Derriaghy to blood young star in derby

Reece Malone
Reece Malone

Derriaghy are set to blood A 14-year-old ahead of Sunday’s Ulster Bank Premier League derby game against Lisburn at Queensway.

Batsman Reece Malone has hit the headlines with a century for the Under 15s and a 54 not-out for the seconds.

Captain Craig Lewis is rewarding that form with a run-out in tomorrow’s Ulster Cup game against Ardmore.

And should the young star shine, he could even find himself on the pitch against Lisburn.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” said Lewis. “If he can put in a good performance then there’s no reason why he can’t force his way into the Premier League team. He’ll certainly put the pressure on the other lads.

“Reece played in the T20 last week against Instonians, who have possibly the best seam bowling attack in the league and definitely the quickest.

“He came up against an international bowler and he looked pretty comfortable for a 14-year-old. He didn’t shy away from it.

“In the nets, he is very impressive so it’ll be great to give him another game.”

If Derriaghy are to claim the win, skipper Lewis is likely to be one of the heroes. He’s a man in form, scoring 62 in the defeat to North Down last weekend.

“Lisburn had a good win over Carrickfergus so they’ve got things going,” Lewis said. “We haven’t had a win in a few weeks now and they will be thinking this could be their weekend. Hopefully we can get back to our top level, get a win and get back to a better position in the table.

“We have given the teams a game in recent weeks. We haven’t rolled over or been embarrassed so we’ll keep going.

“We’re enjoying the season. There’s a good feeling about the club and everyone is excited about cricket.”

Lisburn will be making one change from last weekend’s thrilling victory over Carrickfergus.

James Magowan, the all-rounder, is unavailable and Graeme Browne comes into the team.