CRICKET: Carrickfergus CC indoor nets sessions to get under way


Carrickfergus Cricket Club’s pre-season indoor net practises commence this week in Carrickfergus Amphitheatre as preparations begin in earnest for the 2016 campaign.

The nets sessions commence on Thursday (March 10), from 7:30pm until 8:30pm for Under13 / 15s, and from 8:30pm until 10pm for seniors. The sessions will continue every Thursday at the same time and venue until April 14.

Anyone interested in joining or rejoining the club will be made very welcome. Just turn up at the Carrick Amphitheatre on a Thursday evening. Fully-qualified coaches will be in attendance at all sessions.

The club will again field four senior teams and a Mid-Week league team, with the 1st XI participating in the NCU Premier League. Teams will again also be fielded in league and cup competitions at Under-17, Under-15, Under-13, and Under-11 age groups.

Expert coaching will be available throughout the season from a team of 11 qualified coaches. These include new overseas player-coach Pat Botha from South Africa, Youth Development coach and Irish-qualified New Zealander Jamie Holmes and Ryan Eagleson, the current Ireland Under-19 coach - one of the few Level 4 coaches in Ireland.

Carrickfergus CC, which was voted as Cricket Ireland Club of the Year following its record-breaking 2014 season, is also one of the few in Northern Ireland that has achieved Sport NI Club Accreditation.

The club’s playing and social facilities at Middle Road are the envy of many, with wickets that are rated as some of the best in NCU cricket, and clubhouse facilities that are second to none.

Full details can also be found at the club’s website: and on the club’s Facebook page.