Poynter hundred sends timely message to Irish selectors
In a week where Niall O'Brien and Cricket Ireland are at loggerheads over the Northants wicket-keeper batsman's participation in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League, Stuart Poynter sent a timely reminder to the Irish selectors that they have other options with a timely century in Australia.
21 year old Poynter has been in prolific form since his arrival Down Under. starring for Western Districts/University of Canberra in the Grade A Canberra league, where Jeremy Bray, Shane Getkate and James Shannon have all played recently.
Poynter has scored 327 in six games and is currently averaging 109 for his club, scoring his maiden hundred in the win against North Canberra. This followed three earlier half centuries with scores of 85, 64* and 60.
Speaking after the game Poynter said, "That's my first hundred in Australia, so it's a great feeling. When I came out to the middle we were in a bit of trouble so I just tried to help the lower order settle and get myself in and bat as long as possible.
"Once I got to fifty the spinners came on so I tried to counter-attack some of their bowlers and it came off pretty well."
Poyner has also been in excellent form behind the stumps taking four dismissals in three of the six games played, helping his side to the top of the table in the two day format of the game.
Poynter has also enjoyed success behind the stumps playing for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in the Australian Country Championships, taking 10 catches and four stumpings, including four against New South Wales.
Poynter has played twice for Ireland to date, keeping wicket in the Intercontinental Cup wins over Namibia and Canada. In those games he effected five catches, two run outs and a stumping, makinga top score of 31 against Canada at Rathmines.
If O'Brien doesn't feature in the upcoming tours of Kenya, South Africa and the UAE, then it is expected that Gary Wilson will don the gloves, but Poynters's prolific form will give him the chance to claim the understudy slot.