Top class cricket on the banks of the Lee this Friday (5pm), as the Munster Reds’ only home game of the year sees the Northern Knights travel down south to the Mardyke, both looking for their first victory of the season, in a game that went right down to the wire last year.
“The biggest thing about playing at home, is showing the Cork public and the Munster public what this level is about again this year” said Williamson ahead of the game. “The advantage from a playing aspect is that we know the wicket and the ground, and guys will hopefully take confidence from playing at their own ground.
“I think the main thing though is to show people down here that we’re capable of playing at this level, and whether it be 3, 5, or 7 years down the line, to have a fully-fledged Munster team at interprovincial level again.”
Bad light ended the Reds’ chance of getting a debut win in the same fixture last year, and with home advantage for the only time this season, Ted Williamson’s side will be hopeful of their first interprovincial win, continuing to knock on the door, including last time around.
That was a highly entertaining trip to Eglinton, just on the outskirts of Derry, as the Reds it to the last over against a strong North-West Warriors outfit, with youngster Diarmuid Carey taking his first ever Interprovincal wicket, none other than Irish captain William Porterfield.
The young Cork County spinner is away on Friday, and makes one of two changes to the Reds side who were narrowly defeated up North two weeks ago.
To replace him, Williamson has opted to stick with spin, as Cork County’s Abubakar Saddique returns to the fold after injuries kept him out of the earlier games. Saddique played in last year’s game at Eglinton, but this time is hoping to shine on more familiar turf at the Mardyke.
He is joined by teammate Morne Bauer, who replaces Robert Forrest, also unavailable for selection.
Hanley Energy Interprovincial T20
Munster Reds v Northern Knights, The Mardyke, 5pm.
Munster Reds Squad to face Northern Knights:
Jack Tector (YMCA, Captain), Yaqoob Ali (Co Kerry), Tom Anders (Phoenix), Abubakar Saddique (Cork County), Jeremy Benton (Cork County), Nicolaas Pretorius (The Hills), Morne Bauer (Cork County), Stephen Doheny (Rush), Jamie Grassi (North County), David Delany (Clontarf), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Murtaza Sidiqi (Limerick).