Five new teams entered for Qualifying competitions

The new domestic cricket season springs into life next weekend and there will be a quintet of new teams lining up in Leagues 1-4 in 2022 when action gets under way at the end of the month. 

We’ve already covered the arrival of Enniskillen who will be playing in the League 4 cup competitions this year. They will start life in the NWCU with a first round tie against another debutant side, North Fermanagh Seconds.

Robert Black, a stalwart of the Kesh club, said that they were really looking forward to hosting their neighbours later in the summer and gave the background to the emergence of Fermanagh’s second string.

“We have the nucleus of a decent squad here but there are probably a few of our lads who’d prefer to play 2nd XI cricket. Sligo Cricket Club were looking to get involved up here as well, as they weren’t getting many games where they were. Logistically however, Sligo playing in the North West league would eventually have become a problem.”

“We spoke with the NWCU and they were really helpful in accommodating us so that we have now almost amalgamated the pool of players from both clubs into 1st and 2nd XIs.”

“We’re still very keen to keep our youth practice going too; Gordy has 15-20 boys and girls here during the week and we’re looking forward to seeing them progress. Cricket in Fermanagh is definitely in a good place ahead of the cup derby.”

Maghera are also adding a 2nd XI later this year after their General Meeting at the start of the week. We will be talking to both Maghera and Letterkenny, another club who have added a Seconds team, later this week about their progress since joining the NWCU.

And good news from Beechgrove too that Brigade will have a 3rd XI competing this year.

Mark Simpson said that there were some very positive vibes about the club at present and insisted a thriving youth set-up was giving them real impetus.

“David Gault will look after our Thirds who will be mostly a combination of our youth squads and some parents.”

“That has been a really positive story for us recently- we just finished a 12-week programme at Foyle College with each session attended by over 40 players. We will have an under-11 team and two under-15 teams (Brigade Reds and Brigade Blues) in the Development Leagues.”

“Getting the parents involved has been huge, and several of them have now taken on volunteer roles around the club. Our membership is at an all-time high and the third team is a sign of how things are progressing.”

“I believe that the club generally is on a better footing than for many years.”

It seems very good news that we’ll see five additional teams without losing any ahead of the new season and we’ll have that chat with Maghera and Letterkenny soon as we build towards the big start.

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