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Lightning name strong squad for interpro clash
CricketEurope    Skipper George Dockrell is one of ten senior internationals named in the 12-man squad to play NW Warriors at Sydney Parade next week.
Photos: Test Trial, Match 1 at Merrion
Photos from the first day of the scheduled two-day game at Merrion. Andrew Balbirnie scored a century while Tyrone Kane captured five wickets.
Interpro switches to Pembroke from Oak Hill
CricketEurope    The venue for the first match of the Inter-Provincial Championships next week has been moved from Oak Hill to Pembroke.
Killyclooney lead Championship charge
Londonderry Sentinel    Killyclooney led the way as they chased down what looked a very competitive Newbuildings total of 279 with Darren Moan providing the highlight of the opening afternoon.
All the Presidents Men
17 Cricket Ireland Presidents gathered in the Ballymascanlon Hotel for their annual dinner. (Instonians CC)
Ben Wylie
CricketEurope
It's a very happy 24th birthday to Ben Wylie. The slow left-arm spinner has played for Ireland at all levels of youth cricket as well as Ireland A. The Instonians man has also represented the Northern Knights, and played first-class cricket with Cambridge University.
Photos: Second innings of Merrion v YMCA
The YMCA innings as they chased down 245 to beat Merrion by one wicket in the opening match of the Premier League.
Balbirnie passes Test trial
CricketEurope    Andrew Balbirnie scored a century, while Tyrone Kane took five wickets on the first day of the Test trial at Merrion.
Ireland 1 v Ireland 2 (Test Trial; At Merrion)
Ireland 1 286/13 (90 overs; A Balbirnie 100 ret, W Porterfield 40; T Kane 5-54)
7:38 PM Andrew Balbirnie and Tyrone Kane the headline stealers on a day when players batted twice, three retired and there were more comings and goings than a revolving door. The scorers will certainly sleep tonight trying to make sense of a 13 wicket innings. Not quite farcical but it did provide much needed practice ahead of the first Test.
Levi Dougherty hits 6 sixes in an over
Strabane Chronicle    Levi Dougherty entered the record books as he joined a select band of cricketers who have struck 6 sixes in an over.
Lanky appointed Lightning selector
CricketEurope    Dave Langford-Smith has accepted the post as selector of Leinster Lightning. He replaces fellow Merrion team mate Jeff Short who stepped down.
Ireland 1 v Ireland 2 (Test Trial; At Merrion)
Ireland 1 186-5 (54 overs; A Balbirnie 100 ret, W Porterfield 40; T Kane 2-31)
3:38 PM Andy Balbirnie reaches 100 from 163 balls (20 fours) then retires. William Porterfield made 40. Niall O'Brien (17) and Kevin O'Brien (14) other wickets to fall. Two wickets for Tyrone Kane.
Photos: Merrion v YMCA, 1st inns
Photos from the first innings of the dramatic Premier League game between Merrion and YMCA at Anglesea Road.
Who does best for Ireland in red-ball cricket?
Ger Siggins (CricketEurope)    A look at who has performed best for Ireland in the longer red-ball format in recent years against the A sides of the full members. Some interesting stats , but also some worrying ones.
Ireland 1 v Ireland 2 (Test Trial; At Merrion)
Ireland 1 95-1 (30 overs; A Balbirnie 57*, W Porterfield 27*; T Kane 1-19)
1:23 PM Batsmen on top at Angelsea Road in the two-day game. Just the one wicket to fall this morning as Tyrone Kane dismissed his Merrion and Lightning team mate Ed Joyce for 9. Andy Balbirnie has hit 12 boundaries so far in his 90-ball innings, while William Porterfield watchful in his 27 from 79 balls. Seven bowlers used so far including Craig Young, Peter Chase, Lorcan Tucker, Fionn Hand, George Dockrell and Simi Singh.
No shortage of thrillers as Leprechaun Cup gets under way
CL Youth/CricketEurope    Performance of the season so far goes to Castaheany's Avyay Mynampati who took 5 for 3, including four in four balls as his side beat Castleknock in a low scoring contest. Srihan Karpe also took 3 for 5 as Castaheany won by 12 runs.
Photos: Bready 4 v Killyclooney 3
Pics from a thriller which saw Trevor Hamilton make an unbeaten 42 to lead Bready to a last-over win against Killyclooney despite four wickets for Jason Wallace.
Photos: Clontarf v Laois
Deryck Vincent's gallery from the match between Clontarf Thirds and Laois at Castle Avenue.
Merrion pay the penalty
CricketEurope    Merrion skipper Dom Joyce admitted his team had only themselves to blame after they were penalised 12 runs for slow over rate which was to prove crucial as they lost to YMCA by 1 wicket in a dramatic opener to the new Premier era.
NCU Section 1 - Round up
CrcketEurope    Report on the only two Section 1 games played in the NCU.
Nigel Jones
CricketEurope
It's a very happy 36th birthday to Nigel Jones who played 34 times for Ireland before retiring in 2012. He played for Ireland in both the 2010 and 2012 T20 World Cups. He is still one of the most consistent performers in domestic cricket, currently skippering CIYMS.
Wins for Brigade, Coleraine and Fox Lodge
Derry News    A round-up of the action as Brigade, Coleraine and Fox Lodge all win the Premiership.
Joy of six as Young fires Bready to top of table
Derry News    The Bready pace bowler returning figures of 6-10 as the Magheramason men routed Donemana for the second successive year.
Photos: Eglinton v Brigade
Three wickets apiece for DD Barr and Andy Britton - who took a wicket with the first ball of the season - saw Brigade dismiss Eglinton for 119. The Beechgrove side didn't have it all their own way, losing 7 wickets before getting over the finishing line.
Photos: Fox Lodge v Strabane
Barry Scott was the first centurion of the season. He made 107 for Fox Lodge against his former side Strabane as the Ballymagorry side made 322 for 6. Half centuries from Aaron Gillespie, Kushpal Singh and new Sri Lanka professional Chanthura Peiris got Strabane close, but Fox Lodge closed out a 38-run win.
Photos: Bready v Donemana
Bready ran out emphatic winners against Donemana as Craig Young captured six wickets for just 10 runs to dismiss the Holm side for just 70. Andrew Austin made unbeaten 31 as the Magheramason side won by 9 wickets.
Photos: Glendermott presentations
Some photos as Glendermott launched their new honours board in memory of Ethel Dougherty. Jim Campbell also handed over the presidential reins to Alan Dougherty. The three Cooke brothers also made their debut.
Photos: Lisburn V Cregagh - NCU Section1
Lisburn were 57 run winners over Cregagh at Wallace Park
CricketEurope Match Centre
We will be launching our new CricketEurope Match Centre at the start of May, with full coverage of international matches and selected representative matches and cup finals. More details will be announced in the coming week. Throughout the season, beginning today, the Match Centre will also feature latest results and tables from representative and club matches as they become available.
Lawrence Moore
On the eve of the new season in the NW, PRO Lawrence Moore talks with Dessie McCallion outlining where he thinks the main challenge to Donemana dominance will emanate from.