Waringstown’s double-winning success in the NCU this summer was reflected in the 2013 News Letter team of the year.
The villagers, who shared the Ulster Bank Premier League title with Instonians and won the Challenge Cup, had six players in the 11 named last night in Belfast.
Kyle McCallan, both the NCU’s all-rounder and bowler of the year, was joined in the team by bowlers Gary Kidd and Phil Eaglestone, wicketkeeper Jonathan Bushe, opening batsman James Hall and all-rounder Greg Thompson. All six are full Ireland internationals.
Kidd was the leading wicket-taker in the union, with more than 50 scalps in all competitions with left-arm seamer Eaglestone, a signing from Strabane, capturing 44 wickets. Hall scored more than 900 runs, Bushe was excellent behind the stumps and with the bat while Thompson had a superb first season after moving to The Lawn from Lisburn.
Instonians, the joint league champions, were represented by captain Eugene Moleon and Andrew White. Moleon, who has retired from senior cricket, captured 30 wickets while Ireland all-rounder White averaged more than 46 with the bat. He also took 24 wickets with his off-spinners.
Civil Service North also had two picks in Nigel Jones and Andrew Cowden. Jones, who has only failed to make the team on one occasion, had another fine season with bat and ball while Cowden was selected after being one of precious few batsmen to average more than 40 in NCU cricket this summer.
The line-up was completed by North Down opener Jonathan Terrett, who scored more than 500 runs including three fifties and one hundred.