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James Shannon left out of Ireland shadow squad

Ireland's Andrew Poynter

Ireland's Andrew Poynter

Instonians James Shannon is the one surprise omission from the Ireland A squad which will take on the MCC at Malahide in July. The squad will be captained by Andrew Poynter.
The Clontarf batsman has been in prolific form at both domestic and Inter-Provincial level, scoring half centuries in each innings as Leinster Lightning defeated Northern Knights last week.
Poynter is one of seven players capped at senior level in a very strong line-up, with John Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, Andrew McBrine, Eddie Richardson, Stuart Thompson and Craig Young the others.
North Down pair; James Cameron-Dow and Nick Larkin are also included. Left-arm spinner Cameron-Dow impressed in his performances on tour with the A squad in Sri Lanka earlier this year, while team-mate Larkin scored a double century opening the batting for the Knights against Leinster Lightning last season.
“The selectors have chosen a nice blend of youth and experience,” said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

“It’s a great opportunity for those selected to showcase their talent against tough opposition.
“Andrew Poynter has been in great form since the end of last season, and been incredibly consistent in all competitions this season. Andrew Balbirnie has scored a lot of runs in England, while Craig Young is the leading wicket taker in the North West.
“There’s a first opportunity at this level for Nick Larkin who looked impressive when I watched him last week. The players are all working hard as they know there are World Cup places up for grabs. It’s a chance of a lifetime for the guys and they all naturally want to be a part of it.”
IRELAND A SQUAD

(Andrew Poynter (captain) (Clontarf), John Anderson (Merrion), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Peter Chase (Malahide), James Cameron-Dow (North Down), Chris Dougherty (CIYMS), Nick Larkin (North Down), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Lee Nelson (Waringstown), Eddie Richardson (North County), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Craig Young (Bready).

“It’s a chance of a lifetime for the guys and they all naturally want to be a part of it.”
IRELAND A SQUAD

(Andrew Poynter (captain) (Clontarf), John Anderson (Merrion), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Peter Chase (Malahide), James Cameron-Dow (North Down), Chris Dougherty (CIYMS), Nick Larkin (North Down), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Lee Nelson (Waringstown), Eddie Richardson (North County), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Craig Young (Bready).

 

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