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Hotshot McGuire set to make Warriors debut in interpro opener against Knights



Nathan McGuire

Nathan McGuire

Nathan McGuire

Nathan McGuire is in line to make his North West Warriors debut in the first Inter-provincial Trophy game of the season, against the Northern Knights at Bready on August 20.

The Rush teenager, who impressed for Ireland Wolves in the shortest format when given his debut against Scotland last year, has been fast-tracked into senior representative action and is set to be the latest Leinster player to be 'loaned' to another team.

Such is the strength of Leinster cricket that Dubliners Harry Tector, now an Ireland international, and Neil Rock have been playing for Northern Knights for the last two seasons and McGuire is set to be a Warrior this campaign.

The 17-year-old played in the latest North West intra-squad pathway game at Eglinton on Thursday and was given two innings, scoring 25 and 35, dominating as his side was dismissed for 109.

There will be one more pathway game, back in Eglinton on Tuesday (2pm).

Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland have announced a packed schedule of youth games over the next two weeks.

The Ireland Under-17 boys will be first into action with four intra-squad games at Carrick on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and the Under-19 girls will play at Terenure and Balbriggan on August 18 and 19 respectively. Games have also been arranged for the Under-15 boys and girls and Derriaghy will host four Boys' Cubs games from August 17-21. All the youth games are Twenty20 and start at 12pm.

The age games will not clash with the inter-pro action which started on Thursday at Belmont when NCU U17s beat their North West counterparts by six wickets.

Four of the NCU side - Matthew Humphreys, Ewan Wilson, James Rose and Matthew Daly - plus Adam Ly are named in the Ireland squad for the pathway games and four of the North West team - Conor King, Stuart Kennedy, Corin Kyte and Raymond Curry - will also be involved.

• Two of today's Robinson Services League Cup games have been switched because of unplayable grounds. Carrickfergus v Civil Service North is now at Stormont and Woodvale v North Down is at Comber (both 2pm). The other games have early starts, Waringstown v Lisburn at noon and Instonians v CIYMS at 1.30pm.

Belfast Telegraph