Wilson in Ireland squad for final cup tie

Friday 3rd November 2017
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Gary Wilson has been included in Ireland’s 14-man squad for their final Intercontinental Cup four-day fixture against Scotland in Dubai.

Ireland, who are chasing a fifth Intercontinental Cup title, are currently in second and 12 points behind leaders Afghanistan in the round robin first-class tournament. They face Kyle Coetzer’s Scotland who sit fifth, whilst Afghanistan play United Arab Emirates.

Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling and George Dockrell come into the squad for the fixture which starts on Wednesday 29 November, with John Anderson, Nathan Smith and Jack Tector dropping out.

Ireland Captain William Porterfield said: “We want to make a strong finish. The Intercontinental Cup has been traditionally a great competition for Irish cricket and there have have been some memorable wins along the way.

“I made my debut in the competition against Namibia in 2006 so have fond memories of the tournament.

“The four-day format has been a wonderful way of introducing a lot of the younger players into the game, and has really helped in their development.

“Afghanistan are obviously in the driving seat, but we will look to put them under pressure. It’s always a tough battle against Scotland and I expect this match will be no different.”

Ireland will also play Afghanistan in a three-game one-day series in Sharjah after the Scotland encounter, with the matches on 5, 7 and 10 December.

Ireland Squad

William Porterfield (Formby CC/Warriors), Ed Joyce (Merrion/Lightning), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke/Lightning), Niall O’Brien (Nantwich/Warriors), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Simi Singh (YMCA/Lightning), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union/Lightning), George Dockrell (Leinster/Lightning), Jacob Mulder (CIYMS/Knights), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Peter Chase (Malahide/Lightning), Gary Wilson (Derbyshire/Knights), Barry McCarthy (Durham/Lightning).

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