Strong line-ups for North West versus Ireland Select

Brigade have named five internationals in the North West team to play a special Ireland line-up in the unique match to mark the centenary of their Beechgrove ground and pay tribute to their late chairman Roy Torrens.

Ireland batsman William Porterfield. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland batsman William Porterfield. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Irish squad of 12 is made up entirely of current and former players who have each played at least 100 times for the country.

The North West have now added to the international flavour with the selection of Andy Britton, Andy McBrine, David Rankin, Stuart Thompson and Craig Young.

The T20 match will be ticket only on Sunday, July 4. Before the 2.30 pm start a pavilion clock donated by the Cricket Writers of Ireland will be unveiled in memory of Mr Torrens who had the idea of the match of centuries before falling victim of Covid-19 in January.

All the internationals in action except David Rankin played during his 12 years as Ireland team manager.

Tickets are being restricted because of the pandemic and applications should be made to:

[email protected] by Tuesday, June 29.

The North West team includes five Brigade players under club captain Andy Britton and the Irish side will be led by former captain William Porterfield.

Even the men in white coats can claim international status: the umpires are Roly Black and Alan Neill.

North West: Andy Britton, Ross Allen, David Barr, Kyle Magee, Ryan McBeth (all Brigade), Andy McBrine and William McClintock (Donemana), David Rankin (Bready), Jonny Robinson (Fox Lodge), Stuart Thompson (CSNI), Craig Young (North Down).

Ireland Select: William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie, Andre Botha, George Dockrell, Peter Gillespie, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Kyle McCallan, Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.