Twenty20 Trophy may unearth some pearls ahead of qualifiers
Talent search moves to shortest form of the game in Inter-Provincial Series
The home side has also made changes, with Pembroke’s Barry McCarthy in line to make his Inter-Provincial debut on his home ground as a replacement for Tyrone Kane, who is also with the under-19s. Former Pembroke player Stephen Moreton, who is now playing with Leinster, is also a newcomer to a strong squad that features eight senior internationals.
Two interesting inclusions in the Northern Knights squad are Instonians opening bowler Nikolai Smith, a 20-year-old Irish passport holder from South Africa, while Australian-born wicket-keeper Nick Larkin from North Down was handed a late call-up after Chris Dougherty was ruled out.
Tickets for today’s two games cost €10 on the gate and free from under 16s, while those making it down for the second game can get in for €5.
For those unable to make it, the opening game between Leinster Lightning and North West Warriors will be streamed live. In a first for an Irish domestic game, the coverage will feature two cameras and be broadcast in high definition. The action will get underway at 12.20pm and can be viewed at both www.aertv.ie and www.cricketireland.ie.
See squads in Sport in Brief
RSA INTER-PROVINCIAL TROPHY SQUADS
Leinster Lightning: Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union, capt), John Anderson (Merrion), Pat Collins (Railway Union), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), Fintan McAllister (Malahide, wkts), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), John Mooney (North County), Stephen Moreton (Leinster), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Eddie Richardson (North County), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Albert van der Merwe (YMCA).
North West Warriors: Iftikhar Hussain (Fox Lodge, capt), Brian Allen (Fox Lodge), Andrew Britton (Brigade), Gareth Burns (Coleraine), Ricky-Lee Dougherty (Donemana, wkts), Ryan Hunter (Brigade), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), William McBrine (Donemana), Gareth McKeegan (Brigade), David Rankin (Bready), Andrew Riddles (Ardmore), Johnny Thompson (Brigade), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton).
Northern Knights: Andrew White (Instonians, capt), Phil Eaglestone (Waringstown), Nigel Jones (Civil Service North), Nick Larkin (North Down, wkts), Eugene Moleon (Instonians), Lee Nelson (Waringstown), Zach Rushe (Instonians), James Shannon (Instonians), David Simpson (Lisburn), Nikolai Smith (Instonians), Jonny Terrett (North Down), Greg Thompson (Waringstown).
Fixtures (both games at Pembroke CC, Sydney Parade): Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors, 12.30; Leinster Lightning v Northern Knights, 5.0.
HILTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
(at Brandon CC, Durham): NUSC 311-2 (40 ovs) (K Davies 134no, W Ghauri 51), Leinster Development 237 (C McLoughlin 85, J Tector 33, B Hoey 28, L Tucker 26; C Ebdale 3-56, M Bailey 2-46). NUSC won by 74 runs.