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Rankin feels at home after Ireland's call

By Ian Callender

Uncapped David Rankin has been called into the Ireland squad for the opening Twenty20 international against Scotland on his home ground, Bready, tomorrow.

The younger brother of former Ireland opening bowler and England Test player Boyd, Rankin scored 34 off 25 balls and 35 off 34 balls for the North West Warriors against the Northern Knights in the T20 inter-provincials this season.

Rankin also won the player of the series and he has been called up following the news that Paul Stirling will not be taking part in any of the three matches against the Scots because of his Middlesex commitments.

"It's a great honour to be called up," commented Rankin.

There is one other late change to the Ireland squad with John Anderson replacing John Mooney who is unavailable because of family commitments.

Anderson, who was an unused member of this month's Intercontinental Cup squad, hit 61 off 36 balls for Leinster Lighting in their game against the Knights.

Entertainment

If you get to Bready early on Sunday for the third Twenty20 international between Ireland and Scotland there will be plenty of entertainment with an Under-11 Kwik Cricket tournament starting at 11am.

There is still time for clubs to register and the bonus is that all players can watch the international action free when it gets under way at 2pm.

To register, email brian.allen@cricketireland.ie

Ulster Plate

In the Ulster Plate, it is four teams from each union in the last eight after Donemana II beat North Down II by eight wickets in last Sunday's outstanding first round game.

Donemana skipper Christopher Neely finished with figures of four for 14, including that of Billy Adams, North Down's top scorer with 56, but a total of 103 did not trouble the visitors who needed only 12.3 overs to knock off the runs.

Opener Reece Laird hit a quick-fire 40 (eight fours and a six) in an opening stand of 53 and partner Stephen Wallace was 37 not out when Donemana won by eight wickets.

This Sunday they are at home to Waringstown II while Brigade II host Bready II in the other game in the North West.

Lisburn II face Bready II but the other game in the NCU, between Civil Service North II and Bonds Glen II, who knocked out CIYMS II on Sunday, is postponed because CSN are hosting Muckamore in their rearranged Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Quarter final draw: Brigade II v Muckamore II, Civil Service North II v Bonds Glen II, Donemana II v Waringstown II, Lisburn II v Bready II.

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