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Tim Murtagh withdraws from squad for big date with England

By Barry Chambers

Tim Murtagh has withdrawn from the Ireland squad to play England on Friday in Malahide.

The Middlesex seamer suffered a hamstring tear during Middlesex's County Championship clash with Durham at Lord's.

In the Inter-Provincial series the Waringstown pair of Gary Kidd and Phil Eaglestone combined to bowl the Northern Knights to a 103-run victory over the North West Warriors at Stormont.

Kidd claimed 4 for 26 as the visitors collapsed alarmingly from 74 for 2 - losing eight wickets for just 31 runs as they chased 209 for victory.

The former Irish international bowled superbly, claiming the vital wicket of Warriors top scorer Stuart Thompson (21).

Eaglestone did the initial damage, trapping David Rankin (6) early on and then removing Craig Averill (19) and skipper Andy McBrine first ball as the Warriors imploded.

The Knights had looked on course for a total well in excess of 250 as they reached 159 for 3, but similar to Friday's loss to Leinster, their middle and late order buckled, as seven wickets fell for 49 runs.

James Shannon stroked seven boundaries in a sparkling 46 from 48 balls.

England batsman Jonathan Trott has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Trott was recalled for the tour of the West Indies for the first time since leaving England's 2013-14 Ashes tour due to a situational anxiety condition, but has found runs tough to come by.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Cup

At Stormont: Northern Knights beat North West Warriors by 103 runs. Northern Knights 208 all out (49.1 overs, James Shannon 46, Chris Dougherty 32, Nigel Jones 32, Rassie van der Dussen 22, Andrew McBrine 2-24, Craig Young 2-34, Graeme McCarter 2-35)

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