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Eakin gets Knights' Inter-Pro recall to face Leinster

 

By Ian Callender

Peter Eakin has been recalled to the Northern Knights squad for tomorrow night's Twenty20 Inter-Provincial against holders Leinster Lightning at Shaw's Bridge (5pm).

The North Down all-rounder was left out of last week's opener against North West Warriors but he replaces CIYMS slow bowler James Cameron-Dow who was 12th man at Stormont.

It is the only change in the team which lost to the Warriors but it promises to be just as difficult tonight for the NCU team against a Lightning side who welcome back Eddie Richardson, a prolific wicket-taker in inter-provincials, for his first game of the season.

He replaces Josh Little, who pulled out of the squad that beat the Munster Reds in the opening game and remains unavailable.

North West Warriors have also made one change for their game against Munster Reds at Eglinton (also 5pm) with Brigade opening bowler Ryan MacBeth coming in for Steve Lazars who did not bat or bowl in the game against Knights. Ross Allen, last week's 12th man, retains his place in the squad.

Ireland captain William Porterfield again flies in for the match, in a Warriors team which includes six internationals.

The Reds, who were vastly under-strength for their opener last week, are boosted by the inclusion of opening batsman Nik Pretorius and opening bowler David Delany, while young spinner Diarmuid Carey comes in for Morne Bauer who is unavailable because of work commitments.

Meanwhile, Brigade moved to within three points of Long's SuperValu Premiership leaders Bready with a comfortable six wickets victory over Coleraine at Beechgrove last night.

An undefeated 64 by Niall McDonnell, from 71 balls with eight fours and a six, eased the home side to their victory target of 145 with nine overs to spare.

Coleraine's South African professional Graham Hume took 3-19 in his eight overs but it could have been even better - and possibly a different result - if McDonnell had not been dropped at slip.

On Tuesday night, Vischal Chopra had rolled back the years to score 64 not out from 75 balls.

Ireland international Gary Wilson returned to the Derbyshire side yesterday after his elbow injury, sustained in this month's Test, and a run-a-ball 40 steered his side to a Royal Liver Cup victory over Durham.

Wilson was dismissed to the third ball of the last over with the scores tied but next ball, the county completed a four wickets win.

SCORES: Beechgrove: Coleraine 144-8 (38 overs, Vi Chopra 63 not out, G Hume 28; R Macbeth 3-30, D Barr 2-33) Brigade 150-4 (29 overs, N McDonnell 64 not out, G McKeegan 27; G Hume 3-19). Brigade won by 6 wickets.

INTER-PRO SQUADS

Northern Knights: S Getkate (capt), M Adair, P Eakin, N Jones, G Kidd, J McCollum, J Mulder, N Rock, A Shields, Nik Smith, H Tector, G Thompson.

Leinster Lightning: G Dockrell (capt), J Anderson, A Balbirnie, J Carroll, P Chase, G Delany, T Kane, K O'Brien, E Richardson, S Singh, S Terry, L Tucker´.

North West Warriors: A McBrine (capt), R Allen, A Britton, R L Dougherty, A Gillespie, G Kennedy, R Macbeth, W Porterfield, D Rankin, D Scanlon, S Thompson, C Young.

Munster Reds: J Tector (capt), T Anders, J Benton, D Carey, D Delany, S Doheny, R Forrest, J Grassi, N Pretorius, Murtaza Sidiqi, M Sorensen, Yaqoob Ali .

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