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Knights set to do battle in revamped inter-pros

By Ian Callender

The Northern Knights will name a squad of 22 this week ahead of their first training session next Wednesday.

Coach Eugene Moleon also confirmed yesterday that he will have an assistant coach – rather than a manager – and he will be named along with the training squad who will form the nucleus of the team for all three formats in this year's expanded inter-provincial series.

Ireland selector Kyle McCallan will be convenor of the Knights selectors and 218-times capped international Andrew White is expected to be captain with Moleon stressing his determination to get the best possible side on the field and for the squad to perform to their limit.

"I am grateful to the NCU for the opportunity to coach the side and my aim is to raise the level of cricket," said the Instonians captain.

Ireland's county professionals will be involved in the inter-pro games, when available, and five of them figure today at the start of the county championship season

George Dockrell is in First Division action for Somerset, as is Tim Murtagh for Middlesex, William Porterfield for Warwickshire and Ed Joyce will captain Sussex, while in the Second Division, Niall O'Brien makes his debut for Leicestershire.

But Paul Stirling had to be content with a 2nd XI game for Middlesex yesterday. He hit 65 from 55 balls with seven fours and two sixes in an opening stand of 125.

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