The NW Warriors hopes of toppling defending champions Leinster Lightning in the 50-over cup have been dealt a further blow with Boyd Rankin being withdrawn from their side by Cricket Ireland.

Rankin is the fourth international missing for the NW side, with Irish skipper William Porterfield also excluded by the governing body, while Stuart Thompson (shoulder injury) and Andy Britton (work commitments) also sidelined.

Rankin's place is taken by Coleraine overseas professional Graham Hume (pictured).

The 28 year-old is a former South African U19 World Cup player who has taken 300 first-class wickets.

Action at Bready gets under way at 10:45 am on Thursday.