Double Delight For Rankin
 
Boyd Rankin21 year old Boyd Rankin had double cause for celebration today, when in addition to being called into the Irish squad for the game against Derbyshire, he confirmed that he had in fact agreed terms with the aforementioned County side for the 2006 season. Rankin comes into the side for Adrian Mc Coubrey, who is unavailable for the Monday game of Ireland's 3 match pre season tour of the Midlands.
 
Rankin has won two caps previously in 2003 as an 18 year old, against the Cricket Club Conference and the Free Foresters, taking 2-24 and 0-11 respectively. Rankin has agreed a summer contract with Derbyshire, turning down the opportunity to spend another summer with Middlesex.
 
"I'm delighted to be joining Derbyshire for the 2006 season. It's no secret I'm a big fan of Mike Hendrick who is the bowling coach at Derby, and the chance to spend more time under his guidance was too good an opportunity to turn down. I've enjoyed my time at Middlesex, and I'll always be grateful for the fact that they gave me my initial chance, but felt the moment was right for a change of direction for me. I'm in the process of signing on a summer contract this week, and will join Derbyshire when I finish my studies."
 
Another young Irish fast bowler was also called into the senior ranks today, when Kevin O' Brien got the call up as a replacement for Paul Mooney who damaged ankle ligaments during training this week.
 
Ireland will play 3 games on their tour, facing Loughborough on April 8, and Derbyshire on the 9th and 10th.