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Blow for Irish as Craig Young ruled out of ODI series

By Ian Callender

Craig Young is out of Ireland's one-day series against Sri Lanka next month after he was told he will need surgery on his troublesome right elbow.

The Bready opening bowler has been playing as a batsman only in recent weeks and was left out of the North West Warriors opening Twenty20 game in Dublin, but a visit to a specialist on Monday recommended keyhole surgery and he will be out of all cricket for the next four weeks.

The games against Sri Lanka in Malahide are on June 16 and 18.

Young (26) played in Ireland's last ODI, against Zimbabwe in Harare last October, taking one for 35 in his 10 overs and, if fit, would certainly have been in the squad for the next 50-over action.

He had trouble with his elbow at the World Twenty20 in March where he played only one match, bowling just two overs.

The Warriors have replaced him with Aaron Gillespie in the squad for Friday's inter-provincial Trophy game against the Northern Knights at Comber (5pm).

Both teams have decided to play two overseas professionals with Marco Marais and Brigade's big-hitting Danza Hyatt matched up by Instonians' South African international Rusty Theron and, on his home ground, North Down's in-form batsman Pieter Malan.

Meanwhile, MCC recovered from 62 for six to close the first day of their three-day game against Ireland A at Bready on 177 for nine.

Peter Chase was the most impressive bowler on view, taking two of the early wickets, but Stuart Thompson returned to something approaching his best form with the ball and finished the day with two wickets.

Captain Andy McBrine did not concede a run in his first seven overs but took only one wicket as the vagaries of the MCC line-up was exposed.

The best batting of the day came from No.11 Christopher James - he bats three for his Middlesex Premier League side - who scored 30 of the last 37 runs, two short of the best stand of the innings, from just 41 balls.

His partner, Dannyjo Cox, has so far faced a total of 166 deliveries for 51.

Scores: MCC first innings 177-9 (D Cox 51 not out, C James 30 not out; P Chase 3-32, A McBrine 2-18, S Thompson 2-25) v Ireland A. Today 11am-6.30pm

Northern Knights: J Shannon (capt), C Dougherty, S Getkate, J Holmes, N Jones, G Kidd, G McCarter, P Malan, J Mulder, N Smith, R Theron, G Thompson.

North West Warriors: A McBrine (capt), R Allen, J Barnes, A Britton, R-L Dougherty, A Gillespie, D Hyatt, W McClintock, M Marais, D Rankin, J Robinson, S Thompson, AN Other.

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