Rush’s Rock selected for Cricket Ireland’s Senior National Squad

by Rachel Darcy

Rush Cricket Club’s Neil Rock has been selected for Cricket Ireland’s Senior National squad for their forthcoming tour of the UAE in January.

Neil, born and raised in Fingal, has been praised by ICC award-winning Fingal Development Manager Brian O’Rourke, who rated him as ‘one of the finest wicketkeeper batsmen I have worked with’.

Aged just 20, Neil is already a former Leinster youth captain, Catholic University School and Glenwood High School student in South Africa. 

He has made a rapid rise through the cricket ranks of Irish teams featuring for the u15, u17, u19s, Academy, and A-teams.  In Rock’s u19 World Cup campaign in 2018, he scored an astonishing 235 runs in six games.

He has also already made 38 appearances in Ireland Inter-Provincial cricket, making him one of the most capped aged 20-year olds in Ireland.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. David Healy saidd: “On behalf of the whole Fingal County Council I send our congratulations to Neil, and his family, on his international call up. 

“This is a fantastic start to 2021, and after such a tough 2020, we are proud to see a young Fingal cricketer starting the year by achieving their goal, and may this be, as your first tour with the senior squad, a big learning experience for you.”

Margaret Geraghty, Director of Services, Fingal County Council, noted the importance of Neil’s call-up to all those working in sport.

“Neil’s news is inspirational to all of the Fingal Sports Team.  We have worked hard, with the local clubs and NGBs, to keep sport available during this pandemic, and this news, as with Rush CC’s Stephen Doheny being selected in 2020, shows everyone the international talents being produced locally, and if we can just keep on working together to get through this pandemic we can achieve great things,” she said.

Rock thanked everyone sending their congratulations. He said: “It is at these times you appreciate how many people have helped you along the way, in particular in Fingal.

“I am really looking forward to being part of this trip to the UAE and hope the experience gained will help further develop my game.”

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