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Irish move to boost bowling attack

Ireland A have made five changes, four of them enforced, for next week’s three-day game against Gloucestershire II, which will be played in Somerset.

A late change of venue sends the team to Lansdown Cricket Club in Bath but unavailable for the trip are Lee Nelson, Tom Fisher and Allan Eastwood, because of work commitments and Coleraine slow left armer Scott Campbell who has exams.

Andrew Poynter, after scoring just two runs in the game, has also been given the game off as the bowling attack is strengthened.

Captain James Shannon ran out of pace bowling options in the eight wickets defeat to Kent II, completed just before lunch on the final day yesterday, so in come full internationals Max Sorensen and Andrew Britton plus Shane Getkate while Andrew Balbirnie and Ben Ackland are also in the 12-man squad.

Daniel Bell-Drummond was, ultimately the difference between the teams in Maidstone this week, his 173 runs in the match just three short of Ireland A’s first innings total.

Phil Eaglestone did get his wicket yesterday, a rare miscue straight to point, and although the Strabane pace man struck again next ball a target of 81 on an excellent batting track was not going to trouble the county line-up.

The last three Ireland A wickets added just 33 runs yesterday but Stuart Thompson remained unbeaten in the match.

The inclusion of Getkate is a boost for the Ireland Under-19 international in his build-up to the World Cup finals in Australia this summer.

Squad for Gloucestershire II (starting Monday): J Shannon (capt), B Ackland, J Anderson, A Balbirnie, A Britton, A Coughlan, C Dougherty, P Eaglestone, S Getkate, R McCann, M Sorensen, S Thompson.

Belfast Telegraph