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Shining Knight: Jacob Mulder starred with four wickets
Shining Knight: Jacob Mulder starred with four wickets

By Ian Callender

William Porterfield has been ruled out of North West Warriors' first home match of the season, tomorrow's Interprovincial Cup clash with holders Leinster Lightning at Bready (10.45am).

The Ireland captain was pulled out by Cricket Ireland because of his heavy itinerary this month, but he will be available for next week's one-day game against Northern Knights at Stormont and the three-day Championship tie at Comber, starting on Tuesday.

Bready captain David Scanlon returns to the 12 in place of Brigade counterpart Andy Britton, who is unavailable, with injured international Stuart Thompson the only other absentee from the squad hammered by the Knights in their opening game in La Manga last month.

The Lightning squad is also the same as travelled to Spain with the exception of an injured international, Josh Little being forced to drop out, but six of the Ireland squad involved in the Afghanistan series will play, plus Peter Chase and Simi Singh.

SQUADS - Warriors: A McBrine (capt), R Allen, A Austin, D Barr, A Gillespie, G Kennedy, W McClintock, M Poskitt, B Rankin, D Rankin, D Scanlon, C Young.

Lightning: G Dockrell (capt), A Balbirnie, P Chase, S Doheny, G Delany, F Hand, T Kane, B McCarthy, K O'Brien, S Singh, J Tector, L Tucker.

Jacob Mulder put his hand up for a starting slot in the Northern Knights side for next Monday's Interprovincial Cup match after starring for the Emerging Knights at College Park.

The NCU side went down by 55 runs in their junior interprovincial against Lightning Bolts on Sunday but Mulder took 4-25 from his 10 overs as the home side were bowled out for 188, CSN's Morgan Topping the other multi-wicket-taker with 2-21.

The Muckamore duo of Sam Gordon (40) and Aditya Adey (26) were the top scorers in the reply but most of the team had no answer to Rory Anders, who had the remarkable figures of 6-6 from seven overs as the Emerging Knights lasted only 37 overs.

He was on a hat-trick after dismissing John Matchett (23) and Topping in his first over and finished the game with another two in a row.

In the first round of the (T20) Super 3s in Dublin, Cara Murray and Hannah Little shared four of the wickets as holders Dragons were restricted to 109-9 but the Scorchers could reach only 91-9 in reply.

Little also took two wickets in the second defeat by Typhoons, who lost to the Dragons in the final game of the day.

It's first round day in the National Cup on Saturday but the NCU could muster only six entries for the all-Ireland competition for teams outside the Premier Leagues.

The travel involved and, presumably, lack of success in the competition - not one team reached the quarter-finals last year - were cited as reasons, but Ballymena, Cregagh and Derriaghy have been rewarded with home draws this weekend.

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