Former Ireland left-arm spinner Matt Dwyer picks his all-time Ireland team in the second part of our new feature series.
I have played for and against lots of very good cricketers over the years at club and inter-pro level, for the purpose of this Irish selection I have chosen players that I played international cricket with, sorry to all I left out.
Jason Molins; Very strong opening batsman who played well off both front and back foot, excellent slip fielder, good thinker of the game and my skipper, should have played more for Ireland.
Dekker Curry; A very destructive opening batsman, who, once in went on to score high amounts of runs. Top class fielder and not a bad “off spin” bowler. Serious Mohammed Ali fan, “floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee”
Ed Joyce; One of the great cricketers to play for Ireland and a humble nice guy also. Ed was one of the main reasons Ireland ended up in the Caribbean in 2007.
Peter Gillespie; Peter played over 100 times for Ireland and was for the most part the heartbeat of the team, would not have been classed as a big hitter but went on to score a very fast 100 in Bangor.
Angus Dunlop; Scored lots of big runs in the middle order around this time and maybe should have batted higher, played a very good hockey shot over square leg from time to time. As captain always listened to his bowlers!!
Andrew White; Had the privilege to play a number of games with Mr Cricket in 2001, an all rounder who has contributed hugely to Ireland success since then. Along with his roomie McCallan played a lot of tricks on his fellow team mates.
Kylie McCallan; What a cricket career this guy had, started out as an opening bat but his off spin bowling is what he is all about. Played a lot of his cricket under Mike Hendrick so bowled a bit straight for my liking, then who am I to tell this man how to bowl. A great guy.
Derek Heasley; A very good all rounder who could pick up wickets at the right time. He also got very quick runs in the lower middle order. A great pair of hands in the outfield. He also loved the fitness classes!!
Alan Rutherford; A great glove man and lower order bat. I only played a short number of games with him but a great guy who loved the game.
Paul Mooney; A fellow gallian and a privilege to have played club, interpro and international cricket with him. His enthusiasm and his willingness to practice and play hard were outstanding. Some of his new ball bowling around that time was brilliant, an outstanding all rounder who enjoyed the game and the crack that went with it. Wore his heart on his sleeve.
Ryan Eagleson; A top quality seam bowler who on his day was as good as any bowler we have produced. His line and length were excellent and when he got it moving around he was a handful. He always thought he could bat a bit, after one game where he opened the innings he became known as the `pinch kicker`.