1 March 2007

The Irish Cricket Union have announced the signing of 21 year old Vernon Philander, as one of their two permitted overseas players for this year's Friends Provident Trophy.

Vernon PhilanderThe South African all-rounder is highly regarded in his native country, having just missed out on selection for the World Cup - he had been named in the preliminary squad of 30.

He has played 26 First Class games, scoring 1046 runs at an average of 26.15, with a highest score of 168. He has also taken 71 wickets at an impressive average of 24.19. He played international cricket at Under 19 level for South Africa, and his domestic clubs include Cape Cobras and Western Province.

Irish Cricket Union Vice Chairman David Williams said of the signing, "Vernon was recommended to us many months ago, and we've been monitoring his progress very closely during the current South African season. He's been very impressive this year, and following discussions with Russell Adams, the Cape Cobras manager, we are delighted to have secured his signature."

Ireland Coach Adrian Birrell believes Philander will prove to be a valuable acquisition, "He's a very talented player, and I heard nothing but good reports about him during our recent training camp in Eastern Province. He can be very explosive with both bat and ball, and I'm sure Irish supporters will enjoy watching him in action."

Stephen Kirkpatrick, Head of Banking, Bank of Ireland Northern Ireland, the official team sponsor, said, "There's no doubt that Vernon Philander has excellent credentials, and I'm sure he will be a great asset to the team in this year's competition. It looks as if 2007 will continue to be a very exciting period in Irish cricket."

Photos Copyright Cape Cobras

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