3 August 2007

The Irish Cricket Union have announced a squad of 12 for their opening game against Scotland in the InterContinental Cup.

Ireland, the holders, begin the defence of their trophy with a home tie with Scotland at Stormont in Belfast from August 9-12.
Boyd Rankin is again absent from the squad, but the Irish are boosted by the availability of star batsman Eoin Morgan, and wicket-keeper Niall O' Brien. There is also a place in the 12 for leg spinner Greg Thompson, who has been in action for Ireland 'A' against the MCC in Malahide this week.
Irish coach Phil Simmons said of his squad, "Unfortunately Boyd hasn't fully recovered. He bowled last week, but experienced a little bit of pain. Greg Thompson has impressed me greatly with his leg spin. He turns the ball a lot away from the bat, and he's a wicket taker, which is exactly what we need."
Tom Hayes, Chief Executive Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking said, "I'd like to wish the Irish team every success as they begin their quest to win the trophy for a 3rd successive time. It's been a marvellous year for Irish cricket, and as official team sponsor, Bank of Ireland is proud to be part of it."
The squad in full is as follows:
Trent Johnston (Railway Union) Captain
Andre Botha (North County)
Alex Cusack (Clontarf)
Thinus Fourie (Merrion)
Dave Langford-Smith (Phoenix)
Eoin  Morgan (Middlesex)
Kyle Mc Callan (Waringstown)
Kevin O' Brien (Railway Union)
Niall O' Brien (Northants)
Greg Thompson (Lisburn)
William Porterfield (Rush)
Andrew White (Instonians)

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