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Allan Coulter proves he is a Knight in shining armour

By Ian Callender

Allan Coulter will be welcomed with open arms when he turns up at The Lawn tomorrow to play for the Northern Knights in their Newstalk inter-provincial championship game against holders Leinster Lightning (11am start).

He is a third pace bowler for skipper Andrew White and one of the SEVEN who were initially declared injured or unavailable before the weekend.

Although he missed Civil Service North's Premier League game on Saturday with shin splints Coulter has promised to report for duty tomorrow and the Knights will have the luxury of picking from 12 players.

Lightning, who will retain the three-day trophy with a fourth successive win, have had to make one change, although it hardly weakens their squad with the in-form Kenny Carroll replacing Bill Coghlan as opening batsman.


Ulster Bank Premier League

At Eaton Park, Waringstown beat Ballymena by 5 wickets

Ballymena 176 (50 overs, Y Takawale 63, J Kennedy 24, D Kennedy 21; G Kidd 3-30, K McCallan 2-24, A Harrison 2-26, L Nelson 2-40) Waringstown 179-5 (47.4 overs, D Dawson 61 not out, L Nelson 30, J Bushe 25, J Hall 23; M Glass 2-16, S Lazars 2-39)

At Belmont, CIYMS beat Muckamore by 8 wickets

Muckamore 208-9 (R Keates 37, J Magowan 37, C Mickan 35, G Nicholl 31 not out, N Gill 29; S Dunn 4-26, J Bray 2-39) CIYMS 210-2 (40.2 overs, R van der Dussen 99 not out, J Bray 50 not out, J Matchett 43)

At Wallace Park, Civil Service North beat Lisburn by 8 wickets

Lisburn 143 (49 overs, C Ervine 54; G Nieuwoudt 4-19, B Adair 2-30) Civil Service North 144-2 (44.1 overs, J van der Merwe 77 not out, A Cowden 36 not out)

Postponed: Instonians v North Down

Long's SuperValu Premiership

At Magheramason, Eglinton beat Bready by 64 runs

Eglinton 287-5 (S Thompson 127, S Smyth 100 not out; E Kemm 2-37) Bready 223 (44.3 overs, E Kemm 57, D Moore 43, R Spence 24, C Young 20; S McCloskey 3-28, A Millar 2-31, M Averill 2-74)

At Ballymagorry, Donemana beat Fox Lodge by 85 runs

Donemana 238-6 (A McBrine 112 not out, Jun McBrine 42 not out, T Riddles 26; G Heywood 4-32) Fox Lodge 153 (44.2 overs, I Hussain 38, J Heywood 30, B Allen 22, J Milligan 21; W McBrine 3-36, J McGonigle 2-23, A McBrine 2-30, Jun McBrine 2-33)

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