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Nelson joins Northern Knights for battle with North West Warriors at Bready

By Ian Callender

Northern Knights have given a vote of confidence to the team which earned the better of two draws against holders Leinster Lightning for this week's inter-provincial championship game against North West Warriors at Bready.

The absence of the unavailable Gary Kidd - he is replaced as a slow bowler by his Waringstown captain Lee Nelson - is the only enforced change and their team-mate James McCollum also rejoins the squad.

Warriors, who lost to Lightning in their previous game, will be without Stuart Thompson - Johnny Robinson joins the three-day squad - and have replaced Coleraine professional Rosheen Silva with his Eglinton counterpart Oraine Williams.

It was a good weekend for Nelson and Kidd as Waringstown reached the semi-finals of both the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup and Ulster Bank Challenge Cup. The Villagers pipped Instonians to the second qualifying place in the shortest format on Friday with a win over Derriaghy and on Saturday defeated Lisburn by 187 runs.

Civil Service North enjoyed a 56-run victory over Derriaghy, while CIYMS ended Downpatrick's winning run with a 183-run defeat of the Section One leaders.

Muckamore and Instonians must replay their quarter-final following the collapse of Carrick's wicket-keeper Gordon Browne during Saturday's game at Moylena. Browne was taken to hospital and will undergo tests today, but was fit enough to post a message of thanks on his Facebook page yesterday.


At Stormont, Civil Service North beat Derriaghy by 56 runs

Civil Service North 228-6 (A Cowden 74, J van der Merwe 64, S Getkate 28; C Lewis 3-29, C Moorhead 3-48) Derriaghy 172 (39.3 overs, C Lewis 98, A Kenny 25; M Amjad 2-31, A Blain 3-30, J van der Merwe 2-31)

At Belmont, CIYMS beat Downpatrick by 183 runs

CIYMS 266-5 (N Jones 88 not out, J Kemp 63, J Matchett 47, C Dougherty 28; R Boultwood 2-34) Downpatrick 83 (A Patil 30; J Thompson 3-11, D Robinson 2-10, J Kemp 2-16, A Coulter 2-20)

At Wallace Park, Waringstown beat Lisburn by 187 runs

Waringstown 266-8 (G Thompson 55, K McCallan 44, J Hall 42, D Dawson 26, A Dennison 24, G Kidd 22; D Simpson 3-39, S Lazars 2-48) Lisburn 79 (G Kidd 6-12, L Nelson 3-30)

At Moylena, Muckamore v Carrickfergus, abandoned

Carrickfergus 159-8 (J Holmes 55, P Botha 38; G Nicholl 3-33, R Haire 3-33, A Dandekar 2-26) Muckamore 27-1 (3 overs)

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