Carrickfergus have made another statement of their intent ahead of the 2021 season by signing Graeme McCarter from CSNI.
McCarter joined CSNI in December 2015 from North West side Coleraine and went on to pick up 87 wickets across five seasons at Stormont.
He helped them win the 2016 Challenge Cup with a five-wicket triumph over CIYMS before they reached another final two years later, where they lost out to Waringstown at The Green.
The 28-year-old, who was with English County side Gloucestershire between 2012-2014, is one of the premier bowlers in the NCU’s top-flight and currently leads the Northern Knights attack.
McCarter made his Ireland debut against Namibia in September 2011 before playing one ODI against Scotland (September 2014) and turned out three times for his country in Twenty20 cricket.
He is also more than capable with the bat and proved that by scoring six half-centuries during his time in CSNI’s middle order.
His arrival adds a massive boost to a Carrick side that haven’t wasted any time in putting together a squad capable of challenging on all fronts next season with former Glamorgan all-rounder Jeremy Lawlor also signing for the Middle Road club while overseas professional Jacques Snyman is returning for a second campaign.
McCarter will likely share the new ball with Neil Gill, who signed from Muckamore ahead of last season, while they will be supported by the likes of Michael Armstrong, CJ van der Walt, Ryan Eagleson and Snyman.