Luke Georgeson hit a century for Civil Service North on the opening day of the NCU Premier League and will get an immediate chance to follow up today when he will open the batting for Northern Knights in their rearranged 40-over friendly against North West Warriors at Beechgrove.

The New Zealander, who has an Irish passport, and is now available for selection for his adopted country, scored 106 of CSN’s 200 for seven and then, opening the bowling took three for 43 as Instonians were dismissed for 192.

Georgeson also took the catch off his new skipper Stuart Thompson to dismiss Ireland chairman of selectors Andrew White and today’s gets his first chance to impress him on the inter-provincial stage after committing himself to Ireland.

Knights coach Simon Johnston has confirmed a number of the Emerging squad will take part in their three warm-up matches this week — they play Leinster Lightning at Oak Hill on Wednesday and Warriors again in the return match at Belmont on Friday.
Jack Dickson, Max Burton, Cade Carmichael, Cian Robertson and Matthew Humphreys are all included today.

The Knights first 50-over Cup game is against Munster Reds at Stormont on May 5.

Georgeson was upstaged on Saturday by Paul Stirling who crashed 113 not out from 69 balls as North Down hammered Premier League new boys Cliftonville Academy who recovered from losing two wickets in the first over to Tom Mayes — also in action for Knights today — to total 177.

Shock of the day was Lisburn’s nine wicket win over CIYMS at Belmont, Faiz Fazal (109 not out) and Johnny Waite (79) putting on 204 for the first wicket, with Waite out just 14 runs short of victory.

Carrickfergus beat Cregagh (91), the other newly promoted side, by seven wickets and Waringstown’s new professional, Jamie Gibson announced his arrival with figures of six for 23 as the defending champions beat Woodvale (177) by five wickets.

Warriors coach Boyd Rankin has named a squad of 12 for today’s game, which includes Emerging players Gavin Roulston, Scott Macbeth, Tommy Orr, Robbie Miller and Raymond Curry, who took seven for 14 in Bonds Glen’s win over Eglinton in the T20 Cup on Saturday — the shock of the opening round.