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Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Gary Craig Wilson


Born February 5, 1986, Dundonald, Northern Ireland


Major teams Ireland, Ireland Under-19s, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI


Nickname Gaz, Wils


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper


Height 5 ft 10 in


Education Methodist College, Belfast

Gary Craig Wilson

A former MCC young cricketer, Gary Wilson, the Irish wicketkeeper, signed for Surrey in 2005 as cover for Jon Batty. In 2005 he featured in eight Second X1 matches hitting a highest score of 56. He looked impressive behind the stumps, claming 32 dismissals which included 26 catches and six stumpings. He has also featured in the under 19's World Cup in 2004 and 2006 then made his way into regular first-team action for Ireland. However, due to Niall O'Brien's presence, that wasn't often with the gloves and he found a specialist middle-order role. It has been harder work securing a county starting berth.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Albert van der Merwe


Born June 1, 1979, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa


Major teams Ireland


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Albert van der Merwe

Bespectacled, tall and lanky, Albert van der Merwe is an offspinning allrounder whose outstanding performances for The Hills club in the Leinster Senior League led to an Ireland debut against West Indies A in June 2010 and inclusion in the World Cricket League Division One tournament in Netherlands the following month. Born in Cape Town, van der Merwe captained Potchefstroom University to their first SA University title before emigrating to Ireland in 2004. Van der Merwe made his start in Irish club cricket with Derriaghy in 2007 before joining The Hills the following season. Opening the batting and contributing regularly with the ball, he played a pivotal role in the club's victorious Leinster Senior League campaign that year, and in 2009 he won the Samuels Cup as the leading allrounder in Leinster. In 16 matches in the season, van der Merwe scored 570 runs at an average of 40.71 including a top score of 123 not out off just 125 balls. He also took 26 wickets at an average of 20.45 including best figures of 5 for 7.


Van der Merwe got his chance in an Ireland side weakened by the absence of William Porterfield, Niall O'Brien and Boyd Rankin due to county commitments, and the exclusion of Gary Kidd and Peter Connell, but with a solid club record behind him he has the potential to cement a place in a full-strength squad. Van der Merwe also fills the important role of development officer for Leinster Cricket Union, as well as playing a coaching role in schools for Fingal Sports Council, and still spends his christmases with family in South Africa.


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Full name Paul Robert Stirling


Born September 3, 1990, Ireland


Major teams Ireland, Ireland Under-13s, Ireland Under-15s, Ireland Under-17s, Ireland Under-19s, Ireland Under-23s


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Relation Brother - RB Stirling

Paul Robert Stirling

Paul Stirling is one of the most promising young cricketers in Ireland. He is a top-order right-handed batsman who has already played for the senior team in both 50-over and 20-over cricket. Stirling was part of Ireland's team that performed well at the World Twenty20 in England in 2009 and signed three-year deal with Middlesex in December 2009, where he'll join fellow Irish-born batsman Eoin Morgan. Unlike Morgan, Stirling is firmly committed to playing for Ireland. Although he admires Ricky Ponting, his free-scoring approach and generous build invokes comparison to Jesse Ryder. In his fourth ODI for Ireland he made a 92-ball 84 against Kenya and followed up with a 26-ball 30 against England two games later.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:52 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Nigel Geoffrey Jones


Born April 22, 1982, Timaru, New Zealand


Major teams Ireland, Civil Service North, Ireland A, South Canterbury


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium

Nigel Geoffrey Jones

Nigel Jones left New Zealand for Ireland, playing his first club game for Civil Service North in 2007 before cracking into the senior Ireland side before the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009. An allrounder, he bats in the top four for his club but rarely plays higher than No. 7 for Ireland. His senior debut came in Ireland's warm-up against a New Zealand side containing several of his old friends, but it was a low-key affair for him as he didn't get a chance to bat and bowled three economical but wicketless overs. Jones bowls medium pace off a short run-up, his energetic action giving the appearance of bowling off the wrong foot. He is nippier than his slow, ambling approach to the crease would suggest and often surprises batsmen by getting the ball to rush on to the bat.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name George Henry Dockrell


Born July 22, 1992, Dublin


Major teams Ireland, Ireland Under-13s, Ireland Under-15s, Ireland Under-19s, Somerset, Somerset 2nd XI


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

George Henry Dockrell

George Dockrell is a spindly left-arm spinner of immense potential. At 17 he played a key role in Ireland's World Twenty20 campaign, blending nous with audacity as his flighted twirlers saw off Netherlands in the qualifying tournament before taking 3 for 16 against West Indies and choking England's middle-order with four overs for 19 in the main event. Soon after the tournament ended he was ruled out of Ireland's next big game - an ODI against Australia - because he had to sit his school exams. He needn't have bothered as a month later, and still a week short of his 18th birthday, he was snapped up by Somerset who offered him a two-year contract.


Dockrell learned his game at Leinster Cricket Club in Dublin and, unsurprisingly for a man who made his full international debut at 17, he has played age-group cricket for Ireland since Under-13s. Named Ireland's 'most valuable player' at the Clico Under-15 Championships in the West Indies in 2008, he took 6 for 19 in the Under-19 World Cup Qualifier against Hong Kong a year later and marked his senior Twenty20 debut, on February 1 2010, by taking 2 for 11 against the impressive Afghanistan side.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:49 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Andrew Roland White


Born July 3, 1980, Newtownards, Co Down


Major teams Ireland, North Down, Northamptonshire


Nickname Whitey


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Height 6 ft 0 in


Education Regent House Grammar School, University of Ulster

Andrew Roland White

A hard-hitting allrounder who made a big impression on debut when he smashed an unbeaten 152 against the Netherlands. Batting at No.7 on his debut against England, he hit 40 from 43 deliveries and also hit the winning runs when the Irish embarrassed the West Indies in 2004. He has played in two ICC Trophy tournaments to date, in 2001 and 2005. Although he has a contract with Northamptonshire, he has yet to establish himself, while his offspin is a useful addition to his repertoire. He played in eight of Ireland's nine World Cup matches in 2007 but finished with a top-score of just 38


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Full name William Boyd Rankin


Born July 5, 1984, Derry


Major teams Ireland, Derbyshire, Ireland Under-19s, Warwickshire


Nickname Boydo


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast


Height 6 ft 7 in


Education Strabane Grammar School, Harper Adams University College


Relation Brother - RJ Rankin

William Boyd Rankin

A cattle and sheep farmer from Londonderry, towering over his team-mates at 6ft 8ins tall, Boyd Rankin's obvious main attribute is his height, gaining steepling bounce off a length. But in spite of his inexperience, he showed impressive composure in the 2007 World Cup and finished the tournament as Ireland's leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets at 27. Having spent time on the staff at Lord's, Derbyshire spotted a rising star - in more ways than one - and signed him for the 2007 season. His appearances were limited by injury, but even so he was offered a contract extension. He turned it down and signed with Warwickshire instead.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name John Francis Mooney


Born February 10, 1982, Dublin


Major teams Ireland


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Relation Brother - PJK Mooney

John Francis Mooney

Younger brother of Paul, John is a useful bowler who, despite proving expensive in his international career, does have the knack of dismissing good batsmen. He sent Marcus Trescothick, Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood back to the pavilion on his debut against England, albeit for the cost of 79 runs. He also struck 30 off 26 deliveries in that game coming in at No. 9. He played two games in the 2007 World Cup but was wicketless in both. Afterwards, he took a break from international cricket to complete his electrical apprenticeship, but said he would be back in action for Ireland once he was qualified.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name David Trent Johnston


Born April 29, 1974, Wollongong, New South Wales


Major teams Ireland, New South Wales


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

David Trent Johnston

A strapping fast bowler born in Australia, Johnston's career began at New South Wales where he played alongside the likes of Mark Taylor, Michael Slater and Brett Lee, before choosing to represent Ireland. A positive captain who led from the front, he had little problem motivating his side - as demonstrated when Ireland bounced back from a disappointing World Cricket League in Kenya, where they finished 5th, to demolish the United Arab Emirates and qualify for the final of the Intercontinental Cup. He tore the heart out of the UAE batting line up in their second innings taking three for eight from his eight overs as Ireland recorded a morale-boosting victory by an innings and 170 runs. He led Ireland to a thrilling tie against Zimbabwe in their first match of the 2007 World Cup before beating Pakistan - Johnston hit the winning runs - to record one of the biggest upsets in history.


In March 2008, at the age of 34, Johnston announced that he was taking an indefinite break from international cricket in order to recuperate and spend some time with his family, but returned for Ireland's Intercontinental Cup match against Canada five months later and was a vital member of the side - captained by William Porterfield - that reached its third successive Cup final.


In April 2009 Johnston's career-best figures of 5 for 14 set up Ireland's win over Canada in the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, and later that year he came within a whisker of securing the first Irish victory over England with a fine allround display as he ripped through the top order with four wickets and then hit an unbeaten 20 that couldn't quite get Ireland home. Though time is running out for Johnston, he remains a consistent performer for Ireland and will be a vital member of their squad at the 2011 World Cup.




Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Alex Richard Cusack


Born October 29, 1980, Brisbane, Australia


Major teams Ireland, Ireland A


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Alex Richard Cusack

Brisbane-born carpenter Alex Cusack is a medium-pace, middle-order allrounder who decided to live in Ireland in 2005 and who made his ODI debut for them against South Africa in 2007, winning Man of the Match for his 36 and 3 for 15. He plays his club cricket for Clontarf in Dublin.