Wylie living the dream
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
BEN Wylie is living the dream and there is so much more to come. The Instonians slow left armer may not have made the starting line-up for this week’s Intercontinental Cup match in Rathmines but with an Under 19 World Cup and an NCU Premier League title campaign ahead, it is already a season to remember.
Just turned 18, Wylie has his foot on the rung of the international ladder, on Sunday he plays in an Ulster Bank Challenge cup semi final and before the week is out he will be facing England at Under 19 level in Leicester before flying off with the Ireland squad to Australia for the World Cup finals.
“I am honestly delighted to be involved in the senior squad, if not in a playing capacity. I thought I might be in a with a chance of going to the World Cup (despite missing out on the qualifying tournament last year) but the call up this week was a great surprise,” says the RBAI captain.
“I was on a school tour to South Africa but this will be the furthest trip and it promises to be a different experience. It will be a tough month of cricket (Ireland are in the same group as holders England, Australia and Nepal) and I will be out of my comfort zone but it will be a great experience on and off the field.”
Wylie misses Saturday’s big Premier League game against Waringstown, two of the three co-leaders, with CIYMS, but he is back for Sunday’s cup semi final against Muckamore at Moylena, where Instonians start hot favourites to reach the cup final for the second time in four years.
“I am at a wedding in England on Saturday but fly back on Sunday morning. Losing the T20 final (to Waringstown) was a big blow last week so there will be revenge in the air on Saturday and Sunday is massive,” adds Wylie.
“It’s another chance of winning silverware, the game must be decided on the day and there is the possibility of it being decided by a bowl-out.
If it comes to that, we will just have to get on with it.”
“We also lost to Ballymena last Saturday and have played more games than everyone else in the league, so we have to get back to winning ways. We have one of the most talented cricket sides in Ireland and the number of representative players in the team backs that up.”