Munster squad unveiled
REDS ANNOUNCE INAUGURAL HANLEY ENERGY IP20 SQUAD
Munster Reds coach Ted Williamson and his selection panel have announced their squad of 15 players in advance of the first match in the T20 Interprovincial competition against the Northern Knights on Friday May 26 at the Mardyke (5pm).
This year marks a milestone for Munster Reds, back in Interprovincial competition for the first time in over a decade. This year’s Interprovincials have an added boost with the confirmation of first-class status - one of only a dozen in the world to carry this honour - for the three-day game, which the Reds will be working towards as they enter the T20 version.
The squad is based upon eight home-grown players who compete for four of the six teams in the Munster Premier Division, and will be looking to showcase the kind of talent that’s seen Cork County compete at the highest level in Leinster, and County Kerry and Limerick reach the quarter-finals of the National Cup in 2016.
The side will be captained by Cork County Professional – Stephan Grobler – who is starting his fourth season with the club and brings a wealth of experience one of a few players to play first-class cricket already in his native South Africa, while also playing top-class club cricket in New Zealand and most recently Australia.
Munster Head Coach, Ted Williamson, says he is excited by the challenge of making the Reds a really competitive side in the T20 competition.
“I think the combination of the talented group of Munster based players with the high quality of the emerging National Academy players, aided by the experience Kenny Carroll and Yacob Ali bring to the group having played at this level for many years, will enable us to put up a major challenge to the three teams we face this season.”
Munster Chairperson, David Griffin, notes that inclusion in the T20 competition is a major advance for Munster Cricket and a huge opportunity to increase the profile of cricket right across Munster.
“Now that we’ve gotten there I’m hoping to see a big crowd at the Mardyke for the first game on the 26th, and I’d ask all come to wear red and create a ‘Red Sea’ ahead of the game.”
Munster Reds 2017 squad: Mudasser Aziz (Limerick), Morne Bauer (Cork County), Aaron Cawley (Cork County), Ian Coleman (Cork County), Stephan Grobler (Cork County), Ruadhán Jones (Cork Harlequins), Gary King (Cork County), Yakob Ali (Co Kerry/The Hills), Kenny Carroll (Railway Union), Rory Anders (National Academy/Phoenix), David Delaney (National Academy/Clontarf), Jamie Grassi (National Academy /North County), Max Neville (National Academy /Merrion), Harry Tector (National Academy/YMCA), Jack Tector (National Academy/YMCA).
Full Munster Reds 2017 fixtures:
Hanley Interprovincial T20:
Friday May 26th - Munster Reds v Northern Knights - Mardyke
Friday June 9th – Munster Reds v North-West Warriors* - Mardyke
Friday June 16th – Leinster Lightening v Munster Reds* – Merrion CC
Friday June 23rd – North-West Warriors v Munster Reds* – Eglinton CC
Friday July 21st – Northern Knights v Munster Reds – Carrickfergus
Friday August 11th – Munster Reds v Leinster Lightening - Mardyke
Wednesday August 23rd – Munster Reds v MCC – Mardyke
Friday August 25th – Munster Reds v MCC – Mardyke