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CIYMS fire out warning by snapping up Obus Pienaar


By Ian Callender

Obus Pienaar is returning to the NCU next year as professional for Premier League champions CIYMS.

The Belmont club have announced the signing of the popular and successful South African who played for Waringstown in 2011 and again in 2013 when he helped them to a share of the league title.

Pienaar played only half a season for the Villagers in his first spell but amassed a staggering 800 runs, including 244 against CIYMS!

And seven years on, he was still producing the goods in Ireland, scoring 659 runs for Clontarf last season and his left arm spin took 31 wickets at an average of just 18.

His signing confirms that CIYMS are not only determined to retain the league trophy but will be the team to beat in 2019.

It has been a fruitful autumn for the NCU's top sides with CI the fifth of the eight Premier League teams to confirm their overseas player.

Pienaar actually recommended Carrickfergus's new professional, 24-year-old South African Jacques Synman who joins them next year after two successful seasons in league cricket in England when he scored more than 1300 runs and took 73 wickets with his off spin.

Newly promoted Lisburn have signed India international Faiz Fazal, another experienced in UK conditions having played in various English leagues over the last 10 years. The 33-year-old left-handed opening batsman played one ODI against Zimbabwe in 2016, scoring 55 not out.

Muckamore have retained the services of Pakistani Fahad Iqbal while South African Andre Malan returns to Civil Service North in other confirmed signings.

Meanwhile, departing Ireland complete their Women's World Twenty20 campaign this evening against New Zealand in Guyana (8pm, live on Sky Sports).

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