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Happy man: Neil Booth is excited by his Irish line-up
Happy man: Neil Booth is excited by his Irish line-up

By Alex Mills

Ireland boss Neil Booth is delighted with the set-up of his team that will contest the 2019 British Home International Series at East County Bowls Club, England between September 14-15.

The side is bolstered by a posse of players that helped the Private Greens League retain the IBA Inter-Association Championship in Dublin at the weekend.

Mark Petticrew and Andy Booth - son of the manager - were part of the successful PGL outfit and their reward is a first junior international call-up. Also included for debuts are Craig Marshall and Sam Wallace, while Jordan McBride is recalled.

"We did exceptionally well last year, beating Wales and losing narrowly to Scotland and England," said manager Booth. "There is now a certain degree of consistency and confidence.

"There were some outstanding performers in Dublin, which gave the selectors a headache. But I think they have struck a nice blend which will hopefully help the team make an impact."

Ireland Under-25 team: Rink one: D Mills (Pickie), M Petticrew (Larne), A Booth (Old Bleach), S Kirkwood (Old Bleach).

Rink two: S Barkley (Ballymena), J MvBride (Belmont), J Rankin (Limavady), A McKeown (Ballymena).

Rink three: C O'Brien (CYM), R McElroy (Dunbarton), R Cavan (Belmont), R Kirkwood (Old Bleach).

Rink four: A Stratton (Ballymoney), C Marshall (Limavady), M Jones (Portglenone), A Rankin (Limavady).

Rink five: C Gaw (Donaghadee), R McKeown (Whitehead), S Wallace (Whitehead), J Moffett (Banbridge).

Rink six: M Hastings (Bangor), C Gillan (CYM), M Albert (Balmoral), J Watson (Pickie). Reserves: A Evans (Cookstown), R McMullan (Limavady).

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