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Ireland place up for grabs at Bready

Seven years after the last inter-regional challenge matches were played in Limavady and Stormont, the series resumes in Bready tomorrow (11am start) when the best of the North play the South's elite with places in the Ireland team up for grabs - well one, anyway.

Only one of the county professionals who played in the World Cup will be on show tomorrow but it can safely be assumed that the other seven will all be in the squad to face Pakistan in the first two one-day internationals of the season, at Stormont on May 28-30, even if Gary Wilson faced only five balls when dismissed for a pair in Surrey's game against Cambridge University this week.

Of the others, the only doubt is George Dockrell who has yet to bowl a ball in anger for Somerset after dislocating his shoulder in Ireland's final World Cup game against Netherlands.

Paul Stirling, though, will open the batting for North - as Middlesex are in three-day action this weekend - in a side including Nigel Jones and captained by Andrew White, while Trent Johnston leads the South side which has fellow World Cup members Alex Cusack, John Mooney and Albert van der Merwe.

Inter-pro squads: North: A White, P Connell, C Dougherty, P Eaglestone, N Jones, R McCann, G McCarter, B McCord, N McDonnell, J Shannon, P Stirling, S Thompson.

South: T Johnston (capt), B Ackland, J Anderson, A Cusack, A Eastwood, T Fisher, J Mooney, C Mullen, A Poynter, E Richardson, M Sorensen, A van der Merwe.

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