Andrew Balbirnie (pictured right) and Josh Little have both been named in the Leinster Lightning squad for their interprovincial cup clash with Northern Knights at Comber on Sunday.

The Pembroke pair have been absent for the Dubliners opening two wins, with Irish skipper Balbirnie quarantining after his stint with Glamorgan, and left-armer Little recovering from his elbow injury.

There's a fitness doubt over a third of the Sydney Parade's international quartet, with opening bowler Barry McCarthy due to undergo a fitness test today. He didn't take any part in Ireland Wolves series win against the Dutch this week.

McCarthy has been impressive in their opening wins, and Leinster will be keen to have him on board for the Comber clash.

JJ Garth and James Newland are left out of the 12-man squad, which as well as four Pembroke players has three from YMCA, the Tector brothers and Simi Singh.

Barry McCarthy is an injury concern for Lightning's clash with the Knights

Malahide seamers Peter Chase and David O'Halloran are named, as are the Phoenix duo of George Dockrell and Jamie Grassi, who retains his place despite Balbirnie's return. Kevin O'Brien completes the defending champions line-up.

The game gets under way at 10:45am and as usual Ian Callender will be live-scoring ball-by-ball on


  • George Dockrell (capt) (Phoenix)
  • Lorcan Tucker (vice-capt) (Pembroke)
  • Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke)
  • Peter Chase (Malahide)
  • Jamie Grassi (Phoenix)
  • Josh Little (Pembroke)
  • Barry McCarthy (Pembroke)
  • Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union)
  • David O’Halloran (Malahide)
  • Simi Singh (YMCA)
  • Jack Tector (YMCA)
  • Tim Tector (YMCA)
  • Nigel Jones (Head Coach)
  • Brían O’Rourke (Assistant Coach)