No luck for Taree's Nick Larkin in Irish test cricket debut

TAREE'S Nick Larkin didn't have the best of starts to his career with the Irish cricket side in the first of a three match one day series against Sri Lanka A this week in Ireland.

Larkin was dismissed for a duck. Ireland failed by 28 runs to overhaul Sri Lanka A's tally of 283. Larkin was one of three new caps in the Irish side.

Selectors have named a 14 strong side for the series.

Meanwhile former Taree West cricketer Nick Walker is a member of the University of NSW team to play in the semi-final of the University World Cup at The Oval in England this weekend.

Walker, a wicket keeper-batsman, was named player of the match in his side's win over Pakistan earlier this week. University of NSW earned the right to represent Australia in the cup after winning the national universities championship this year. Walker was named in an Australian merit side at the conclusion of the championship.

The team is coached by former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson. Walker, 22, played junior and first grade cricket with Taree West before heading to Sydney. He now plays first grade with Uni of NSW.