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Hume to make bow after injured Rankin pulls out of Warriors side


Boyd Rankin
Boyd Rankin

By Ian Callender

Boyd Rankin has had to pull out of the North West Warriors team for today's Interprovincial Cup game with holders Leinster Lightning at Bready.

The big fast bowler was hit on the knee by a fierce return from Hashmatullah Shahidi in the one-day international at Stormont on Tuesday but he had been struggling with a hip strain before that and, as a precaution, has been taken out of today's game.

Rankin is replaced by Coleraine professional Graham Hume, who makes his debut for Warriors. By coincidence, it is also a knee injury which has ruled Rankin's Ireland team-mate Barry McCarthy out of the Lightning team.

The former Durham professional went for a scan on his left knee yesterday after breaking down during his fifth over against Afghanistan.

Rory Anders, the YMCA opening bowler who took six wickets for six runs for the Lightning Bolts against the Emerging Knights, takes McCarthy's place in the squad, although with five international bowlers in the side, he is unlikely to play.

The game is the first opportunity for Craig Young, Peter Chase, Simi Singh and Jack Tector to push for a call-up to the Ireland side, which returns to action in three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe in July.

Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup (tonight, (6.15pm): Group A: CIYMS v Lisburn, Waringstown v Carrickfergus

Group B: Muckamore v Instonians

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