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Andy McBrine lands top 10 ODI world ranking after heroics during Ireland's victory over West Indies


Andy McBrine. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Andy McBrine. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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Andy McBrine. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Andy McBrine’s man of the series performance in Ireland’s victory over West Indies has propelled the Donemana all-rounder into the top 10 in the ODI world rankings.

It is the first time an Ireland bowler has been in such lofty company and he is now higher than Australia captain Pat Commins and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada after taking 10 for 116 in the three-match series in Jamaica.

He will find out today if he is in the squad for the T20 World Cup qualifiers in Oman next month. A squad of 14 plus two travelling reserves has been chosen.

Meanwhile, Ireland Under-19s, following their 174-run defeat by India on Wednesday, play their final group game at the World Cup today against South Africa, with the winner going through to the Super 8s where they will play England. The losers will face Canada in the first Plate quarter-final on Tuesday.

One player who is certain to be involved is St Johnston’s Scott Macbeth who top scored with 32 against India, which included two massive sixes.

“I felt good, I knew I was in a battle but when the ball was in my slot I knew I could go for the big shots, with no fielders on the boundary there,” said Macbeth.

“We know we are capable of giving South Africa a good game, if we all play to our best.”

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