IT'S going to be one of the sporting occasions of next year and a chance to humble the auld enemy. And, courtesy of the Sunday Independent and Cricket Ireland, one lucky reader and guest will have a chance to be there in style. The Irish cricket team will host England on September 3, 2013 at the new international ground at Malahide in the RSA Challenge and you could be there on a VIP hospitality trip to make the most of what should be a special day. On the day, our winner and guest will enjoy food and drinks as well as a great viewing position for the game.
To be in with a chance of winning this very special prize, all you have to do is guess which of the three nominees, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson, and Max Sorensen, will win the Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year Award. The award will be presented at a glittering ceremony on November 16. Each successful entry will be entered into a draw to win the fantastic day out. And to help you make your choice, we highlight some of the performances that have helped these players become nominees.
James Shannon made his full Ireland debut this summer, with great aplomb, following an excellent season with his club side Instonians whom he helped to NCU Challenge Cup glory with 99 not out in the final. His first cap for Ireland was in August v South Africa A in the four-day game at Oak Hill, where he made a composed 59. In all, he played 10 times in the voting period, scoring 356 runs.
To vote for James Shannon, text the letter A as outlined below
Stuart Thompson, the Limavady all-rounder, made his full Ireland debut in the Inter-continental game versus Afghanistan in Dublin. He played 13 times in the voting period, scoring 340 runs at 37.78, he also collected 23 wickets at an average of just 19. Thompson's season was capped when he made the plane to Sri Lanka as part of Ireland's squad of 15 for the World Twenty 20.
To vote for Stuart Thompson, text the letter B as outlined below
Max Sorensen from The Hills made his debut for Ireland against Kenya in February and bowled with real pace. He was outstanding in the play-off match v Namibia that won Ireland's place in Sri Lanka where he was Man of the Match, bowling 4 overs for just 8 runs and taking 2 key wickets. In total, he took 37 wickets in his 22 appearances in the voting period at an average of just over 17.
To vote for Max Sorensen, text the letter C as outlined below
To enter, Simply text SIND followed by your name and the letter associated with your guess, e.g. SIND, your name, and A, B, or C to 53307 (ROI) or 81108 (NI) or call 1513 415 002 (ROI) or 0901 130 0179 (NI) Terms and conditions: €0.61/£0.51 per call from an eircom/BT landline. Calls from other networks and mobiles cost more. €0.60/£0.50 per text. Network charges vary. 18+. Lines close midnight 13/11/2012. Service Provider: Phonovation Ltd. Helpline: 0818 217 100 (ROI) 0844 800 8751 (UK). There is no cash alternative to the prize, the editor's decision in relation to the competition is final and in the event of cancellation of the game, neither the Sunday Independent nor Cricket Ireland will be obliged to offer any alternative prize.