JAMES Shannon will return to cricket tomorrow — playing for Instonians.
In a dramatic move he has severed his links with Phoenix, whom he signed for during the winter, and returned to his boyhood club.
The Ireland international is ineligible to play in today’s Gallagher’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Waringstown — and indeed in the Irish Cup clash between the teams next month — as he was not registered in time.
But Instonians, who lost their Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup semi-final against CIYMS last night, confirmed that he will make his comeback in the Robinson Services Premier League game against Civil Service North at Stormont.
Shannon has had personal problems since he moved to Dublin and, compounded by a shoulder injury, he will be relieved to return to Shaw’s Bridge — and the club will welcome him back with open arms.
It was his Ireland team-mate Mark Adair who stole the show at Belmont last night, hitting 67 off 27 balls, with three fours and seven sixes as CIYMS piled up 217-5 on their way to a 68 runs win.
In the final — on Monday, July 15 — they will play Waringstown who sneaked home by two runs at North Down.