The captains view of the season ahead
It’s no secret that excitement is building in Balbriggan this year. The club’s maiden appearance in the Premier League of Cricket Leinster is soon. With many Balbriggan player’s not having played at the elite level of Cricket in Ireland. This year brings challenges but also promises excitement. We spoke to Greg Ford, the skipper of the First XI on what it means to the club to reach this milestone:
“We start our first season in the Premier League as the only club without any Ireland or Ireland Wolves players. However, we boast an abundance of exciting young talent of which others would do well not to underestimate.”
Ford extended on his comments by highlighting the development of the squad in Balbriggan.
“With this in mind a primary goal is player development. It is important to provide the young squad we have with the opportunities to develop their game. This will elevate their careers to further highs by playing and testing skills against the best clubs around the country. This is done by remaining in the premier league.”
When asked about the chances for the 2022 season, Greg Ford was very optimistic in the chances for the young side of the Premier League.
“I believe anything can happen and a chance to grasp the league title is not out of the realms of possibility. However with Cricket Leinster’s announcement of an additional team to be relegated this year. A top 6 finish at the very least is crucial to avoid the drop.”
The Irish Senior Cup
Balbriggan First XI have been drawn away to Woodvale CC of Belfast in the first round of the All Ireland National Cup.
With the Boys in Blue facing off on the 21st of May. Ford added. “An all Ireland cup run is also an exciting prospect allowing for the possibility of playing at different venues against additional teams.”
The men’s first XI have their season opener against YMCA at the Jack Harper MCG on April 21st at 12pm. With plenty of cricket to come, get down and be entertained by some high flying cricket!