Nick Larkin, the North Down Aussie with an Irish passport, makes his inter-provincial debut for the Northern Knights today as all roads lead to Dublin for the first RSA inter-provincial Twenty20 Blitz at Pembroke.
Larkin, who is eligible to play for Ireland, will keep wicket, replacing Chris Dougherty who has had to withdraw because of work commitments. But it will be his batting skills in the shortest format which the Knights will be looking to as the NCU side aim for their first win against the strong Leinster Lightning side.
The hosts, who even without player/coach Trent Johnston, Stuart Poynter and Andrew Balbirnie can still include seven internationals, play in both games today, the first at 12.30pm against the North West Warriors followed by the clash with the Knights, starting at 5pm.
The Warriors are without the injured Peter Connell and Jonny Thompson while Scott Campbell and David Barr play for the Ireland U19s today against MCC at Muckamore.
But it allows the selectors to bring in T20 specialists Ryan Hunter and Gareth McKeegan int the form of the game which should give the North West side their best chance of an inter-provincial victory.
Squads: Leinster Lightning: K O'Brien (capt), B Coghlan, P Collins, A Cusack, F McAllister, B McCarthy, J Mooney, S Moreton, A Poynter, E Richardson, M Sorensen, A van der Merwe.
North West Warriors: I Hussain (capt), R Hunter, B Allen, D Rankin, A McBrine, R-L Dougherty, A Riddles, G Burns, G McKeegan, S Thompson, A Britton, W McBrine.
Northern Knights: A White (capt), N Jones, L Nelson, E Moleon, G Thompson, N Smith, N Larkin, J Terrett, P Eaglestone, Z Rushe, J Shannon, D Simpson.