Lightning and Warriors ready for battle
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
LEINSTER Lightning have 10 internationals in their squad- it was 11 but Max Sorensen is absent from their game against North West Warriors at The Hills (10.45am).
The uncapped player certain to take part is Jamie Grassi, who will keep wicket in the absence of Lorcan Tucker. The most notable name is Ed Joyce, who makes his Lightning debut at the age of 38. Still considered Ireland’s best batsman, Joyce is available this year having quit his full-time contract with Sussex.
Kevin O’Brien plays his first game of the season – his return from the hamstring injury which forced him early from Ireland’s tour of India last month – with his brother, Niall playing for the opposition, such is the strength of this year’s Lightning team.
Leinster Lightning: J Anderson (capt), A Balbirnie, P Chase, G Dockrell, J Grassi, E Joyce, T Kane, J Little, K O’Brien, E Richardson, S Singh, S Terry
JOHNNY Thompson returns to inter-provincial action tomorrow after his two-year stay with CIYMS.
The former Ireland A player was never selected for the Northern Knights but, back home at Brigade the North West Warriors have wasted no time in bringing him back into the fold.
It is a new-look Warriors side that will face the might of Leinster Lightning tomorrow with Steve Lazars, formerly of Ballymena and Lisburn, making his debut as a Coleraine player and unlike the other two teams in the 50-overs Cup competition, the Warriors have opted to play a professional, with Bready’s Sri Lanka Irosh Samarasooriya also playing at The Hills. Although Niall O’Brien will keep wicket, regular keeper Ricky-Lee Dougherty remains in the team.
North West Warriors: A McBrine (capt), A Britton, RL Dougherty, A Gillespie, S Lazars, G McClintock, N O’Brien, D Rankin, I Samarasooriya, J Thompson, S Thompson, C Young.