West Indies 'A' replace New Zealand 'A' as Ireland opponents

Fri, Mar 19, 2010 5:04 PM

Cricket Ireland and the ECB announced this morning that West Indies A had replaced New Zealand 'A' as Ireland's opponents for two 50 over games later this summer.

In a statement issued by the ECB, they said, "Following a request from New Zealand Cricket to postpone the New Zealand 'A' Team tour to UK originally scheduled for summer 2010, the ECB has agreed with West Indies Cricket Board that West Indies 'A' will tour in place of New Zealand 'A'."

The games with West Indies will take place on June 23 and 25 at Stormont.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said of the change; "While it's disappointing that New Zealand are unable to travel, it's fortunate that the ECB have managed to secure quality opposition in the form of West Indies. They will provide a stern challenge for us, but in our conditions we should do well against them. I'm sure the attractive brand of cricket that they play will prove pleasing to the Irish public."

At the same venue in 2004, Ireland chased 292 to beat a senior West Indies side including Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brian Lara by six wickets, with Niall O'Brien scoring a Man of the Match 58 not out.

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