Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Kiwi ace Thompson is Stormont comeback king

Ewen Thompson is set to make a sensational return to Civil Service North for the last month of the season.

The New Zealander, who took 142 wickets in his three summers at Stormont from 2006-08, will replace his country-mate Kieran Noema Barnett in the first half of August when the latter returns home.

Noema-Barnett, this year’s overseas professional, will be a member of the Central Districts team which will play in the Champions League in September but he has to report for duty around August 9. But CSN have moved quickly to bring in a proven replacement.

Thompson was the bowler of the year in the NCU in 2007 when he took 57 wickets at the remarkable average of 9.26 and club captain Nigel Jones hopes Ewen’s arrival coincides with a top half place in the Ulster Bank Premier League.

“I just hope he doesn’t arrive in the middle of a relegation battle, the Irish Cup final would be nice, but it is a great boost to know he is coming to replace ‘Barney’, said Jones.

Jones is a doubt for Civil Service North’s game against North Down at Stormont on Saturday.

Tonight’s fixture: Metal Technology Twenty20 Cup: Carrickfergus v Muckamore

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