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Places against MCC up for grabs

Adam Berry and Graeme McCarter have been named as captains for tomorrow’s Ulster Schools Trial, to be held at Ballyclare High School (1.30pm start).

An Ulster Schools XI will play the touring MCC side next Tuesday at Campbell College and a team will then be selected for the annual inter-provincial against Southern Schools. This year’s match is at Rathmines, Dublin, on June 29-30.

Trial Team A: A Berry (captain, Methodist College), R Adair (Sullivan Upper), S Beattie (Ballyclare HS), S Campbell (Coleraine AI), P Eakin (Regent House), J Glenn (Foyle & Londonderry College), C Harkness (Campbell College), J Hunter (Ballyclare HS), R McKinley (Larne GS), S Olphert (Limavady GS), C Walton (Bangor GS).

Team B: G McCarter (captain, Foyle & Londonderry College), A Beattie (Grosvenor GS), M Best (Campbell College), C Campbell (Foyle & Londonderry College), J McClurkin (BRA), N Hodgins (Campbell College), C McMorran (Campbell College), S Shannon (RBAI), A Shields (Grosvenor GS), R Wilson (Bangor GS), B Wylie (RBAI).

Most of the the North West schoolboys will get match practice tonight when the Faughan Valley Cup resumes with the regional semi-finals. Jack Glenn will be in the Bready side which hosts Bonds Glen and in the other Tyrone semi- final, McCarter will line out for Fox Lodge in their game at Donemana.

In the Derry section, Simon Olphert will be in action for Eglinton as they hope home advantage will help them to a shock win over Limavady, and Chris Campbell will hope to keep his place in the Brigade team at Glendermott.

Meanwhile, there are 15 primary schools taking part in the Northern Ireland Asda Kwik Cricket Finals at Stormont today with the winners going through to the National Finals at Derby CCC on July 19-20.

The 15 finalists are Inchmarlo, Brooklands, Greenisland, Strandtown, Campbell College Junior School, Christie Memorial, Academy Primary School, Harmony Hill, Andrews Memorial, Waringstown, Newcastle, Downey, Inchmarlo B, Strandtown B and Campbell Junior B.

The action starts at 10am with the final due to end, weather permitting, at 2pm.

It is the sixth year that Asda has sponsored the competition and they will be represented at Stormont to hand out drinks and healthy snacks. The competition involved over 130,000 cricketers from 12,000 primary schools, the largest grassroots initiative in any sport in the UK.

Belfast Telegraph