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Warriors forced to throw youngsters into the fray

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Back in action: Ireland captain William Porterfield
Back in action: Ireland captain William Porterfield

By Ian Callender

North West Warriors have been forced to ring the changes for today's Inter-provincial Cup game against the Northern Knights at Stormont (10.45am) because of a number of absentees.

Ireland captain William Porterfield returns after missing last week's defeat by Leinster Lightning and leads the side in the absence of Andy McBrine who will be attending the funeral of former Donemana player Alan Dunn.

Boyd Rankin has failed a fitness test on his troublesome hip and misses both today's game and the three-day Championship clash against the Knights at Comber, starting tomorrow. It will mean a debut for Bready's Gregory McFaul who warmed up for today's action with two wickets in Saturday's Irish Cup victory over Lisburn, including the big one of Indian professional Faiz Fazal.

Andrew Austin is the other injury absentee, after picking up a knock in last week's game at Bready, so Ballyspallen professional Brendon Louw is called into the side and will keep wicket this week.

With David Scanlon, Andy Britton and William McClintock all ruled out by work commitments, there are no fewer than five new faces in the 13-man squad, four of whom have come through the Emerging Warriors squad, Aaron Heywood of Fox Lodge, 17-year-old Kyle Magee of Brigade, Adam McDaid, who has moved to Ballyspallen this year and McFaul.

McBrine and Scanlon return for the Championship game and will replace McDaid, who top scored with 68 in the Irish Cup game against The Hills, and Marcus Poskitt who has exams.

The Knights, as expected, will be without James Shannon after he received a two-match suspension for the reaction to his dismissal in the NCU side's last inter-provincial in La Manga. They have one new face in their 12-man squad today, Matthew Foster, who was one of the many Knights players who will go into today's game on the back of good performances in the Irish Cup.

Foster, who played for Cardiff MCCU in the pre-season county games, backed up the selectors' choice with three wickets for 14 runs in 8.3 overs against Coleraine, while Civil Service North team-mates Graham McCarter (3-18) and Marc Ellison (37 not out) also starred in their seven wickets victory.

Shane Getkate took four wickets for Instonians but arguably the most impressive batting of the day came from Neil Rock who steered Rush to a thrilling one wicket victory over Glendermott, scoring all but nine of the last 46 runs, including all 18 in the last wicket stand.

Although Ireland wicket-keeper Gary Wilson is captain of the Knights side, Rock will wear the gloves in one of the matches this week with the Ireland selectors keen to see his development.

Greg Thompson drops out of the three-day squad in favour of Instonians professional Murray Commins.

Knights one-day squad: G Wilson (capt) , M Adair, J Cameron-Dow, M Ellison, M Foster, S Getkate, G McCarter, J McCollum, J Mulder, N Rock, H Tector, G Thompson.

Three-day squad: As above except M Commins for Thompson.

Warriors one-day squad: W Porterfield (capt), R Allen, A Gillespie, A Heywood, G Hume, G Kennedy, B Louw, A McDaid, G McFaul, K Magee, M Poskitt, D Rankin C Young.

Three-day squad: A McBrine (capt) and D Scanlon for McDaid and Poskitt.

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