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Andrew Cowden appointed new Civil Service NI skipper


Blueprint: Andrew Cowden has big plans for the future

Blueprint: Andrew Cowden has big plans for the future

Blueprint: Andrew Cowden has big plans for the future

Andrew Cowden is the new captain of Civil Service North, following the shock departure of Nigel Jones to CIYMS.

Cowden will keep his role as Director of Youth Cricket at Stormont and, despite the loss of their figurehead, the new skipper stressed the positive attitude at the club and the determination to improve on last year's third place finish in the Ulster Bank Premier League.

"I believe we have an excellent squad with strength in depth and a great mix of youth and experience," he said.

"I plan to give more opportunities and exposure to our younger players and build a squad which can represent CSNI successfully for the foreseeable future.

"We will be working hard over the winter and get ready to defend our trophies (the Challenge Cup and Twenty20 Cup) and challenge for honours once again in 2015."

Cowden also thanked Jones for his nine years' service to the club, the last eight as captain.

"Nigel will be a hard act to follow, he led by example on and off the field and was centre to our double cup winning season last term," he added. "We all wish him well in the future."

Meanwhile, the draw for the first round of the Danske Bank Senior Cup was made yesterday with holders Donemana away to Championship side Bonds Glen and league champions Strabane at home to Bready.

First round draw: Brigade v Glendermott, Burndennett v Killyclooney, St Johnston v Ardmore, Strabane v Bready, Newbuildings v Coleraine, Eglinton v Fox Lodge, Bonds Glen v Donemana, Creevedonnell v Drummond.

Belfast Telegraph