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Stuart Thompson misses out as Young starts

By Ian Callender

Stuart Thompson has been told he will not be playing in Ireland's Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland, starting at Clontarf this morning.

The Eglinton all-rounder was left out of both the ODI and I-Cup squads to face the Scots, after returning from injury.

Although he was called into the team for last week's World Cricket League games, and played in both as replacement for the injured John Mooney, Thompson will be part of the squad in Dublin this week but not in the 13 from which the team was selected this morning.

That all but confirms the debut of Craig Young, the former Bready, now Sussex pace bowler and Graeme McCarter, formerly of Fox Lodge and now Gloucestershire, who will play his second game for Ireland as Young's likely new-ball partner.

Chris Dougherty and Andy McBrine are the other two uncapped players in the squad, but unless national coach Phil Simmons leaves out one of the remaining six survivors from the one-day games, they will be still waiting for their first cap.

Meanwhile, Drummond will meet St Johnston at The Rectory on Saturday in a play-off to decide the runners-up spot in the Long's SuperValu Championship.

St Johnston last night completed a four wickets win over Sion Mills to finish level on points with Drummond who bowled out Killyclooney on Monday night for 51 and a 10-wicket victory.

The Saints were taken to a second night after Sion posted 107 for eight in their 20 overs on Monday but they reached their target with seven balls to spare.

The winners of Saturday's play-off will meet Bready at Eglinton on Sunday in the promotion/relegation play-off for the final place in next season's Premiership.

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