All-rounder to leave Armagh after five seasons

Neil Gelston will play his final game for Armagh next weekend before departing for Drumaness Superkings, ending a successful five-year spell with the club.

All-rounder Gelston, who has also spent time at CIYMS and Downpatrick, joined from Drumaness and this season went past the 100 wicket mark for Armagh.

He helped them gain promotion to the Premier League for the first time in over 50 years, playing a crucial role in their 2017 Section One title-winning side.

Armagh also picked up the LVS Twenty20 Trophy in the 2017 season, beating Woodvale in the final before Gelston went on to take 18 wickets in the top-flight campaign.

His final game will be on The Mall against Donacloney Mill next Saturday before heading back to his former club who merged with Belfast Superkings ahead of the 2020 campaign.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Armagh CC for giving me the chance to play for this fantastic club,” he said.

“After five years enjoying my cricket with the club, I now feel it’s the right time to move on and take up a new challenge back with Drumaness Superkings CC.

“When I signed, the aim was to establish the club back in Section One and improve the crop of players at the club, which I believe we have done with players showing great potential to match it with the best in the NCU.

“Never in our wildest dreams was the idea of Premier League discussed until the summer of 2017 when everything on the field clicked and we went on to achieve a memorable and history making league and cup double.

Gelston bowling for Armagh. ©CricketEurope

“I would like to thank everyone who welcomed me to the club, particularly the players who made my settling into cricket at Armagh very easy. Thank you to the committee, groundsmen and supporters also during my time with Armagh.

“Special mention must go to a couple of people. Steeno (Matthew Steenson, 1st XI captain) who has done and continued to do a fantastic job captaining the club.

“It takes a lot of commitment to captain a club, especially for the amount of time he has and he will go down as the most successful captain in Armagh history.

“Also thank you to the heartbeat of Armagh CC, Gareth (McCarter).

“The club is very lucky to have such a dedicated member who is involved in every aspect of the club. The time and dedication he puts into Armagh CC should never go unnoticed.

“Finally, I would like to wish the club every success in the future.

“Next week being the last game of the season, I couldn’t wish for a better place to finish my time with Armagh than on The Mall.”

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