Eight months after merging, Drumaness Super Kings go in pursuit of silverware

Drumaness Super Kings may have only been formed eight months ago but they are already into their first final.

Following the January merger between Drumaness and Belfast Super Kings, the club picked up four victories from six matches this season to book their spot in the Robinson Services Bowl decider against Bangor, which will be held at Upritchard Park on Saturday (1pm).

It has been the dream maiden campaign for captain Mohamed Ismail, who says there is already a family feel and real sense of community at the club.

“The entire team has gelled well within a very short span of time,” he said.

“Every member in the club feels like a family and are enjoying each other’s success.

“On and off the field all are very happy, which we strongly believe is vital for the success.

“It’s not only the players but Drumaness village community members who are making a huge difference with their priceless dedication to prepare the ground for matches & practice sessions.

“Most importantly, their support during match days at home and away is a big plus.”

They come up against a Bangor side that are unbeaten so far this season and made their way into the final after defeating Cooke Collegians, who also hadn’t lost a game up to that point, by 39 runs in the semi-final.

Ismail believes the experience that his side have been able to get under their belt could be pivotal.

“Bangor are playing good cricket this season and definitely are tough opponents to play against in the final,” he added.

“At the same time, we did really well too. The team has gained much needed experience of handling pressure situations and winning the crucial moments in the last two knock-out matches, which is very important for a shorter version of cricket.

“I am sure momentum is with us and hope it will play a bigger part in the final.”

It has been a great start to the Super Kings journey but this is very much just the beginning as far as they are concerned.

Neil Gelston will be returning for the 2021 campaign after spending five seasons with Armagh while the club are investing time and money as they look to improve facilities and create a youth section.

“Management is taking right decisions to move the club in the right direction,” said Ismail.

“We are investing time and money to improve the facility, practice bays, playing square, side screens and much more.

“We are confident that it will help the club move forward and attract youths to start playing cricket at the village.

“It’s not far away, soon we will have our youth teams.

“Mr Gelston coming back home is a huge advantage for the club. We are really excited and already started looking forward for the next season.”

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