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Knights rocked as Commins arrival held up

Northern Knights' hopes of including new Instonians professional Murray Commins in the opening inter-provincials of the season have been dashed by visa problems (stock photo)
Northern Knights' hopes of including new Instonians professional Murray Commins in the opening inter-provincials of the season have been dashed by visa problems (stock photo)

By Ian Callender

Northern Knights' hopes of including new Instonians professional Murray Commins in the opening inter-provincials of the season have been dashed by visa problems.

The South African, who scored 103 from 106 balls in his one appearance for Instonians last season, would have needed a visa to enter Spain for the first two 50-over Cup games in La Manga this month, but there were no appointments available before this weekend's cut-off date.

Commins has been training with the Knights this winter and is one of six players who have been at Merchant Taylors' School in England this week at 'outdoor' practice ahead of the La Manga tournament. He will play as an overseas player for the Knights, starting with their first home match against North West Warriors at Stormont on May 27.

The link with Taylors' is through their director of cricket, Ian McGowan, a former Saintfield CC member.

Knights head coach Simon Johnston said: "There is nowhere better equipped than Merchant Taylors' to help us prepare for these early inter-provincials.

"The grass net area is covered and we also had use of a centre pitch and artificial nets."

The other Knights players at the school were Commins' Instonians team-mates Shane Getkate and Rob McKinley, plus captain Gary Wilson, fellow international James McCollum and new CIYMS signing Mark Adair.

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