Premier League champions CIYMS have confirmed that Obus Pienaar will be their overseas professional for the 2019 season.
Pienaar, who will be well known to local cricket fans having spent time with Waringstown, played for Clontarf in 2018, scoring 659 runs in 21 innings.
He also took 31 wickets at an average of 18.52, collecting best figures of 4-16.
The explosive batsman currently holds the record score in the NCU with his 244 which came in the Premier League against CIYMS in 2011.
During that season, he struck 1052 runs at an astounding average of 105.20 which included four centuries and four half-centuries in 13 innings.
The 28-year-old South African replaces Matt McGillivray who spent the last two years at Belmont, helping the club win the Challenge Cup in 2017 and league success in the past season.
Club chairman Richard Heasley said: “We are delighted to sign Obus – not only for his undoubted quality as a player but also as a role model and coach for our youth section.
“We are focusing on providing our kids with quality and sustained coaching throughout the year and Obus, along with head coach James Cameron Dow, gives us a great team.”
Captain Nigel Jones added: “I’m delighted that the club has been able to secure Obus’s signature for the 2019 season – his reputation is far-reaching and rightly so!
“We knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy task replacing Matt as our professional. His time at Belmont was outstanding and we thank him for that.
“Undoubtedly, Obus’s signing helps us to transition and it also provides us with a proven match winner who will compliment a strong and settled squad.
“His previous record in the NCU speaks for itself and we look forward to him adding to his story here as we look to challenge on all fronts in the coming season!”