Phoenix Cricket Club are delighted to announce that current Irish International, and Northern Knights Captain, James Shannon will be joining the club in 2019.
Speaking on behalf of the club, Chair of Cricket Emmet Staunton said “following James’ desire to play Cricket in Leinster this season, Phoenix are delighted to welcome him to the Club. We are building for a strong future here at Phoenix and with the addition of our Head Coach and Director of Cricket Stephen Moreton, and players like James we have exactly the right type of leaders for our Club as it develops. He’s a fantastic cricketer but will also make a massive contribution off the field as part of our leadership group, welcome James”.
James has played 19 times for Ireland and has a full time contract with Cricket Ireland. He is the current Northern Knights Captain and will continue to play his interprovincial cricket with the Knights. He joins Phoenix from his boyhood club of Instonians.
Speaking from Sri Lanka, where he scored 67 for the Ireland Wolves on Saturday, James said, ‘I am delighted to be joining Phoenix CC for the coming season. The club has a huge history in Leinster and Irish cricket but looking to the future there is a clear direction and drive for success both on and off the field, which I hope to play a big part in. I can’t wait to join up with my new team mates and club members in April in which will undoubtedly be a successful year at the club at all levels. ’
On welcoming James to the club, Director of Cricket Stephen Moreton said “Signing James Shannon highlights the ambition and vision that we have to bring Phoenix back to the top table of Irish domestic cricket over the next few years. Shanno is a driven, competitive and highly skillful cricketer and provides us a role-model that our younger players can aspire to. I am personally excited about facilitating James’ cricket and helping him achieve his personal ambitions, and am thoroughly delighted that we could start the new direction with a personality such as his. I believe James is one of, if not the best batsman in the country – and will help us dramatically improve our understanding of what good looks like.”