JM Sport End of Season Awards: Signing of the Season

After revealing both Men and Women’s Player of the Year over the past couple of days, it is time to decide who had the biggest impact at their new club.

Signing of the Season is awarded to the player that produced the best performances after joining ahead of the 2020 season.

CSNI’s Ross Adair has been named Signing of the Season after he scored 177 runs during the six innings he played for his new club this season.

Moving to the Premier League outfit from Holywood, the 26-year-old slotted straight in at the top of the order, opening with Marc Ellison, who hit 165 runs himself in the latest campaign.

Adair kicked his season off by contributing 30 from 24 balls at Belmont against CIYMS and then scored an important 21 in a tight victory over Instonians.

He also made an impact with his left-arm spin early in the season, picking up six wickets in the first three matches, including 3-11 against Instonians and 2-26 when Lisburn visited Stormont.

The highlight of his season was when he blasted 92 from just 38 deliveries against Carrickfergus as CSNI chased 166 with six overs to spare, winning by nine wickets.

Adair shared a partnership of 156 with Ellison that afternoon and his destructive innings included six fours and eight sixes, which ended as the second-highest individual score of the season behind Ruhan Pretorius’ 120* in the Robinson Services Cup semi-finals.

It was that sort of form that earned Adair his first call-up to the Northern Knights, making his debut against North West Warriors in August before opening the batting twice in the Inter-Provincial Trophy, where they finished second behind Leinster Lightning.

His strike rate of 170.19 puts him comfortably at the top of that leaderboard while he also finished with an average of 29.50 (eighth best).

It was an impressive first season in the top-flight for Adair and it looks like he has all the skills and ability required to succeed across formats at Premier League level and beyond.

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