Gary Wilson and James Shannon have both been included in the Northern Knights squad for the opening inter-provincials of the season in La Manga next month.

Wilson missed Ireland’s series with Afghanistan because of an eye problem and Shannon was also ruled out by a shoulder injury sustained on the Ireland Wolves tour to Sri Lanka in January.
But both have declared themselves available which is good news for their new clubs, Civil Service North and Phoenix.

Wilson has been seeing an eye specialist and although yet to be given the all-clear he is confident he will be in La Manga for the first inter-provincial action outside Ireland; the teams will each play two games from April 22-25.

Dublin-based Harry Tector and Neil Rock, who played for the Knights last season, will again represent the NCU side this year and young Clontarf pace bowler David Delany will also switch unions to guarantee representative cricket and will be in the squad when it is finalised next week.

Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland have announced five Emerging Player Contracts. James Cameron-Dow, who played in four ODIs and the Test match against Afghanistan and Shane Getkate, who made his Ireland debut at the tri-series in Oman, have been joined on the list by Josh Little, Jack Tector and Lorcan Tucker.

On Cameron-Dow, chairman of Selectors Andrew White has “backed him to get even better in coming years” and said that Getkate was “dedicated to improving his game further”.

A sixth Emerging contract could still be awarded as former Instonians bowler Nathan Smith turned one down this year, preferring to move back to his native Australia.