Cricket Ireland, in conjunction with support from Sport Northern Ireland, has announced the appointment of two development officers who will be working in the Northern Cricket Union of Ireland and the North West of Ireland Cricket Union regions.

The 29-year-old Irish international Nigel Jones will have responsibility for the NCU region. The Civil Service North captain has played 25 times for Ireland and has gained extensive playing and coaching experience in New Zealand, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

His counterpart in the NW region is 28-year-old Brian Allen, who has played representative cricket for the NW and Ireland A. The current Fox Lodge captain is a current level 3 coach, and is a certified Coach Education tutor and assessor. His previous cricket development experience included a three-year spell as NWCU Development Officer from 2006-2009.

National Development Manager Tim Simmonite said of the appointments: "I'm delighted to welcome the two lads to Cricket Ireland's ever-increasing development team.

“With their range of experiences - Nigel as a current international player with an extensive coaching background, and Brian with his previous skills and knowledge in cricket development - they are two excellent appointments.

“I look forward to working with them in the continued drive to develop our game to the highest possible standards."