Terry, Adair on course to make Ireland debuts
Sean Terry is a step closer to his dream of playing for Ireland after being named in a 14-man squad for the five-match one-day international series against Afghanistan in Belfast next month.
The 24-year-old son of former England batsman Paul cancelled his contract with Hampshire during the winter and moved to Dublin where he represented YMCA and Leinster Lightning before scoring a stunning 251 not out for Ireland A against Scotland.
Terry's good form earned him another chance in the county championship and he made 54 on debut for Northamptonshire against Sussex yesterday after learning of his Irish selection as one of two uncapped players, along with seamer Mark Adair, of Warwickshire.
"Naming 14 players - as opposed to 13 for the Sri Lanka series - gives us an opportunity to bring in batting cover and we believe that Sean covers all the positions required," Ireland coach John Bracewell said. "He showed his qualities against Scotland A."
While George Dockrell, Max Sorensen and the unavailable Boyd Rankin are missing from the squad beaten heavily by Sri Lanka in Malahide last week - and Niall O'Brien is still out injured - there are recalls for former Durham fast bowler Peter Chase and Merrion all-rounder Tyrone Kane.
The series will be played at Stormont between July 10-19.
Meanwhile, the last semi-finalist in the Leinster Senior Cup will be decided tomorrow when Merrion host YMCA with a place against holders Clontarf up for a grabs.
Victory for YMCA, for the second time this season at Anglesea Road, will set up a repeat of last year's final next Saturday. The Division 1 league game between the teams last month ended in a six-wicket victory for YM, who are set to welcome back Terry.
They are without the newly selected Ireland squad member for their league game today at Railway Union as he completes his county championship game with Northamptonshire.
Merrion, like YMCA, find themselves in the unusual position in the bottom half of the league table and it gets no easier for the Ballsbridge side today with a visit to The Hills, who can go top with victory.
Leaders Pembroke are at home to Phoenix, who are just three points behind in third place, while Clontarf are the other contenders to be top of the table by tonight if they defeat North County.
Meanwhile, England romped to victory in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston last night, cruising to their target of 254 with 10 wickets and 95 balls in hand.
Alex Hales (133) and Jason Roy (112) put on an unbroken 256, a first-wicket record for England in ODIs.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-34 from his 10 overs as the Sri Lankan innings failed to get going.
In the first game of the five-match series, England needed a six from No 10 Liam Plunkett off the last ball to snatch a tie.
Ireland squad - William Porterfield (capt, Warwickshire), Mark Adair (Warwickshire), John Anderson (Merrion), Peter Chase (Malahide), Ed Joyce (Sussex), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Andy McBrine (Donemana), Barry McCarthy (Durham), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Sean Terry (Northants), Gary Wilson (w/k, Surrey).