously with Club captain Andrew Cowden and Stephen Cruise from Ulster Bank.
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Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) has announced that James Kennedy has signed for the club.

Kennedy makes the move from Ballymena and is looking forward to the new season at Stormont.

“It was a difficult decision to leave Ballymena after playing senior cricket there for 24 years,” said Kennedy.

“I want to thank everyone associated with the club and wish them well in their battle to return to Section 1 next year. But now is the right time to make the change.

“I’m looking forward to playing at Stormont in the Premier League and contributing to the success of the club next year.”

Following the announcement Ivan McMinn, Club Chairman, said Kennedy would form a ‘key part’ of the CSNI team.

“I’m really pleased that James has joined CSNI. James will from a key part of the team next year as we continually look to strengthen and compete in all competitions,” said McMinn.

“James will provide an added dimension to the team and is someone who our emerging junior players can learn from.”

Club captain Andrew Cowden was equally full of praise and says Kennedy will have a lot to offer CSNI.

“I’m delighted that we have secured the signing of James, as I believe he will be an excellent addition to our 1st XI.

“Having played against James over the last decade, there is no doubt he is a proven performer at premier league level and I’ve no doubt that he will add quality, consistency and depth to our batting unit. As well as contributing in the field, James also brings with him valuable experience and a great desire to win which will be of great benefit to the whole squad.”