Bready batsman picked for Ireland’s Sri Lanka tour

Davy Rankin will join Ireland for their Sri Lanka tour

Davy Rankin will join Ireland for their Sri Lanka tour

DAVID Rankin has been added to the Ireland A squad which will tour Sri Lanka in the New Year.

The 26 year-old Bready and NW Warriors opening batsman scored 749 runs at 35.67 in domestic cricket last season, which included seven half centuries. He showed his versatility by taking 15 catches behind the stumps, and also took off the gloves to claim 13 wickets at 25.31, including a best-bowling analysis of 5 for 31.


Ireland A will spend two weeks in Sri Lanka with a training camp culminating in four matches against local opposition.

They will play 50 over games against the Police on January 11 and Kalutara Town Club the following day. The tour concludes with back-to-back T20 games against BRC on January 14.

“It’s a great opportunity for the players to stake their claims for a place in the ICC World Twenty20 competition in Bangladesh,” said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

“Sri Lankan conditions are similar to those of Bangladesh so it’s ideal preparation for the guys that make it to the senior squad. They all have the chance to showcase their talents in both the training camp and match situations.”

John Anderson wasn’t available for selection for the trip due to other commitments, while George Dockrell will travel with the squad but won’t feature in any of the scheduled matches.


Andrew Poynter (captain) (Clontarf), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke/Middlesex), James Cameron-Dow (North Down), Chris Dougherty (CIYMS), Phil Eaglestone (Waringstown), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Stuart Poynter (Durham), David Rankin (Bready) Eddie Richardson (North County), James Shannon (Instonians), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke).

Receive quality journalism wherever you are, on any device. Keep up to date from the comfort of your own home with a digital subscription.
Any time | Any place | Anywhere

AFTER almost six months on the sidelines due to injury, Strabane athlete Ann Marie McGlynn made a tremendous return...

TWO Strabane powerlifters will be Wales-bound this June after being selected for the Irish team.


The Strabane Chronicle is published by North West of Ireland Printing & Publishing Company Limited, trading as North-West News Group.
Registered in Northern Ireland, No. R0000576. 4 Castle Street, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, BT82 8AB