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Northern Knights get chance to fight back at The Lawn

By Ian Callender

The Northern Knights selectors have given the team that "let themselves down" at the weekend a final chance by naming an unchanged squad for the return Inter-provincial Cup game against Leinster Lightning at The Lawn on Sunday.

Jordan McClurkin, the Instonians wicket-keeper, has been included in a squad of 13, which will be reduced to 12 on the day, after 62 extras were conceded, 39 of them wides, although the bowlers were more responsible than keeper Chris Dougherty.

The Knights go straight into a three-day Championship game against Lightning at Stormont, starting on Monday, and the quick turnaround means skipper Andrew White is unavailable.

Waringstown's Lee Nelson takes over as skipper while opening bowler Mark Adair is also unavailable. Ballymena's Robert McKinley takes his place and James McCollum and Adam Dennison also come into the squad in place of White and Peter Eakin.

It is the Knights' last game in this year's one-day competition and the selectors are looking for a better "collective attitude" while the NCU also came off second best in their first two Championship games against the North West Warriors which were drawn.

Knights (50-over): A White, C Dougherty, R van der Dussen, J Shannon, L Nelson, G Thompson, P Eakin, M Adair, P Eaglestone, J Cameron-Dow, S Bunting, S Getkate, J McClurkin.

Knights (3-day): L Nelson, Dougherty, J McCollum, van der Dussen, Shannon, Getkate, Thompson, A Dennison, McClurkin, Cameron-Dow, R McKinley, Eaglestone, Bunting.

THE Ireland Under-17 squad head to Scotland next week for the three-match Challenge Series in confident mood after completing a clean sweep of victories over the Netherlands in Cork.

They followed up their six wickets win on the opening day with a crushing 218 runs victory in the second 50-over match with centuries for Fiachra Tucker and Jamie Grassie who added 266 for the fourth wicket. Burndennett's Ross McCay then impressed with figures of 3-11 as the Dutch were bowled out for 78. The T20 victory was just as convincing.

The squad are next in action on Friday at Burndennett against a North West Academy XI (11am).

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