This season’s Goldblatt McGuigan Junior Cup gets underway this weekend and pick of the matches looks to be Cooke Collegians against CIYMS II’s.
The home side has a reputation for being specialists in this competition winning in 2011 and 2012, a fact not lost on the CIYMS captain Colin Hunter.
He said; “We are well aware of their reputation but we have had a good start to the season scoring over 250 in both our league matches so far. Imran Yousef and Craig Boultwood have both been in good form with the bat.
“Noel Brown has been taking wickets and we have some good youngsters coming through in the shape of Matt Lindsay and Carl Rea, who is involved in the NCU Under 17 squad. It is great to see our youth set-up paying dividends, I had in excess of 40 boys last week at our Under 15 and Under 13 sessions.”
Drumaness travel to Bangor buoyed by the news that they have just had a new artificial wicket laid at their home ground.
“Our last artificial wicket was laid on the council ground 15 to 20 years ago and it needed replacing. Last time funds were raised by the likes of Brendan Gelston, but this time we approached the council,” said captain Neil Walsh.
“Thanks to the efforts of people like SDLP’s Anne McAleenan, and our own Darren Oldroyd a new wicket was laid on Monday funded by Down District Council.
“For us it is a struggle to get new players interested in the game, hopefully this news will help. We have a solid nucleus, but no seconds. We always seem to lose to the eventual winners in the early rounds
“This weekend we are missing the like of Darren, Neil Gelston and James Cunningham, so it will be tough.”