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Knights ring the changes ahead of clash with leaders Leinster

 

By Ian Callender

Northern Knights have made four changes for tomorrow's Twent20 inter-provincial against leaders Leinster Lightning at Shaw's Bridge (5pm).

From the team that lost to the North West Warriors last week, Muckamore's Jamie Magowan replaces Michael Gilmour behind the stumps and Lee Nelson is fit again to resume his place at the expense of Waringstown team-mate Morgan Topping. Craig Lewis returns to the squad along with James McCollum with Nikolai Smith, despite taking two wickets with the new ball at Eglinton and James Holmes dropping out.

The selectors had planned on bringing Stephen Bunting back into the squad but the Instonians bowler's injury jinx continued last Saturday when he dislocated his shoulder in the Challenge Cup quarter-final against North Down and will out for at least four weeks.

Knights: J Shannon (capt), A Dennison, S Getkate, G Kidd, C Lewis, G McCarter, J McCollum, R McKinley, J Magowan, J Mulder, L Nelson, G Thompson.

Weekend fixtures (1pm) - Tonight: Twenty20 inter-provincials: Northern Knights v Leinster Lightning (5pm), North West Warriors v Munster Reds (5pm).

Tomorrow - Ulster Bank League: Carrickfergus v Waringstown, Lisburn v CIYMS, Muckamore v Civil Service North (all 12), North Down v Instonians (11am). Sunday: Carrickfergus v Instonians (11am).

Section One: Armagh v Holywood, Cliftonville v Bangor, Donaghcloney Mill v Derriaghy, Downpatrick v Academy, Woodvale v Lurgan. Section Two: Cregagh v Templepatrick, Donaghadee v Laurelvale (12), Dundrum v Cooke Collegians, Larne v Ballymena, Saintfield v BISC. Section Three: Ards v Dunmurry (12), Dungannon v Monaghan, Newforge v Drumaness

Long's SuperValu Premiership: Ardmore v Egliinton, Bready v Brigade, Drummond v Donemana, Fox Lodge v Coleraine

Championship: Ballyspallen v Glendermott, Bonds Glen v St Johnston, Killyclooney v Strabane, Newbuildings v Burndennett.

•FOR the second successive game, MCC were denied by the last-wicket pair, this time David Robinson and Curtis Moorhead held out to earn the Emerging Knights a draw, with Mark Berry in hospital for an X-ray on a suspected broken finger.

MCC 282-8 dec (D Delany 71, A Cowden 68 not out) and 213-6 dec (J Moore 85, D Delany 83; A Wright 2-50) 219-6 dec (M Cord 67, M Topping 60) and 187-8 (A Haggan 55, A Wright 48, A Berry 31, M Berry 20 ret hurt). Match drawn

THE Ireland U-19 team to play MCC in their final game, at Belmont today (11am) is: M Topping, S Murphy, A Stiles, A Vincent, G Kennedy, N Rock, JJ Garth, J Little, V Chopra, R Kelly, S Streek.

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