Brigade name strong squad
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
THE Brigade team to play in their Centenary game against an Ireland XI on Sunday week will have six guest players, including four internationals.
Club captain Andy Britton, who played twice for Ireland in 2009 and 2012, has invited North West Warriors captain Andy McBrine and provincial team-mates Craig Young, Stuart Thompson and David Rankin into the team, along with Donemana’s William McClintock and former Brigade player Jonny Robinson, now with Fox Lodge.
Brigade players Ross Allen, David Barr, Kyle Magee and Ryan MacBeth complete the home line-up.
The game, which will also be a tribute match to Brigade’s late chairman Roy Torrens, the Ireland manager from 2004 to 2015, takes places on Sunday, July 4 with a 2.30pm start.
The Ireland team, announced last week, is made up entirely of players who have won at least 100 caps and will be captained by William Porterfield, who was Irish captain for seven of the 11 years that Torrens was team manager.
Before the start of the match, a pavilion clock, donated by the Cricket Writers of Ireland (CWI), will be presented to the Brigade club in Roy’s memory and unveiled by his widow, Joan. A book of tributes, “Big Roy, His Life in Cricket”, with contributions from 95 of his friends has also been produced by the CWI.
The 20-over game will be ticket-only and restricted because of Covid-19, which tragically claimed Roy’s life in January, but applications, with the number required, can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org by next Tuesday. Tickets are free but there will be a charity collection at the gate.
There is a full programme of games in the NCU Premier League that day but such is the respect and esteem in which Roy was held by the players that no fewer than six will miss their NCU club ties.
Thompson and Young of Civil Service North and North Down respectively join club-mates Gary Wilson and Paul Stirling, who are in the Ireland XI, in missing the teams’ clash at The Green, while former Ireland captain, Waringstown’s Kyle McCallan, and Instonians skipper Andrew White will also be at Beechgrove.