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Rising star Adair gets Ireland's call after clinching county deal

By Ian Callender

Two days after signing a two-year contract with Warwickshire, Mark Adair has been named in the Ireland squad to face Afghanistan in next month's five-match one-day series at Stormont.

The uncapped 20-year-old pace bowler from Holywood replaces his county team-mate Boyd Rankin, Cricket Ireland having agreed with Warwickshire not to call him up for the series, starting on July 10, in this busy summer schedule.

Also named in a 14-man squad is Sean Terry, who scored 251 not out for Ireland A against their Scotland counterparts earlier this month and is currently playing for Northamptonshire in their county championship match against Sussex. He scored 54 in the first innnings yesterday.

Stuart Thompson is again missing from the squad but CI would say only that he is "ill".

Leinster Lightning are just one win away from retaining their Twenty20 inter-pro title after beating North West Warriors by 74 runs last night.

Ireland SQUAD: W Porterfield (capt), M Adair, J Anderson, P Chase, E Joyce, T Kane, T Murtagh, A McBrine, B McCarthy, K O'Brien, S Poynter, P Stirling, S Terry, G Wilson

T20 INTER-PRO: Eglinton: Leinster Lighting 173-8 (M Sorensen 36, D Joyce 31, S Singh 30, G Dockrell 20; J Robinson 3-22, D Scanlon 2-20) North West Warriors 99 (15 overs, RL Dougherty 39; G Dockrell 3-12, Yaqoob Ali 2-5, E Richardson 2-22, P Chase 2-22). Lightning won by 74 runs

• ALEX Hales and Jason Roy both scored centuries as England swept aside Sri Lanka to win the second one-day international by 10 wickets at Edgbaston last night. After a tie, England lead the five-match series 1-0.

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