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Club delegates in the North West have voted for a radical reform of their league and cup competitions, starting this year (stock photo)

Club delegates in the North West have voted for a radical reform of their league and cup competitions, starting this year (stock photo)

Club delegates in the North West have voted for a radical reform of their league and cup competitions, starting this year (stock photo)

Curtis Campher, a 20-year-old South African Irish passport holder is the final player in the Ireland Wolves squad for their eight-match white ball tour against Namibia in South Africa, which begins on Tuesday week.

Campher, a swing bowler and lower order batsman, comes recommended by Ireland head coach Graham Ford, a fellow South African, and has immediately received an Emerging Contract from Cricket Ireland. He will play his club cricket this season for YMCA

A South Africa Under-19 international, Campher played in a warm-up game against the full Ireland side ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, dismissing Andrew Balbirnie and scoring 49 from No 6 in the order before being dismissed by George Dockrell, who will be a team-mate in the 50 over series this month.

While it may look a snub to the born and bred Ireland players overlooked, the call-up and, more significantly, the contract underlines the expectation which Campher arrives with.

While an 'unknown' joins the Ireland set-up, a familiar name returns to the NCU as Waringstown's new professional.

Andre Malan, who was Civil Service North's overseas star for the last two seasons, will be playing against his former team-mates this year after Shadley van Shalwyk, the Villagers' original choice, emigrated to America with immediate effect.

And Waringstown know exactly who they are getting and what he will offer. The South African was the leading runs scorer in the NCU with 1,238 last season, 136 of them against Waringstown at Stormont, and he also took 41 wickets, including 4-20 in CSN's league win at The Lawn.

Belfast Telegraph