The NW Warriors will be without pace bowlers Boyd Rankin and Conor Olphert who are injured, while Brigade opener Ryan Hunter is unavailable due to work commitments, having started a new job on Monday.

Brigade's Kyle Magee and Varun Chopra of Coleraine get well-deserved opportunities to feature at this level as the Warriors' selectors quite rightly look to the future in this strangest of seasons.

 

(Varun Chopra)

Skipper Andy McBrine is one of five Irish Internationals in the North West ranks alongside William Porterfield, Craig Young, Stuart Thompson and David Rankin.

Ross Allen and the two Grahams- Hume and Kennedy- boast plenty of experience at this level, however there is plenty of youthful exuberance making up the 12.

Will Smale looks set to take the gloves while Nathan McGuire  from Rush is another youngster that many will be looking forward to seeing in the blue and green. 

All eyes will be on Paul Stirling at the top of the Knights' order but just this once it will be fine by the home side if our world-class International opener doesn't get going.

Action gets under way at 1.30 at Magheramason and we'll be keeping everything crossed for a break from the forecast of rain and howling gales for an intriguing game.

WARRIORS SQUAD

Andy McBrine (capt) (Donemana), Ross Allen, Kyle Magee (both Brigade), Varun Chopra, Graham Hume, Will Smale (all Coleraine), Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen), Nathan McGuire (Rush), William Porterfield (Formby), David Rankin (Bready), Stuart Thompson (CSNI), Craig Young (North Down).