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Porterfield gets recall as Warriors aim to sign on high

 

By Ian Callender

William Porterfield is out of the North West Warriors Twenty20 decider against the Northern Knights at Belmont tomorrow (5pm), but the selectors have still chosen a "born and bred" 12-man squad to conclude the series.

The Ireland captain has been named in the Warwickshire squad for their T20 Blast game at Trent Bridge tomorrow night - although there is no guarantee he will play - before he leads Ireland into next week's Intercontinental Cup clash against the Netherlands in Malahide.

With Craig Young still not allowed to bowl by Cricket Ireland and Niall O'Brien not registered for T20 action, it robs Warriors of three of their most experienced players for the must-win game.

Leinster Lightning are expected to clinch the title with victory against the Munster Reds in Cork but the Warriors will be keen to end an encouraging series on a winning note, while hoping for a shock result at the Mardyke.

There is a welcome return from injury for Aaron Gillespie in the Warriors side while Aaron Heywood, a late call-up for last Sunday's 50-over game between the teams, keeps his place.

Meanwhile, Donmana closed the gap on Coleraine at the top of the Long's SuperValu Premiership last night to just 3.5 points, with a game in hand, after beating Ardmore by four wickets.

Warriors: A McBrine (capt), R Allen, D Barr, A Britton, RL Dougherty, A Gillespie, A Heywood, D Rankin, J Robinson, D Scanlon J Thompson, S Thompson

SCORES: At the Bleachgreen, Ardmore 97 (31.5 overs, R Alam 30, Des Curry 29; I Butt 4-15, J McGonigle 3-13, W Mc Brine 2-24) Donemana 100-6 (25.4 overs, A McBrine 35, I Butt 25; G Neely 3-31, R Alam 2-26). Donamana won by 4 wickets.

At Drummond, Drummond 92 (33.3 overs, K Morrow 44, R Kelly 3-17) Bready 93-2 (22 overs, I Samarasooriya 33 not out, A Austin 30). Bready won by 8 wickets.

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