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George Dockrell is set to miss first T20 showdown

By Ian Callender

The Ireland squad meet up this afternoon for their first training session ahead of this week's three-match Twenty20 series against Scotland in Bready but without George Dockrell.

Ireland's front line slow bowler has joined Sussex on a loan deal after failing to break into the Somerset 1st XI this season and he made his debut in the county championship match against Durham at Arundel yesterday.

His loan spell is for four-day cricket only so, although Sussex have T20 games on Friday and Sunday, Dockrell is expected to fly in on Friday for the second international that evening (both games 5.30pm) and also be available for the third one on Sunday (2pm).

Ireland are also hoping that hard-hitting opening batsman Paul Stirling and his Middlesex team-mate Andrew Balbirnie will play in both the second and third games. They have not appeared in first class cricket for their county since April, but Stirling is a regular in the T20 Blast competition and will also miss Ireland's first game on Thursday evening as Middlesex are playing Hampshire

Middlesex have a four-day game against Worcestershire starting on Sunday but unless the county have a dramatic change of selection policy, both Ireland players should be able to meet up with squad on Friday.

William Porterfield, Niall O'Brien and Gary Wilson will miss all three games because of their county commitments so Stuart Poynter, who played for Leinster Lightning in Sunday's inter-provincial Cup game against North West Warriors, will add to his 12 caps and play his first T20 internationals.

Dockrell was given four spells by his new captain, international team-mate Ed Joyce, but he failed to take a wicket in 20 overs, which went for 66 runs as Durham were bowled out for 301 in 77 overs.

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