Dream campaign for Armagh in Section Two

Armagh show off their array of trophies
Armagh show off their array of trophies

Sometimes you get seasons you can only dream of and 2015 will go down in cricketing folklore at The Mall in Armagh.

Not only did they win the famous Junior Cup for the first time in the club’s history, but Armagh won Section Two at a canter.

And when you add the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Shield, it adds up to a remarkable treble for Matthew Steenson and his young side.

The individual records have been tumbling too. Colin Russell, who stood tall during some of Armagh’s tough times, completed 400 runs for the season and became the first Armagh player to do so in seven different seasons. He also became the club’s fifth player to reach 5,000 runs.

Stuart Lester’s 131 against Cooke Collegians was the sixth highest individual Armagh score of all time. Andrew Bullick became the second player (after Reggie Stinson) to play 360 games and the 10 to take 260 wickets (he is already the second highest run scorer).

Jamie Rogers, the winter signing, was a revelation alongside a team of home-grown players, hitting 589 runs, the highest by any non-professional in his debut season. Of the professionals, only Ashok Mankad scored more in his first season.

The success hasn’t just been limited to the first eleven. The seconds secured promotion to NCU Junior League Section Four.