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James Shannon set to miss two big matches for Instonians

By Ian Callender

James Shannon is almost certainly out of Instonians' big double header against North Down and, in the Irish Cup, against Pembroke this weekend due to the after-effects of the injury he suffered in the Ireland A game against MCC on Tuesday.

Shannon landed on his head when taking his second catch of the innings and he was ruled out of the rest of the game.

As it was his third bout of concussion in the last 12 months, it is normal advice to sit out any action for up to two weeks and the Northern Knights captain was immediately replaced in the squad for tonight's Twenty20 inter-provincial against the North West Warriors at Comber (5pm).

North Down all-rounder Peter Eakin comes in for Shannon who will not be in a hurry to return to the North West. Two years ago at Eglinton he left the ground on crutches after being hit on the knee in the three-day inter-pro and last year, in the corresponding match, he was dismissed for one and four, at Bready, the venue for this week's Ireland A game which ended in a 10-wicket victory

Resuming on 59 for seven in their second innings, still 58 behind, MCC thwarted the Ireland bowlers for 18 overs yesterday, the last pair batting for 54 minutes and forcing Ireland A to bat again.

Stuart Thompson made a double breakthrough in his first 15 balls to give him his first six-wicket haul in representative cricket and nine in the match, but it needed a superb catch at slip by skipper Andy McBrine, off Tyrone Kane's bowling, to wrap up the innings and leave the A team just four runs to win.

Fittingly, Jack Tector hit the winning single to bring his match tally to 132 not out and put his name in the frame for an opening batting slot in the senior side in the not-too-distant future.

The 19-year-old batsman, on his Ireland A debut, batted for nearly four hours and faced 222 balls, hitting just nine fours and one six. With Ireland having Test match ambitions just two years down the line, Tector proved he has the perfect temperament for the big match occasion.

Tector is still eligible for the Ireland U19 team, which has a three-match series against their Scottish counterparts at the end of July.

The A-team are back in action in 11 days when they play Scotland in Ayr. Few changes are expected and it will be a big three days for Tector's new YMCA team-mate Sean Terry and CIYMS' Chris Dougherty who both 'failed' in this match.

Bready: MCC first innings 180 (D Cox 52, C James 32 not out; S Thompson 3-28, P Chase 3-32) and 120 (C Barrett 64, D Cox 31; S Thompson 6-37, T Kane 2-17, P Chase 2-28) Ireland A 297-7 (J Tector 131 not out, A McBrine 47, S Thompson 40; W Morrick 4-104, H Horsley 3-32) and 4-0. Ireland A won by 10 wickets


Today: Twenty20 Trophy (5pm): Northern Knights v North West Warriors (Comber)

Saturday (1pm): Ulster Bank Premier League: Carrickfergus v CIYMS, Lisburn v Civil Service North (12.00), North Down v Instonians, Waringstown v Derriaghy

Section One: Donaghcloney v Saintfield, Downpatrick v Ballymena, Lurgan v Bangor, Muckamore v Armagh, Woodvale v Academy.

Sunday: Armagh v Bangor, Woodvale v Downpatrick.

Section Three: Dunmurry v Ards.

Sunday: Dungannon v Ards.

Goldblatt McGuigan Junior Cup second round: Cliftonville v Victoria, Cregagh v BISC, CSN II v Laurelvale, Donaghadee v Waringstown II, Larne v Muckamore II, Instonians II v Lisburn II, Millpark v Monaghan, North Down II v Ballymena II

Long's SuperValu Premier League: Ardmore v Drummond, Brigade v Donemana, Coleraine v Bready, Eglinton v Strabane.

Sunday: Donemana v Bready, Strabane v Brigade

Championship: Ballyspallen v St Johnston, Fox Lodge v Bonds Glen, Glendermott v Burndennett, Killyclooney v Newbuildings.

Sunday: Bonds Glen v Glendermott

Sunday (12.30pm): Irish Senior Cup second round: Derriaghy v Co Galway, Instonians v Pembroke, Eglinton v Waringstown, Fox Lodge v YMCA, Merrion v Carrickfergus, The Hills v CIYMS, North County v Phoenix, Cork County v Phoenix

National Cup: Lurgan v Limerick, Ballyspallen v Civil Service, Newbuildings v Terenure, Sion Mills v Laois

Ulster Bank League Section Two (1.00pm): Holywood v Cregagh.

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