CIYMS leg-spinner Jacob Mulder and Clontarf speedster David Delany have been named in the 15-man squad for the upcoming tri-series in Dublin against Scotland and The Netherlands.

Mulder won the last of his 14 caps more than two years ago and was released from his central contract early last year to allow him to return to his native Australia to play club cricket.

He gets his chance following an impressive domestic season with CIYMS and during the five-day training camp in Dublin.

His inclusion adds to the variety of bowling options available to skipper Gary Wilson, and he joins Leinster's Gareth Delany, who made his debut against Zimbabwe earlier this summer.

His cousin, David Delany is also named, with his extra speed catching the eyes of the selectors.

Delany's spell for the Northern Knights in the rain-plagued interpro Championship match against his former team mates at Leinster Lightning was one of the highlights of the season.

Delany has yet to feature in the senior ranks although he was named in the T20 international squad to play Afghanistan last year.

Another player who has yet to make his debut is 19 year-old all-rounder Harry Tector. The YMCA teenager was one of the stand-out performers at the training camp and is expected to be handed a cap in the series which starts on Sunday against The Netherlands at Malahide.

Among those left out of the 15 are Greg Thompson, Andy McBrine, Tyrone Kane and Barry McCarthy.

It could well be the end of the road for Thompson, who turns 32 next week. He has won 25 caps since he became the youngest player to play for Ireland as a 16 year-old back in 2004.

“There were a number of players really unfortunate to miss out on this squad, which goes to show the quality and depth of players we are developing in this format of the game in Ireland," said Chairman of Selectors Andy White. 

“We have just completed a five-day training camp which brought together 25 of the best players playing in Ireland in this format and was very beneficial and served to solidify the selectors thinking.

“It was great to see the likes of Harry Tector confirm his obvious talent and demonstrate that he has the game to perform at this level, while we also welcome Jacob Mulder back into the international fold. Both he and Gareth Delany offer leg-spinning options which will be important as we look forward – both Jacob and Gareth have performed well this season and are deserving of their selection.

"We look forward to giving David Delany an opportunity at international level - he has the raw talent, and offers us something different in terms of his pace – he’s obviously been on our radar for a little while now and so we’re pleased he will get a chance next week.”


Gary Wilson (CSNI) (Captain), Mark Adair (CIYMS), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), David Delany (Clontarf), Gareth Delany (Leinster), George Dockrell (Leinster), Shane Getkate (Instonians), Jacob Mulder (CIYMS), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Boyd Rankin (North West Warriors), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Harry Tector (YMCA), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke), Craig Young (North Down).

T20 TRI-SERIES FIXTURES: (all matches are at Malahide and start at 1:30pm)

  • 15 September Ireland v Netherlands
  • 16 September : Scotland v Netherlands
  • 17 September : Ireland v Scotland
  • 18 September : Ireland v Netherlands
  • 19 September : Scotland v Netherlands
  • 20 September : Ireland v Scotland