Cregagh sign duo from Downpatrick

Cregagh have secured the signings of Craig and Ross Boultwood from Downpatrick.

After recording a league and cup double last season, Aaron Johnston has added to his squad as they go in search of promotion to the Premier League.

Ross served as captain at Downpatrick and led them to two consecutive LVS Twenty20 Trophy titles in 2018 and 2019 while also guiding the club to a fourth placed finish in the Robinson Services Trophy last season.

He will likely take the new ball for Cregagh alongside Adam Beattie, who was their top wicket taker across both competitions last season.

Craig’s arrival adds yet another spinning option while he is also capable of batting in a top order which already contains the likes of Johnston, his younger brother Mark, Jay Hunter and Jonny Moore.

The duo spent eight seasons playing senior cricket at Premier League side CIYMS before leaving for Downpatrick.

They will bring a significant amount of top-flight experience to a side that are aiming to reach that level and Johnston is delighted to have them both on board.

“I’m delighted to finally have both Craig and Ross join us for next season after a couple of failed attempts in the past!” he said.

“They will bring much needed depth with bat and ball, hopefully allowing us to compete on all fronts next year, following on from the successful season we have just enjoyed.

“Both guys also bring previous Premier League experience with them, which is somewhere we as a club strive to get to in the coming years.

“Having spoken with both guys, I can sense their excitement at getting started and the news has further enhanced the buzz around our club at the moment.”

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