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Club Profiles 2021 - Instonians CC

Ollie Thorpe
NCU Media & Communications Officer

Instonians captain Andrew White is looking for greater consistency from senior members of his side in 2021, as well as contributions from his younger players.

Speaking ahead of the new season, White said: "We are looking for consistency of performance from our senior players and match winning contributions from our younger players. If we get that, the rest will take care of itself. We want to win trophies and produce players good enough for higher honours.

In 2020, Instonians reached the semi-finals of the Robinson Services Cup and quarter-finals of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup. They'll be looking so build on the solid performance this time around.

"Given the make-up of our squad we are definitely looking to see if we can raise the performance levels in all three facets of the game," said White. "Sometimes it's easy to forget how young some of our players are but we are determined to continue to push them when and where appropriate. The 2nd XI will be hoping to repeat their successful season also which is equally important for us."

Instonians have some exciting young talent in their ranks and even more underneath the 1st XI who are itching to get their chance.

"Cian Robertson bowls lovely left arm spin and Jack Dickson has made an impact with the bat since he made his debut last year," said White. "There are a number of other young players waiting in the wings who we have high hopes for and the best thing about it is that they are desperate to get in the side so runs and wickets for the 2nd XI will be the benchmark.

The Shaw's Bridge outfit will host CSNI this weekend in the opening round of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup.

"Both teams will be missing a few key players so it could come down to an individual performance on the day to be the difference," said White. "Hopefully that comes from an Instonians player, but they are always hard-fought battles. CSNI are a tough nut to crack and the opening game will be no different. We will have to perform somewhere near our best to come out on top."