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Metcalfe named in Ireland Wolves T20 Squad

Richard White

Cricket Ireland has announced squads for the 50-over and T20 matches against Scotland 'A' to be played at Oak Hill Cricket Ground in early June 2019.

Northern Knight's Shane Getkate, James McCollum and Mark Adair feature in the two squads, which are captained by Harry Tector.

Included for the first time is Oliver Metcalfe. The RBAI and Instonians player scored an unbeaten century (123) in Instonian's Irish Cup first round victory against Cork County, last weekend.

North Down's Craig Young (North West Warriors) is also named in both squads. 

Andrew White, Chair of National Men's Selectors, said:

"The Ireland Wolves is about balancing the short-term needs of Irish cricket, while also having an eye on the long term and in that sense, it is not necessarily selected on 'who the next best eleven is'. In this instance, it is partly a developmental squad but also gives us an opportunity to measure where fringe international players are at. We will certainly be looking for the squad to build on the Wolves' good performance against Bangladesh and show a consistency of performance at this level."

"The series is also an opportunity to develop our all-rounder stocks in the white ball formats, particularly in T20s where we are seeking to provide as much opportunity as possible for players to step up a level and show us what they can do in an international environment. In terms of the bowling unit, we are not only providing the likes of Peter Chase and Craig Young the opportunity to get valuable overs under their belts, but also promoting some exciting young talent – such as Graham Kennedy, who has impressed coaching staff with his left arm seam bowling at inter-provincial level over the last 12 months."

Pete Johnston, Head Coach of the Ireland Wolves, said:

"The Wolves are looking forward to competing in an expanded 'A' team series with our close neighbours and rivals Scotland. The selectors have chosen what we feel are two well balanced and exciting squads, with some players who are still in the early stages of their international careers and other young emerging talent."

"Oliver Metcalfe and Nathan McGuire have worked extremely hard over the winter within the Academy and Under-19 set-ups, and have been rewarded after very positive starts to the season. Both are very clean ball strikers and this experience will no doubt help with their development. The other new face to the Wolves set up is Ross Allen who really impressed with his consistency and control on our pre-season tour with the Academy, showing that his winter playing in Australia has really benefited him."

The fixtures

50-over series:

  • 4 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland 'A' (Oak Hill, start 11am)
  • 5 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland 'A' (Oak Hill, start 11am)
  • 7 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland 'A' (Oak Hill, start 11am)

T20 series:

  • 9 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland 'A' (Oak Hill, start 12pm)
  • 10 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland 'A' (Oak Hill, start 12pm)
  • 11 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland 'A' (Oak Hill, start 12pm)

All games will be classified as List A games.

The Ireland Wolves squads

  • 50-over squad: Harry Tector (C), Ross Allen, Peter Chase, Gareth Delany, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, James McCollum, Jack Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
  • T20 squad: Harry Tector (C), Mark Adair, Ross Allen, Peter Chase, Gareth Delany, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Nathan McGuire, Oliver Metcalfe, Jack Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

(Photo courtesy Brian Walsh)