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Dublin-bound: James Shannon
Dublin-bound: James Shannon

By Ian Callender

James Shannon will continue to turn out for and "hopefully captain" Northern Knights this year despite playing his club cricket in Dublin.

Shannon ended his 18-year association with Instonians, his boyhood club, after confirming his move to Phoenix, but as a contracted Ireland player he can play for the team of his choice in the Inter-pro Championship.

"It was a tough decision to leave Inst, the club has been so good to me for over 18 years and helped me through my career, I can't begin to describe how grateful I am for that," said Shannon from Hambantota yesterday, after the Ireland Wolves had gone 2-0 down in the five-match series against Sri Lanka A.

"However, I felt this was the right time for me to move onto a new challenge and I'm really excited to join up with my new club in April. Phoenix are keen to move forward after a difficult period (they finished bottom of the Leinster Premier League last season) but their thorough process and clear drive really impressed me and I felt that I wanted to be a part of that, helping obviously firstly on the pitch and whatever way I can off it."

Shannon was caught behind from the first ball of the Wolves innings yesterday and with Stuart Thompson leg before four balls later, also without scoring, it was virtually mission impossible to reach Sri Lanka A's 337-5.

James McCollum was next out for 18 and when Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector and Neil Rock all followed for single-figure scores, Wolves were 53-6. A stand of 67 between Mark Adair and Shane Getkate followed but the Wolves lost their last three wickets in five balls to fall 175 runs short.

James Cameron-Dow was the stand-out Wolves bowler with figures of 1-32 in his 10 overs, while Tector (1-50) also bowled his full quota for the first time. The next match in the series is on Thursday in Colombo.

Scores: Sri Lanka A 337-5 (50 overs, U Tharanga 103, K Mendis 76, A Perera 72, A Fernando 55) Ireland Wolves 162 (35.5 overs, S Getkate 56, M Adair 43; M Siriwardana 4-26). Sri Lanka A won by 175 runs.

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