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Ford is frustrated as Ireland’s Test preparations hit by rain


By Ian Callender

Graham Ford’s hopes of having eight days’ cricket for players and selectors ahead of Ireland’s first Test next month were dashed when the second day of the intra-squad trial game at Merrion was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.

The teams will try again tomorrow, with the Ireland coach hoping for better luck with the weather, this time at Pembroke for another two-day game with the possibles, including James Shannon, Jack Tector, James McCollum and John Anderson batting first this time.

After Saturday’s club action, the first interprovincial of the season between Leinster Lightning and North West Warriors is due to start on Tuesday.

That fixture has already been switched from Oak Hill in Co Wicklow, which has not recovered from this month’s rain, to Sydney Parade, which will host its first first-class fixture since 1965.

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