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Young heads to trial in top form after seeing off the champions

 

By Ian Callender

Craig Young will hope to take his superb bowling form from the opening day of the North West Premiership season into today's intra-squad game in Merrion as he chases inclusion in next month's Test match squad.

Young, who has played only six red-ball games for Ireland since his debut in 2013, ripped through the Donemana batting line-up to take six wickets (all clean bowled) in seven overs for just 10 runs as the champions were dismissed for 70 by Bready, who are the first table-toppers after their nine wickets victory.

Today and tomorrow, Young will be up against William Porterfield, Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall and Kevin O'Brien in a two-day 'trial' game at Merrion, and if he can come close to repeating Saturday's form he will storm into Test contention.

It was the second successive year Donemana have crashed in their Premiership game at Magheramason so there will be no alarm bells ringing yet, especially as Dwayne McGerrigle and Andrew Riddles were missing and new professional Malith Cooray top scored with 25 and took his side's only wicket. But it was the perfect result for Bready who have been notoriously slow starters in recent seasons.

The other Premiership games were more predictable with Brigade beating Eglinton by three wickets, chasing 120 - Stuart Thompson, another Ireland hopeful who will be in action in Dublin this week, top scoring in the match with 44 for Eglinton.

Steve Lazars scored 51 of Ardmore's 183 against his former team-mates but an unbeaten 86 from Varun Chopra eased Coleraine to victory. Chopra and Matthew Hutchinson rescued the Bannsiders from 71 for six with a stand of 112.

The first century was scored by Barry Scott, dismissed for 107 in Fox Lodge's 322 for six, and that proved 38 runs too many for his former team Strabane, for whom Khuspal Singh hit 95 not out and new professional Chathura Peiris, who only arrived in Northern Ireland at 10am, hit 74.

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