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Abbi Leckey
Abbi Leckey

By Ian Callender

David Delany and Marc Ellison have been added to the all-conquering Northern Knights side for the T20 Festival in Bready this weekend.

Knights won all three games at Pembroke in June with an unchanged side, and all but the injured Murray Commins are included once again.

Delany, who impressed in last week's Championship game at Stormont, will add firepower and Ellison will give them another batting option, while Carrickfergus' Alex Haggan completes the 13-man squad. Allen Coulter and Robert McKinley, unused in Dublin, are the two to make way.

Meanwhile, Civil Service North skipper Abbi Leckey lifted the Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup yesterday with an exciting last-ball two-run victory over Muckamore at Stormont.

Leckey was named player of the match after top-scoring and taking two wickets, her second in the last over when Muckamore needed 10 to win.

It completed a disappointing weekend for the Moylena side who also lost the GMcG Junior Cup final on Saturday at Wallace Park. North Down, led by former 1st XI skipper Peter Shields, completed a comfortable nine-wicket win after Marty Moreland, last year's 1st XI captain, took five wickets.

Cricket Ireland also confirmed that the Irish Cup final between Pembroke and Waringstown will now take place on Saturday, August 24, seven days earlier than scheduled, to avoid a clash with the Euro T20 Slam which would have taken out four Ireland internationals.

MTB Northern Knights T20 Squad: G Wilson (capt), H Tector (v/c), M Adair, J Cameron-Dow, D Delany, M Ellison, S Getkate, A Haggan, G McCarter, J McCollum, J Mulder, N Rock, G Thompson.



Stormont: Civil Service North 103-7 (20 overs, S Thomas 22; Z Baysting 2-12, J Davis 2-25) Muckamore 101-7 (20 overs, A Caulfield 44; E Scott 2-15, A Leckey 2-22). Civil Service North won by two runs.


Wallace Park: Muckamore II 98 (Lu Allen 26; M Moreland 5-21, P Shields 2-3, F Keenan 2-21) North Down II 79-1 (11.4 overs,H Coulter 37 not out).

North Down (set 74 in 22 overs) won by nine wickets.

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