23 July 2009

Cricket Ireland this morning announced the squad for the forthcoming European Championships in The Netherlands.

The tournament takes place in Amsterdam and Rotterdam from August 11-13.
John Mooney will captain the squad as they look to defend the title won at the same venue in 2008.
There are five players named from the Under 19's who won their title at the weekend. One of those, North County's Eddie Richardson, is named at this level for the first time.
Ireland senior coach Phil Simmons said of the selection, "It's a chance for the guys to impress, particularly the bowlers. We have an Intercontinental Cup game and two ODI's in Scotland after the championships, and then we're straight in to the RSA Challenge ODI with England on August 27. A few good performances in Holland, and they could well be in line for promotion to the senior squad. I'm sure that will be a great motivation for them."
The squad in full is as follows:

John Mooney (capt) (North County), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), Andrew Britton (Fox Lodge), George Dockrell (Leinster), Phil Eaglestone (Strabane), Shane Getkate (Malahide), James Hall (Waringstown), Nigel Jones (CSN), Gary Kidd (Waringstown), Fintan McAllister (Malahide), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Eddie Richardson (North County), Paul Stirling (Carrickfergus), Reinhardt Strydom (YMCA).

The four reserves are: Allen Coulter (CSN), Chris Dougherty (Bready), Thinus Fourie (North County), Rory McCann (Instonians).

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