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Eyes on prize: Nigel Jones leads CIYMS in double header against Lisburn
Eyes on prize: Nigel Jones leads CIYMS in double header against Lisburn

By Ian Callender

Nigel Jones joined in the congratulations for Mark Adair last night after his new signing was told he would be making his Ireland debut in Malahide today.

The downside for the CIYMS captain is that Adair's inclusion in the international squad for the clash with England and the games against West Indies and Bangladesh on Sunday and Thursday means he will miss tomorrow's Robinson Services Premier League game against Lisburn and Monday's Lagan Valley Steels T20 opener back at Wallace Park.

It is a scenario which all club skippers with contracted players will have to get used to throughout the season and the number of games which the internationals play could have a major bearing on their side's progress.

CI, as defending league champions, look better equipped than most to cope without their Ireland players, although they have James Cameron-Dow available this weekend as he didn't make the Ireland 14. He is playing for the Ireland Wolves on Sunday against Bangladesh at The Hills but the Wolves squad are available for their clubs tomorrow.

With all last Saturday's scheduled opening day programme washed out, Lisburn must go into their second toughest game of the season - only in the return at Belmont will they be bigger underdogs - without a competitive match and they must hope that professional Faiz Fazal and former international Reinhardt Strydom can hit the ground running.

Muckamore would have been without one of their new signings, Marcus O'Riordan, last week as he opted to play for Kent Seconds - although in the end he was only 13th man - but he is available for the visit to Waringstown tomorrow and the visitors will also give a debut to Steve Lazars who signed this week from Ardmore, having previously played with Ballymena and Lisburn and at inter-provincial level with North West Warriors.

Donemana struck first blood in the North West last week, the winners in the only match to beat the weather, and if they can make it two out of two against Coleraine they will prove they are in for the long haul this time round.

Dwayne McGerrigle and Gary McClintock both hit 50s in the seven wickets victory over Glendermott, who host Long's Supervalu Premiership title favourites Brigade.

It was always going to be a big ask for the promoted Rectory side, who have snapped up Stevie Moore from Drummond, to get anything from two such tough opening fixtures so any points they pick up will be a bonus.

Ballyspallen, who won a play-off last year to join Glendermott in the top flight this season, have Eglinton as visitors for their first Premiership game at Bridge Park, while defending champions Bready start their defence, at the second attempt, at home to Strabane.

It has been confirmed that the three games postponed last week will all be played next Sunday, May 12.

Fixtures - Tomorrow (1.00), Robinson Services Premier League: Carrickfergus v Instonians, Lisburn v CIYMS (12.00), Civil Service North v North Down (12.00), Waringstown v Muckamore

Section One: Cregagh v Derriaghy, Donaghcloney Mill v Bangor, Downpatrick v Armagh, Templepatrick v Ballymena, Woodvale v Holywood

Section Two: Cliftonville Academy v Belfast Superkings, Lurgan v BISC, Monaghan v Laurelvale, Saintfield v Cooke Collegians

Section Three: Dunmurry v Ards, Larne v Victoria.

Long's SuperValu Premiership: Ballyspallen v Eglinton, Bready v Strabane, Donemana v Coleraine, Glendermott v Brigade

Sam Jeffrey Shield 1st Round: Ardmore v Bonds Glen, Burndennett v Killyclooney, Drummond v St Johnston, Fox Lodge v Newbuildings

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