Ireland name Academy squad for Loughborough Challenge

Thu, Jul 29, 2010 3:14 PM

Cricket Ireland has named a squad of 13 which will take part in the Loughborough Challenge against Scotland and England U17s next month.

All-rounder Stuart Thompson captains the side, made up primarily of U19 players past and present.

Cricket Ireland Operations Director, Mark Garaway, explained the squad composition: "The opportunity arose to compete in the Loughborough Challenge in world-class facilities at Loughborough University and the ECB National Cricket Performance Centre.

"With the U17 Squad away competing in the Netherlands, I decided to put together an Academy side which is made up of players from last years ICc U19 Cricket World Cup Squad and players who have impressed during the U18 European Championships in Belfast last week.

"Jason van der Merwe has been in great recent form and earned his promotion into this squad. He joins a strong and experienced squad including Ireland A team players Shane Getkate, Stuart Thompson as well as Middlesex CCC keeper Stuart Poynter and Sussex CCC fast bowler Craig Young. It is an exciting group of players who will tested by Scotland and the up and coming England U17s."

The Ireland Academy squad is as follows:

* Stuart Thompson (captain)
* Ben Ackland
* Adrian D’Arcy
* Shane Getkate
* Cameron Grieve
* Ryan Hopkins
* Hugh MacDonnell
* Graham McDonnell
* Stuart Poynter
* Eddie Richardson
* James Shannon
* Sam Shannon
* Jason Van der Merwe
* Coach: Mark Garaway

The fixtures in the tournament are as follows:

* England U17 v Scotland - Sunday, August 22
* Ireland v Scotland - Monday, August 23
* Ireland v England U17 - Tuesday, August 24
* Scotland v England U17 - Wednesday, August 25
* Scotland v Ireland - Thursday, August 26
* England U17 v Ireland - Friday ,August 27

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