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Club Profiles 2021 - CSNI CC

Ollie Thorpe
NCU Media & Communications Officer

New CSNI captain Gary Wilson says that he wants to give the young players at the club a chance this year. 

Speaking ahead of the new season, the 35-year-old said: "I want to try and blood some of our very young players – we've got a lot of players under the age of 16 who are very good. I'm not sure if they're quite ready for first-team cricket but we need to start getting them ready for the next year or two." 

The Stormont outfit have recruited well over the winter, bringing in Luke Georgeson – a young seamer – from New Zealand, Ben White – a leg-spinner – from Phoenix, Lewis Adair from Woodvale and Ben Mackey from Armagh. 

"We're feeling pretty good about 2021," said Wilson. "We've recruited well and I think we're in a pretty good position. We're excited to get the season going." 

Wilson is hoping for a full summer of cricket in 2021 and believes that his side can build on their performances in 2020. CSNI finished fifth in the Robinson Services Cup and were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup. 

"I think we played some good cricket in 2020," said Wilson. "With a shortened season, it's very hard to judge who had a good season and who didn't – hopefully we get a good season and everyone can show off their skills." 

CSNI begin their season with a trip to Instonians in the T20 Cup and says that everyone is ready to go. 

"It's always a good game against Instonians, said Wilson. "On a good wicket at Shaw's Bridge we're looking forward to that one."