Warriors name squad for Monday’s Interpro opener
The 2023 Interprovincial season gets under way this coming Monday when reigning IP50 champions Munster Reds host the North West Warriors at the Mardyke (10.45am start).
The competition will be sponsored this year by Rario Digital Cricket Collectible Platform and will see the Warriors involved in both the opening game, and also the season finale against the Northern Knights at Stormont on 7 September.
The Reds have a new Head Coach this year- former Ireland International Jeremy Bray at the helm this time- as they try to build on their first ever trophy success last season.
It’s a very tough ask first up for the visitors- Boyd Rankin confirming last week that he expects to be missing up to seven of last year’s first choice panel for the majority of this summer due to Ireland call-ups and retirements.
It will of course mean opportunities for the younger lads in the squad and although he has backfilled with some experience by including the likes of Ani Chore and Mike Erlank, seven of Monday’s travelling party are aged 22 or under. There are a number of younger players such as Gavin Roulston still to return to the squad once exams are completed.
Shane Getkate will captain the Warriors with Chore taking over the ‘keeper/batsman role vacated by Stephen Doheny.
The Warriors Head Coach will be delighted that the Ireland all-rounder is fit for the trip south as Getkate will add valuable experience to the visitors’ line-up.
Here’s hoping the weather holds firm and the Warriors can enjoy the 600-mile round trip!
The Warriors squad for Cork on Monday
Shane Getkate (capt)
Ani Chore (wk)
Players not available for selection: Gavin Roulston, Conor Olphert, Tommy Orr (Exams), Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume (Ireland squad).
The Warriors programme for this season is as follows-
Monday 15 May-IP50 v Munster Reds at the Mardyke
Tuesday 23 May- IP50 v Leinster Lightning at Bready
Thursday 25 May IP50 v Northern Knights at Bready
6 June- 8 June 1st T20 Festival at The Mardyke
14 July-16 July 2nd T20 Festival at Bready
1 August-3 August 3rd T20 Festival at Pembroke
Monday 14 August- IP50 v Leinster Lightning at The Hills
Monday 4 September-IP50 v Munster Reds at Bready
Thursday 7 September-IP50 v Northern Knights at Stormont
The North West Warriors are kindly sponsored by – Fleming-Agri Products Ltd
Originally set up in Donegal in the northwest of Ireland by Robert John Fleming in 1860, ownership of the company has remained in the Fleming family to the present, ranking as one of the oldest agricultural machinery companies in the UK and Ireland. The company trades in over 20 countries and employs over 100 people in their modern 6-acre site in Newbuildings. They specialise in agricultural, countryside and ground care machinery with over 100 products on offer: https://www.fleming-agri.com/