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North West Warriors hit by withdrawals as Northern Knights aim to streak ahead

by ian callender

Northern Knights will face a depleted North West Warriors attack when the teams meet for the first time in the inter-provincial Championship at Bready today (11am).

William McClintock yesterday withdrew from the squad, joining his unavailable twin brother Gary McClintock and internationals Stuart Thompson, Craig Young and Andy Britton on the sidelines. David Scanlon, on his home ground, will become player coach for the next three days and Brigade batsman Ryan Hunter also comes into the squad in place of Scott Campbell who cannot get off work.

Jarred Barnes and Eglinton professional Oraine Williams is the likely opening attack.

This is only the Warriors' second championship game of the season - they lost the first by an innings to holders Leinster Lightning - but Knights are hoping to build on their encouraging first two games of the season, when they had the better of two draws. A big win takes them top.

There was a late change last night to the Knights team with CIYMS pace bowler Allen Coulter coming in for international Graeme McCarter who was forced to pull out with a back injury.

Warriors: A McBrine (capt), R Allen, J Barnes, RL Dougherty, A Gillespie, R Hunter, D Hyatt, R Macbeth, D Rankin, J Robinson, D Scanlon, O Williams

Knights: J Shannon (capt), A Coulter, C Dougherty, S Getkate, J Holmes, J McCollum, J Magowan, J Mulder, L Nelson, Nat Smith, Nik Smith, G Thompson

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