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Club Profiles 2021 - Waringstown CC

Ollie Thorpe
NCU Media & Communications Officer

Waringstown captain Lee Nelson insists that consistency is a must for the Villagers in 2021.

Last summer, Waringstown were beaten finalists in the Robinson Services Cup and were knocked out in the semi-final of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup – losing out on both occasions to North Down. 

"We need to improve on our consistency and get that back to the level it once was," said Nelson. "That can sometimes be difficult in a year like last year which was just T20 and thrown together at relatively short notice, but now that we have had time to plan hopefully that can start to show. Whilst we got to a final last year for, the majority of the season I didn't feel like we were anywhere near our best. 

"We want to be challenging for trophies come September and be in the hunt for the league title. We will need to be at our best week in week out to be in that position."  

There will be new faces at The Lawn this year with Graham Hume joining from Coleraine and Andre Malan arriving having impressed for Civil Service North in recent years.  Nelson believes that Malan can play a key role both on and off the field during his time with the six-time Irish Senior Cup champions. 

"He was the stand-out performer in the league consistently whist at CSNI," said Nelson. "He always strives to improve and is the utmost professional and I'm hoping for that influence to rub off on the other guys in the changing room. His signing has certainly given everyone a lift around the club we look forward to him arriving in the UK next week." 

Waringstown begin their Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup campaign at home to Lisburn on Saturday and Nelson expects a good game. "Lisburn have recruited well over the last few seasons," said Nelson. "It promises to be a great game. Let's just hope the weather plays its part and we can get going."