CRICKET Ireland has included three North West natives in a 13-man squad for the upcoming four-day match against Somerset County Cricket Club (April 6-9) at County Ground, Taunton.
The match is part of Graham Ford’s team’s build-up to its historic first Test Match in May and north west duo, Andy McBrine and Boyd Rankin have retained their places in the squad after impressing during the recent World Cup qualifying tournament, while skipper William Porterfield is ruled out due to injury.
However, there was good news for a fourth local player, player, Bready’s Craig Young, who was rehabilitating from a recent injury in South Africa. He has been drafted in as a replacement for Tim Murtagh, who has been released at the request of Middlesex’s management.
Andrew White, Cricket Ireland’s Chair of National Men’s Selectors, said: “Unfortunately William Porterfield and Ed Joyce will miss the game through injury but it offers an opportunity for James Shannon and Jack Tector.
“Jack is a natural opening batsman, who has performed well for the Wolves last year and deserves his first call up to the senior international team. We wish him well.
“Andy McBrine and Simi Singh put in strong performances over the course of the Zimbabwe tour and the selectors feel they deserve to be a part of the squad for the game against Somerset.”
The squad, to be captained by Gary Wilson, includes: Andrew Balbirnie; Peter Chase; Andrew McBrine; Barry McCarthy; Craig Young; Kevin O’Brien; Niall O’Brien; Boyd Rankin; James Shannon; Simi Singh; Paul Stirling; Jack Tector
Tickets to the historic first Test Match are now on sale through Ticketmaster.
Posted: 3:00 pm April 5, 2018