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Craig Young and Peter Chase out to impress for Ireland

By Ian Callender

The Ireland A selection for today's 50-over game against MCC at Lord's is top heavy with pace bowlers which is an accurate reflection of the weakness of the international squad at the World Cup.

Five of today's team were in Australia and New Zealand and with the one-day international against England at Malahide just 17 days away, it is significant that the two players who did not get game time at the World Cup will open the bowling.

Craig Young and Peter Chase were the bowlers controversially not given a chance by former coach Phil Simmons despite Ireland conceding at least 275 in every completed innings and taking only two and three wickets in their last two defeats.

Young has already been in good early season form, taking eight wickets for Sussex II in a three-day game against Middlesex II and must be favourite to win a call-up for next month's ODI squad, although Middlesex's Tim Murtagh, who missed the World Cup through injury, will be a certain addition.

Graeme McCarter is the other front-line pace man in the squad while John Mooney, surprisingly named as captain, and Stuart Thompson, who played in those last two World Cup games, complete a five-man attack, which does not include Eddie Richardson who bowled first change in the internationals against Sri Lanka A at Stormont last year.

The return of Waringstown leg spinner Greg Thompson to the international scene, seven years after the last of his 14 caps, will be watched with interest while Stuart Poynter travels down to London after scoring 107 from 69 balls for Durham II.

The opposition is not the strongest. Only three of the MCC side have county experience.

Ireland A: J Mooney (capt), C Dougherty, D Rankin, S Poynter, S Thompson, L Nelson, E Richardson, A McBrine, G Thompson, G McCarter, C Young, P Chase.

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