Merrion confident ahead of new season
Merrion's new professional Tim Lang replaces Matt Petrie (who spent four seasons at the club). Lang is a 6’4”, quick opening bowler and hard hitting top order batsman.
Having played for South Australia two years ago and been player/coach for Sydney Grade Cricket winners, UNSW this year, he will bring a wealth of experience and quality to Merrion.
Merrion skipper John Anderson is clearly pleased with his acquisition; "We are delighted with the signing and everyone at the club is excited to see him dominate Irish cricket this year. Ben Ackland, who made his Ireland A debut last season and is in the ‘A’ squad to play the MCC in a few weeks, will be vital at the top of the order. He must be knocking on the door for full Ireland selection and plenty more runs again this year will help his cause, as well as being important in helping to provide a good start for the team.
"Dom Joyce, winner of the Samuels Cup for best all-rounder in Leinster in 2011, will be key in getting early wickets in the absence of Matt Petrie. He will also look to set the platform opening the batting and he has a great deal of motivation to repeat his successful 2011 season.
There's also a thriving youth section at the club which Anderson pointed out: "Six teenagers played for the 1st XI in 2011 – two of whom are in the Ireland U19 training squad - Tyrone Kane (man of match in Leinster Senior Cup Final in 2011) and Patrick Tice (wicket keeper). These two cemented their places in the 1st XI in 2011 and will be key members of the team in 2012.
"With the Merrion U19 and U17 teams winning their respective competitions in Leinster in 2011, there is a great deal of talent coming through and we will continue to stick to the policy of giving these youngsters 1st XI experience this season."
With Anderson himself at the helm once again, he's keen to add another trophy to the cabinet: "After winning the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup in 2010 and the Leinster Senior Cup in 2011, we are hunting for another trophy this year. It all depends on the commitment of the whole squad. 23 players were used in 2011, and if we are to challenge for a trophy then a more settled team that plays week in week out will be of great benefit."