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Young delighted at second shot to break into county game

By Ian Callander

Craig Young is taking up a second opportunity to make a career in county cricket.

The Bready paceman, who has played 31 times for Ireland, is joining Hampshire on a short-term loan agreement.

He will make his debut for the 2nd XI in their three-day game against Somerset next week.

Young (26) was previously with Sussex but his time there was ravaged by injury and he returned home after accepting a full-time contract with Ireland.

"The request has come from completely left field but it's great to be given a chance, which hopefully I can grab with both hands," said Young.

"I'm never one to look too far ahead so I'll not put too much pressure on myself."

Young will almost certainly return for North West Warriors' first interpro game at the end of next month and will be available for Ireland's next action, the one-day internationals against Sri Lanka in Malahide in June.

Tour game - At Balbriggan: Northern Knights 201-8 (40 overs, C Dougherty 69 ret, J Holmes 68, N Smith 21; B Shah 3-47) Denmark 156 (31.2 overs, F Klokker 44; J Mulder 4-20, S Getkate 4-41). Northern Knights won by 45 runs.

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