CSNI set to sign Ben Mackey

CSNI are set to announce the signing of pace bowler Ben Mackey from Section One side Armagh.

The 22-year-old has been a top performer in the Armagh first team over recent years and picked up 37 wickets during the 2017 campaign as The Mall outfit were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 60 years when they won the Section One title.

Mackey played 10 times in that top-flight season, including seven games in the Premier League where he picked up five wickets with a best of 2-22 coming on the opening day victory over Muckamore.

Armagh were ultimately relegated but Mackey has continued to shine and bowled with pace and accuracy last season, picking up 15 wickets in nine matches, including 4-8 against Ballymena and a hat-trick on home turf in a win against Muckamore.

With that sort of form it was likely that Mackey would attract interest from top-flight clubs and that has been the case as he completes a move to CSNI.

Mackey is the fourth new recruit at Stormont ahead of the 2021 season with New Zealand U19 international Luke Georgeson, Lewis Adair and Ben White already joining.

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