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Rankin among wickets on return to Irish duty

By Ian Callender

It was always going to be a difficult first day back at the office for Ireland on their Australian tour and the Queensland Select had much the better of it.

The two-day game in Brisbane is Ireland's only match action before their vital Intercontinental Cup clash against Papua New Guinea, starting on Sunday in Townsville, and most of the batsmen were hoping for another visit to the middle today after being bowled out for 155 yesterday.

Ed Joyce top scored with 35 and shared a stand of 55 with Niall O'Brien who hit five fours in a fluent 26, but of the others only Tim Murtagh, at the end, made 20.

The Middlesex bowler was actually dismissed by Andy McBrine who, along with George Dockrell, was playing for the home side to ensure every member of the squad was involved. Dockrell ended the innings by bowling Boyd Rankin for nine.

This was Rankin's first match back in Ireland colours in more than three years and, coming on first change, after Murtagh and Craig Young, was immediately among the wickets, finishing the day with 1-15 from six overs. Young (2), Stuart Thompson and Paul Stirling, with the last ball of the day, were the other wicket-takers as Queensland closed on 137-5.

Meanwhile, the Under-19 squad lost their second and final warm-up match against Canada in Bangladesh, ahead of their opening World Cup match against India on Thursday.

Following a 126-runs defeat against Afghanistan, they were bowled out in the 46th over for 197 with captain Jack Tector scoring 83. But despite two wickets for Tom Stanton, the Canadians won by four wickets with 26 balls to spare.

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