Killyclooney have been the story of the season as they challenge for the title and their win on Saturday against champions Newbuildings reaffirmed that they are a side to be taken seriously.

While Blayde Capell’s century once again grabbed the headlines, as the South African’s 162 took his season tally to 1221, the emergence of Kenzie Hall as a spinner has been a revelation. The former wicket-keeper has now taken 27 wickets, to lead the bowling charts in the North West.

Hall reflected on Saturday’s win and talked about the switch from wearing the gloves to an off-spinner.

“I think the whole team thought we had a chance to get a win on Saturday but I don’t think any of us expected to get full points if I’m being honest,” said Hall.

“I never thought I’d even get an over this year but Tim Dougherty said to me in a training session that I was awkward to face and was given the ball in the cup against Ardmore and have been working on it since. 
“We’ve always had a good platform thanks to our opening bowlers and our fielding has massively improved, but I don’t think anyone knows how I’m taking a lot of wickets but we won’t complain!

“Since Blayde has come to Killyclooney he’s changed the mentality around the whole club just by the way he goes about his game. Whether it be his training sessions or giving you a few tips when you’re out batting with him. It obviously helps a bit with the amount of runs he’s scoring as-well, all round he’s just a top man in all aspects.”

Killyclooney are at Bonds Glen on Saturday, and a win would go a long way to helping them achieve their first objective of a Premiership place in 2024 as the season reaches its half-way juncture.