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Ireland's call for Poynter after O'Brien blow


By Ian Callender

Ireland have been dealt a second blow ahead of next week's final Intercontinental Cup clash against Scotland in Dubai with Niall O'Brien heading home for personal reasons.

With Ed Joyce unable to travel because of injury, it robs Ireland of their two most experienced batsmen in the four-day game, although they should still have enough batting depth to see off the Scots in what will be Ireland's last match in Associate cricket.

Stuart Poynter has already arrived in Dubai as O'Brien's replacement but if the rest of the squad remain fit he will not play next Wednesday.

But he has a chance of making the one-day team which faces Afghanistan in three one-day internationals in Sharjah the following week.

Gary Wilson will keep wicket next week, in place of O'Brien, and he was top scorer with the bat yesterday on the first day of a two-day game against UAE.

Wilson hit 74 from 111 balls in Ireland's 255 and the rest of next week's top five all spent time in the middle, apart from Andrew Balbirnie (10).

Paul Stirling (eight fours and a six) dominated an opening stand of 69 with William Porterfield (14 from 34 balls).

Scores: Ireland 1st inns 255 (90.2 overs, G Wilson 74, P Stirling 45, J Anderson 42, K O'Brien 23) UAE 1st inns 52-0 (17 overs).

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