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Delany and Balbirnie strike deals to join Stirling in the T20 Blast

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Ireland fans will have plenty of interest in this year's T20 Blast in England with at least two more internationals joining Paul Stirling in the four-week tournament, which starts tomorrow week.

Stirling was snapped up by Northamptonshire even before the competition was officially confirmed and yesterday his opening partner in last week's one-day internationals against England, Gareth Delany, was signed by Leicestershire Foxes.

Captain Andrew Balbirnie has also signed for Glamorgan and is expected to be announced today, while there are also reports that Curtis Campher, the 21-year-old South African who made such an impressive ODI debut in Southampton, could also be involved.

Glamorgan and Northants are in the same six-team group, so Balbirnie and Stirling will face each other on September 3 and 13.

Another player who has been plying his trade in the NCU this season, George Munsey, has been signed by Hampshire and that explained his absence from the Carrickfergus team last Saturday.

Munsey has been flying in and out from Scotland and the south coast county did not want that to continue during the pandemic.

The Blast's gain is the Irish T20 Trophy's loss with Stirling, Delany and Balbirnie now available only for the Knights' and Lightning's opening games at Bready and Pembroke tomorrow.

Belfast Telegraph