The North West Warriors have opted to stick with the 13-man squad that started the new season as they head to Stormont on Tuesday for an IP50 game against the Northern Knights.
Gary Wilson’s charges recovered quickly from defeat in Leinster in their opening game to account for Munster Reds at Eglinton and can go to Belfast in confident mood at the start of next week’s double-header.
The Warriors’ batting order looks more settled this season with Andy McBrine set to get a run in the Number 3 slot behind openers William Porterfield and Stephen Doheny.
Skipper McBrine has a plethora of middle and lower order options after that, all of whom are capable of scoring heavily.
It’s a similar story in the bowling department too- Craig Young, Boyd Rankin, Conor Olphert, Graham Hume and Shane Getkate vying for the seam and swing roles with Graham Kennedy and Ross Allen offering support to the skipper with the slow stuff.
These are always keenly contested affairs with two sides that have rarely had much between them. Paul Stirling turned out for the Knights in their defeat in Dublin- their only competitive game to date- and in Luke Georgeson and Jeremy Lawlor they have quality players of whom the visitors will be very wary.
It has all the makings of a lively game with action getting under way at 10.45am. The match will be live-scored as usual by Ian Callender on www.cricketeurope.com
North West Warriors Squad
Andy McBrine (capt) (Donemana); William Porterfield (Formby); Stephen Doheny (Merrion); Graham Hume (Waringstown); Stuart Thompson (CSNI) ; Graham Kennedy (CIYMS); Nathan McGuire; (Glendermott/Rush) Ross Allen (Brigade); Shane Getkate (Instonians); William McClintock (Donemana); Boyd Rankin (Lisburn); Conor Olphert (Bready); Craig Young (North Down);
As well as the 13 named, there are a further four who make up the extended senior squad who are
Varun Chopra (Coleraine), Aaron Gillespie (Strabane), Kyle Magee (Brigade), and Will Smale (Coleraine).
The selectors have also named a further 11 in an extended training squad which is expected to form the basis of the NW side, along with the four above for the new Emerging Interpro series which begins at the end of June.
The selectors have given themselves wriggle room to add to this squad, which may explain the omission of 21 year-old all-rounder Jared Wilson from the 28 names, after he was included in the Warriors senior panel last year.
Raymond Curry (Bonds Glen), Ross Dougherty (Newbuildings), Ryan Hunter (Newbuildings), Reece Kelly (Bready), Scott Macbeth (St Johnston), Ryan Macbeth (Brigade), Gregory McFaul (Bready), Trent McKeegan (Newbuildings), James McKillop (Bready), Robbie Millar (Eglinton), Tommy Orr (Eglinton).