Cricket: Rankin added to Ireland squad

NW Warriors batsman David Rankin has been called into Ireland's T20 squad for Thursday's game against Scotland, at Bready. INLS1715-152KM

NW Warriors batsman David Rankin has been called into Ireland's T20 squad for Thursday's game against Scotland, at Bready. INLS1715-152KM

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Bready’s David Rankin and John Anderson have been called into the Ireland squad ahead of their T20 International series against Scotland which starts at Bready on Thursday.

They replace Paul Stirling, who is on county duty with Middlesex, and John Mooney, who has been granted leave to attend to family commitments.

The 27-year-old - younger brother of Boyd - won the T20 Inter-Provincial player of the tournament last season.

He has played for both Ireland U19’s and Ireland A, but this is his first call-up to the senior ranks.

The Bready man was surprised but naturally delighted with his inclusion: “It came out of the blue to be honest but I was naturally delighted to get the nod,” said Rankin.

“It’s a great honour to be called up but the fact that the series is being held at Bready and with Craig (Young) involved too makes it extra special.

“I have been happy with my form overall but especially the T20 stats in the past couple of seasons. Club and Inter-Provincial cricket are equally important to me and I’m delighted to be given this chance at full International level.

“Obviously now that I’ve made the squad I’d love to play as well so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the game” he concluded.

Rankin is included in the squad for Thursday’s game only, as Andrew Balbirnie will return from Middlesex commitments on Friday, while John Anderson is in the squad for all three matches. The Merrion all-rounder has played 13 times for Ireland, but is yet to feature in the T20 format.

The games take place on June 18 (5.30pm), June 19 (5.30pm), and June 21 (2pm). Tickets for the matches are priced at just £5 for adults, £4 for OAPs and U16s are free. Cricket Ireland also have a Special 3-match package for £12. There is plenty of entertainment on each day with food and drink offers on each night.