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Poynter makes senior Ireland debut

Poynter makes senior Ireland debut

MCC Young Cricketer Stuart Poynter has made his senior Ireland debut, lining up against Australia A in a first-class match in Belfast.

The 22-year-old wicket-keeper batsman took the field as part of an Ireland side captained by a former YC, Kevin O'Brien, and featuring the likes of Middlesex's Paul Stirling and former captain Trent Johnston.

Australia A meanwhile contain a number of players in the squad for the Investec Ashes series against England later this summer, including Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle.

Poynter's selection is reward for a winter of hard work on his conditioning and all-round game at Lord's, which has reaped its rewards on the field so far in 2013.

A fine gloveman, the right-hander has scored heavily with the bat this summer after being pushed-up to open, including a knock of 172 against Durham in the Second XI Championship - the second highest score ever by a YC behind Alex Hales' 174.

Poynter's coach at Lord's, former England and Gloucestershire all-rounder Mark Alleyne, praised his young charge's dedication.

He said: "He decided not to go away this winter to get his physicallity up to speed and work on some technical issues and it has stood him in good stead."

"It has been subtle changes which he has worked on really hard. He always had a repetoir of shots but he has got a lot better at making the right decision as well."

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