Jesse Ryder has played his last game for Ireland. The New Zealander, one of the team's two overseas professionals in the Friends Provident Trophy, 'missed his flight' from Liverpool to London yesterday and National Coach Phil Simmons promised he will not miss another one when signed up for Ireland.
Waringstown slow left armer Gary Kidd, 21, who is based at Lord's with MCC Young Cricketers this year, last night travelled south with the team after their FP Trophy game against Surrey was abandoned without a ball bowled and is in line to make his second appearance for Ireland in today's game against Sussex at Hove.
Simmons last night described Ryder's non-show as 'not acceptable' and added: 'As far as I'm concerned he will not be playing for us again.
'I still haven't spoken to his agent so I don't know the real position. I only got a text message to say he didn't make the flight. But, if he missed, it he should have been on the next one.'
The loss of Ryder is hardly going to be a major disappointment for anyone in the Ireland camp. He scored one on his debut against Gloucestershire and bowled two overs for 14 runs and, three days later, against Essex he made two and was not asked to bowl.'
It gives Simmons the chance to bring in another overseas player for Ireland's last two FP games, against Middlesex at Clontarf on Sunday week and Glamorgan at Stormont, three days later on June 13. 'I would like to bring someone in because we had a budget for him (Ryder) and that would be nice. At least I have a week and a half before the 10th so I can have a look around and see who's there and who's willing to come. Especially if there is someone in England who is available to come over and stay for the four or five days,' said the coach.
Simmons also said that, depending on the length of the match today - and the forecast for the south east of England is very poor - he would like to see Kidd in action. 'We will be choosing from 13 but young Kidd is in the squad and it would be nice for me to see him play. I might want to rest one of the seamers so that I can see what he has and what we have in reserve.
'I have my spies all over and he has been working on his game which is good to see. We don't have that type of bowler in the team and it will be a change for us rather than playing two off spinners,' said Simmons, who confirmed that the captain, Trent Johnston, would have missed yesterday's game at The Brit Oval.
'TJ was going to get a rest today and it might be a possibility we will rest him tomorrow but, obviously the shorter the game the more likely we need him. We'll see what happens tomorrow and take it from there.'
With Ryder not showing up, Ireland were left with only 12 players to choose from yesterday and Jeremy Bray was set to be wicket-keeper because Surrey had informed Simmons that Gary Wilson could not play against his contracted county.
Surrey coach Alan Butcher explained: 'When Ireland first asked if Gary could play we said yes, it would be a good experience for him and I was comfortable with him playing. But, at the end of it, if for example Jon Batty had broken a finger in the warm-up to the game, we would have needed a keeper and that would have messed both sides up.
'But everyone here is very happy with Gary. He's done very well. We are very pleased with his progress and we hope he can continue in that vein.
'Reserve keepers are always just a finger injury away from the first team. It can work well for you or otherwise you can wait many years before someone gets injured.'
Yesterday's wash-out gives Ireland their first point in the FP Trophy table and is the second successive year their game against Surrey was abandoned. In Belfast only 15 overs were played, one of only three points Ireland managed last season.