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Wilson hoping to learn from his Robinson mistake



Hands up: Gary Wilson admitted he made the wrong call last week

Hands up: Gary Wilson admitted he made the wrong call last week

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Hands up: Gary Wilson admitted he made the wrong call last week

Carl Robinson is in line to make his debut for Northern Knights in their final inter-provincial of the season against champions Leinster Lightning at Malahide today (10.15am).

Ground and weather conditions will dictate the final 11 but skipper Gary Wilson will hope not to make the same mistake as he did in the first match between the teams last week when he opted to go in with only one spinner.

Harry Tector took two wickets - the prize scalps of Kevin O'Brien and Simi Singh - and Wilson admitted that Robinson should have played on his home ground at Comber.

"Undoubtedly we missed the second spinner," he said. "You saw how much turn Simi got bowling from the pavilion end. I had planned to use James Hunter in the middle overs but after not making the most of the new ball we clawed it back which is when James would have bowled, so he didn't get a chance."

The Instonians all-rounder misses out again today as he is not included in the 12 travelling to Dublin with Robinson or a seamer (Matthew Foster) to be 12th man, as Neil Rock will play as a batsman at No.7 or 8.

Lightning are set to field the same team which piled up 306-7 at The Green on their way to a 91-run victory, with Tyrone Kane, who missed Tuesday's win at Bready against North West Warriors with a muscle strain, fit to resume his place in the side.

He will probably replace Rory Anders and leave captain George Dockrell and head coach Nigel Jones with the decision whether, with a seventh successive 50-over title in the bag, to give Tim Tector his debut, the 17-year-old brother of Harry and Jack.

Jones was giving nothing away when he said: "It's important we continue to build through these last two games and continue to get better. Everyone has been contributing well to our brand of cricket and taken a step forward."

The final game of the season is on Monday, also at Malahide, when Warriors are the visitors.

Because of restrictions in Dublin, there will be no spectators at either game.

Belfast Telegraph