Ireland Under 19s to play two ODIs against England

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 5:03 PM

Cricket Ireland and the ECB on Tuesday announced that England and Ireland will play two Under 19 One-Day Internationals next summer.

The teams will play their games on Wednesday July 18 and Friday July 20 at Grace Road, Leicestershire. The ground is a happy one for Ireland, having won the 2007 Intercontinental Cup there, defeating Canada by an innings inside two days.

The teams will be using the games as preparation for the Under 19 World Cup which is taking place in Australia around the Brisbane region, next August.

Indeed, the teams have been drawn in the same group for that competition, alongside hosts Australia and Nepal.

Ireland's last meeting with their English counterparts at this level was not a happy one - losing by 10 wickets in Malaysia in 2008. The English side on that occasion contained players of the calibre of Steve Finn, Chris Woakes, Ben Godleman and James Taylor.

Their previous encounter during the 2006 World Cup in Sri Lanka proved an altogether much tighter affair, with Ireland going down in a last ball thriller by just four runs. An Ireland side captained by Eoin Morgan just failing to chase down England's total of 214, despite 69 from Gary Wilson. Niall McDarby had earlier taken six wickets to earn the Man of the Match accolade.

Cricket Ireland are still in the process of finalising the full itinerary for the Under 19 squad next summer, but have confirmed that they will be play Scotland in three fixtures in early July. The squad are currently in the middle of their winter training schedule at Bready and North County.

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