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Ireland give uncapped McCarthy golden chance

By Ian Callender

Barry McCarthy is the one uncapped player included in the Ireland squad for the two-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka in Malahide on June 16 and 18.

The Durham seamer has been rewarded for his excellent start to the county season, which has included his maiden five-wicket haul in first class cricket, and although he has yet to play a 50-over game for the county, he has taken seven wickets in three T20 games with the white ball.

He replaces Craig Young, who undergoes surgery on his elbow on Monday and is expected to be out for another month.

Stuart Poynter, who is also on Durham's books but has not turned out for the county this season, is in the 13-man squad too, despite having played only three ODIs, with scores of eight and seven in the series against Scotland in 2014.

That means there is no place for Merrion's John Anderson, the batsman of the season so far, and it was an angry Leinster Lightning coach Ted Williamson who spoke out after yesterday's inter-provincial victory against the North West Warriors at Bready.

"John is in the form of his life and what is the point of inter-pro cricket if you cannot get an international call?" said Williamson.

Coach John Bracewell's response was: "While we are not afraid to take a punt, continuity is important. The side selected are proven performers at this level and starting the season with a strong core of internationals is the place to start.

"John Anderson and Graeme McCarter (the form bowler in the inter-pros) are putting players on notice and that is what we want."

The proven performers include captain William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin and Gary Wilson - 518 caps between them - who are out of favour in red-ball cricket with their counties.

Peter Chase, another hoping to win back his place in the senior side, took four wickets yesterday, for seven in the match, as the Warriors batting collapsed again.

After losing nine wickets for 61 in the first innings, they lost eight for 67 and a last wicket stand of 42 reduced the margin to an innings and double figures.

Meanwhile, Andrew Poynter yesterday announced his retirement from international and representative cricket. The 29-year-old Clontarf batsman cited family and work commitments.

Ireland (v Sri Lanka): W Porterfield, G Dockrell, E Joyce, T Murtagh, A McBrine, B McCarthy, K O'Brien, N O'Brien, S Poynter, B Rankin, P Stirling, S Thompson, G Wilson. Inter-pro scores: Leinster Lightning 414 (J Anderson 87, T Kane 67, M Sorensen 56, S Singh 47; A McBrine 3-74, S Thompson 3-84) North West Warriors 128 (T Kane 3-23, P Chase 3-33) and 219 (D Rankin 58, R Silva 50, R-L Dougherty 29; P Chase 4-22, S Singh 2-21, P Chase 4-22). Leinster Lightning won by an innings and 67 runs.

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