Andy Britton on the move to Brigade

Nathan Burns
Nathan Burns

Brigade and CIYMS have continued their respective recruitment sprees in the North West and NCU.

Andy Britton, the 25-year-old former Limavady seamer, has moved to Beechgrove while CI have confirmed the capture of three players.

Ireland A star Britton will be one a number of big names leaving the John Hunter Grounds after the club announced last month they will not be competing in senior cricket in the North West this summer.

Britton believes the move to Beechgrove will further his Ireland ambitions. He said: “Brigade have put together a very good side this year and I’m looking forward to playing my part. I’m still very keen to be involved both in the inter-pro and Ireland set-ups and the only way to do that will be by showing form at club level.”

A spokesperson for Brigade said: “We have been keen to bring in another genuinely quick bowler and are delighted to have somebody of Andy’s quality at Beechgrove.

“While his main focus will be to spearhead the attack he is also a very competent batsman who will add real depth to the order.”

Despite the arrival of Britton and Ryan Hunter, Brigade have lost the services of off-spinner Trevor Britton, one of four signings confirmed by CI.

The reigning NCU champions have announced the capture of Britton and Steven Clarke of Brigade and confirmed that PJ Moor, the Zimbabwean all-rounder, will be their overseas professional this summer.

The trio will join Coleraine fast bowler Stephen Dunn at Belmont.

Moor, the 22-year-old Midwest Rhinos player, will return to Belmont fully fit having been hampered by an ankle injury last season.

He is expected to press his claims for NCU Knights and Ireland Development squads. He qualifies for Ireland in January 2014 having captained Zimbabwe in ICC U-19 World Cup in January 2010.

Moor will also work alongside new club captain and youth development officer Taimur Khan, and club coaches Michael Hingston and Phil Smith, on the coaching end.

CI have lost the services of the retiring Barry Cooper, Jeremy Bray, Peter Connell, Ryan Butterworth and Ryan Adair, but have added North Down batsman Nathan Burns and off-spinner Mohamed Ismail from BISC.

A CI spokesman said: “Many may say that the CIYMS squad is not as experienced as last season, which is hard to argue with. But the four youngsters recently selected in the under-17 Regional Development Squad, Carl Rea, Aaron Johnston, Jack Beattie and John Matchett, will also be an integral part of the squad for the upcoming season, with all very capable of making the transition to Premier League cricket in the coming seasons.”