Defending champions North West Warriors have named a strong squad for next week's Interprovincial Championship game against Leinster Lightning which starts at Bready on Monday (11am).

Ian McGregor will be delighted to have William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson back from injury for this one although the Head Coach admitted that his side's recent One-Day win in Belfast had given them something of a selection headache.

"Considering how the last set of games went there is definitely competition for places in the squad these days" he began. "That's obviously a positive sign because it lets people see the standards we have set and what it takes to get into the panel. There will be established players not getting into the playing XI and that's something we didn't always have.

"We know what Leinster Lightning will bring- they're a team full of current Internationals, but I think we've proved that we're comfortable with three-day cricket now.

"Some players are coming in fresh on Monday and I'm looking forward to seeing how we go about our work over the course of the match."

As expected, Brendon Louw keeps his place as keeper/batsman with Andrew Austin not yet ready to return while Coleraine's Graham Hume is also included after impressing selectors.

Stuart Thompson will bowl as well as bat although it would be no surprise to see both men's workloads restricted with plenty of other options available.

This is probably as close to full strength as McGregor's side gets so it could be a very interesting few days at Magheramason.


  • Andy McBrine (capt) (Donemana)
  • William Porterfield (Formby)
  • Stuart Thompson (Eglinton)
  • Craig Young (North Down)
  • Boyd Rankin (Bromsgrove)
  • David Rankin (Bready)
  • Aaron Gillespie (Strabane)
  • Ross Allen (Brigade)
  • Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen)
  • Graham Hume (Coleraine)
  • Brendon Louw (Ballyspallen)
  • David Scanlon (Bready)