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McCarter relishes new challenge at Civil Service North

By Ian Callender

Graeme McCarter is the latest Ireland international who will play his club cricket in the NCU after Civil Service North confirmed his move from Coleraine.

Following on from Max Sorensen heading north from The Hills to sign for CIYMS, the two Ireland pace bowlers will be in direct competition next season but will be teaming up for the Northern Knights in the inter-provincial series.

Both missed out on selection for last year's World Cup, although Sorensen was called up as a replacement for the injured Tim Murtagh before the tournament started, while McCarter (23) was also in Australia last February and March but only as a stand-by and was not required.

With John Mooney announcing his retirement from international cricket - and yesterday he also confirmed he would not be playing for Leinster Lightning in the inter-pros - Sorensen is the obvious replacement as Ireland's bowling all-rounder but McCarter, who has county experience with Gloucestershire, will be keen to prove he is ready for an Irish return; he has played only six games since his debut in 2011.

McCarter, who had also been linked with a move to Brigade, said: "I'm thrilled to have joined CSN who have clear ambitions for the future and have such a strong youth policy. I'm looking forward to my new coaching role and I want to help the club have a successful 2016."

CSN captain Andrew Cowden added: "Graeme will not only bolster our seam bowling department but he will also strengthen our middle order with the bat."

McCarter's debut will be the Premier League opener at Stormont against Instonians on April 30. The other opening day ties see champions Waringstown visit Lisburn, newly promoted Derriaghy start at CIYMS and North Down hosting Carrickfergus.

There could be a final-day League decider at The Lawn as Waringstown will be at home to CIYMS on September 3, although clubs have until the end of January to ask for changes.

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