The Northern Knights squad for the final Interprovincial T20 Trophy festival weekend at North Down has been named and will see Tom Mayes make his debut on his home ground.
Surgery on a shoulder injury has ruled out James McCollum and with Luke Georgeson returning to New Zealand to take up a contract with Wellington Cricket the selectors have turned to some of the young players who have progressed through the Emerging Knights programme.
Tom Mayes has led the North Down seam attack this season and his thirty three wicket return is identical to that of Instonians left-arm spinner Cian Robertson and both will surely make the final match day XI
Also into the squad comes James Hunter who started life at Instonians as a left-arm seamer but who has now become a recognised run-scorer for the Shaw's Bridge outfit.
Last of the new boys is Morgan Topping who has earned his place for his performances in the Future Series where he was the leading run scorer and also late-season form with Premier League champions Waringstown.
Skipper Harry Tector can call on on two new Ireland players, keeper Neil Rock and leg-spinner Ben White recently earning their Senior colours.
Northern Knights Squad
Harry Tector (Captain) YMCA
Mark Adair (CIYMS)
Ross Adair (CSNI)
David Delany (Clontarf)
James Hunter (Instonians)
Jeremy Lawlor (Carrickfergus)
John Matchett (CIYMS)
Tom Mayes (North Down)
Ruhan Pretorious (Woodvale)
Cian Roberston (Instonians)
Neil Rock (Rush)
Paul Stirling (North Down)
Morgan Topping (Waringstown)
Ben White (CSNI)
Interprovincial Trophy - T20 Festival Fixtures
Friday 17 September
Northern Knights v North West Warriors - 10.30am
Leinster Lightning v Munster Reds - 3.00pm
Saturday 18 September
Northern Knights v Leinster Lightning - 10.30am
Munster Reds v North West Warriors - 3.00pm
Sunday 19 September
Northern Knights v Munster Reds - 10.30am
Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors - 3.00pm