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Town and Coleraine are set for early Ulster clash

North Down, the O'Neill's Ulster Cup holders, will start their defence at Eglinton this year, but the match of the first round sees the champions of the NCU and the North West meet at The Lawn.

Waringstown were first out of the hat against Coleraine in yesterday's draw while Instonians, last year's beaten finalists, start out at home to Brigade.

Meanwhile, Waringstown pace man James Mitchell is the unlucky bowler to miss out on the Under-19 World Cup after Ireland opted to bring two spin bowlers to Bangladesh later this month.

The squad, captained by Jack Tector, still includes six Ulster players, five of them from the North West. The McClintock twins, Gary and William, are named along with Strabane batsman Aaron Gillespie, Bready's Andrew Austin and Coleraine leg spinner Varun Chopra. Waringstown batsman Adam Dennison completes the northern representation

Ireland squad: J Tector (capt), R Anders, A Austin, V Chopra, A Dennison, S Doheny, A Gillespie, J Little, G McClintock, W McClintock, T Stanton, H Tector, F Tucker, L Tucker, B White.

O'Neill's Ulster Cup 1st round draw: Eglinton v North Down, Waringstown v Coleraine, Donemana v CSN, Bready v Lisburn, Instonians v Brigade, Strabane v Carrickfergus, Derriaghy v Ardmore. Bye: CIYMS

Ulster Shield 1st round: Muckamore v Ballyspallen, Newbuildings v Bangor, Academy v Fox Lodge, Burndennett v Woodvale, Downpatrick v St Johnston, Glendermott v Saintfield, Armagh v Killyclooney, Bonds Glen v Templepatrick.

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