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Kelly earns first Warriors call-up after impressing for club Bready

 

By Ian Callender

Bready's Reece Kelly is the one new face in the North West Warriors squad to face Leinster Lightning in the penultimate Interprovincial Championship game of the season, which starts tomorrow.

Kelly is one of three Bready players who would be playing on their home ground, and although he has earned his call-up for club displays in exclusively limited overs cricket - especially helping his team to All-Ireland Twenty20 finals day - it will introduce him to the senior Warriors squad.

More likely to make their second appearances are Brigade seamer Ryan Macbeth and Fox Lodge spinner Aaron Heywood in a squad which has an equal share of youth and experience.

There will be no-one more experienced than wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien - just two short of 200 international appearances - who returns to Warriors duty for their final game of the season, although Ireland opening bowler Craig Young is again missing with his elbow problem.

In-form David Scanlon, along with David Rankin, are the certain 'home' starters in a game which the Warriors start with a six-point advantage over their visitors after four rain-affected drawn games.

Warriors: A McBrine (capt), R Allen, D Barr, A Gillespie, A Heywood, R Kelly, R Macbeth, N O'Brien, D Rankin, D Scanlon, J Thompson, S Thompson

Lightning: J Anderson (capt), A Balbirnie, P Chase, D Delany, G Dockrell, E Joyce, T Kane, K O'Brien, E Richardson, J Tector, S Terry, L Tucker

• All-rounder Moeen Ali paid tribute to the "fantastic" effort of the England team after they took control of the second Test against West Indies at Headingley.

England had started the day with a lead of two runs, but ended it 316 ahead after Moeen, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes all reached half-centuries.

Moeen said: "It was a fantastic day. I thought the fight we showed throughout the day was fantastic. To have that lead is important."

The West Indies ended play on five without loss, needing 317 runs on the final day to win the Test and level the series.

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