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Irish players out to make grade at training camp


By Ian Callender

The countdown to the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in the UAE next month starts today with 25 players attending an Ireland training camp in Dublin.

The behind closed doors camp, which will last five days, will include four or five inter-squad matches, with the players working on skills training and tactical work. After that, the selectors will select a 15-man squad for the Tri-Series against Scotland and Netherlands, to be played at Malahide the following week.

Although still to be confirmed, this is likely to be the squad that will go on to the qualifiers and the five-team T20 tournament in Oman the previous week.

Peter Chase and Barry McCarthy have been added to the 18 who were selected for the postponed Euro T20 Slam and making up the 25 - and making a late bid for selection for the qualifiers are James Cameron-Dow, David Delany, Gareth Delany, Stephen Doheny and Fionn Hand.

That quintet were due to be in action for Ireland Academy this week, in their four-day game at Bristol CC, but were pulled out by head coach Graham Ford.

That explains why Marc Ellison, Graham Hume, Josh Manley and Alistair Frost, who played for Zimbabwe at last year's U-19 World Cup, but who is now at Loughborough College and trained with the Academy side this summer, have been included this week.

Coleraine professional Hume added 79 for the ninth wicket with Mitchell Thompson and 36 for the last with Manley but at the end of day, Gloucestershire II were 116 behind with nine first innings wickets standing.

SCORES - Bristol CC: Ireland Academy 289 (N Rock 57, C McLoughlin-Gavin 51, G Hume 47, N McGuire 34, M Thompson 34, J Manley 20; M Taylor 5-30) Gloucestershire 2nd XI 163-1 (G Roderick 81 not out, B Charlesworth 62 not out). Close Day 2 (of 4).

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