Free webinar - Make Children Safer (Online and in Sport)

September 19th 2018 | International, Coaching, Women, Youth, Other

Cricket Ireland would like to highlight an upcoming Sport Ireland-sponsored webinar that is aimed at parents, carers, volunteers, clubs, coaches and child welfare officers.

Sport Webinar


The session will be run by Jim Gamble QPM who is a former Chief Police Officer and was the founding Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

The webinar will be live from 4pm-5pm, Monday 8 October 2018.

The webinar will cover:

  • The risks facing children in the digital world including bullying, sexting and grooming.
  • How to educate and empower children to better protect themselves.
  • How to mitigate the risks associated with consent and images.
  • How to go beyond compliance to safeguarding children.

For more information and to register for the webinar visit: www.ineqe.com/webinar

 

 


Irish Government backs Ireland Women’s Cricket team all the way to Guyana

September 19th 2018 | International, Women

Irish Government backs Ireland Women’s Cricket team all the way to Guyana

Additional funding boost welcomed for the Ireland Women's cricket team

The Irish Government, through Sport Ireland, has given a major boost to the Ireland Women’s cricket team ahead of its trip to the ICC World T20 tournament in the Caribbean in November.

In August 2018 the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, T.D., and the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin, T.D., announced a funding injection of €1.5 million into high performance sporting organisations. This announcement included €40,000 in new funding specifically for the Ireland Women’s cricket team and its participation at the World T20 tournament.

“We are delighted that the Irish Government has recognised and supported our women’s cricket team through this funding injection. We have now agreed with Sport Ireland how the funds will be spent in order to provide additional support to our women cricketers at the World T20 tournament,” said Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland.

“A portion of the money will be invested in recognising the commitment of our players in taking part in the tournament through paying loss of earnings and match fees. Many members of our squad balance full-time jobs or study with their cricket careers and sacrifice pay and leave at times to be able to participate.”

“The funding will also guarantee our ability to undertake a warm-weather training camp at La Manga in Spain in the lead-up to the tournament. This is crucial given that the tournament falls outside the Irish cricket season and during a period where we won’t be able to undertake much outdoor training here at home.”

“Given the high performance nature of the sport, the funding will further allow us to engage an additional coach, Fintan McAllister, and a sports psychologist, Anne Marie Kennedy who will travel to the tournament with the team.”

Laura Delany, Captain of the Ireland Women’s cricket team, said:

“Now that the cricket season has come to an end here in Ireland, the training squad has been busy with preparations for November. We have been based largely at the Sport Ireland Institute undertaking strength and conditioning sessions, as well as skills sessions at our new High Performance Centre next door.”

“In an ideal world you would choose to go into a major tournament mid-way through a season rather than in the off-season, but the planning and preparation by our coaches has been meticulous and the additional funding from Government will allow us a number of opportunities we would not have had.”

“Our challenge ahead is large - coming up against Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan in our Group Stage. However, we proudly watched our friends in Irish hockey surpass all expectations at their recent world cup, and have taken inspiration from their fearlessness when confronted with higher ranked opponents.”

“Come the 11th of November when we step out on the field in Guyana against Australia, we’ll be ready – and if we can play to our full potential, then we can show the world that Irish women’s cricket is on the rise.”

The World T20 training squad

Laura Delany, Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Cara Murray, Lucy O’Reilly, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

Cricket Ireland would like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment and support of Hanley Energy in helping our women’s international team compete on the world stage.

 

 


Paul Stirling to lead Ireland to the 2018 Hong Kong Sixes tournament

September 18th 2018 | International

Paul Stirling to lead Ireland to the 2018 Hong Kong Sixes tournament

Paul Stirling will captain the men's senior squad for the first time

Cricket Ireland has named its seven-man squad for the upcoming Hong Kong Sixes tournament to be held at the Kowloon Cricket Club from 26 to 28 October 2018, with Paul Stirling to lead the men’s senior side for the first time.

The Hong Kong Sixes is an annual international cricket event, first staged in 1992, featuring teams of six-a-side playing in a round-robin tournament with knock-out stages. The event, played across three days, is hosted by Cricket Hong Kong and is ICC-sanctioned. This year will be the 20th staging of the event.

Ireland last competed in the Hong Kong Sixes in 2011, where they made the Quarter Finals, defeating England and Bangladesh along the way. Paul Stirling and George Dockrell were part of that squad, so will make their second appearance in the competition, while the other players will make their tournament debuts.

Graham Ford, Head Coach of Ireland Men’s team, said:

“While being a modified format of the game, obviously the skills of T20 cricket come to the fore at this tournament. There’s no secret that T20 cricket is a format we need to improve at and we’ve selected a squad with an eye to the ICC World T20 qualifiers in October/November 2019.”

“The Hong Kong Sixes format encourages aggressive batting and high scoring - so really suits all-rounders. The squad chosen have each displayed a good mix of the skills required for this tournament, and will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to sharpen their techniques going into an important year for Irish cricket.”

The squad

  • Paul Stirling (Captain), Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Stuart Thompson.

Graham Ford (Head Coach) and Ryan Eagleson (Team Manager/Assistant Coach) will accompany the squad.


Cricket Ireland Club Facilities Grant scheme opens for 2018

September 17th 2018 | International, Other

Cricket Ireland Club Facilities Grant scheme opens for 2018

€100,000 has been invested in clubs over the last two years

Clubs are the hub of our sport and are central to the long-term sustainable development of the game in Ireland. In order to support clubs, in partnerships with the Provincial Unions, Cricket Ireland provides direct investment into club facilities, infrastructure and equipment through the Cricket Ireland Club Facilities Grant scheme.

The Cricket Ireland Club Facilities Grant assists cricket clubs to improve grounds, pavilions and equipment. through the Provincial Union support structure to clubs. Over the last two years €100,000 has been invested in clubs through the Club Facilities Grant.


Successful projects funded have included:

• sightscreen replacement;
• upgrades to squares and outfields;
• drainage improvements;
• installation of artificial wickets;
• purchase of a mobile cage and bowling machine;
• purchase of a Water Hog and run-up covers; and
• club house upgrades and repairs.

The 2018 application process is now open, with applications closing 31 October 2018.

Read more about the programme and the application process here.

 


WATCH: A review of the 2018 Toyota Super 3’s series

September 11th 2018 | International, Women

WATCH: A review of the 2018 Toyota Super 3’s series

The winning Dragons team receive the trophy

The Toyota Super 3’s series - the peak domestic competition for women’s cricket in Ireland - came to a conclusion last weekend with the Dragons claiming the title for the second time in three years.

Hear from winning Dragons captain Shauna Kavanagh, winning coach Tim Simmonite and Scorchers captain Kim Garth on the season in review and the growing importance of the competition to women’s cricket in general, and to the international women’s team.

Find out more about the Toyota Super 3’s competition and its history here.

 


Devenish Nutrition invests in the future of women’s cricket in Ireland

September 11th 2018 | International, Women

Devenish Nutrition invests in the future of women’s cricket in Ireland

Gaby Lewis spent time in Australia in early 2018

Northern Ireland-based international company Devenish Nutrition has committed to fund the Devenish Nutrition Women’s Overseas Player Development Scholarship Programme in 2018-2019 following a successful trial of the scholarship this year.

The scholarship will provide funding for up to four players to spend 3-6 months overseas, during the winter months of 2018-2019, further developing their skills and knowledge of the game in a different culture and climate, through excellent coaching, practice and competitive matches.

Alice Stanton, former international cricketer for Ireland and current Director of Human Health with Devenish Nutrition, welcomed the commitment of funding towards the programme:

“Devenish Nutrition are exceedingly happy to be sponsoring the Women’s Overseas Player Development Scholarship Programme through Cricket Ireland. This programme provides funding for players to spend time playing and training in overseas conditions, and experiencing new coaching and playing conditions.”

“Both Devenish and Cricket Ireland anticipate that this will be a very positive experience for the players, help create more rounded individuals, and benefit future individual player and Irish team performances.”

Gaby Lewis, Irish international cricketer, said:

“It’s essential for a modern-day cricketer to gain exposure to a range of playing, training and coaching experiences. Throughout the year we play in varying climates and conditions – take the second half of 2018 alone, we will have played in Ireland, Holland and the Caribbean. It is the ability for players to adapt their game and approach for these varying conditions that makes you and the team successful.”

“This year I had the opportunity to travel to Australia and spend some time within the Women’s Big Bash League structure. While I didn’t play in the WBBL, training alongside some of the best players and listening to their insights was incredibly valuable. For an up-and-coming player these are the sorts of formative experiences that can drive your career forward and I believe I’m a better player for having the opportunity.”

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

“The women’s game in Ireland is at an important juncture, and thanks to Devenish Nutrition’s partnership we can extend Cricket Ireland’s ability to develop and nurture upcoming talent.”

“Recent initiatives in the women’s side of the game, such as the creation of the Toyota Super 3’s competition, more focus on the Academy, and a more coordinated and extensive cricket programme from under-age to senior levels are beginning to bear fruit. You just have to look at the season we’ve had – the team has bounced back from a challenging series against the New Zealand White Ferns to beat Asian Cup champions Bangladesh on home soil, then went to the Netherlands and successfully qualified for the Women’s World T20 tournament in the Caribbean.”

“We already know that a number of our senior players will be retiring after the Women’s World T20, so it is crucial to the future of women’s cricket in Ireland that we utilise programmes like this one to continue the development of young players, provide a pathway to international cricket and implement a gradual succession plan over coming years.”

“Women’s sport in Ireland is on the rise, and cricket has a role to play in encouraging and developing high-performance sportswomen. As such, this scholarship programme is fundamental in that process.”

Applications are now being accepted, with criteria outlined here.

Closing date for applications is 16 September 2018, after which the inaugural applicant(s) will be announced following an assessment and selection process.


This scholarship programme is enabled by the generous support of Devenish Nutrition.

Devenish Nutrition

 


Leinster Lightning recover from disastrous start to claim fifth straight Inter-Provincial Cup

September 9th 2018 | International

Leinster Lightning recover from disastrous start to claim fifth straight Inter-Provincial Cup

Andy Britton celebrates a wicket

Leinster Lightning have recovered from a disastrous start to clinch its fifth straight Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Cup, defeating the North West Warriors by 58 runs at Leinster Cricket Club today.

With the two sides boasting a host of Irish internationals, the final 50-over clash was effectively a final given that the winner of today’s match would top the table and claim the Cup.

After Lightning captain George Dockrell won the toss and elected to bat, the Lightning were immediately put on the back foot by the early bowling of the Warriors Andy Britton. Bowling in cool, breezy conditions Britton demolished the top order and reducing the Lightning to 34-5 – a spell which included the prize wickets of Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh and Kevin O’Brien. Britton finished with 5-23 from 10 overs, which was credited as the second best bowling figures in the history of the 50-over Inter-Provincial Cup.

Gareth Delany was the only hold out, compiling a valiant 67 from 109 balls (4 x fours; 4 x sixes). His dismissal left Lightning at 148-7, however the tail wagged and Dockrell (39), Lorcan Tucker (45) and Tyrone Kane (57) ensured the Lightning recovered to post a competitive total of 253-8 from their 50 overs.

In response, Warriors opener and Irish Test and One-Day captain William Porterfield set about a masterful innings in an attempt to lead his side to victory. However, wickets fell at regular times and when Porterfield fell for 71 (off 87 balls; 11 x fours) the Warriors were on a precarious 129-5.

Stuart Thompson (25 off 33 balls; 4 x fours) and Andy McBrine (30* off 41 balls; 4 x fours) showed some late intent with the target surpassing a run-a-ball required, but Lightning’s experienced bowling attack were decisive when it mattered. Kevin O’Brien, after taking punishment in his first spell, came back into the attack to help clean up the Warriors tail which included a triple-wicket maiden over in the 39th over.

The Warriors were dismissed for 195 off 42.1 overs.

For Lightning, Simi Singh bowled well claiming 3-37 from 10 overs taking key early wickets, O’Brien’s 3-34 help wrap up the tail, but Josh Little’s 2-7 from 5 overs in the middle order contributed well to restricting the Warriors batting ambitions.

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Leinster Lightning 253-8 (50 overs; G Delany 67, T Kane 57, L Tucker 45; A Britton 5-23)
North West Warriors 195 (42.1 overs; W Porterfield 71, A McBrine 30*; S Singh 3-37, K O’Brien 3-34, J Little 2-7)

Leinster Lightning won by 58 runs

Full scorecard here.

 

 


Dragons clinch Toyota Super 3s series for 2018

September 8th 2018 | International, Women

Dragons clinch Toyota Super 3s series for 2018

Kim Garth plays the ball away in her innings of 45

The Dragons have completed a series victory for the second time in three years despite the final match of the Toyota Super 3s being abandoned after the first innings at Clontarf Cricket Club today.

While rain delayed the start of the match and reduced the game to a 40-over a side affair, once underway both sides demonstrated why they have been the best two sides over the past four seasons with some high quality women’s cricket on display.

Irish internationals Isobel Joyce (52 off 49 balls; 6 x fours) and Kim Garth (45 off 51 balls; 5 x fours) were the mainstays in the Scorchers side in a total of 175 in 37 overs.

For the Dragons, Hannah Little (3-26) and Rachel Delaney (3-35) took three wickets apiece, while 17-year old Irish International Lara Maritz – who has had a stellar season leading the bowling attack – claimed two wickets on her home club ground.

Unfortunately for the fans present a persistent, misty rain settled in at the conclusion of the Scorchers innings and the match was eventually abandoned.

A number of players in today’s match will complete their club cricket seasons tomorrow, and then the 16 players selected for the Women’s World T20 training squad will begin intensive preparations for the November tournament.

The Women’s World T20 training squad is:

Laura Delany, Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Cara Murray, Lucy O’Reilly, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

 

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Scorchers 175 (37 overs; I Joyce 52, K Garth 45; H Little 3-26, R Delaney 3-35, L Maritz 2-23)
Dragons DNB

Match Abandoned

Full scorecard here.

 

 


Lighting and Warriors name teams for series-deciding final match of 2018

September 7th 2018 | International, Other

Lighting and Warriors name teams for series-deciding final match of 2018

Can the North West Warriors come from behind and clinch the Cup?

The North West Warriors have already been crowned Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship winners for 2018 in the three-day format, and Leinster Lightning have claimed the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy for 2018. The two sides now square-off in a winner-takes-all final match of the 50-over Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Cup this Sunday.

The match will be played at Leinster Cricket Club, starting at 10.15am.

The two sides have been announced as follows:

Leinster Lightning

George Dockrell (Captain), Gareth Delany, Peter Chase, John Anderson, Tyrone Kane, Lorcan Tucker, Andrew Balbirnie, Josh Little, Simi Singh, Jack Tector, Kevin O’Brien, Stephen Doheny.

North West Warriors
Andy McBrine (Captain), Stuart Thompson, William Porterfield, Craig Young, Niall O’Brien, Ross Allen, Graeme Kennedy, David Rankin, David Barr, David Scanlon, Andy Britton, Aaron Gillespie.


The table as it currently stands is as follows:

IP50 Table

Live-streaming

As a bonus to cricket fans, Cricket Leinster will be live-streaming the match through their Youtube Channel.

 

 


News from the last round of the 2018 Toyota Super 3’s Series

September 5th 2018 | International, Women

News from the last round of the 2018 Toyota Super 3’s Series

The final match in the Toyota Super 3s is this weekend

The Super 3’s, the peak domestic competition for women’s cricket in Ireland, comes to a conclusion this weekend with the Scorchers taking on the Dragons in a 50-over match.

The match, to be played at Clontarf, will start at 11am on Saturday 8 September 2018.

The Scorchers team, under the guidance of Head Coach Andrew Poynter, will be:

Kim Garth (Captain), Aisling Byrne, Sarah Condron, Isabella Fitzgibbon, Isobel Joyce, Anna Kerrison, Anna Kirk, Cara Murray, Lucy O’Reilly, Una Raymond-Hoey, Alana Ryan, Rebecca Stokell.

The Dragons team, under the guidance of Head Coach Tim Simmonite, will be:

Mary Waldron (Captain), Hannah Little, Paris Crowe, Rachel Delaney, Gaby Lewis, Kerry Tomlinson, Sarah White, Caoimhe McCann, Lara Maritz, Niamh Walsh, Cecelia Joyce.

Live scorecard

You can follow the match on the My Cricket Ireland app or on desktop here.

Watch our video

 

 


Ireland Wolves squad for Gloucestershire match announced

September 4th 2018 | International, Youth, Other

Ireland Wolves squad for Gloucestershire match announced

Nathan Smith makes a welcome return to the Wolves squad

Cricket Ireland has announced a strong 12-man Ireland Wolves squad for an upcoming four-day match against Gloucestershire 2nd XI to be played at Bristol Cricket Club next week.

The Ireland Wolves team was created in 2017 to bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket – typically to provide an opportunity for a selection of centrally-contracted senior players and the best emerging talent to play together in high-standard, competitive cricket matches.

Pete Johnston, Cricket Ireland Academy and Wolves Manager, said:

“The Wolves are looking forward to ending the season on a high with a four-day match against Gloucestershire 2nd XI. If similar to last year, I’d expect Gloucestershire to put out a strong side containing a large number of full-time professional cricketers.”

“Following time out with a broken finger, and off the back of leading a very successful Academy tour of London, Jack Tector returns to captain the Wolves. It is great to see Jack back and in form, he has been working exceptionally hard since his return with batting coach Ed Joyce.”

“It is also very positive to have Nathan Smith return from a serious side strain sustained in the build up to Ireland’s Test match in May. Nathan offers control and excellent skills with the red ball and it is a credit to himself and our support staff that he has been able to return to play in a multi-day fixture like this before the season ends.” 

“Craig Young is another player who in Inter-Provincial cricket has a proven track record in the longer format. Along with Smith and Tyrone Kane, the trio of quicks should provide Gloucestershire with a disciplined and stern test.”

“The pace attack will be well supported by the left arm spin of James Cameron-Dow - who has also done well in the Inter-Pros - and the leg spin of Gareth Delany.”

“James Shannon adds experience to a strong batting line up, which includes James McCollum who to date has an excellent first-class record. The batting contains disciplined stroke makers and also mid-to-lower order power to move the game forward if and when required.”

“Unfortunately there are a few recent injuries that have resulted in Graham Kennedy, Max Neville and David Delany being ruled out of consideration for selection, and school commitments ruled out JJ Garth and Neil Rock.”


The Ireland Wolves squad

  • Jack Tector (Captain); James Cameron-Dow; Gareth Delany; Stephen Doheny; Shane Getkate; Aaron Gillespie; Tyrone Kane; James McCollum; James Shannon; Nathan Smith; Lorcan Tucker; Craig Young.

The fixture

  • 11-14 September 2018: Gloucestershire 2nd XI v Ireland Wolves (Bristol Cricket Club)


Rush claims 2018 Clear Currency National Cup

September 2nd 2018 | International, Other

Rush claims 2018 Clear Currency National Cup

Rush CC celebrate the National Cup victory

Rush Cricket Club is the 2018 National Cup champions after a titanic struggle with Limerick ended with a 26-run for the Leinster side.

Player of the match Stephen Doheny turned the game in the home side’s favour with two wickets in two balls in his first over, having earlier made a stylish 63. It wasn’t the decisive point however in a game that ebbed and flowed more often than the River Shannon.

Having won the toss and opted to bat first, Rush set about establishing a strong total with openers Doheny and Conor Armstrong (90 runs off 93 balls; 13 x fours) putting on 136 for the first wicket.

Murtaza and Mustafa Sidiqi were the heroes in the field for Limerick, reining in the home side and restricting their final total. Murtaza (4-43 off 8 overs) bowled the visitors into the game while Mustafa was the safe pair of hands, with no less than four catches, including two identical catches over his head at long off.

The catch of the innings went to Murtaza, off his own bowling, who adjusted brilliantly to dismiss Armstrong when he smashed the ball straight back at the him.

Shahid Iqbal (28 runs off 11 balls; 3 x fours, 2 x sixes) added some late impetus to the Rush innings as they closed on 269-6 off their 40 overs.

Doehny


Daniel Coffey took two wickets in his first bowling spell and after a sensational run out from Doheny on the move from backward point, Limerick were 56-3 after ten overs and up against it.

That’s how it seemed, before Hashir Sultan (56 runs off 55 balls; 6 x fours, 2 x sixes) and Murtaza Sidiqi (53 runs off 54 balls; 6 x fours, 3 x sixes) put on 121 in 18 overs, setting up the prospect of a double all-Ireland victory for the Treaty county.

That’s when Doheny took his two in two but it wasn’t the end for Limerick. They may have needed ten an over but in the tight surrounds of Kenure, it wasn’t inconceivable. What’s more they almost pulled it off.

Farman Yousafzai (23 runs off 17 balls) and Swaroop Burra (24 runs off 16 balls) almost took their side home. It took Coffey (4-34 from 7 overs), returning to bowl the 38th over to remove the final two barriers to Rush winning the National Cup for the third time in four years.

The huge crowd in Kenure was treated to a special match, filled with brilliant individual performances, tension to the end and a thrilling, colourful spectacle.

Celebrate

Scorecard in brief

Clear Currency National Cup Final, 2 September 2018 at Kenure, Rush CC

Rush 269-6 (50 overs; C Armstrong 90, S Doheny 63; Murt Sidiqi 4-43)
Limerick 243 (38 overs; H Sultan 56, Murt Sidiqi 53; D Coffey 4-34, S Doheny 3-32)

Rush win by 26 runs

Full scorecard here.


Waringstown win record sixth Irish Senior Cup

September 1st 2018 by Peter Boyd | International

Waringstown win record sixth Irish Senior Cup

Waringstown celebrate their sixth Irish Senior Cup win

Waringstown’s hold on all-Ireland club competitions continued with a comfortable 85-run victory over Merrion in the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup Final at Stormont today.

Player of the Match Shaheen Khan dominated proceedings with 71 not out and 2-23, but as Waringstown captain Greg Thompson alluded to after the match, this was a victory for the team and a club who are now the most successful in Irish Senior Cup history with six victories in total.

Three half-centuries, including Khan’s, James Hall (74) and James McCollum (56), wickets for five bowlers and two run-outs attest to a team that has had different players stand up at various times throughout the season.

Hall and McCollum put on 127 for the second wicket as they pulled, cut and drove in a chanceless partnership.

Only when Niranjan Shankar (0-28 off 8) and John Anderson (3-48) bowled in tandem through the middle overs did Merrion come back into the game.

Anderson’s three wickets came in three consecutive overs as Waringstown slipped from 139-1 to 152-4, however Shaheen Khan counter-attacked and proceeded to smash his team past 250. Khan hit three fours and two sixes in his majestic 55-ball innings.

Merrion captain Dom Joyce tried everything to restrict the Waringstown firepower, bowling seven bowlers in total, but the northerners were more than happy to have made 264-7 from 50 overs.

Kane bowled
Image: Tyrone Kane bowled for 16 [Image: PressEye]

The Merrion chase never really got up and running as Joyce fell in just the second over despite two glorious boundaries preceding his dismissal. Fellow opener Bhavesh Lakhotia and John Anderson began to rebuild, but when Lakhotia was run out immediately after pulling a free-hit 6 to deep square leg, the momentum was broken again.

Merrion’s hopes seemed to rest on John Anderson’s shoulders but when Gary Kidd (2-35) trapped him LBW with the score 69-3 inside 14 overs, a tough chase looked harder for the new Leinster Premier League champions.

Waringstown then rotated their spin bowling attack to increase the pressure as the run rate required mounted. Eventually, they were forced to look for the big shots and then the wickets fell in batches. Three wickets for nine runs around the 30th over left Merrion 134-7 and staring into the abyss.

Dave Langford-Smith clipped two fine sixes to entertain the large travelling Merrion support, but the chase was to be in vain.

The last three wickets fell for just eight runs and Waringstown could celebrate an 85-run victory.

Celebration
Image: Celebrations after the final wicket [Image: PressEye]

 

Scorecard in brief

Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup Final, 1 September 2018 at Stormont

Waringstown 264-7 (50 overs; J Hall 74, S Khan 71*, J McCollum 56; J Anderson 3-48, J Carty 2-58)
Merrion 179 (42.1 overs; M Lewis 46; S Khan 2-23, G Kidd 2-35, L Nelson 2-38)

Waringstown win by 85 runs

Full scorecard here.

 


Cricket Ireland welcomes opening of 2018 Sports Capital Grants Programme

August 31st 2018 | International, Other

Cricket Ireland welcomes opening of 2018 Sports Capital Grants Programme

13 clubs received €248,000 last year. Let's aim for more this year.

Cricket Ireland has welcomed the launch of the Irish Government’s 2018 Sports Capital Programme and encourages cricket clubs around the country to develop and submit applications before the 19 October deadline.

The Government has announced that €40 million is available for this popular programme. Last year over 2,300 applications were received from 45 different sports.

Last year there were 13 successful applications made by cricket clubs, with €248,000 committed towards facility improvements at grounds around the country. More specifically Clubs received funding for equipment purchases, upgrade of playing pitches, installation of new LED scoreboards, building safety upgrades and mobile practice facilities and mowers, to name just a few.

To support Clubs, Cricket Ireland has run several masterclasses on developing applications in Munster and Leinster, and two more will be held in Northern Ireland in early October, to which ROI-based clubs are able to attend.

A guide to making an application is now available on the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport website.

Registrations will close at 5pm, Friday 19 October 2018.

 

 


Afghanistan powers to victory and claims series win over under-par Ireland

August 31st 2018 | International

Afghanistan powers to victory and claims series win over under-par Ireland

Ireland go down in tough series against Afghanistan

The Ireland Men’s cricket team fell to an eight-wicket defeat to Afghanistan in today’s third and series-deciding one-day international at Stormont.

A cool breeze and blue skies met the two teams, as Ireland and Afghanistan arrived at Stormont to battle out the decider in the current three-match Gulbahar Trophy ODI series.

After Ireland’s captain William Porterfield won the toss and chose to bat first, Ireland was immediately put on the back foot losing key batsman Paul Stirling for 2, before skipper Porterfield and the in-form Andrew Balbirnie seemed to steady early nerves.

However, with the score on 34, Porterfield fell to a juggled catch at mid-off by his opposite number, Asghar Afghan. His wicket foreshadowed a middle-order collapse, as Ireland went from 34-1 to 72-6 in the space of eight overs. Chief among the destroyers for the Afghan bowling unit were spinners Rashid Khan (3-18) and Gulbadin Naib (2-34).

Kevin O’Brien (16), Simi Singh (17) and Gary Wilson (23) battled hard to move Ireland past the 100-mark, but once they were removed the tail was wrapped up quickly and Ireland posted just 124 runs from 36.1 overs.

For the Afghans, five of the wickets taken today were leg before wicket decisions, three of which from the bowling of Rashid Khan. Rashid’s haul of eight wickets over the three ODIs won him the Player of the Series award and underscored his importance to Afghanistan’s white ball cricket fortunes. Combined with his display in the T20I series, he once again demonstrated why he is ranked amongst the top bowlers in world cricket at present.

In response, Afghanistan’s run chase started poorly losing the early wicket of Mohammad Shahzad for 1. However, fellow opener Ihsanullah and Rahmat Shah set about scoring at a rate of better than five-an-over, bringing up the Afghanistan 50 in the 9th over. Shortly after this milestone was achieved, Ireland’s Tim Murtagh claimed the wicket of Rahmat for 33, and Ireland’s fielders noticeably lifted sensing a distant and unlikely victory was possible heading into the lunch break.

Returning from the break, Afghanistan’s batsmen had obviously decided that a confident and attacking mindset was needed and they set about finishing the match in quick fashion. They did not lose any further wickets as they posted 127-2 in 23.5 overs. With that went the series, and Afghanistan came away deserved 2-1 winners.

After the match Ireland’s captain William Porterfield said:

“We knew, looking at the first two games, that we needed to get a good total on the board – it was never going to be a high-scoring affair. Losing those three [early] wickets in the space of a couple of runs put us on the back foot. We knew from there we’d have to play well to get back into it and Kevin [O’Brien] and Simi [Singh] showed a glimpse of that with a good partnership.”

“We knew early on was the best time to bat on a surface like that, and that it would slow up as the game went on, but we just didn’t get enough runs to provide a challenge.”

“Any series between these two sides are generally close – it’s typically our batters against their spinners, and their batters against our seamers - and whoever wins that battle comes out on top in that game. That’s been the same for the last four series, and will be the case moving forward against Afghanistan, especially looking towards February and March when we’re going away to play them.”

Ireland and Afghanistan will face each other next in February/March 2019, which will include a series of matches including five ODIs, three T20Is and an inaugural Test match between the two sides.

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Ireland 124 (36.1 overs; G Wilson 23, A Balbirnie 17, S Singh 17; R Khan 3-18, A Alam 2-22, G Naib 2-34)
Afghanistan 127-2 (23.5 overs; Ihsanullah 57*, H Shahidi 34*, R Shah 33; B Rankin 1-30, T Murtagh 1-39)

Afghanistan won by 8 wickets

Full scorecard here.

 

 


MCC Ireland to play at Lord’s

August 30th 2018 | International, Other

MCC Ireland to play at Lord’s

The MCC Ireland team will play at Lord's on 6 September 2018

The annual MCC T20 Finals day is to be held on Thursday 6 September 2018, and a team of club cricketers from Ireland has been announced to take part in two T20 matches that day at the Home of Cricket.

Greg Molins, the MCC Ireland Manager, said:

“It will be a very memorable occasion for all players and it’s great to be following in the footsteps of the senior Ireland Men’s team that played an ODI at Lord’s last year.”

“All players chosen have never had the honour of playing at Lord’s and that was very much in the mind of the selectors when they selected the squad.”

MCC Ireland will play MCC South and MCC Wales, with matches starting at 9.45 am and 12.50 pm respectively. Following this will be the Final at 3.55 pm.

The MCC Ireland squad is:

    1. Ehtesham Ahmed - Balbriggan
    2. Bill Coghlan - Clontarf
    3. Andrew Cowden - CSNI
    4. Sameer Dutt - Clontarf
    5. Connor D’Arcy - Clontarf
    6. Rob Henson - Terenure
    7. Shariful Islam - Clontarf
    8. James Kennedy - CSNI
    9. Richard Laurence - Phoenix
  10. Kenneth McDonald - Terenure
  11. Conor Kelly - Clontarf
  12. Peter Saville - Malahide

Coach: Angus Dunlop - YMCA
Manager: Greg Molins - Clontarf

TICKETS

For family or friends wishing to go and watch the day, the MCC website has ticketing information available here.

 

 


This weekend’s Cup Finals - where, when, who

August 30th 2018 | International, Other

This weekend’s Cup Finals - where, when, who

Will Waringstown's recent success continue?

This weekend sees the finals of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup. The two matches will be played across this coming weekend. Here are the details you need to know.

Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup Final

Who: Waringstown v Merrion
Where: CSNI Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast (Google Map)
When: Starts 11.30am, Saturday 1 September 2018
Format: 50-over match
Entry: £8/€10 adult, children under-16 free

This final sets up the Cup Final winners from 2016 (Merrion) against the Cup Final winners from 2017 (Waringstown) Cup Final winners in a clash that is sure to be hotly contested. This is in fact the third time in four years that these two sides will meet in the decider.

Merrion Cricket Club defeated Clontarf Cricket Club in a tightly contested semi-final to book their place in the Final. Their two-wicket win featured a wonderful innings of 99* by Irish international John Anderson.

Waringstown had a more decisive victory in their semi-final win over Strabane after being sent into bat. Compiling 331-7 from their 50 overs, they finished with a 167-run win, a victory in no small part thanks to the all-round efforts of former international Kyle McCallan who scored 75 runs with the bat and then followed up with 3-39 with the ball.

Waringstown also come into the Final with momentum with a trophy-laden season which included recently winning the Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup.

Clear Currency National Cup Final

Who: Rush v Limerick
Where: Rush Cricket Club (Google Map)
When: Starts 12.30pm, Sunday 2 September 2018
Format: 40-over match
Entry: Free

Rush Cricket Club have had a good deal of recent success in this competition, having won the Cup in 2015 and 2016. Limerick are finalists for the first time, not previously making it past the competition’s third round.

Rush travelled to the north-west to take on Ballyspallen in the semi-final, and came away with a 70-run win, with Stephen Doheny starring with 54 with the bat and taking 4-13 with the ball. Meanwhile, Limerick dominated their semi-final rivals County Galway in a convincing 5 wicket win.

Will the city of Limerick’s recent GAA success spill over into the cricket arena?

 

Thank you

Cricket Ireland acknowledges the support of Clear Treasury who, through their brand Clear Currency, generously support grass-roots cricket in Ireland.


Murtagh leads Ireland to ODI victory despite a late scare

August 29th 2018 | International

Murtagh leads Ireland to ODI victory despite a late scare

Quick glovework by Niall O'Brien dismissed Rahmat Shah

Tim Murtagh, Ireland’s 37-year old paceman, has starred with the ball and hit the winning runs with that bat as the Ireland Men’s cricket team levelled the series with a nervy three-wicket win over Afghanistan in today’s second one-day international (ODI) at Stormont.

Overnight rain did not delay the start of play, and Ireland maintained confidence in its team naming an unchanged line-up from Monday’s first ODI. Ireland’s captain William Porterfield lost the toss, however the decision by Afghanistan to bat first backfired as Ireland made an excellent use of cool conditions and a pitch that had a distinctly green tinge.

Fresh from his career-best bowling figures in the last match, Ireland’s Tim Murtagh was again the destroyer taking four wickets again (the first occasion an Irish bowler has taken consecutive four-wicket hauls in ODIs), and his 4-30 from 10 overs gave him a new career-best bowling return in ODIs. Murtagh’s length and accuracy caused problems from the outset, removing the top three batsmen with just 13 runs on the board.

Murtagh’s continued good form was, this time, matched by a vastly improved fielding performance by the men in green taking key catches and also affecting two direct-hit run outs.

The bowling tactic for Ireland today was obviously good line-and-length seam bowling, and the Irish bowling unit duly delivered. Boyd Rankin, unlucky to go wicketless after seeing two catches put down off his bowling, bowled again with pace and bounce finishing with 0-22 off 10 overs. Peter Chase and Kevin O’Brien both claimed 1-45 from their respective 10-over spells, with Simi Singh chipping in with 1-17.

Despite their dominance, and having Afghanistan at 100-7 in the 35th over, the Afghan tail wagged and the last three partnerships put on an additional 82 runs, finishing the Afghan innings at 182-9 from 50 overs.

For Afghanistan, an impressive late-order 42 from 52 balls by Najibullah Zadran and a patient 39 by captain Asghar Afghan were the most notable performances with the bat.

The Irish run chase did not get off to the start they wanted losing captain Porterfield for a duck from the fourth ball, bowled by a delivery that kept low and went under his bat. However, a 69-run partnership from Paul Stirling (39 from 50 balls; 3 x fours, 1 x six) and Andrew Balbirnie (60 from 92 balls; 5 x fours) settled any early nerves and put Ireland on the path to victory. Balbirnie was particularly impressive, playing with a straight bat and getting onto the front foot as much as possible. His second half-century on the trot a credit in conditions that most batsmen found difficult.

Seemingly cruising to victory at 87-2 in the 23rd over, key middle-order wickets then fell with Rashid Khan (3-37) leading the Afghans back into the contest. However, standing between the Afghans and an unlikely victory was Simi Singh who batted defiantly with the lower order and saw Ireland through to victory with 36* (off 59 balls; 1 x four, 1 x six).

When Tim Murtagh played the final delivery through the slip region for two to bring up the Irish win, the crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief knowing that the end result was closer than it appeared it would be just ten overs prior and a welcome win for the home side who conceivably lost a winnable match last time out.

After the match captain William Porterfield said:

“The way the boys stuck at it for 50 overs was great – we asked for a bit more today and we got that. It was always going to be a scrappy game, but it was really nice for Simi to see it through at the end.”

“We were pretty good in the field today, and if we had the same application as today with the bat in the first game then we would likely be standing here two-nil up. I’m really happy with how we went about it today, especially with the ball, and if we can bring that into Friday and get a few more partnerships then it will make things a little bit easier.”

“Tim [Murtagh] is a fantastic performer - he’s been doing it for the last 20 years now. He knows his job and knows what he is doing. It’s great to see him get his rewards for everything he’s done. He’s just such a consistent performer for us.”

“And Balbo [Andrew Balbirnie] getting back to back fifties in scrappy conditions, it’s great to see him do that and fight through, even looking pretty fluent at times.”

“For Simi, the biggest thing for him was seeing that through at the end. It’s good for him and good for his confidence. How he went about it, it’s a different skill in itself to manoeuvre it around and bat with the lower order.”

Ireland and Afghanistan will return to Stormont on Friday for the third and deciding match of the series.

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Afghanistan 182-9 (50 overs; N Zadran 42, A Afghan 39; T Murtagh 4-30, S Singh 1-17)
Ireland 183-7 (43.5 overs; A Balbirnie 55, S Singh 36*; R Khan 3-37, M Nabi 2-38)

Ireland won by 3 wickets


Full scorecard here.

 


Bowlers put Ireland in the hunt, but Afghanistan come out on top in first ODI

August 27th 2018 | International

Bowlers put Ireland in the hunt, but Afghanistan come out on top in first ODI

Afghanistan goes 1-0 up in the three match series

The Ireland Men’s cricket team fought hard to restrict a rampant Afghanistan batting attack, but a lack of substantial partnerships and world-class bowling saw the visiting side prevail in today’s first one-day international at Stormont.

Persistent rain yesterday left ground staff with a challenge overnight, but play started on time today with Ireland’s captain William Porterfield winning the toss and electing to bowl first.

Unlike the two completed T20Is last week, Ireland’s bowlers were able to remove the dangerous Hazratullah Zazai early, with Boyd Rankin surprising the batsman with extra bounce and he popped the ball up to Simi Singh. Zazai had been named Player of the Series for his two innings last week in the T20 format, and looked again to threaten the attack but his early capture gave the Irish bowlers a boost.

Afghan middle-order batsman Gulbadin Naib top-scored with a well-controlled innings of 64 from 98 balls (6 x fours) and was well supported by a stylish half-century by Hashmatullah Shahidi (54 runs from 82 balls; 3 x fours). Despite a flurry of shots from the captain Asghar Afghan (25 runs from 23 balls; 1 x four, 1 x six), the Irish bowlers could be relatively satisfied with how they controlled the innings.

Rankin bowled with pace and wasn’t afraid of using his additional height to great effect, claiming three scalps in his spell of 3-44 from 10 overs. However, the stand-out bowler of the innings was the returning Tim Murtagh. The 37-year old Middlesex paceman bowled with accuracy and variation, inducing false shots and taking a career best 4-31 from 10 overs.

Another stand-out performance of note was the outfield catching of Andrew Balbirnie who claimed four catches – an Irish record for outfield catches in an ODI.

Needing 228 for victory, Ireland lost openers Porterfield (16) and Stirling (10) before Andrew Balbirnie and Niall O’Brien set about re-establishing control of the innings, until a piece of brilliant fielding and a slight mix up in the call led to O’Brien’s dismissal, run out for 11.

Balbirnie was the lynchpin for Ireland and the batsman that Ireland needed to build the innings around. His 55 from 82 balls was assured but his demise signalled the turning of the match.

Despite Gary Wilson’s 38 (50 balls; 1 x six) at the death, Ireland could not consolidate a partnership and the regular fall of wickets put upward pressure on the run rate required.

Eventually, Ireland was bowled out for 198, losing by 29 runs.

After the match Tim Murtagh said:

“It was a shame – at halfway we’d given ourselves a good chance. We started a bit slow in the field, but our bowlers - to claw it back and restrict them to 228 - was a pretty good effort. We felt we were in the game at that stage and felt pretty confident. Obviously it didn’t our way and it’s disappointing but we’re going to have to come back Wednesday.”

“They played pretty well in the middle, the two lads who got fifties looked like they were setting up a platform, and we know they’ve got dangerous guys who can whack the ball at the death, but we held our nerve pretty well I think – maybe we got a bit lucky in the end with a few leading edges spooning up to cover, but pretty god effort from the 20 over mark onwards I thought. We would’ve taken that at the start of the game.”

“A total like that was only really one really good partnership that would have sealed it for us, unfortunately we couldn’t do that. We needed one of those partnerships to kick on and someone to score 70 or 80 and other guys to play around him.”

“The wicket was a little bit sticky, in terms of the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat. It didn’t do much off the seam or swing much, I don’t think it even spun massively later in the game, and we were happy with where we were at halfway. We knew we still had to play well because they’ve a couple of really good spinners, but we were confident we could have chased it down.”

“They’ve obviously got a world-class bowler in Rashid, and Mujeeb is probably not that far behind him, I think those two are the main difference between the teams. So as bowlers, we’ve got to help the batters out by restricting the opposition as much as we can.”

“It’s good to be back with the boys – I haven’t seen them since the Test Match [in May], so it’s been strange having a chunk of time not being over here, but its been god to get back in amongst them and get some wickets.”

Ireland and Afghanistan will return to Stormont on Wednesday for the second of three ODIs in the current series.

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Afghanistan 227-9 (50 overs; G Naib 64, H Shahidi 54; T Murtagh 4-31, B Rankin 3-44)
Ireland 198 (48.3 overs; A Balbirnie 55, G Wilson 38; A Alam 2-34, R Khan 2-41)

Afghanistan won by 29 runs

Full scorecard here

 


FAQs - Attending the upcoming ODIs at Stormont? Here’s what you need to know.

August 27th 2018 | International

For fans attending the upcoming One-Day Internationals at Stormont (27/29/31 August 2018), you should review these Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the dates and times of the match?
• Gates will open at 9am each day and the matches start at 10.45am. Entry is off Lower Newtonards Road.
• Re-entry will be facilitated on the gate – you will receive a stamp on your wrist to allow re-entry

Where is the event taking place?
• This event will take place in Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (Stormont) - see Google Map.

Is there parking available at the event?
• There is limited event car parking within the Stormont Estate. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.
• There is also a small public car park accessible off the Newtownards Road. However, there is no direct entry to the grounds through this car park. Patrons using this car park must enter through the pedestrian entrance off Lower Newtownards Road.
• Stewards will be on hand during the day to assist with parking and direct you.

What can I bring to the Match?
What to bring
• A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rainwear, woolly jumper/fleece and, of course, your ticket!
• Bring enough cash and/or a cash card (keep it safe!) – we do not have any cash machines on-site.
• You will also need ID if you want to buy alcohol and look 21 or under.
• Medication - If you need to bring medication with you, we recommend bringing a doctor’s note or a prescription for it if it is not easily recognisable. We’re not doctors, please be understanding if we question what you’re bringing in as it is important to prevent drugs getting in to the event.
Do not bring
• Illegal substances, if found with these you will be evicted from site.
• Standard compact cameras will be permitted, though you will not be able to take in a camera with a lens longer than 6 inches. Video cameras are not permitted on site. Mobile phones that take video are permitted.
• No Glass bottles or metal containers.
• Pyrotechnics or fireworks, flares or smoke bombs.
• Tables; chairs of any sort, including stools, floor seating and shooting sticks; gazebos and parasols – there will be seating provided within the ground.

Can I bring food and drink into the ground?
• You can take snacks and soft drinks into the match but please be aware this has to fit into an A4 size bag.
• There will be hot/cold food concessions on-site.
• Please don’t bring any alcohol or glass containers/bottles of any sort.
• Unfortunately, due to our bag restrictions – food hampers /cool bags and boxes can’t be brought into the ground. Snacks and soft drinks into the event for your own consumption provided that any soft drinks are held in unopened and sealed plastic or paper containers with a capacity of 500ml or less. If you are bringing snacks and soft drinks, please do so in a carrier bag of A4 size.
• Halal options will be available from our on-site vendors.

Can I purchase alcohol on site?
• Yes, there will be a public bar on site
• You may be asked for ID if purchasing alcohol at the bar so please bring either a passport/photocard or age card

What security measures are in place at the Match?
• There will be dedicated event security at the match with security at the entrance and around the ground in key areas.
• Security personnel will be performing bag searches at the entrance
• Due to safety procedures with the relevant statutory authorities only small bags are allowed into the match with the dimensions A4 size. We appreciate your cooperation and patience when entering the match.

What Corporate Packages are available for the Match?
• There is no hospitality available for these games

Where can you purchase tickets for the Ireland v Afghanistan match?
• There are tickets available for purchase on Ticketmaster
• Tickets will be available to purchase on the day at the gate.

Can you collect tickets on the day of the Match?
• For pre-advance purchased tickets you can collect your ticket at the ticket booth at the main gate entrance.

Do Junior Ticket Holders need to be accompanied?
• Yes, all children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and remain the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian throughout

Does my baby/toddler require a ticket?
• Yes all entrants to the ground, except babes-in-arms, require a ticket. Please \note there is no specific buggy park area

How can l purchase a Disabled Access Ticket?
• Yes, tickets can be purchased at the ground.

What is the refund policy?
• In the event that the match is affected by weather, 100% refund of the purchase price will be made in the event that no play is possible (ie. no ball is bowled). In no other circumstances can money be refunded. The refund policy outlined above does not apply if (1) the match is completed early in the normal course of play; (2) for lost or unused tickets. Ticket holders who have purchased their tickets by credit or debit card will receive a credit for the purchase price within 28 days. Ticket holders who have made cash purchases on the day of the match should apply directly to the Ticket Sales Desk for a ticket refund.

Is there a cash machine in the ground?
• No there is no cash machine or cash back facilities on site.

What are the safety procedures at the Event?
• In the event of an emergency it may be necessary to evacuate the ground. Please listen to PA announcements and follow the direction of the stewards in your area.
• Please do not leave your bags unattended in any part of the ground.
• We would like to remind all fans that entry on to the pitch before, during and following a match is strictly forbidden. Any entry on to the pitch is thus entirely at your own risk. According to the maximum extent permitted by the law, Cricket Ireland will not be liable for death, personal injury, loss or damage arising directly or indirectly from such entry
• Racist abuse and other gratuitously offensive abuse toward players, officials and other spectators are not part of the game and will attract the attention of stewards and the police and will almost certainly result in ejection from the ground.

Where are my seats?
• This match is general admission seating which means you are free to sit in the area you like.

Where can I find more information on the match?
• For regular updates please follow @irelandcricket on Twitter or like Cricket Ireland on Facebook

Are there Baby changing facilities on site?
• There are baby changing units in the toilets in the main pavilion.

Can I bring my dog?
• Only guide dogs will be permitted on site

Will scorecards be available?
• Scorecards will be available at the ticket booth.

Smoking Policy
There is no smoking within the ground except in designated smoking areas. Just ask a steward at the ground for advice on these areas.

 


WATCH: William Porterfield press conference ahead of the Ireland v Afghanistan series

August 26th 2018 | International

Ireland ODI Captain William Porterfield speaks to the media ahead of the Ireland v Afghanistan ODI series - recorded at Stormont on 26 August 2018.

 

 


Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme announced

August 26th 2018 | International, Coaching, Women, Youth, Other

Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme announced

Ed Joyce has announced a new annual scholarship

After 21 years having first represented Ireland, and 16 years as a professional county cricketer, Ed Joyce has decided to establish the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme for young players to develop their skills overseas in the winter, as he did early in his career.

The scholarship fund will allow 1-2 players annually to develop their skills and knowledge of the game overseas in a different culture and climate, through excellent coaching.

Ed Joyce said: “This scholarship aims to help talented Irish players who have aspirations to play for Ireland. Hopefully it will help develop their game and their character overseas where they will be linked with a club. In that environment they will train, practice and play during a period or the whole of the winter.”

“We hope the programme will make a real difference to the individuals involved, and will be guided by a tailored Individual Performance Plan which will be agreed with the EJSP selection committee.”

“The preferred programme for players will be between 3 and 6 months, with players reporting to the EJSP selection committee on a monthly basis on their progress.”

“One of the challenges Irish cricket faces now is that we can no longer use English county cricket as a finishing school for our youngsters. We need to produce our own cricketers through our domestic structure and programmes like this one will support that development work.”

Applications are now being accepted, with criteria outlined here: http://www.cricketireland.ie/about/scholarship-programmes

Closing date for applications is 9 September 2018, after which the inaugural applicant(s) will be announced following an assessment and selection process.


Read more here.

 


Cricket Ireland agrees to change of venue for National Cup Final

August 25th 2018 | International

Cricket Ireland agrees to change of venue for National Cup Final

Rush CC will now host the Final

Following receipt of a formal request from Limerick Cricket Club, Cricket Ireland has reviewed and agreed to move the venue for the National Cup Final (on 2 September 2018) from Stormont to Rush Cricket Club.

Rush Cricket Club agreed to the move and have generously agreed to host the Final. The match start time remains unchanged at 12.30pm.

 


Paul Reynolds stands in his first T20 International

August 23rd 2018 | International, Other

Paul Reynolds stands in his first T20 International

Umpire Paul Reynolds standing in his first men's T20I

Irish umpire Paul Reynolds, who was recently promoted to the International Cricket Council’s second-tier International Umpires Panel, yesterday stood in his first full men’s T20 International.

Becoming the 120th person, and fourth from Ireland, to stand at this level, he is also set to make his one-day international umpiring debut next week.

Paul, who enjoyed some success during his playing career with Leinster Cricket Club, has already stood in four First-Class matches, three List-A T20s and four Women’s Internationals. He was also the fourth umpire in the recent T20Is against India at Malahide in June.

Kevin Gallagher, Chairperson of the Irish Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers (IACUS) said: “I’m delighted to see Paul make his debut at Men’s T20I level following his recent appointment to the ICC International Umpires Panel. It is just reward for many years hard work by Paul and demonstrates the opportunities available to match officials following achievement of Full Member status. There is no doubt that he will thrive at that level and beyond.”

From all at Cricket Ireland, we would like to congratulate Paul on this achievement.

 


New Sports Science and Medicine team restructure completed with Rausa appointment

August 23rd 2018 | International, Coaching

New Sports Science and Medicine team restructure completed with Rausa appointment

Mark Rausa will take up the role at Cricket Ireland next week

Cricket Ireland has officially appointed Glamorgan’s Mark Rausa as its new Head of Physiotherapy, completing a restructure of its sports science and medicine team that works with men’s and women’s high performance teams.

Rausa, currently Glamorgan Cricket’s Head of Science and Medicine and Lead Physiotherapist, will join the backroom team for the first time during Ireland’s one-day international series against Afghanistan which starts on 27 August 2018.

Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland’s Performance Director, said:

“We have been clear on our plans to develop and expand our sports science and medicine support to players as part of our high performance programme. Improved resourcing in this key area was identified during recent structural reviews of the science and medicine set-up.”

“Mark’s appointment means we have now finalised our staffing structure which will support the senior men’s and women’s programme, national academy, under-age international teams, and domestic game through our men’s Inter-Provincial and women’s Super 3’s programmes.”

“Cricket Ireland would like to acknowledge the work of the outgoing Kieran O’Reilly, who has been our consultant Lead Physiotherapist, and has committed almost 10 years to Cricket Ireland. He has been an outstanding asset to us, keeping players on the field and getting injured ones back into the game quickly. He has been extremely professional throughout his time with us, and we thank him for all his commitment and effort, and wish him well for the future.”

Mark Rausa has over eight years of clinical experience working with elite level athletes, including at the Welsh Institute of Sport. Over the past two winters, he has been in charge of the England Lions Science and Medicine team, where he has led on managing the medical and musculoskeletal needs of the next generation of senior England cricketers.

He said: “I am extremely excited and honoured to be given the role of Head of Physiotherapy and lead the medical services at Cricket Ireland. After working in the ECB’s County circuit at Glamorgan Cricket for six years - and leading the England Lions programme for the past 2 years - it has really led me to pursuing a head of department role in international cricket.”

“Cricket in Ireland is currently experiencing a real boom that can be felt in the UK, and with its recent awarding of Full Membership and Test status it makes it even more exciting to be part of progressive and ambitious institution. I can’t wait to get started.”

Cricket Ireland would like to thank Glamorgan Cricket’s management and staff for their support and cooperation during this transition.

As part of the restructure and expansion of the team, current Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach Brendan Connor, based in Belfast, has been promoted to the role of Performance Services Manager. Whilst he will continue to deliver strength and conditioning to our players, he will also coordinate and oversee our sports science services – performance analysis, sports psychology, performance nutrition and lifestyle skills, as well as lead on strength and conditioning. 

These changes follow the earlier appointment in May of Rob Burge, who is Strength and Conditioning Coach with a key focus on the Women’s Performance squad. Burge has brought to Cricket Ireland over seven years of experience in the field, which included roles in the Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin, Kerry football, Meath athletics, and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

 


Ireland fall short in run chase in second T20I defeat to Afghanistan

August 22nd 2018 | International

Ireland fall short in run chase in second T20I defeat to Afghanistan

Asghar Afghan in action today

The Ireland Men’s cricket team have lost its seventh straight T20I match against Afghanistan by being dismissed for 79, falling 81 runs short of the target in the second T20I of the series against Afghanistan today.

Heavy rain overnight threatened to delay the start of play, but ground staff worked well drying the outfield and play was underway on time.

Afghanistan’s captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and chose to bat first – a decision that looked to backfire early with Ireland’s bowlers removing Mohammad Shahzad and Samiullah Shenwari both for one, leaving Afghanistan at 8-2.

However, the momentum turned when the 20-year old Afghan opener Hazratullah Zazai, who scored 74 runs off 33 balls in the last match, was joined by his captain and the pair put on 116 runs in 96 balls. Zazai again looked to be the aggressor smashing six fours and seven sixes in an innings of 82 runs from 54 balls.

Just when the Afghans looked to be threatening a score around 200, Ireland’s bowlers struck back claiming both Zazai and Asghar in consecutive balls. Like the first match, wickets tumbled regularly in the latter overs which restricted the run rate. Ireland’s bowling unit took 5-36 in the last four overs and Afghanistan ended on 160-8 - the same total they made in the first match.

For Ireland, Peter Chase claimed 3-35, while local star Boyd Rankin – playing at Bready for the first time at any level of the game – took a miserly 2-14 from his four overs.

Needing 161 for victory, Ireland lost crucial early wickets, including talisman Paul Stirling for 2 and the in-form Andrew Balbirnie for a duck.

At 9-3, captain Gary Wilson and former T20I captain William Porterfield restored some batting pride with a 37-run partnership in just over five overs, however after Porterfield went for 33 (23 balls; 2 x fours, 2 x sixes) the Irish batting fell apart. Wilson tried once more to play the anchor role, but when he was dismissed for 22 the end was in sight.

Rashid Khan, the number one bowler in world T20I cricket, once again was used as a weapon in the latter overs and claimed 4-17 from his three overs. The 17-year old Mujeeb Ur Rahman also bowled with efficiency taking 3-17 off his four overs.

Despite a massive six late on off the bowling of Rashid Khan by Rankin, the crowd had little to cheer and Ireland was eventually dismissed for 79 off the last ball of the 15th over.

Speaking after the match, Gary Wilson was asked if the toss was a crucial factor:

“I don’t think when you lose by 81 runs you can point to the toss. Perhaps if you have a 20 run loss or a 10 run loss you could have said batting second was the harder dig. We would’ve batted had we won the toss, as early on was the best time to bat.”

“The boys will be hurting in there and know that that’s not good enough. When we all come to practice tomorrow I’ll expect everyone to be back up and giving 100%.”

Hometown star Boyd Rankin said:

“At half-time I was saying it was probably about par score. We could have restricted them to 130-140 if we bowled a little better. Our plans were to get Zazai early, but that hasn’t happened the last two games. I think we contained him pretty well in the first six but obviously we didn’t get him out.”

“We needed to get off to a good start, but didn’t get that losing three early wickets. Once that happened it makes it difficult for the lads coming in with the run rate climbing. It was one of those days where we kept losing wickets and never got a partnership going.”

“I think it will be good to come back and get a win in that final T20 on Friday going into the one-day internationals next week – it’ll give us a bit of confidence. It was close on Monday, but it was their day today – that seems to be the way T20s go, but hopefully we can come back and put it right on Friday.”

“[Playing at Bready] was obviously really special for me. It was touch-and-go playing here, but it was very nice to be able to play my first proper game here and it was good to get a good crowd at home.”

Ireland and Afghanistan will return to Bready on Friday for the third of three T20Is in the current series.

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Afghanistan 160-8 (20 overs; H Zazai 82, A Afghan 37; P Chase 3-35, B Rankin 2-14)
Ireland 79 (15 overs; W Porterfield 33, G Wilson 22; R Khan 4-17, M Ur Rahman 3-17)

Afghanistan won by 81 runs

Full scorecard here.

 


Ireland battle hard to pull Afghanistan back but fall just short in first T20I

August 20th 2018 | International

Ireland battle hard to pull Afghanistan back but fall just short in first T20I

Alam's catch was possibly a key turning point in the match

The Ireland Men’s cricket team have fallen 16 runs short in the first of three T20Is against Afghanistan despite bowling heroics led by 18-year old Josh Little.

After misty but persistent rain delayed the start to play, Ireland’s captain Gary Wilson won the toss and elected to bowl first on what was described as looking like a two-paced wicket.

From the outset the 20-year old Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai, in his second T20I, took to the Irish attack with intent. He blasted the second fastest half-century in T20Is, bringing up his fifty with a six off just 22 balls. Zazai went on to make 74 runs (33 balls; 8 x fours, 6 x sixes) before a beautiful reflex catch down the leg side by Wilson off Simi Singh ended his innings.

The Afghan skipper Asghar Afghan then joined Mohammad Shahzad and the pair continued the assault putting on 32 runs from 3.4 overs.

Staring down the barrel of a large total to chase, the Ireland bowlers then grabbed the initiative, sparked by a direct hit run out of Shahzad by sharp fielding by Singh. The bowling unit proceeded to take 5-41 off the final 7 overs. The turnaround was led by 18-year old left arm pace bowler Josh Little who claimed his first wickets in his T20I career – and ended with a commendable 2-20 from four overs. After bearing the brunt of the early attack, Tyrone Kane came back in the final overs and grabbed two late wickets to finish with 2-50.

Needing 161 from 18 overs for victory, Ireland lost the early wickets of Stuart Thompson and William Porterfield, but opener Paul Stirling looked in bullish form. Carrying on his recent fine form for Middlesex, Stirling moved to 27 with one four and two sixes, however after connecting well with a pull shot to deep square leg he was freakishly caught by a spectacular one-handed effort on the boundary by Aftab Alam.

Captain Wilson played a lone hand in the middle order, taking 34 runs from 23 balls, while George Dockrell and Simi Singh chimed in with cameo innings’ towards the end, but Afghanistan’s bowlers bowled claimed important wickets at key moments and Ireland finished 16 runs short of the target.

Speaking after the match, Gary Wilson said:

“We can actually take a lot of confidence, I thought we played pretty well, particularly the way we came back with the ball. Josh Little bowled really well, and that’s why we brought him in with the left arm pace - he will be one for the next few years.”

“As for Zazai, that was his second game, we didn’t know much about him. He seemed to hit to all parts. But we came back really well – after the start they got, that was a great positive. I thought the boys showed great character.”

When asked about Stirling’s dismissal from the spectacular catch by Alam, Wilson said:

“Yes, I must thank John Mooney [former Irish international and current Afghanistan fielding coach] for that – they obviously fielded pretty well there. Paul was in and going well and then something like that happens. I guess that is why people come to see Twenty20 cricket, to see action like that.”

Ireland and Afghanistan will return to Bready on Wednesday for the second of three T20Is in the current series.

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Afghanistan 160-7 (18 overs; H Zazai 74, A Afghan 31; J Little 2-20, T Kane 2-50)
Ireland 144-9 (18 overs; G Wilson 34, P Stirling 27; R Khan 3-35)

Afghanistan won by 16 runs

Full scorecard here.

 


WATCH: Gary Wilson press conference ahead of the Ireland v Afghanistan series

August 19th 2018 | International

Ireland T20I Captain Gary Wilson speaks to the media ahead of the Ireland v Afghanistan T20I series - recorded at Bready Cricket Club.

 


Waringstown win Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup

August 18th 2018 by Peter Boyd | International, Other

Waringstown win Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup

Waringstown celebrate the title

Waringstown has won the Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup after a tense 7-run victory on DLS over Clontarf at Bready on Saturday.

Waringstown’s innings was impacted by the rain but openers Adam Dennison (61* runs off 42 balls, 7 x fours, 2 x sixes) and James Hall (66* runs off 48 balls, 5 x fours, 3 x sixes) built an imposing total for the NCU side.

Dennison and Hall were kept in check through the early overs as Clontarf’s experienced bowlers of Morrissey, Kelly and Islam, along with overseas professional Pienaar kept the Waringstown total to 44 off 8 overs.

However, when the accelerator was pressed Dennison and Hall went big, adding 90 runs in the next seven overs either side of further rain delays.

The final was now to be 15 overs a side and so with Waringstown making 134/0, the DLS calculations produced a revised target of 155 from 15 overs for Clontarf.

It was James McCollum who took the big wicket of Pienaar in just the second over, putting Clontarf immediately on the back foot.

When Waringstown’s main man Shaheen Khan took two wickets in an over and Gary Kidd then bowled Forrest, Clontarf’s task was almost beyond them at 41-4 after 5.1 overs.

Bill Coghlan (38* runs off 17 balls, 3 x fours, 3 x sixes) was batting a lone hand for Clontarf but had the power to take them close.

However, Waringstown weren’t to be denied. In the eighth over, Waqar Azmat was caught by Eaglestone in the deep, leaving Clontarf 73-5.

That wicket was to prove crucial as the rain returned with a vengeance to bring an end to play and when the DLS sheets were consulted, Waringstown were victorious and had secured the second All-Ireland T20 title.

Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup Final, 18 August 2018 at Bready CC
Waringstown 134-0 (15 overs; J Hall 66*, A Dennison 61*) - revised target 155 in 15 overs
Clontarf 73-5 (7.3 overs; B Coghlan 38*; G Kidd 2-3, S Khan 2-18)

Waringstown win by 7 runs on DLS

Sem-Finals

In the semi-final between Clontarf and Cork County, which was reduced to 10-overs-a-side due to morning showers, Clontarf had a 16-run victory.

Bill Coghlan top-scored with 55* runs (35 balls; 5 x fours, 3 x sixes) as the Dublin side racked up 93-3 off their allocation.

For County, both Carey and Anjum had figures of 1-12 off their two overs.

In reply, Cork County was going well at 28-0 before three wickets in six balls put Clontarf firmly in charge.

Despite an innings of 19 from Cormac Hassett, it was two wickets apiece from Kelly (2-12) and Dutt (2-14) that saw Clontarf through to the final with 16 runs to spare.

All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final, 18 August 2018 at Bready CC (10 overs/side)
Clontarf 93-3 (10 overs; B Coghlan 55*; D Carey 1-12, N Anjum 1-12)
Cork County 77-6 (10 overs; C Hassett 19; C Kelly 2-12, S Dutt 2-14)

Clontarf won by 16 runs

In the second semi-final, no play was possible between the home side Brigade and Waringstown. As a result, a bowl-out ensued to determine the finalist in the All-Ireland T20.

Waringstown recovered from two-nil down to triumph 3-2 in the bowl-out and progress to the final where they would meet Clontarf.

 


Latest news from the 2018 Toyota Super 3’s Series.

August 17th 2018 | International, Women

Latest news from the 2018 Toyota Super 3’s Series.

The Scorchers take on the Typhoons

The Super 3’s, the peak domestic competition for women’s cricket in Ireland, is back in action this weekend with the Scorchers taking on the Typhoons in a 50-over match.

The match, to be played at Balbriggan, will start at 1pm on Sunday 19 August 2018.

The Scorchers team, under the guidance of Head Coach Andrew Poynter, will be:

Kim Garth (C), Aishling Byrne, Sarah Condron, Isabella Fitzgibbon, Isobel Joyce, Anna Kerrison, Cara Murray, Lucy O’Reilly, Orla Prendergast, Una Raymond Hoey, Alana Ryan, Rebecca Stokell.

The Typhoons team, under Head Coach Clare Shillington, will be:

Laura Delany (C), Amy Kenealy, Clare Shillington, Leah Paul, Naomi Mathews, Natasha Morton, Robyn Lewis, Sadhbh Breslin, Ellen Ridgeway, Sophie McMahon, Vanessa Kelada.

Live scorecard

You can follow the match on the My Cricket Ireland app or on desktop here.

Watch our video

 

 


[UPDATED] Cricket Ireland announces broadcast package for Afghanistan series

August 17th 2018 | International

[UPDATED] Cricket Ireland announces broadcast package for Afghanistan series

The broadcast package will allow fans in 150 countries follow the series

Cricket Ireland has today announced a broadcast package for cricket fans around the world to be able to follow the Ireland versus Afghanistan series starting next week.

The series will involve six matches played over a two-week period – three T20 internationals at Bready Cricket Club, and three one-day internationals played at Stormont.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“This white-ball series is a clash between world cricket’s two newest Full Members, and interest in following the matches is high. We will once again be putting Irish cricket on the world stage and engaging many millions of cricket fans through a broadcast mix that aims to make access to our matches as broad as possible, bearing in mind the England v India Test match is happening at the same time.”

“Domestically, we will be partnering with the BBC to deliver audio and video feeds of the one-day internationals through the BBC Sport NI website, while fans in Ireland / UK will be able to watch the T20Is and ODIs through the Cricket Gateway website.”

“We have additionally negotiated a range of other broadcast deals to ensure fans in major cricket markets around the world can watch the matches through either a terrestrial broadcast station or via the Cricket Gateway website.”

Jane Tohill, Executive Producer at BBC Sport NI said:

“We’re looking forward to working with Cricket Ireland again for the series against Afghanistan at Stormont and bringing fans all the action from the three one-day internationals.”

BBC Sport NI will have live online audio commentary of the three one-day internationals on Monday 27, Wednesday 29 and Friday 31 August at www.bbc.co.uk/sportni starting at 10.40am.

Michael McNamee will present the coverage and will be joined on commentary by John Kenny and David Townsend with summaries from former Irish Internationals Kyle McCallan, Peter Gillespie and Peter O’Reilly.

Bhairav Shanth, Managing Director at ITW Consulting, said:

“We at ITW Sports - a Global Sports Commerce affiliate - are delighted to partner again with Cricket Ireland for Afghanistan’s tour of Ireland. We will be live streaming the cricket series on cricketgateway.com, which can be accessed on a free-to-view basis across 150 countries.”

“This partnership only echoes our group’s commitment to sports worldwide making it accessible and affordable to the last mile fans.”

Match schedule

• 20 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (T20I at Bready, starts 4pm)
• 22 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (T20I at Bready, starts 4pm)
• 24 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (T20I at Bready, starts 4pm)
• 27 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (ODI at Stormont, starts 10.45am)
• 29 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (ODI at Stormont, starts 10.45am)
• 31 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (ODI at Stormont, starts 10.45am)

Websites and Digital Media Channels

• BBC Sport NI: www.bbc.co.uk/sportni
• Cricket Gateway: www.cricketgateway.com

Latest list of overseas broadcasters of the series

• New Zealand:  Sky NZ
• Australia: Fox Sports Australia
• Sub-Saharan Africa:  SuperSport
• MENA: OSN


Fans in Afghanistan and India are advised that due to local conditions, there will be no terrestrial broadcaster for the first two matches. Instead, we have managed to expand online coverage in both countries through the livestream on www.cricketgateway.com. Please visit the Cricket Gateway website to watch these matches.

 


Academy Tour squad announced

August 17th 2018 | International, Youth

Academy Tour squad announced

Jack Tector will captain the side

Cricket Ireland has announced a Senior Academy squad, to be captained by Jack Tector, to play a series of T20 and 50-over fixtures in London next week.

The Academy squad will be a tri-series T20 against the Future Stars and Scotland Academy, then a 50-over match against each opponent over following days.

The squad

1. Jack Tector (Capt.)
2. Mark Adair
3. Rory Anders
4. Gareth Delany
5. Stephen Doheny
6. Mark Donegan
7. Jonathan Garth
8. Aaron Gillespie
9. Fionn Hand
10. Graham Kennedy
11. Neil Rock
12. Tom Stanton
13. Harry Tector

Fixtures

Monday 20 August
T20 v Future Stars, at Winchmore Hill CC

Tuesday 21 August
T20 v Scotland Academy, at Winchmore Hill CC
T20 Final, at Winchmore Hill CC

Thursday 23 August
50-over v Scotland Academy, at Winchmore Hill CC

Friday 24 August
50-over v Future Stars, at Winchmore Hill CC

 

 


T20I and ODI squads named ahead of Afghanistan series

August 17th 2018 | International

T20I and ODI squads named ahead of Afghanistan series

The T20I and ODI squads have been announced for the Afghanistan series

Cricket Ireland has announced its squads for the back-to-back T20I series and ODI series against Afghanistan starting on Monday.

Andrew White, National Chair of Men’s Selectors, said:

“We’re very much looking forward to these six white-ball matches against a team that has become a great on-field rival over the last decade. All of our recent matches have been close, hard-fought affairs and we expect no different on this occasion.”

“The selectors had a very difficult job with both the T20I and ODI squads, given the excellent domestic form of our senior players and the breadth of younger talent that are starting to put their hands up for senior honours. It’s a great time for cricket in Ireland watching the ongoing development of the younger players, and we are keen to bring them through the system in a way that ensures they are ready for the rigours of international cricket.”

“The T20I squad is one with an experienced spine surrounded by young, exciting and talented players who want to show they belong in the international arena. We’re very keen to see what younger players like David Delany and Josh Little can bring to the set-up. Josh, for instance, brings us some much-needed variation with his left-arm pace and ability to bat powerfully down the order, and as we know variation is key to success in the T20 format.”

“Although we’re in discussions about more, at this point we only have nine T20 Internationals in the schedule between now and the World T20 Qualifier tournament in 2019, so it is essential from a squad and individual perspective that we are providing some of our key players as much experience in the format as possible. Even squad members like Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Peter Chase and James Shannon who some perceive have the experience – it’s worth keeping in mind they have played just over 30 T20Is collectively, so it is imperative we provide players like these as much T20 cricket as we can.”

“There are several players contending for top-order batting positions, and we have seen some great performances from the likes of Stuart Thompson and James Shannon during recent campaigns.”

“We are always aware there are some disappointed players who are on the fringes of the squad. We will continue to monitor their performances over the next 6 to 12 months, so they should still feel that they can break into the squad before the Qualifying tournament.”

“On the ODI squad, this is a strong and experienced squad that has been chosen to match the opposition and give us the best chance of success in this immediate series.”

“A number of players, like Andrew Balbirnie and Andy McBrine, have stood out with outstanding performances during this recent Ireland Wolves series and we hope they can bring their form into the Afghan series.”

“We are also hoping Paul Stirling can bring his red-hot form from county cricket with Middlesex to the international side. On his day he can have a devastating impact upon the opposition.”

“Like the T20I squad, the selectors had a look at a wide pool of candidates and chose the squad best equipped for the challenge ahead. Again, we are looking at what young David Delany can offer as variety.”

“Selectors and coaching staff have been really encouraged in many aspects of the team’s performances over the season, and we are all looking to finish off the 2018 home season on a real high.”

The T20 International squad


Gary Wilson (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.

The one-day international squad


William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson.

The fixtures

• 20 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (T20I at Bready; starts 4pm)
• 22 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (T20I at Bready; starts 4pm)
• 24 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (T20I at Bready; starts 4pm)
• 27 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (ODI at Stormont; starts 10.45am)
• 29 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (ODI at Stormont; starts 10.45am)
• 31 August 2018: Ireland v Afghanistan (ODI at Stormont; starts 10.45am)

Tickets

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster for the six matches in August, with three match packs available: https://www.ticketmaster.ie/browse/cricket-catid-676/sport-rid-10004

Ticket prices are:

T20 Internationals at Bready

• Adult £10 per match (3 match package: £22.50)
• Pensioner discounted price: £8 per match (3 match package: £18)
• Under-16s are free of charge
• Club / Member ticket prices also available

One-Day Internationals at Stormont
• Adult £15 per match (3 match package: £30)
• Pensioner discounted price: £12 per match (3 match package: £24)
• Under-16s are free of charge
• Club / Member ticket prices also available

 

 


Wolves emphatic victory

August 16th 2018 | International

Wolves emphatic victory

Stuart Thompson and Gareth Delany took a sensational 'team' catch

The Ireland Wolves levelled the three-match series against Bangladesh A with an emphatic albeit rain-affected T20 at Malahide Cricket Club.

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl first, and from the outset the decision looked the wrong decision.

Openers Gareth Delany (37 runs from 15 balls; 5 x fours and 2 x sixes) and Stuart Thompson (47 runs from 38 balls; 5 x fours, 1 x six) got the Wolves’ innings off to a flyer, putting on 57 runs in the powerplay.

William Porterfield looked to continue the momentum with a well-compiled 45 runs (from 35 balls; 7 x fours), and Kevin O’Brien bludgeoned a quick-fire 30 runs (13 balls; 3 x fours, 2 x sixes).

Short cameos by Simi Singh (12) and Andrew Balbirnie (18) ensured the Ireland Wolves innings maintained a 10-run per over run rate, and finished on 202-6 from their 20 overs.

With the resumption of play delayed slightly due to a rain shower, the Wolves bowlers gathered themselves to defend the total.

After a sprightly 24-run opening stand between Mohammad Showrab (14) and Soumya Sarker (11), Andy McBrine (2-25) struck twice in the fifth over, which instigated a top order collapse.

Bangladesh lost 7-48 in just under 10 overs, with David Delany claiming two wickets (2-15) and the run chase was effectively over.

The undoubted highlight of the innings however was not a bowling effort, but a sensational outfield catch. With the score on 57-5, left-handed Bangladeshi batsman Dhrubo hoisted Barry McCarthy high and long towards deep mid-wicket. Stuart Thompson ran back and caught the ball above his head, however with his momentum about to carry him over the boundary rope, Thompson flicked the ball back into the field of play where team-mate Gareth Delany came running forward to claim a one-handed running catch.


With the score on 104-7 after 15 overs, the heavens opened and the remainder of the match was rained off, with the Wolves declared winners by 51 runs under the DLS method.

>> Full scorecard here

The sides meet again for Game 3 in Malahide on Friday at 4pm.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A, T20 Series Game 2 of 3, 16 August 2018 at Malahide CC
  Ireland Wolves 202-6 (20 overs; S Thompson 47, W Porterfield 45, G Delany 37; S Uddin 3-33)
  Bangladesh A 104-7 (15 overs; N Hasan 24*; D Delany 2-15, A McBrine 2-25)

Ireland Wolves win by 51 runs (DLS)

 


Disciplinary determination notification

August 16th 2018 | International

Cricket Ireland advises that it has disciplined Inter-Provincial contracted player Josh Little for a first-offence employment contract breach in relation to taking leave without management approval. Josh has acknowledged the breach and has subsequently re-committed to training schedules and his desire to play for Ireland.

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said: “Cricket Ireland maintains a high-performance culture amongst its contracted playing staff, and expects contracted players to abide by employment codes of conduct at all times and to uphold the integrity of our sport. We are satisfied with Josh’s response to this process and will work with him on developing his talent and ambition to forge a career within the sport.”

 


Ford and Simmons anticipate a highly competitive series between Ireland and Afghanistan

August 16th 2018 | International

Ford and Simmons anticipate a highly competitive series between Ireland and Afghanistan

Graham Ford foresees a tight series

A modern-day sporting rivalry is set to re-ignite in Northern Ireland next week as Ireland and Afghanistan cricket teams begin a six-match series, which both head coaches anticipate will be a tight encounter and a spectacle for cricket fans.

Graham Ford, Head Coach of Ireland men’s team said:

“Ireland and Afghanistan have played some great encounters over recent years and I expect this series will be no different. We have played four one-day internationals in the last 12 months, with the results being two-apiece.”

“For our lads, I expect that to be a little extra added incentive given the last clash was the effective World Cup Qualifier final which we did not play to our best on the day. While that is behind us now, we will be looking to bounce back and show what we can do in front of the home fans.”

“The season has been an important one for Irish cricket and I am pleased with the progress we are making, but acknowledging there is much more to do, particularly in the T20 arena. The Pakistan Test, India T20Is and even the Ireland Wolves series against Bangladesh A have thrown up a variety of challenges, and allowed us to experiment with selections and tactics. We’ll continue to refine these over the Afghan series, keeping in mind that this is a gradual process building up towards the World T20 Qualifier tournament in 2019.”

Phil Simmons, the Trinidad-born former head coach of Ireland and current head coach of Afghanistan, believes the series between Ireland and Afghanistan will be tightly fought, but he identifies the players that he believes will tip the balance of the contest towards the visitors.

Simmons said: “There have been some terrific tussles between the sides over the past decade and I expect the upcoming matches to be no different.”

“We have enjoyed great success in the T20 format in recent years and have climbed above Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to 8th in the current ICC rankings. We have great strength and depth to the squad which has an experienced spine and players who have starred in T20 leagues right across the globe.”

“Rashid Khan is the number one ranked T20I bowler and Mohammed Nabi the number one all-rounder, while Mujeeb has been a revelation since coming into the side a year ago.”

“The six matches includes three ODI’s and will give the squad vital exposure to UK conditions ahead of next year’s World Cup and forms a crucial part of our preparations.”

“It’s fantastic for me to be bringing a side back to Ireland where I enjoyed so much success over a long period of time.”

“Both countries have been on a similar path gaining Full Membership and we are now looking to take our game to the next level.”

“I hope Irish and Afghanistan fans will come out in force to watch both teams in what will be a riveting battle between the sides.”
Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster for the six matches in August, with three match packs available: https://www.ticketmaster.ie/browse/cricket-catid-676/sport-rid-10004
Ticket prices are:

T20 Internationals at Bready

• Adult £10 per match (3 match package: £22.50)
• Pensioner discounted price: £8 per match (3 match package: £18)
• Under-16s are free of charge
• Club / Member ticket prices also available

One-Day Internationals at Stormont

• Adult £15 per match (3 match package: £30)
• Pensioner discounted price: £12 per match (3 match package: £24)
• Under-16s are free of charge
• Club / Member ticket prices also available

 


CICA - Level 2 Coaching Course Announced

August 15th 2018 | Coaching

CICA - Level 2 Coaching Course Announced

Closing date: 21 September 2018

Cricket Ireland is pleased to announce the next ECB Level 2 Coach Course will be starting on November 3 and 4 in King’s Hospital, Dublin.

The course is aimed at coaches who are coaching children (players 13 years and younger) and/or young people and adults in a club setting, and who wish to extend their coaching knowledge and skills in order to create safe, enjoyable, player-centred coaching environments.

The course details and the application form can be downloaded by clicking: Word version / PDF version.

Please note that application forms must be sent to the provincial union coach development leads listed below by no later than close of business, 21 September 2018.

  • North West Cricket Union: Brian Allen – brian.allen@cricketireland.ie or Colin Manson - colin.manson@cricketireland.ie
  • Northern Cricket Union: Nigel Jones – nigel.jones@cricketireland.ie
  • Cricket Leinster: Naomi Scott-Hayward – naomi.scotthayward@cricketleinster.ie
  • Munster Cricket: David Griffin – dmagriffin6@hotmail.com

 


Wolves defeated in first T20

August 13th 2018 | International

Wolves defeated in first T20

Wolves openers Porterfield and Thompson waiting to bat

The Ireland Wolves fell to a four-wicket defeat against Bangladesh A in the first of three T20s in Clontarf on Monday, despite Simi Singh’s 41 and Andy McBrine’s 3-23.

Stuart Thompson got the Wolves’ innings off to a positive start with 28 runs off 19 balls (4 x fours). When he fell just after the powerplay finished however, the Wolves were 52-3 and looking to rebuild.

Simi Singh provided the impetus required, with his 41 runs (37 balls; 1 x four, 2 x sixes) anchoring the innings. A cameo innings by Kevin O’Brien (21 runs off 12 balls) helped push the score beyond 150, despite losing four wickets in the last 12 deliveries of the innings.

With 153 the target for Bangladesh A, Andy McBrine got Ireland’s defence off to the perfect start bowling Zakir Hasan first ball. Incoming T20 captain, Soumya Sarkar (57 runs off 41 balls; 5 x fours, 3 x sixes), steadied the Bangladesh ship, putting on 62 with Nozmul Hossain (38) in less than eight overs for the second wicket.

McBrine was brought back into the attack and almost immediately claimed two wickets in his final two overs to finish with 3-23, with Singh bowling a remarkably economical spell at the same time - his four overs costing just 12 runs.

Despite this good spell in the middle overs, Bangladesh A and Afif Hossain (35 runs off 21 balls) in particular, were able to steer the visitors towards their target, with the winning runs being hit off the last ball of the 18th over.

>> Full scorecard here

The sides meet again for Game 2 in Clontarf on Wednesday at 4pm.

Scores in brief

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A, T20 Series Game 1 of 3, Monday 13 August 2018 at Clontarf CC
  Ireland Wolves 152 (20 overs; S Singh 41, S Thompson 28; S Uddin 2-21)
  Bangladesh A 155-6 (18 overs; S Sarkar 57, N Hossain 38; A McBrine 3-23, P Chase 2-29)

Bangladesh A win by 4 wickets

 

 


New world-class High Performance Centre opened at Sport Ireland National Sports Campus

August 13th 2018 | International, Coaching, Women, Youth

New world-class High Performance Centre opened at Sport Ireland National Sports Campus

Phase One of the new Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre has been opened

Cricket Ireland has today officially opened Phase One of a world-class high performance training centre at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in west Dublin.

Phase One includes construction of 5 artificial and 16 grass practice wickets, a 3,000 m2 grass covered fielding practice area, and purchase of several state-of-the-art bowling machines.

Phase Two, which is hoped to be completed by 2020, will feature a dedicated building incorporating changing facilities, coaches zone, meeting spaces, performance analysis area, and a player zone; an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) clear roof canopy over the turf wickets - which will be a world-first in cricket - which will allow players to practice on grass including their run-ups throughout wet weather as well as controlling climate, pitch moisture and ground conditions. 

The opening event was attended by:

• Cllr Anthony Lavin, The Mayor of Fingal
• Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport
• David Richardson, Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council
• Kieran Mulvey, Chair of Sport Ireland


Minister of State Brendan Griffin welcomed the official opening of the Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre.

Minister of State Brendan Griffin said: “I am delighted to welcome Cricket Ireland’s fabulous new High Performance Centre to the National Sports Campus. Cricket in Ireland has been on an upward curve since the World Cup in 2007 and the performances of the Irish cricket team have helped in no small measure in increasing the game’s profile throughout the country. This new cricket facility will be a great place for our elite athletes to do their training. It joins the excellent FAI and GAA training facilities already at the Campus and we hope that the IRFU and Hockey Ireland will join them in the near future.”

Ross McCollum, Chairman of Cricket Ireland, spoke at the opening:

“We’re delighted to be opening Phase One of a truly world-class training facility – an asset that will benefit this and future generations of cricketers across Ireland.”

“The design of this facility has been developed through significant research of the world’s best cricket training facilities by our coaches and performance staff. Not only does this make the High Performance Centre leading-edge, but its co-location with the Sport Ireland Institute’s high performance gyms and testing facilities makes this the envy of cricketing nations around the world.”

“The growth of cricket in Ireland at all levels in the last 10 years - and Ireland’s elevation to Full Membership of the ICC - has highlighted our sport’s deficit in training infrastructure.”

“The new centre will provide Ireland-based players with high quality training and preparation, and will service the growing demand of multiple international and provincial teams, male and female, senior and junior – not to mention our national academy – all of whom are currently using club facilities which are already over-stretched accommodating our playing schedule, let alone training needs.”

Mr McCollum recognised the various funding and support partners that generously supported the development of this project to date.

“Firstly, we would like to thank the Irish Government and Sport Ireland for their ongoing support for cricket. Through both financial support and provision of a lease for the land here at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, we now have a dedicated home from which we can push our sport forward to new heights.”

“Secondly, we would like to thank our major funding partners, the International Cricket Council and Mr Denis O’Brien. Your financial contributions towards this project have ensured we have been able to bring our vision to fruition, and have placed Ireland amongst the best in world cricket.”

“Finally, in creating this outstanding facility I would like to thank Architect and Project Manager Ciaran Mac Mathuna, main contractors Clive Richardson Ltd, and Cricket Ireland official suppliers Notts Sport and Tildenet, who have all contributed to it.”

“Projects like this need both vision and a determination to make them happen, and we must recognise the dedicated work of Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, for creating the vision and overseeing the delivery of Phase One. Without that Richard’s ambition to create this world-class facility, we would not be here today.”


David Richardson, CEO of the International Cricket Council, said:

“The development of the Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre is another important milestone in Ireland’s impressive journey as a Member. It will provide significant support for the further progression of the sport and the development of young talent.”

“Creating a sustainable impact is one of our commitments to helping the game grow and the funding the ICC has provided for this project will afford the next generation of players a world-class facility to cultivate their skills and progress as cricketers.”


Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, welcomed cricket to the growing number of sports with a presence on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus:

“On behalf of Sport Ireland I am delighted to welcome Cricket Ireland to the Campus. This fine facility will help ensure Ireland’s top cricketers continue to produce fine performances on the international stage.”

“The location of the new practice facility is ideally suited for all of Cricket Ireland’s High Performance teams and staff utilise the excellent facilities and services of the Sport Ireland Institute.”

“Since attaining Full Membership of the International Cricket Council, Cricket Ireland have put in place ambitious plans to grow the game of cricket in Ireland and the development of these world class training facilities at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus will assist this objective as the sport continues to go from strength to strength.”

 


Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and National Cup finalists determined

August 12th 2018 | International

Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and National Cup finalists determined

Merrion defeated Clontarf to set up a final against Waringstown

The semi-finals in both the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup were played today with two fascinating finals set up for the first weekend in September.

Merrion, Waringstown set up Irish Senior Cup Final

An unbeaten 99 from John Anderson was key to a two-wicket victory by Merrion over Clontarf, while a brilliant all-round performance from Kyle McCallan brought Waringstown a 167-run victory in Strabane, as the favourites set up a toss-up final on 1 September at Stormont.

Merrion v Clontarf

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Clontarf struggled to dominate the Merrion bowling attack. Bill Coghlan (56 runs from 110 balls; 6 x fours) played the anchor role, but a regular fall of wickets restrained the run rate. David Delany, batting at number seven, hit a powerful 44* (46 balls; 3 x fours, 1 x six) to ensure Clontarf set a target that gave their bowlers something to bowl at, finishing on 205.

For Merrion, Jack Carty (2-17 off 5 overs) and David Langford-Smith (2-20 off 5.5 overs) were the pick of the bowlers, with an overall good fielding display helping to keep the scoring down.

The Merrion run-chase was dominated by John Anderson. After sharing a 95-run second-wicket stand with Captain Dom Joyce, Anderson steered the innings to a successful conclusion with a well-crafted 99* (130 balls; 10 x fours). Despite losing eight wickets, Anderson kept the required run rate in check.

A double-wicket maiden 49th over from Ropu Islam injected a few nerves into the situation but Anderson struck his tenth boundary to seal Merrion’s place in the final in the last over.

>> See full scorecard

Irish Senior Cup Semi-Final, Sunday 12 August 2018 at Clontarf CC:
  Clontarf 205 (50 overs; B Coghlan 56, D Delany 44*; J Carty 2-17, D Langford-Smith 2-20)
  Merrion 208-8 (49.3 overs; J Anderson 99*, D Joyce 40; S Islam 3-29, A Pienaar 3-43)

Merrion win by 2 wickets

Waringstown v Strabane

Strabane won the toss and decided to send Waringstown in to bat. The decision appeared to backfire as Waringstown amassed 331-7 from their 50 overs.

Kyle McCallan top-scored with 75 runs (106 balls; 4 x fours, 2 x sixes), and was well-supported by Shaheen Khan (68 off 72 balls), Adam Dennison (47 off 49 balls) and Captain Greg Thompson (46 off 26 balls). Their partnership of 122 for the 4th wicket took the game in the away side’s direction.

Strabane’s response was shaken early with a wicket falling in the first over. Aaron Gillespie’s half-century (57 off 55 balls; 7 x fours, 2 x sixes) was the mainstay for Strabane but his side never looked likely to threaten the target, being bowled out for 164 inside 40 overs

For Waringstown, Kyle McCallan backed up his 75 with the leading bowling figures of 3-39.

>> See full scorecard

Irish Senior Cup Semi-Final, Sunday 12 August 2018 at Strabane CC:
  Waringstown 331/7 50 Overs (K McCallan 75, S Khan 68; R Gallagher 4-62)
  Strabane 164/9 39.2 Overs (A Gillespie 57; K McCallan 3-39)

Waringstown win by 167 runs

 

Rush and Limerick set up National Cup Final pairing

In two comfortable semi-finals, Rush defeated Ballyspallen by 70-runs and Limerick beat Galway by 5-wickets to set up a National Cup Final date on 2 September at Stormont.

Rush v Ballyspallen

Rush made the long trip to the North West in a competition they’ve shown remarkable consistency in over recent seasons. After winning the toss and opting to bat, Rush put on 212-6 in their 40 overs before bowling the home side out for 142 in 33 overs to secure passage to a final berth in early September.

Stephen Doheny (54 off 47 balls; 6 x fours, 3 x sixes) put on 91 with Conor Mullen (45) for the second wicket, and an unbeaten 50 from Saadat Gull (75 balls, 5x4,1x6) anchored the Rush innings. A brilliant 36 off 26 from international under-age star Nathan McGuire propelled the visitors to 212-6.

When it came to the chase, Ballyspallen’s best partnership came from their openers who put on 43 for the first wicket. After that, wickets fell at regular intervals as the Rush attack put the squeeze on the home side’s batting line-up.

Ballyspallen were bowled out for 142 with the final ball of the 33rd over and Rush had sealed a 70-run victory. Doheny was once again the star with the ball as his 4-13 off five overs gave him the best bowling figures.

Limerick v County Galway

In today’s other semi-final, Limerick bowled out their hosts, County Galway, for just 97 in a little under 20 overs.

Limerick chased the required runs in 18 overs as they made 99-5 to seal a 5-wicket victory.

As a result, Limerick CC become the first Munster side to reach a national cup final. They will face Rush in Stormont on 2 September 2018.

 

 


Spectacular run-chase sees Wolves tie series with Bangladesh A

August 10th 2018 | International

Spectacular run-chase sees Wolves tie series with Bangladesh A

Andrew Balbirnie hit his second century in consecutive matches

Ireland international Andrew Balbirnie struck a magnificent 160 not out as the Ireland Wolves won the fifth match against Bangladesh A to tie the series at two-apiece.

A rotation in the Wolves captaincy today saw Harry Tector step into the role for this last 50-over match of the series. Andrew Balbirnie, the Wolves skipper designate for the series, was originally not due to play today - being given a rest after his century at The Hills in the last match. However, James McCollum went down in the warm-up and Balbirnie was included at the last minutem with Tector continuing the captain’s role.

After winning the toss, Bangladesh A chose to bat first and, like several matches prior in this series, the decision looked a good one.

The visiting side posted 283-8 from their 50 overs, led by Mohammed Mithun (73 runs from 73 balls; 9 x fours) and Faisal Mahmud (74 runs from 63 balls; 7 x fours). Captain Mohammad Haque completed a good series with the bat making 46 runs, but the story of the innings - despite the highly competitive total posted - was Wolves bowler Peter Chase. Chase claimed his first five-wicket haul in a List A match, taking 5-42 from his 10 overs.

Balbirnie came out to open the run-chase with James Shannon. The early loss of Shannon (4 runs from 16 balls), saw Balbirnie and the incoming batsman Andy McBrine unleash a mighty 197-run stand for the second wicket.

Balbirnie took to the bowling from the outset and carried his bat through the innings, scoring 160* (144 balls; 18 x fours, 2 x sixes). Balbirnie gradually accelerated as his total built. His first 50 taking 64 balls, but his 3rd 50 just 27 as he unfurled all his shots.

In partnership with McBrine, the batsmen manoeuvred the ball to all parts of the field, as they collected their singles and built the partnership.

McBrine, while playing second-fiddle to the man of the moment, hit his highest List A score of 89 runs (103 balls; 9 x fours), but was out caught 11 runs short of what would have been a well-deserved century.

Simi Singh (20* off 21 balls; 1 x four, 1 x six) supported Balbirnie as the Wolves brought the run-chase home with 3.2 overs to spare.

  >> See full scorecard here

Speaking after the match, Balbirnie said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled with that. When you wake up in the morning, you never expect to make a score like that in a one-day game. But it’s a brilliant surface in Clontarf and you get value for your shots. I was just saying to Ed Joyce there, it was one of three or four times when I felt I could put the ball wherever I wanted, I was seeing it so big. When it happens like today, you’ve got to cash in.”

The match completes a five-match series, and leaves the sides tied 2-2, with one match abandoned. The two sides will renew acquaintances next Monday, in Clontarf once again, for the first of three T20 matches.

Scores in brief

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A, 10 August 2018, Clontarf Cricket Club

Bangladesh A 283-8 (50 overs; F Mahmud 74, M Mithun 73; P Chase 5-42)
Ireland Wolves 285-2 (46.4 overs; A Balbirnie 160*, A McBrine 89; Sl Islam 1-45)

Ireland Wolves win by 8 wickets

 


Super 3’s return to action this weekend

August 10th 2018 | International, Women

Super 3’s return to action this weekend

The Super 3's returns to action in Lisburn

The Super 3’s, the peak domestic competition for women’s cricket in Ireland, returns to action this weekend after the international break.

The match, to be played at Wallace Park, Lisburn, will be between the Typhoons and Dragons. The 50-over encounter will start at 1pm.

The Dragons team, under the guidance of Head Coach Tim Simmonite, will be:

Mary Waldron (C), Alana Dalzell, Rachel Delaney, Amy Hunter, Gaby Lewis, Hannah Little, Lara Maritz, Tess Maritz, Caoimhe McCann, Niamh Walsh, Sarah White.

The Typhoons team, under Head Coach Clare Shillington, will be:

Ali Cowan, Amy Kenealy, Clare Shillington, Jennifer Grey, Laura Delany(C), Leah Paul, Louise Little, Naomi Mathews, Natasha Morton, Sadhbh Breslin, Sophie McMahon.

Live scorecard

You can follow the match on the My Cricket Ireland app or on desktop here.

Watch our video

 

 


Ticket ballot confirmed for Lord’s Test in 2019

August 9th 2018 | International

Ticket ballot confirmed for Lord’s Test in 2019

Tickets for the Lord's Test match will be via a ticket ballot

Cricket Ireland has today received confirmation that a ticket ballot will be held for tickets to the recently announced Lord’s Test match between Ireland and England in 2019.

“It is customary for the MCC to operate a ticket ballot for international matches held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and we have received confirmation that our historic first Test match against England at the home of cricket will be treated the same,” said Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland.

“The MCC advise that the ballot will open in mid-December and close in early January. Irish cricket fans will be available to enter online at www.tickets.lords.org.”

“We expect intense interest in tickets from Irish cricket fans from all over the world, but particularly based in Ireland and the United Kingdom. When we played our first one-day international at Lord’s in 2017 there was a 25,000-strong crowd there on the day, which really demonstrated the demand. To return to the world’s most famous cricket ground only two years later to play our first Test against England will be another memorable occasion and we hope as many Irish cricket fans as possible can make the trip to support our team.”

The Test match

The historic first Test match between Ireland and England will be played at Lord’s Cricket Ground (www.lords.org) from 24 - 27 July 2019. For those planning to attend, the Lord’s website has a list of frequently asked questions for patrons here.

Afghanistan series tickets on sale now

Before the Lord’s Test, Ireland will be taking on Afghanistan later this month. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster for the six matches in August, with three match packs available.

Ticket prices are:

T20 Internationals at Bready

• Adult £10 per match (3 match package: £22.50)
• Pensioner discounted price: £8 per match (3 match package: £18)
• Under-16s are free of charge
• Club / Member ticket prices also available

One-Day Internationals at Stormont

• Adult £15 per match (3 match package: £30)
• Pensioner discounted price: £12 per match (3 match package: £24)
• Under-16s are free of charge
• Club / Member ticket prices also available

 


Wolves fall short in high-scoring encounter against Bangladesh A

August 8th 2018 | International

Wolves fall short in high-scoring encounter against Bangladesh A

Bangladesh A have gone 2-1 up with one match to go

The Ireland Wolves fell to an 85-run defeat against Bangladesh A, despite a century from skipper Andrew Balbirnie and a half-century from Simi Singh. Bangladesh A lead the series 2-1 with one match to go.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, then losing Rahman early, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque (182 off 133 balls; 27 x fours, 3 x sixes) took control alongside the other opener, Zakir Hasan.

Haque’s array of shots all around the ground and display of technical skill saw him pick the gaps consistently, although it was with a little luck at times. Haque shared in a partnership of 210 with Hasan (79 runs; 7 x fours, 2 x sixes).

Andrew Balbirnie speaking after the game said: “The skipper batted really well throughout. Although we maybe didn’t get the luck he did, that’s the way it goes sometimes. Tyrone [Kane] was nailing his wide yorkers and [Haque] was able to squirt a few away into the gaps.”

Only Andy McBrine (1-45 off 10 overs) was spared an economy rate of eight or higher as Haque and Hasan relentlessly attacked.

Even two rain delays couldn’t break their momentum, and when David Delany finally broke the partnership trapping Hasan leg before wicket, Haque regrouped and added a further 112 for the next wicket with Mohammad Mithun (87*).

Mithun was the quickest to fifty of three Bangladesh players taking just 34 deliveries and he added extra impetus in the final ten overs. All told 127 runs were added in those last 60 deliveries ensuring the Wolves would have to chase a mammoth total of 386-4.

“I can’t fault the effort,” Balbirnie said. “But there are a few areas we can work on with the ball. On pitches like this we’ve got to bowl more accurately, more at the stumps. These guys are learning fast. Andy McBrine was superb today - he maybe won’t get the plaudits, but to only go for 45 on a day like today is incredible.”

In response - after the early loss of James Shannon - James McCollum (43) and Balbirnie looked to be guiding the Wolves safely, and quickly through the early overs. McCollum replicating his stunning club form with seven boundaries and a six in his innings before being undone by the left-arm spin of Rabbi.

Balbirnie and Stuart Thompson then combined for a 77-run partnership in 11 overs as the Wolves kept up with the run rate required. Balbirnie was manoeuvring the field at will. In consecutive balls he pulled through square leg, then drove in front of square after the fielder had been moved to cover the pull.

Just after passing his well-deserved century (off 105 balls) Balbirnie was caught at mid-off and his 93-run partnership with Simi Singh was broken, the Wolves 233-4 with 13 overs remaining.

Singh was bowled for 53, after sweeping consecutive sixes, leaving the Wolves at 258-5. Any chance of the lower order pulling off a remarkable run chase ended when three further wickets fell in five balls shortly after with the score on 279, with the tail wrapped up with the score at 301.

Bangladesh A lead series 2-1 with one game remaining. See full scorecard.

Captain Andrew Balbirnie said:

“We’ve a really big game on Friday. If we can come out of this series with a two-all then that will be great. We’ve a lot of guys in good form at the moment. Thompson and McCollum look in great nick and obviously McBrine with the ball.”

Scores in brief

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A, 8 August 2018, The Hills Cricket Club

Bangladesh A 386-4 (50 overs; M Haque 182, M Mithun 87*; A McBrine 1-45)
Ireland Wolves 301 (46.1 overs; A Balbirnie 106, S Singh 53; F Mahmud 3-47)

Bangladesh A win by 85 runs

 


Balbirnie to lead experienced Ireland Wolves squad against Bangladesh A in T20 series

August 7th 2018 | International

Balbirnie to lead experienced Ireland Wolves squad against Bangladesh A in T20 series

Selectors have picked a strong Wolves squad

Cricket Ireland has announced a strong 13-man Ireland Wolves squad to play three T20 matches against Bangladesh A from 13-17 August 2018.

The side, to be led by Irish international Andrew Balbirnie, has a collective 268 T20 Internationals caps, and includes Kevin O’Brien and William Porterfield - Ireland’s two most capped players in all forms of the game.

Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, said:

“The Ireland Wolves is about taking into consideration the strength of the opposition and, in this case, the need to prepare some of the senior players for the Afghanistan series which follows a number of days later. The selectors also wanted to provide up-and-coming talent the opportunity to play alongside experienced internationals as part of their development pathway, and therefore named a strong squad with those two objectives in mind.”

“Cricket Ireland and Head Coach Graham Ford have agreed to release Tyrone Kane and David Delany to play in the Clear Currency Irish Cup Semi Final on the Sunday (12 August 2018). We all recognise the importance of club cricket in the development of the players and where we believe it is feasible, and in the best interests of the player, we will continue to try to support the clubs in this way.”

“These Wolves matches also fit into the longer-term planning of the senior management team in building towards the World T20 Qualifier in 2019. We want a competitive squad to succeed in that tournament, and the Wolves provides an ideal vehicle to test and assess different players and various tactics.”

The squad


Andrew Balbirnie (C), Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

The fixtures

• Monday 13 August – Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A (Clontarf Cricket Club)
• Wednesday 15 August – Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A (Clontarf Cricket Club)
• Friday 17 August – Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A (Malahide Cricket Club)

 


Carrie Archer named new Chair of Women’s National Selectors, Cathy Murphy appointed selector

August 6th 2018 | International, Women

Carrie Archer named new Chair of Women’s National Selectors, Cathy Murphy appointed selector

Carrie Archer has been a selector since 2016

Cricket Ireland has today announced Carrie Archer as the new Chair of Women’s National Selectors, and the appointment of Cathy Murphy as a new national selector for women’s cricket.

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, welcomed the appointment of the new Chair: 

“Carrie has been a national selector since 2016, and has proven herself in being an insightful and strategically-minded voice in selection discussions. She has a wealth of knowledge from watching a lot of women’s cricket – particularly within the Leinster Women’s League, Super 3’s and in the international arena. Her ideas have shaped improvements in selection processes, and I’m certain she will do an excellent job chairing the committee and leading the selectors over the coming years.”

“We have also been fortunate to appoint Cathy Murphy as a new selector to the selector’s panel. Cathy is not only a former Ireland Under-21s and senior player, she is currently playing in the Super 3’s competition for the Scorchers, giving her a first-hand insight into many current and up-and-coming players. Cathy is passionate about cricket and women’s sport in general. She also coaches women’s rugby and has a good understanding of high performance within a sporting context. We welcome her on board at an exciting time for women’s cricket in Ireland.”

Following her elevation to Chair of Women’s National Selectors, Carrie Archer said:

“I was extremely honoured to be asked to take on the position of Chair. I have learned a lot through the position of selector about the players and about international cricket and I am keen and willing to continue to learn within the role.”

“A Chair has an important part to play in ensuring the selection panel is well-rounded and filled with knowledge, experience and passion for women’s cricket. An effective selection panel is one that supports players and management in achieving the best outcomes for the game, both at domestic and international level.”

“It has been brilliant to watch the progress the players made over the summer, and now I am looking forward to the preparations for the Women’s World T20 tournament in November. We know that reaching the World T20 tournament is not the end of our ambitions, and that there is a lot of work to do in the coming months.”

“Our immediate goal is to begin the work in moving up the world rankings. To move from 10th to 8th position in the ICC rankings, for instance, would allow us to attract more regular international fixtures and that would be most welcome.”

“As a selection panel, we are committed to improving communication at all levels within the Irish Women’s set up and are highly aware that to compete at the highest level, commitment, professionalism and a culture of both diligence and resilience are important. This season alone has demonstrated that both players and coaches have ‘bouncebackability’ following the New Zealand White Ferns series and I will be looking to see that drive and motivation continue to play out in coming years.”

The Women’s National Selection panel is:

  • Carrie Archer (Chair)
  • Miriam Grealey
  • Cathy Murphy
  • Aaron Hamilton (Head Coach)
  • Richard Holdsworth (ex officio member)

 


Wolves level series with confident display at Oak Hill

August 5th 2018 | International

Wolves level series with confident display at Oak Hill

Ireland Wolves level the series 1-1

Ireland Wolves tied the series with Bangladesh A with a clinical 34-run victory in Oak Hill today.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the Wolves were quickly on the back foot after losing James Shannon and Harry Tector early. Captain Andrew Balbirnie went on the counterattack but on 27 he feathered a ball through to the keeper leaving the Wolves on 53-3 in the 15th over.

That brought together the partnership of Andy McBrine and Stuart Thompson. The pair put on 103 runs for the 4th wicket, and displayed a combination of nice cuts, pulls and drives to put the Wolves back in the game.

In the 36th over, McBrine smashed a beautiful straight six that brought up the team 150 and followed it up with a boundary pulled behind square that signalled the 100 partnership between himself and Thompson.

McBrine said after the game: “It was nice to get out there with Stuart, to get a fifty and set the game up for the lads at the back end.”

Having laid all the groundwork for a late innings assault, Thompson departed in the following over for 69 (91 balls; 6 x fours, 1 x six) when his shot to wide long-on couldn’t beat the fielder.

With 10 overs to go, the Wolves were 175-4 and in a real sign of intent McBrine pulled a powerful boundary in front of square, however just as the home side looked to press the accelerator McBrine pulled a short ball straight to deep mid-wicket who made no mistake in taking the catch. McBrine’s 58 was from 74 balls, including 5 x fours and 1 x six.

Excellent cameos from Shane Getkate (28 from 28 balls), Graham Kennedy (23 from 18 balls) and JJ Garth (15 from 9 balls) pushed the score on to 245, with the last wicket falling in the last over.

“We would have loved to get to 260 to set a really competitive target,” said McBrine “but we knew at half-time that with 245 we are obviously well in the game.”

The Wolves opened the bowling with Andy McBrine in partnership with Tyrone Kane. Tight bowling put the squeeze on Bangladesh A, but the breakthrough came when Barry McCarthy entered the attack - dismissing batting hero of the last match Zakir Hasan for 8, leaving the batting side at 29-1 after 10 overs.

The visitors batted steadily, but never dominated the Wolves attack like they did in the last match. McBrine (3-37 from 10 overs) and Barry McCarthy (3-37 from 8.3 overs) led the restrictive bowling effort, but it was Tyrone Kane (4-24 from 8 overs) who claimed vital wickets in the middle order and ensured a Wolves victory.

The Wolves claimed the final wicket in the 47th over, dismissing Bangladesh A for 211 and claiming a 34 run victory and levelling the five-match series at 1-1 after three matches.

Speaking after the game, Andy McBrine was delighted with getting the win: “We came really, really close against these boys out in Bangladesh, so we knew we just had to take that one step further and get over the line today.”

Scores in brief

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A, 5 August 2018, Oak Hill Cricket Club

Ireland Wolves 245 (49.3 overs; S Thompson 69, A McBrine 58; S Ahmed 4-42)
Bangladesh A 211 (46.3 overs; M Haque 46; T Kane 4-24, A McBrine 3-37)

Ireland Wolves win by 34 runs

 


Wolves go down with a tail-end fight

August 3rd 2018 | International

Wolves go down with a tail-end fight

Tyrone Kane smashes a six over mid-wicket

Despite a valiant tail-end flourish led by Ireland Wolves’ Tyrone Kane, Bangladesh A have finished comfortable winners in the second 50-over match at Oak Hill Cricket Club today.

Under grey skies, Wolves captain Andrew Balbirnie won the toss and elected to bowl first. Despite a green tinge to the pitch, the opening batsmen looked comfortable from the outset. Openers Zakir Hasan (92 from 92 balls; 8 x fours, 3 x sixes) and Saif Hasan (37 from 74 balls; 4 x fours) putting on 139 for the first wicket in 25 overs.

Wolves paceman Peter Chase, after conceding more than six runs an over in his first spell, hit back in his second spell removing both openers – first, having Saif Hasan caught in the outfield by David Delany, then inducing Zakir Hasan to play the ball on in the shadow of what would have been a well-deserved century.

Tyrone Kane then claimed two further wickets, which in combination with tight bowling at the other end from Delany and JJ Garth, pulled back the Bangladesh A run rate and had them at 200-4 in the 36th over.

Late cameos by Mohammad Al Amin (47 from 49 balls; 5 x fours, 1 x six) and Fazle Mahmud (53 runs from 41 balls; 5 x fours, 1 x six) ensured Bangladesh A posted a competitive total of 289-6.

For Ireland, Chase finished with 3-63 from 10 overs, and Kane 3-67 from 10 overs. However, it was the youngsters JJ Garth (0-36 from 10 overs) and David Delany (0-42 from 9 overs) that helped contain the Bangladeshis and keep the score below 300.

In response, the Wolves innings started poorly losing three early wickets, with all three falling with the score on 14. The setback of losing the in-form trio of James Shannon, James McCollum and Andrew Balbirnie meant the chasing side was always facing an uphill battle.

Stuart Thompson and Harry Tector sought to stabilise the innings, until Thompson went on 23 (26 balls; 2 x fours, 1 x six) with the Wolves on 41-4 in the 13th over.

Tector (23 off 69 balls) was then joined by Shane Getkate (38 from 50 balls; 2 x fours, 2 x sixes), and the pair put on the best partnership of the innings of 60 runs. However, the two batsmen fell in quick succession to stymie any thoughts of a long-odds victory.

Lorcan Tucker’s 21 (from 27 balls) and Tyrone Kane’s entertaining 49 (40 balls; 3 x fours, 3 x sixes) put some respectability in the final score, however the Wolves were eventually all out for 202.

Speaking after the match, Tyrone Kane said:

“I’m happy enough with how I went personally but we didn’t get off to the greatest start with a couple of early dismissals in the first ten. Harry [Tector] and Shane [Getkate] built a good foundation in the middle, which allowed the lower order to come in and play positively. Which is what me and Lorcan Tucker did – we came out together needing 11 or 12 an over, so we just had to back ourselves when the ball was there, and rotate the strike as much as we could.”

“I think we had the best of the conditions bowling-wise, but we didn’t make use of them in the first ten. We came back well in the middle overs, but I think it was the right choice to bowl first in these conditions.”

“There’s a lot to learn there – our fielding let us down slightly, which we’ll work on. Having clear plans with both bat and ball, then executing those plans will make the difference going forward. It’s all well and good having the plans, but if you don’t execute, it’s worth nothing.”

Scores in brief

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A, 5 August 2018, Oak Hill Cricket Club

  Bangladesh A 289-6 (50 overs; Z Hasan 92, F Mahmud 53; P Chase 3-63, T Kane 3-67)
  Ireland Wolves 202 (46.3 overs; T Kane 49, S Getkate 38; S Islam 3-40)

Bangladesh A won by 87 runs


Cricket Ireland announces training squad for the Women’s World T20 tournament

August 2nd 2018 | International, Women

Cricket Ireland announces training squad for the Women’s World T20 tournament

Ireland Women's training squad has been announced

Cricket Ireland has announced a 16-player training squad as part of its preparations for the Women’s World T20 tournament in the Caribbean in November.

Aaron Hamilton, National Women’s Head Coach and Pathway Development Manager, said:

“From the moment we qualified for the Women’s World T20, our planning and preparation for the main tournament commenced. The challenge for our squad is that the World T20 is out of season, so we will be relying on a solid lead-in of training camps, national weekends and a trip to our warm-weather facility in La Manga in Spain to prepare for the challenge ahead.”

“The 16 players announced in the training squad today will all have their final weeks of club cricket and Super 3s commitments to complete, then will begin a comprehensive training schedule leading up to November. We need to be in peak condition for when we run onto the Guyana National Stadium on 11 November to take on Australia.”

“With Australia, Pakistan, India and New Zealand in our group we expect the tournament to be tough, but our squad won’t be overawed. If we can rise to the occasion, as we did in the Qualifier, then we will give a good account of ourselves on the big stage.”

Selectors will meet again in late September to name the final 15-player squad that will fly out to the tournament.

The training squad

Laura Delany, Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Cara Murray, Lucy O’Reilly, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

Women’s World T20 Tournament

The tournament will take place in the West Indies between 9 and 24 November 2018. The Group Stage involving Ireland will be centred in Guyana, with the Group fixtures being:

  • Sunday 11 November: Ireland v Australia
  • Tuesday 13 November: Ireland v Pakistan
  • Thursday 15 November: Ireland v India
  • Saturday 17 November: Ireland v New Zealand

More information about the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament is available here.


Board welcomes international cricket viewing and attendance results, endorses Inter-Pro loan scheme

August 2nd 2018 | International

Board welcomes international cricket viewing and attendance results, endorses Inter-Pro loan scheme

Malahide twice sold out in June 2018

Cricket Ireland Chairman Ross McCollum has declared 2018 the biggest year ever for Irish cricket, but one which the organisation has not shied away from confronting challenges to the game locally and globally.

Speaking after an intensively busy period of international men’s and women’s cricket at home and abroad, Mr McCollum - Chairman of Cricket Ireland since 2012 - said:

“I think any outside observer would consider this a successful season for cricket on this island – hosting our inaugural Test match, two sell-out T20 Internationals against India, release of the Future Tours Programme, the announcement of a Test match at Lord’s in 2019, and a rollercoaster but ultimately positive end to the our women’s international team’s season achieving qualification for the Women’s World T20 in November.”

“Over 30,000 spectators have attended matches to date this season, with the Afghan series in late August still to come. This is a great leap forward in attracting a growing local audience to our game, and ultimately growing participation and support for Irish cricket.”

“Many millions of cricket fans around the world watched the broadcast of our Test and T20Is, and we live-streamed the women’s international between Ireland and Bangladesh as part of a double-header with the men’s 2nd T20I v India at Malahide. Overseas broadcast is an important part of our revenue mix going forward, but the support domestically from RTE and BBC Sport NI in covering our matches on various broadcast platforms was also very significant as part of our ambition to make cricket mainstream in Ireland.”

“However, while the Board of Cricket Ireland welcomes these eye-catching topline results, we are conscious of the need to maximise our resources across both the international and domestic game. Growth and success for the Board is not just an international trophy or tournament qualification – success is seeing an increase in girls and boys take up the sport, greater club membership, increases in the number of schools with cricket programmes and attracting more sponsors and supporters.”

“We endeavour with every Board and Committee Meeting to come away with initiatives and outcomes that will move our sport forward and make our structures more sustainable.”

Cricket Ireland Board Meeting

The Cricket Ireland Board Meeting, held on 20 June 2018 at The Hills Cricket Club, covered a range of subjects and decision-points for cricket in Ireland.

International cricket

• The Board welcomed the announcement of the ICC’s Future Tours Programme 2018-2023, with Ireland men’s team alone scheduled to play 13 Test matches, 62 one-day internationals and 65 T20 Internationals during this period. However, Cricket Ireland may additionally complement this schedule with other bilateral matches, women’s and well as men’s, while the total number of matches excludes any matches as part of ICC events or qualifying tournaments.

• The Board noted that Ireland would play 10 of the 11 other Full Members during this period, with Australia being the only nation not scheduled to play Ireland. The Board was informed that Cricket Australia had not closed the door on opportunities to play, and further discussions would be held between the two nations in an attempt to find a suitable opportunity.

• The Board additionally received feedback on the sporting, organisational and reputational success of the historic first men’s Test match in May. There was general agreement that the event had been successful both as an occasion to mark our entry into the Test ranks, and in terms of the competitiveness of the team

Domestic cricket

• The Board received an update on the new Player Eligibility Protocol that was implemented for the 2018 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series. Management reported that the new protocol had not adequately resolved the issue of potential Ireland players achieving game-time in our premier domestic competitions. The Board agreed to a High Performance Committee recommendation to implement a new loan scheme for the 2019 season, which would see Inter-Provincial teams able to negotiate short-term loans on players from other squads.

Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland Performance Director, commented: “It is vitally important that players who the national selectors and our coaches see as having future Ireland potential have the opportunity to develop further by playing in our First Class competition. At times during the season players get injured and become unavailable – the option of loaning a player who is not making the final XI in another Province can aid both parties. Where a Province is very strong and cannot include every squad player, there will now be options for those players to go out on loan to another Province, without being cup-tied. This system has worked well in English county cricket and other countries, and puts the players at the centre, ensuring they get as much high-quality cricket as possible”.

• The Board discussed further improvements to the relationship and administrative resourcing between the national governing body and the Provincial Unions, with a particular emphasis upon sustainability of all parties in a rapid growth phase. The Board noted ongoing work between management and the Unions in crafting a new document that would outline the next stage in the Unions’ organisational development given Ireland’s new status as a Full Member/Test nation.

• The Board also acknowledged the hard-work and dedication of volunteers within the game, not just in supporting high-profile international fixtures, but in the work they do every week at club level.

Facilities development

• The Board acknowledged the ongoing support of governments and sporting authorities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in supporting our game and helping it grow in communities around this island. This support has provided Cricket Ireland:

  o the ability to create the soon-to-be opened High Performance Centre at Abbotstown; and
  o the encouragement to plan for a national cricket stadium in Dublin – a facility that will push this sport forward and help us to compete with the best in international cricket.

Other issues

The Board received updates from management, and considered a number of other matters, including:

• A full review would be undertaken of the Match Allocation Policy which outlines criteria by which matches are allocated to venues around the country. Management would lead the review with Provincial Union General Managers engaged centrally in the revised future process;

• Both Board and management agreed that the recruitment of a Chief Financial Officer would be a priority to enhance Cricket Ireland’s level of financial planning and management now that the organisation has moved into the Future Tours Programme;

• ESPNCricinfo has been engaged to resume live ball-by-ball coverage of the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series (from 1 July 2018);

• The successful partnership between Cricket Ireland and Tourism Ireland / the IDA during the India T20I series was noted – the partnership demonstrated the perceived value that international cricket can bring to Ireland and the broader economy;

• An update was provided on Cricket Ireland’s progression towards compliance with the new GDPR legislation, with its implications for data management and protection.


Media contact: Craig Easdown, Media & Communications Manager


Raymond-Hoey to lead Ireland Women’s A side against Scotland Women’s Under-19s

August 2nd 2018 | International, Women

Raymond-Hoey to lead Ireland Women’s A side against Scotland Women’s Under-19s

Una Raymond-Hoey will lead the Women's A squad to Scotland

Cricket Ireland has announced a strong 13-player squad to play four T20 matches against Scotland Under-19s at Uddingston Cricket Club next week.

The side, to be led by Irish international Una Raymond-Hoey, features numerous players who have broken through into the senior side in recent seasons, including a number who were part of the recent World T20 Qualifier squad that successfully qualified for the ICC Women’s World T20 in November.

Carrie Archer, member of the panel of Ireland Women’s Selectors, said:

“We are hoping that this series will become a more regular fixture in the calendar. Fixtures for the Ireland Women’s A team provide that vital bridge between under-age / Academy squads and the senior national squad. It allows coaches and selectors an opportunity to see more players compete at a high level. With the Irish Under-15’s also travelling to Malvern this weekend, there are many developing players who will have the opportunity to work closely with coaches and support staff, thereby giving them more insight and appreciation of what is involved in being an international cricketer.”

“Aaron Hamilton, National Women’s Head Coach and Performance Pathway Manager, will coach the side, with Clontarf Cricket Club’s Kerry Tomlinson nominated as Assistant Coach. We would like to thank Clontarf Cricket Club for agreeing to allow Kerry to support the national set-up and believe her experience will be of great benefit to the squad during the series.”

The squad

Una Raymond–Hoey (Captain), Aisling Byrne, Rachel Delaney, Amy Kenealy, Anna Kerrison, Hannah Little, Lara Maritz, Caoimhe McCann, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Ellen Ridgeway, Rebecca Stokell.
 
The fixtures

• Monday 6 August – Ireland Women’s A v Scotland Under-19s (Uddingston Cricket Club; 2 x T20 matches)
• Wednesday 8 August – Ireland Women’s A v Scotland Under-19s (Uddingston Cricket Club; 2 x T20 matches)

 


Ireland accept invitation to compete in the 2018 Hong Kong Sixes

August 1st 2018 | International

Ireland accept invitation to compete in the 2018 Hong Kong Sixes

Ireland last sent a team to the Hong Kong Sixes in 2011

Cricket Ireland has accepted an invitation to send a men’s team to the 2018 Hong Kong Sixes competition to be held at the Kowloon Cricket Club from 26 to 28 October 2018.

The Hong Kong Sixes is an annual international cricket event, featuring teams of six-a-side playing in a round-robin tournament with knock-out stages. The event, played across three days, is hosted by Cricket Hong Kong and is ICC-sanctioned.

Ireland last competed in the Hong Kong Sixes in 2011, where they made the Quarter Finals, defeating England and Bangladesh along the way. The side, led by Kevin O’Brien, were knocked out by eventual tournament champions Pakistan. The 2011 squad included current internationals Kevin and Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling and George Dockrell.

Despite being a distinctly modified and condensed version of the game, Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, outlined the value to the Ireland squad participating in the tournament:

“We are continuing our approach of providing opportunities for a wider pool of players to gain experience in white-ball cricket on the international stage. With around 12 months to go to the ICC World T20 qualifiers, we are looking to build a competitive squad for that qualification stage and hopefully to propel us into the main tournament in 2020.”

“There is no denying that T20 cricket is the format of the game we have struggled with over recent years, so the Hong Kong Sixes will be used as a chance for selected members of the squad to refine their game in a condensed version, and will give Head Coach Graham Ford a chance to assess players in differing conditions.”

Selectors will meet in late August and select a seven-man squad to fly out to Hong Kong in October.


Academy side announced for four-day fixture against Australian development side

July 27th 2018 | International

Academy side announced for four-day fixture against Australian development side

The Academy side in action against Cambridge University in 2017

Cricket Ireland has announced a strong 12-man squad for a four-day fixture against the Australian-based Future Stars side, with the match being played at CIYMS Ground from 30 July to 2 August 2018.

The Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy is now in its fifth year of operation, and the senior men’s and women’s national sides have already seen the benefits of the programme. Internationals like James Shannon, Simi Singh, Peter Chase, Kim Garth and Gaby Lewis - to name just a few - have come up through the system and now feature regularly in senior national sides.

Pete Johnston, Academy Manager, said:

“We have chosen a young squad for this fixture with a mixture of current Academy players and others that have impressed during the season and could potentially be included in our next Senior Academy intake.”

“The Future Stars will provide a tough red ball challenge and have been in good form on their tour of the UK. Replicating a four-day Test match at this level will no doubt be a great learning experience for all involved.”

Ryan Eagleson, former Ireland international and current Performance Coach for the Academy, will coach the side, with Ian McGregor nominated as Assistant Coach.

The squad is: Jack Tector (C), Mark Adair, Tom Stanton, Rory Anders, Stephen Doheny, Aaron Gillespie, Gareth Delany, Jacob Mulder, Mark Donegan, Fionn Hand, Oliver Gunning, Morgan Topping.

The Future Stars Academy is a specialist grassroots programme based in Melbourne, Australia providing elite level skills performance coaching, fixtures and resources to aspiring professional cricketers. Led by former Middlesex and Nottinghamshire player David Alleyne, the coaching staff of the Academy includes former Australian international legspinner Stuart MacGill on the panel.


Draw for Semi-Finals of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup

July 27th 2018 | International

Draw for Semi-Finals of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup

Clear Treasury's Paul Reilly conducted the semi-final draw

Cricket Ireland today undertook the draw for the Semi-Finals of both the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup.

The draw was undertaken by Mr Paul Reilly from Clear Treasury at the Clear Treasury offices in Dublin.

Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup

The Semi-Final draw for the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup relates to matches to be played on Sunday 12 August 2018 (replays Sunday 26 August 2018, if required).

The fixtures are as follows (home team listed first):

  • Semi-Final #1: Strabane v Waringstown
  • Semi-Final #2: Clontarf v Merrion

The Final of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup will be played on Saturday 1 September 2018 at Stormont. The match is scheduled to start at 11.30am.

Clear Currency National Cup

The Semi-Final draw for the Clear Currency National Cup relates to matches to be played on Sunday 12 August 2018 (replays Sunday 26 August 2018, if required).

The fixtures are as follows (home team listed first):

  • Semi-Final #1: Co Galway v Limerick
  • Semi-Final #2: Ballyspallen v Rush

The Final of the Clear Currency National Cup will be played on Sunday 2 September 2018 at Stormont. The match is scheduled to start at 12.30pm.

 

 


Balbirnie to lead Ireland Wolves squad for Bangladesh A series in August

July 24th 2018 | International

Balbirnie to lead Ireland Wolves squad for Bangladesh A series in August

The Wolves in action in 2017

Cricket Ireland has today announced a strong 16-man squad to take on a visiting Bangladesh A side across an eight-match series in early August, led by Ireland international Andrew Balbirnie.

Selectors will use the series to provide an opportunity to assess the form of and provide opportunities for up-and-coming players, with the Afghanistan series ahead in late August and with an eye to the ICC World T20 Qualifier tournament in 2019.

Pete Johnston, Wolves Head Coach and Academy Manager, said:

“Bangladesh A will provide the Wolves with an excellent challenge, despite suffering a series whitewash over the winter to the same opponents. It will be exciting to see how we match up in our home conditions and the challenge will be to play a competitive ODI series and hopefully come out the right side of it.”

“The selectors have chosen a strong squad with an even mix of emerging talent and current centrally contracted players.  Several young players stood out from our recent successful series with a strong Scotland A side and have been rewarded with selection, while a few will no doubt consider themselves unlucky not to play a part in this series. That said our forthcoming Academy fixtures will be another opportunity for many of those guys. Increasing the depth of competition for places and opportunities in all formats for the Academy and Wolves will be key to senior team success as we enter the Future Tours Programme and its demands.”

“Andrew Balbirnie has Captained the Wolves before and will bring a vast amount of international experience to the side. With an Afghanistan series just around the corner for the Senior team, these games provide a timely opportunity for everyone in the squad.”

The first five matches of the series will be 50-over encounters, while the last three matches will be T20s.

Ahead of the series, the selectors have identified 14-man match day squads for the five 50-over matches, chosen from the wider 16-man Wolves series squad. These decisions were made on a squad rotation basis and availability of players. The selectors will announce the T20 squad in early August.

Match day squads for the 50-over matches

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A - 1 August 2018
Andrew Balbirnie (C), David Delany, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A - 3 August 2018
Andrew Balbirnie (C), Peter Chase, David Delany, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A - 5 August 2018
Andrew Balbirnie (C), David Delany, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A - 8 August 2018
Andrew Balbirnie (C), Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A - 10 August 2018
Andrew Balbirnie (C), Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

The full schedule for the Wolves v Bangladesh A series


1st August 2018 - 1st One-Day Match at Oak Hill CC, Co. Wicklow
3rd August 2018 - 2nd One-Day Match at Oak Hill CC, Co. Wicklow
5th August 2018 - 3rd One-Day Match at Oak Hill CC, Co. Wicklow
8th August 2018 - 4th One-Day Match at The Hills CC, Dublin
10th August 2018 - 5th One-Day Match at Clontarf CC, Dublin
13th August 2018 - 1st T20 Match at Clontarf CC, Dublin
15th August 2018 - 2nd T20 Match at Clontarf CC, Dublin
17th August 2018 - 3rd T20 Match at Malahide CC, Dublin

 


North West Warriors crowned 2018 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship winners

July 19th 2018 | International

North West Warriors crowned 2018 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship winners

The North West Warriors are crowned champions for 2018

A convincing 140-run victory over the Northern Knights this afternoon at Bready Cricket Club has seen the North West Warriors claim the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship for the first time.

Ireland international Stuart Thompson claimed the final Knights batsman with the second ball of the 58th over, which saw the players and supporters of the Warriors squad burst into spontaneous celebration - this was not only the first time the side had won the Inter-Provincial Championship, but the first time any side other than the Leinster Lightning had achieved the feat.

Captain Andy McBrine accepted the trophy on behalf of the team, which had finished the series unbeaten with two wins and two draws.

One final match in the series will be played in early September between Leinster Lightning and Northern Knights, however the result today has guaranteed the Warriors were crowned champions with an unassailable lead in the table.

Match and Series details

The match scorecard from today is available here, while the Championship table is available here.

You can read more about the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championships here.

 


Confirmation of Lord’s Test for Ireland and home One-Day International against England in 2019

July 19th 2018 | International

Confirmation of Lord’s Test for Ireland and home One-Day International against England in 2019

Kevin O'Brien celebrates his first - and Ireland's first - Test century!

Cricket Ireland welcomed the announcement by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today about the historic first Test match between England and Ireland. The four-day Test will be played at Lord’s Cricket Ground from 24-27 July 2019.

Furthermore, Cricket Ireland has confirmed that the Test match will be preceded by a one-day international between the two sides in Ireland on 3 May 2019.

“Coming soon after our competitive inaugural men’s Test against Pakistan in May, the confirmation of this news is incredibly exciting for Irish players and fans alike, and further demonstrates the growing status of Ireland as a front-line nation in the world game,” said Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland.

“In 2017 we played in front of a 25,000-strong crowd at Lord’s in a one-day international, which was a special day for Irish cricket. To return to the world’s most famous cricket ground only two years later to play our first Test against England will be a truly remarkable occasion and a reward for the many people on and off the field that have driven Irish cricket forward over recent decades.”

“When we set our sights on Test status it was games like this that we envisioned, and we have always believed that our passionate, sport-loving island can play its part in expanding cricket’s global reach.”

“We would like to acknowledge the support of the ECB in making this happen. Not only have they found the space in an incredibly busy international schedule in 2019, but this will be the first time that the England cricket team will play an official four-day Test. To this end, I would like to acknowledge the great support of ECB Chairman Colin Graves and CEO Tom Harrison in helping to make this happen.”

Test match
Image: Ireland celebrates its first-ever Test wicket in May 2018 (photo credit: Inpho)

ECB CEO Tom Harrison said:

“We fully supported the ICC’s decision to award Full Membership to Cricket Ireland and we expect next summer’s inaugural Test Match at Lord’s against our neighbours to be an historic celebration for all Irish cricket fans.”

“It will also provide excellent Ashes preparation for England against an Irish team whose impressive performance against Pakistan earlier this year showed they can compete strongly in this form of the game.”

William Porterfield, captain of the Ireland Test and one-day team, said:

“It’s matches like these that players dream about – to play at Lord’s in 2017 in a one-day match was special, but to play a Test will be truly memorable.”

“Our first Test against Pakistan in May was an historic occasion but has only served to increase the players’ hunger to challenge themselves again in this arena.”

“Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and to compete with the best you have to play the best. The recent release of the ICC Future Tours Programme shows that we have some world-class cricket coming our way over the coming years, and through Tests like this against England we will gain the confidence and experience to progress as a new Test nation.”

“When I look around the Irish cricket scene I see a lot to be positive about. We have a core of experienced internationals, surrounded by an impressive crop of youngsters coming through the system.”

“Just look at the recent Ireland Wolves tour to Scotland, the inaugural Inter-Provincial T20 Festival in Dublin and even at the Ireland Under-15s with their recent success in Middlesex. All across the board there are up-and-coming players who are now determined to push for higher honours and make a career out of cricket. It’s an exciting time for the sport, the players and the fans.”

William Porterfield
Image: William Porterfield

Fixtures

3 May 2019: Ireland v England, ODI (TBA)
24-27 July 2019: England v Ireland, Test match (Lord’s Cricket Ground)

Ticketing details regarding both of these matches will be announced by Cricket Ireland and the ECB in early 2019.

 

 


Bangladesh Women defeat Ireland in Qualifier final but both sides progress to World T20 Tournament

July 14th 2018 | International, Women

Bangladesh Women defeat Ireland in Qualifier final but both sides progress to World T20 Tournament

Ireland return home with heads held high after achieving qualification

The Ireland Women’s cricket team were defeated by Bangladesh in the Women’s World T20 Qualifier final in Utrecht today, but can head home with heads held high after achieving the main goal of qualification for the Women’s World T20 tournament in late 2018.

Ireland Captain Laura Delany won the toss and elected to bat – a formula that had worked so well in the tournament to date.

Bangladesh started brightly, putting on 28 runs in the first 20 balls, but Ireland’s go-to wicket-taker in this tournament – Lucy O’Reilly – struck in her first over, removing the dangerous Shamima Sultana (16 runs from 16 balls; three fours)

O’Reilly, who was awarded Player of the Match in the semi-final for her 3-13, again was the stand-out bowler taking career-best figures of 4-28 from her four overs. O’Reilly finished the tournament with 11 wickets at an average of 7.82 runs per wicket, and now heads off to England next week to join the ICC Women’s Global Development Squad along with team-mate and close friend Gaby Lewis (see story).

Ciara Metcalfe also shone with the ball, taking 2-24 from her four overs, including the key wicket of opener Ayasha Rahman. Rahman had compiled a career-best 46 runs (42 balls; five fours, two sixes) and looked like she could take the game away from Ireland, but her wicket in the 13th over was part of a Bangladeshi collapse. In the last 8.1 overs of the Bangladesh innings, Ireland claimed eight wickets and conceded just 42 runs, giving them hope of a reasonable run-chase.

With 123 the target for Ireland, the Irish side battled to hold their innings together after losing the early wicket of Cecelia Joyce (1). Clare Shillington (14 off 15 balls; two fours) and Gaby Lewis (26 off 30 balls; four fours) gave Ireland early hopes of setting a foundation, but wickets fell too regularly and at crucial times for Ireland to establish any further partnerships of note.

A late-order flurry of runs by Eimear Richardson (23 off 19 balls; three fours) was the only batting highlight in the latter overs, as Bangladesh cleaned up the tail, dismissing Ireland for 97 off 18.4 overs.

The undoubted star for Bangladesh was the bowling of 28-year old Panna Ghosh who took 5-16 from four overs – the best ever bowling figures in Bangladesh Women’s T20 Internationals, and only the second time a Bangladeshi bowler had taken 5 wickets in an innings in this form of the game. She was unsurprisingly named Player of the Match for this Final-winning performance.

In positive news for Ireland, Clare Shillington was named ICC Player of the Tournament (see). This is a tremendous recognition of Clare’s batting performances throughout the tournament, which routinely put Ireland in great positions when batting.

Despite the result, both Ireland and Bangladesh progress to the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament in the Caribbean (9-24 November 2018).

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Bangladesh Women 122-9 (20 overs; A Rahman 46;  L O’Reilly 4-28, C Metcalfe 2-24)
Ireland Women 97 (18.4 overs; G Lewis 26, E Richardson 23; P Ghosh 5-16)
Bangladesh Women won by 25 runs


Full scorecard here: https://www.icc-cricket.com/match/8359#scorecard

 


Ireland Women defeat Papua New Guinea to qualify for ICC Women’s World T20 tournament

July 12th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women defeat Papua New Guinea to qualify for ICC Women’s World T20 tournament

Gaby Lewis top-scored with 36 runs from 33 balls

The Ireland Women’s cricket team have booked themselves a place in the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament in November with a nervy, but ultimately comfortable win over Papua New Guinea in Amstelveen today.

The day started oddly with news filtering through that the Papua New Guinea captain Pauke Siaka had been stood down from the team for reasons unexplained. Ireland Captain Laura Delany lost the toss and the stand-in Papua New Guinea captain Kaia Arua sent Ireland in to bat first.

The Irish innings got off the worst possible start with tournament top run-scorer Clare Shillington cutting a short, wide ball straight to backward point to be dismissed for a second ball duck.

Things could have been much worse soon after with the Papua New Guinea side putting down three separate chances in the next two overs, but Cecelia Joyce and Gaby Lewis rode their luck and pushed Ireland back on the road to recovery. However with the score on 47, Joyce (18 from 25 balls; three fours) was dismissed.

While other batters struggled to dominate the bowling Lewis looked assured and batted positively from the outset. Her 36 from 33 balls included five boundaries, and was only dismissed by a chance run out while backing up at the non-strikers end a little too far.

While a few middle order wickets slowed the run rate and Ireland looked as though they may be kept under 100, a solid 21* from captain Laura Delany - supported by Isobel Joyce, Kim Garth and Shauna Kavanagh who each scored 10 runs apiece – saw Ireland close on 113-6 off 20 overs.

With 114 the target for Papua New Guinea, good early bowling by Isobel Joyce (1-14 off 3 overs) and Eimear Richardson (2-22 off 4 overs) had their opposition at 7-2 in the fourth over.

From there the batters never looked able to cope with the tight line-and-length bowling from each of the Irish bowlers - it took until the 11th over until the first boundary was struck. Skipper Delany chimed in with 2-15 from four overs, while speedster Lucy O’Reilly cleaned up the tail and finished with 3-13 from 3.2 overs.

O’Reilly was named Player of the Match for her bowling effort, although this match stood as a true team effort – firstly to for the batters to dig themselves out of an early nervy situation, then the bowlers to totally dominate their opponents.

Head Coach Aaron Hamilton will not only be pleased with the win and World T20 qualification, but will be pleased with the manner of the wins and progression of the season. Considering the confidence-sapping series against the New Zealand White Ferns back in early June, the squad has picked themselves up and turned around their season, finishing in sublime fashion.

Ireland’s victory puts them into the Final of the Qualifiers on Saturday, but also guarantees qualification for the World T20 tournament. The second qualification spot is being fought out between Scotland and Bangladesh this afternoon.

Player of the Match, Ireland’s Lucy O’Reilly said: “I was happy with my bowling performance, but I am very happy we have qualified to be honest, there is always going to be nerves with pressure on to make sure you get to the West Indies so it is a relief.  We are excited and definitely want to win the tournament, and then we can prepare for the World T20.”

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Ireland Women 113-6 (20 overs; G Lewis 36, L Delany 21*; V Araa 2-23)
Papua New Guinea Women 86 (19.2 overs; B Tau 22;  L O’Reilly 3-13, L Delany 2-15, E Richardson 2-22)

Ireland Women won by 27 runs

Full scorecard here: https://www.icc-cricket.com/match/8352#scorecard

 


Ireland Women complete comprehensive win over Uganda to top Group and move to Semi-Finals

July 10th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women complete comprehensive win over Uganda to top Group and move to Semi-Finals

Ciara Metcalfe starred with the ball claiming 3-8 from four overs

The Ireland Women’s cricket team have completed a comprehensive victory of Uganda today and ensured they remain top of Group B, booking themselves a semi-finals berth, in Amstelveen today.

After grey skies and drizzle delayed the start of play, Ireland Captain Laura Delany won the toss for the third consecutive match and again chose to make first use of the ball.

From the outset the Ugandans struggled to deal with accurate, miserly bowling of the Irish bowling unit. Wickets fell at regular intervals, with the chief protagonist being leg-spinner Ciara Metcalfe who claimed a remarkable 3-8 off four overs, including one maiden. Metcalfe’s first wicket of the day was also her 100th wicket for Ireland.

Eimear Richardson claimed two wickets, while 17-year old Lara Maritz claimed her first T20 International wicket and Kim Garth – continuing her comeback from injury – took her first wicket in 2018 for the Girls in Green.

Clare Shillington showed that batting isn’t her only talent by claiming two catches in the field, including a close-in reflex catch at short cover (see video here).

Uganda never threatened to break out, pinned down by good bowling, and finished on 78-8 from their 20 overs.

  >> WATCH: Match highlights here

Requiring 79 for victory, the Irish side set about the run-chase with attacking flair. Clare Shillington, twice Player of the Match in the last two matches, once again top scored with 27 from 21 balls (three fours). She has now scored 112 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 121.7, and has been excellent at laying solid platforms for the Irish run chases in all three matches.

Cecelia Joyce (15 off 15 balls; three fours) made a good contribution to an opening stand of 31 in 4.2 overs, before Gaby Lewis (18* off 22 balls; one four) and Laura Delany (13* off 16 balls) saw Ireland home comfortably with 7.5 overs to spare.

Ciara Metcalfe was named Player of the Match for her bowling effort which included an incredible 20 dot balls from her four overs.

Asked after the game how she felt looking for that elusive 100th wicket, Ciara said:

“At the start of my career we were only playing about three games a summer, but the games have upped over recent years, so it’s taken a long time to get to 100 wickets. But it’s a really special occasion, and it eases us into the semi-finals of this tournament.”

“It [the game] went well today. With regards to the 100th wicket I felt it was never going to come and I had to just concentrate on doing my best with the ball. You get caught up, it’s like someone on 99, you get caught up in that moment instead of doing what you need to do. But the wicket was good for me, I got some turn and I got some wickets - so it worked out well.”

“[In terms of the tournament itself] It’s what we’re working towards, it’s what we’ve come here to do. We’re taking each game one at a time, now we’re in the semi-final ready and we’re prepared.”

While there have been several stand-out individual performances, Head Coach Aaron Hamilton can be satisfied that all three Group Stage wins have been team efforts. With the batting, Ireland have only lost six wickets during three successful run chases, and with the bowling, no opponent has scored 100 or more against the Irish attack.

Ireland’s victory ensures they finish top of Group B and will be joined by Scotland who completed a tight win over Thailand in the other Group B match today. The semi-final will be on Thursday with Ireland’s opposition to be decided this afternoon after the final two Group A matches are completed.

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Uganda Women 78-8 (20 overs; S Nampiina 16;  C Metcalfe 3-8, E Richardson 2-19)
Ireland Women 79-2 (12.1 overs; C Shillington 27, G Lewis 18*; R Musamali 1-12)

Ireland Women won by 8 wickets

Full scorecard here: https://www.icc-cricket.com/match/8349#scorecard

 


Ireland Boys Under-15s squad named for Jersey fixtures after successful tour to England

July 10th 2018 | International

Ireland Boys Under-15s squad named for Jersey fixtures after successful tour to England

Captain Tim Tector after scoring a century against Middlesex

Cricket Ireland has named the Under-15s Boys squad to play two fixtures in Jersey in late July, following on from the squad’s successful recent tour to England during which they won three of four matches.

Brian Allen, Head Coach of the Under-15s, said:

“The recent tour to England was a successful trip for the squad, with Captain Tim Tector leading from the front with the bat, scoring a century against a strong Middlesex side. Middle-order batsman Wilhelm De Klerk also came to the fore with a number of strong batting performances – most notably steering the side from a precarious 21-5 against Middlesex in our second match, scoring 71* and setting us up for victory in that game.”

“I was pleased with the bowlers who performed well as a unit. Definitely the stand-out performance was Matthew Humphreys’ 4-18 in our third match against Berkshire which removed the opposition top order and set us up for a comfortable win.”

“That tour really put the depth of young Irish cricket talent on display, and we’ll be looking to build on this in Jersey.”

Tim Tector will once again lead the side, with the 12-player squad being:

  • Tim Tector – Captain (YMCA/LCU)
  • Nathan McGuire – Vice-Captain (Rush/LCU)
  • Ben Brownlee (YMCA/LCU)
  • Diarmuid Burke (Rush/LCU)
  • Wilhelm de Klerk (YMCA/LCU)
  • Cian Egerton (Waterford District/MCU)
  • Jamie Forbes (YMCA/LCU)
  • Matthew Humphreys (Instonians/NCU)
  • Stuart Kennedy (Ballyspallen/NWCU)
  • Jack McGee (Rush/LCU)
  • Daniel Thorne (Rush/LCU)
  • David Vincent (Clontarf/LCU).

Fixtures

Wed 25 July - Ireland U15 v Jersey U15 (50 over, Woodvale CC)
Thu 26 July - Ireland U15 v Jersey U15 (50 over, Woodvale CC)

 


Ireland Women Under-19s squad named for English fixtures

July 10th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women Under-19s squad named for English fixtures

The 2017 Under-19s side featured Gaby Lewis, Cara Murray and Rebecca Stokell who are all with the senior squad at the WT20Qs

Cricket Ireland has named the Under-19 Women’s squad to play four fixtures at Malvern College, Worcestershire next week.

Andrew Poynter, Head Coach of the Under-19s, said:

“I am really looking forward to this week of cricket, as it’s a good way for the players to put into practice what they have been working on during the winter, and in club cricket and Super 3s competitions.”

“The selectors have chosen a squad with plenty of experience – players like Leah Paul, Aoife Beggs and Louise Little already have senior international caps. But I’m particularly pleased that most of the others in the squad have been gaining competitive experience at Super 3s level, which underscores the growing importance of that competition.”

“The players are well aware of the potential opportunities that this tour offers – Gaby Lewis, Cara Murray and Rebecca Stokell all represented the Under-19s last year, and all three are now in the current senior side that is competing successfully at the Women’s World T20 Qualifier at present. The Under-19s is the talent pipeline to the national senior team, and this squad shows that we have a lot of positives to look forward to over coming years.”

Ireland Women international Leah Paul will lead the side, with the 13-player squad being:

  • Leah Paul – Captain (Merrion CC / LCU)
  • Aoife Beggs (YMCA CC / LCU)
  • Sadhbh Breslin (Merrion CC / LCU)
  • Aisling Byrne (The Hills CC / LCU)
  • Alana Dalzell (Bready CC / NWCU)
  • Jennifer Hanna (Donaghcloney Mill CC / NCU)
  • Amy Hunter (Instonians CC / NCU)
  • Hannah Little (Pembroke CC / LCU)
  • Louise Little (Pembroke CC / LCU)
  • Tess Maritz (Clontarf CC / LCU)
  • Orla Prendergast (Pembroke CC / LCU)
  • Cliona Tucker (Pembroke CC / LCU)
  • Sarah White (Phoenix CC / LCU)


Fixtures

  • 17th July - Ireland U19 v Norfolk Junior (50 over)
  • 18th July - Ireland U19 v Essex-Colwall (50 over)
  • 19th July - Wales v Ireland U19 (T20)
  • 19th July – Ireland U19 v Norfolk Senior (T20)

 

 


Ireland Women’s record-breaking start to World T20 Qualifier campaign continues

July 8th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women’s record-breaking start to World T20 Qualifier campaign continues

Two from two as Ireland Women march on at WT20Q

The Ireland Women’s cricket team have made it two-from-two as they look to progress out of the Group Stage of the World T20 Qualifier, completing a comfortable victory over Scotland Women by 9 wickets in Amstelveen today.

Ireland Captain Laura Delany won the toss for the second consecutive match and again chose to make first use of the ball.

The Scottish side were restrained from the outset by some tight line-and-length bowling, combined by some intelligent tactical bowling switches by captain Delany.

The first wicket fell in the 6th over, when Lucy O’Reilly struck with her first ball, having opener Lorna Jack caught by Delany for 7. With the score at just 15, the Scots had the sister duo of Sarah and Kathryn Bryce to get the innings back on track, but the miserly bowling continued and runs came hard for the Scots.

A second wicket fell with the score on 63, when Skipper Delany removed her opposite number [Kathryn Bryce] for 12, but with the score at just 63-2 in the 14th over the Scots looked like they would have to defend a relatively low total. They finished on 98-2 from 20 overs, with Sarah Bryce one run short of a maiden half-century, stranded on 49* off 55 balls (two fours).

For Ireland, the entire six bowlers used performed well and kept the run rate in check. One highly encouraging sign for the Irish side was the return to the bowling crease of Kim Garth, who has gradually been nursed back to health after suffering an injury in her Sydney Sixers’ championship-winning effort in February in Australia.

Requiring 99 for victory, the Irish side set about the run-chase with confidence. Yesterday’s Player of the Match, Clare Shillington, once more starred with the bat reaching 47 from 39 balls (four fours) and fell just before the victory target was achieved. Shillington combined with Cecelia Joyce (35* off 47 balls; three fours) in a record-breaking first wicket partnership of 90 for Ireland Women in T20 Internationals.

Victory was achieved just nine balls later, and the Ireland total of 99-1 also represented the second best victory margin by wickets for Ireland in this form of the game.

Clare Shillington
Image: Clare Shillington on the way to 47

Clare Shillington was named Player of the Match for the second consecutive match. She had recently announced that retirement was on the horizon and she had played her last match for Ireland on home soil last week, so these awards are a testament to her tenacity to go out on a high and do her best to ensure Ireland has a successful campaign.

Post-match Shillington said:

“I think we pretty much won the game in the field today. I thought our bowlers were excellent - Dellers [Laura Delany] led with the ball, she was superb and very miserly with her runs.”

“It was great to see Kim Garth back with the ball in hand, I think everyone is delighted to see her back as she’s a real asset to our team. The job had been pretty much done by halfway and then Cecelia and I were able to take it home comfortably enough.”

Ireland’s third match in this Qualifier tournament is on Tuesday against Uganda, who bounced back from a thrashing by Scotland to beat Thailand today and keep their slim hopes of progression alive.

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Scotland Women 98-2 (20 overs; S Bryce 49*;  L Delany 1-13, L O’Reilly 1-22)
Ireland Women 99-1 (15.4 overs; C Shillington 47, C Joyce 35*; K Bryce 1-24)

Ireland Women won by 9 wickets

Full scorecard here: https://www.icc-cricket.com/match/8345#scorecard

 


Ireland Women off to convincing start with victory over Thailand at World T20 Qualifier

July 7th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women off to convincing start with victory over Thailand at World T20 Qualifier

The Ireland Women’s cricket team completed the perfect start to their ICC World T20 Qualifier campaign with a convincing 7-wicket victory over Thailand in Utrecht today.

Ireland Captain Laura Delany won the toss and sent Thailand into bat beneath blue, sunny skies.

The Thailand innings struggled to get going, with only 31-year old left-hand top order batter Nattaya Boochatham getting to grips with the Irish attack. Her innings of 41 off 50 balls included six boundaries, and was her highest T20 International score.

For Ireland the bowling unit executed the perfect T20 game plan, restricting runs and taking regular wickets. 18-year old Lucy O’Reilly claimed 3-23 (4 overs), while the experienced Isobel Joyce took 2-12 (4 overs).

In response, opener Clare Shillington continued her good form with an innings of 38 off 32 balls (4 x fours, 1 x six), following on from her innings of 37 on Thursday against Papua New Guinea. Two wickets in two balls in the 12th over saw the loss of Shillington and the in-form Gaby Lewis, but Isobel Joyce (15*) and Laura Delany (12*) demonstrated cool-heads and steered Ireland home with 3.4 overs to spare.

For Thailand, captain Sornnarin Tippoch was the pick of the bowlers with 3-12 from four overs.

Player of the match Clare Shillington said:

“Obviously delighted to get the win – that was first job done. Our fielding has let us done again a little bit, which is an area we usually pride ourselves on. So we’ll be looking to improve on that for the game against Scotland tomorrow, and also a few areas we’ll be looking to fix by the back-end of the tournament in order to peak at that stage.”

Ireland’s second match in this Qualifier tournament is tomorrow against Scotland, who had a convincing nine-wicket victory over Uganda today.

Clare Shillington
Image: Player of the Match Clare Shillington

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Thailand Women 92-7 (20 overs; N Boochatham 41;  L O’Reilly 3-23, I Joyce 2-12)
Ireland Women 93-3 (16.2 overs; C Shillington 38, I Joyce 15*; S Tippoch 3-12)

Ireland Women won by 7 wickets

Full scorecard here: https://www.icc-cricket.com/match/8340#scorecard

 

 


Ireland Women gallop to victory in warm-up match against Papua New Guinea

July 5th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women gallop to victory in warm-up match against Papua New Guinea

Gaby Lewis hit her third half-century in a month

The Ireland Women’s cricket team have impressed today with an eight-wicket win over Papua New Guinea Women in a warm-up ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier tournament in Netherlands.

Ireland Captain Laura Delany won the toss and sent Papua New Guinea in to bat first.

Good line and length bowling saw Ireland restrict their opponents to 106-4 from 20 overs. Lucy O’Reilly, on her return to the national side, claimed two wickets, while Delany and Eimear Richardson took one apiece.

In response, Ireland lost opener Cecelia Joyce early (3) but Clare Shillington (37) and in-form Gaby Lewis (56*) took hold of the attack and blasted their way towards victory. Indeed when the winning runs were struck, Ireland still had more than 8 overs to spare.

This is the third international side Gaby Lewis has registered a T20 half-century against in the last month – against New Zealand (61), Bangladesh (50) and now Papua New Guinea. The 17-year old was named in the ICC Women’s Global Development Squad in May (story link) and goes into the Qualifier tournament full of confidence.

Ireland v PNG
Image: The team celebrates another wicket

Scorecard

See the full match scorecard here.

 


Ford looking for positive reaction during Afghanistan series in August, tickets now on sale

July 5th 2018 | International

Ford looking for positive reaction during Afghanistan series in August, tickets now on sale

Andrew Balbirnie cuts the ball during the last match between the sides in March

World cricket’s two newest Test-playing nations are set to renew their white-ball rivalry this August when Ireland meets Afghanistan in a six-match series to be held in Northern Ireland, and Head Coach Graham Ford is expecting to see a positive reaction from his side after the recent India T20 Internationals.

Afghanistan will arrive in Ireland in August for the series which will feature three T20 Internationals at Bready and three One-Day Internationals at Stormont.

Ford was reflective on his team’s two losses to India, but keeping his view firmly on the longer term.

“There is no denying it, we were outplayed by a world-class opposition. India came with their big guns, and we weren’t able to combat such a hardened and in-form team who have honed their skills through the IPL and international season,” said Ford.

“However, after a few days reflection I am encouraged by some individual performances that our guys displayed over the two matches. Peter Chase taking five wickets in two games, including four wickets in the first match, for instance. For a young bowler who had just made his T20I debut earlier in the month, he showed tremendous tenacity and fearlessness at being confronted with one of the world’s best batting sides. That he dismissed Virat Kohli twice is something he will treasure for the rest of his career, and should boost his self-belief going forward.”

“The batting of James Shannon in that first match was another highlight. To take on the Indian attack and come away with 60 from 35 balls, including four sixes, has really given him a boost. James has the flair and temperament to excel in this form of the game, and he will be keen to impress in front of a home crowd in August.”

Graham Ford
Image: Graham Ford expecting a positive reaction from the team

Looking ahead to the Afghan challenge, Ford was keen to re-affirm that this series is part of a longer-term goal.

“The recent Tri-Series in the Netherlands was a learning experience and opportunity to experiment with the side, while the Indian series was a chance to pit our guys against the world’s best and give them a taste of what we need to aspire to. While I will be looking for lessons learned to be demonstrated on the pitch, we will maintain our ongoing approach of providing opportunities for a wider pool of players to gain experience in international white ball cricket during this series.”

“Our horizon in the short-form of the game is the World T20 Cup qualifiers in 2019 - we need to build a competitive squad for that qualification stage and hopefully to propel us into the main tournament in Australia in 2020. The Afghanistan series will be ideal preparation as it provides us with a good level of competitive cricket across a six-match series, and I believe the fans will see a positive reaction from the team after their recent experiences.”

The last time Ireland and Afghanistan met was in Zimbabwe in March for what was effectively the Cricket World Cup Qualification play-off which Afghanistan won by 5 wickets. Since then the two sides have played their inaugural Test matches and are due to meet head-to-head for the first time in the Test arena in February 2019.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“Cricket is on an upward trajectory across this island, and this has undoubtedly been the biggest year to date for Irish cricket. Between the Test match and two T20Is against India, we’ve seen more than 30,000 tickets sold so far this year and made some special memories for fans old and new to our great game. We hope our fans in Northern Ireland come out in force to support the Irish team for what should be a fascinating clash between two well-matched teams.”

“Our emphasis though is not just feet through the gates – it is about translating these experiences, and this exposure to top international cricket, into more people playing cricket, talking about cricket, following it and supporting it.”

“Cricket is the world’s second most popularly supported sport and all the evidence is that it is gaining increasing traction and popularity in Ireland. With the recent release of the Future Tours Programme the Irish public are starting to get a glimpse of the future of the sport and the genuine potential to deliver on our ambitious objective to make cricket a mainstream sport here.”

“This is also not just a great period in time for the fans – for our younger players they can now dream big and realistically aim to make a career out of being a professional cricketer. Of course there are still many challenges ahead for us as an organisation, but this is a time to be excited for the prospects of what is to come.”

Tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster for the six matches in August, with three match packs available.

Ticket prices are:

T20 Internationals at Bready
  • Adult £10 per match (3 match package: £22.50)
  • Pensioner discounted price: £8 per match (3 match package: £18)
  • Under-16s are free of charge
  • Club / Member ticket prices also available

One-Day Internationals at Stormont
  • Adult £15 per match (3 match package: £30)
  • Pensioner discounted price: £12 per match (3 match package: £24)
  • Under-16s are free of charge
  • Club / Member ticket prices also available

 

 


Squad named for Wolves tour to Scotland, new fixtures for Academy announced

July 4th 2018 | International

Squad named for Wolves tour to Scotland, new fixtures for Academy announced

The Wolves celebrate a wicket against New Zealand (2017)

Cricket Ireland has announced the Ireland Wolves squad for an upcoming tour to Scotland, and confirmed a series of new fixtures for the Academy squad that aim to provide Ireland’s emerging men’s cricket talent competitive international experience as part of its player development programme.

Pete Johnston, Head Coach of the Wolves and Academy Manager, said:

“The selectors have chosen a youthful but exciting Wolves squad with a view to the future and succession planning for specific roles. Competition for places has been high, with a number of guys performing well at the Inter-Provincial level.” 

“Senior contracted players Andy McBrine and Craig Young will provide experience within the squad, and have this as an opportunity to perform having had limited opportunities recently with Ireland.”

“Harry Tector has impressed with his leadership, not only through a successful Under-19 World Cup campaign as captain, but he has also been an influential character around the Northern Knights team this season. This tour really offers us an opportunity to explore a few options ahead of our eight-match series in August with Bangladesh A.”

“Scotland have been very impressive under Coach Grant Bradburn and I’ve no doubt their A team will prove an excellent challenge. Our fixtures with neighbours Scotland from Youth to Senior level are always extremely competitive and remain a vital part of our program, I’m looking forward to seeing some good cricket over this short tour.”

The Wolves squad for Scotland is:

Harry Tector (Captain), David Delany, Gareth Delany, Stephen Doheny, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Aaron Gillespie, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

The Wolves fixtures are:

10 July 2018: Wolves v Scotland A
Venue: Forfarshire CC
Format: 50 over match
Start time: 11.00am

11 July 2018: Wolves v Scotland A
Venue: Forfarshire CC
Format: 50 over match
Start time: 11.00am

12 July 2018: Wolves v Scotland A
Venue: Forfarshire CC
Format: T20 match
Start time: 1.00pm

Academy fixtures

Today was also a chance to confirm new Academy fixtures, and Johnston outlined how these fixtures fit into the development pathway model that he oversees at Cricket Ireland:

“We have moved into a new phase of cricket talent development in Ireland, with both the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy and Ireland Wolves programmes providing great opportunities for our emerging players to get a taste of competitive international cricket.”

“The two initiatives [Wolves and Academy] work hand-in-hand in our development programme. The Academy acts as the talent identification and skill development arm of our operation, while the Ireland Wolves is a programme that bridges that gap between domestic and international cricket by provide opportunities for a selection of centrally-contracted senior players and the best emerging talent to play together in high-standard, competitive cricket matches.”

“Internationals like James Shannon and Simi Singh have emerged from this system, and every player involved knows that this programme can help springboard their careers.”

The Academy fixtures are:

30 July – 2 August 2018: Academy v Future Stars
Venue: CIYMS CC, Belfast
Format: 4-day match
Start time: 11.00am

20 August 2018: Academy v Future Stars
Venue: London Winchmore Hill CC
Format: T20 match

21 August 2018: Academy v Scotland Academy
Venue: London Winchmore Hill CC
Format: T20 match

23 August 2018: Academy v Scotland Academy
Venue: London Winchmore Hill CC
Format: 50-over match

24 August 2018: Academy v Future Stars
Venue: London Winchmore Hill CC
Format: 50-over match

 

 


Over 19,000 fans came to Malahide last week (aerial video)

July 3rd 2018 | International, Women

Over 19,000 fans came to Malahide last week (aerial video)

Two days, three matches, 19,000+ fans!

Thank you to the more than 19,000 fans that came out to Malahide over two days to see three T20 Internationals. It was truly a magical occasion with bright blue skies and a crowd prepared to party (yes, Bharat Army, you particularly!).

To celebrate the occasion, we asked our friends at www.aerial.ie to make this video. Please enjoy.

 

 


Sean Terry announces retirement from cricket

July 3rd 2018 | International

Sean Terry announces retirement from cricket

Terry announces retirement from international and domestic cricket

Sean Terry, the Southampton-born and Australian-raised top order batsman who made his debut for Ireland in 2016, has decided to call time on his international and domestic cricket career with immediate effect.

26-year old Terry has made six appearances for the Irish senior men’s side and is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm off break. He plays for The Hills Cricket Club and Leinster Lightning, having previously played for YMCA, Hampshire and Northamptonshire, and also represented Western Australia at under-19 level. He is the son of former England and Hampshire batsman Paul Terry.

Announcing his retirement, Terry said:

“It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to call time on my cricketing journey. Playing cricket for Ireland was undoubtedly the proudest moment of my life and something that I will always cherish. It is now time to start the next chapter of my life. Thanks to everyone at Cricket Ireland and Cricket Leinster for the opportunities and support they have given me”.

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

“Earlier this year Sean was included in our first round of full-time Inter-Provincial contracts – such was the esteem in which he was held by the selectors – so we were very sorry when Sean informed the Selectors and coaching staff of the decision to hang up his boots.”

“He was certainly part of our talent development pool and had already been capped in the white-ball game on six occasions. We identified Sean’s talents early and took every opportunity to integrate him into our player pathway programme as soon as he had declared for Ireland in 2016. We thought he had adapted well to the Irish set-up but, equally, we respect his decision, difficult as it must have been, and we wish him all the best with the next stage of his career outside of cricket.”

Albert van der Merwe, Head Coach of the Leinster Lightning, said:

“It is always an emotional day when any talented cricketer decides to calls time on a career as early as this. Sean has been a valued member of the Leinster Lightning team over recent years. His approach to training and preparation was professional and he was a much respected and liked player throughout his time in Leinster.”

“As a management group, we would like to thank Sean for his contribution to the success of Leinster Lightning in recent years. We respect Sean’s decision and he has the province’s full support and understanding. We wish him the best of success making the transition away from the professional game.”

 


Ireland Women taking confidence from Bangladesh win into Women’s World T20 Qualifiers

July 3rd 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women taking confidence from Bangladesh win into Women’s World T20 Qualifiers

The team has left for the Netherlands

The Ireland Women’s head coach declared his squad fit and ready to perform at the ICC Women’s World Cup T20 Qualifier tournament in Netherlands over the next 10 days, with a successful campaign seeing them go through to the main event in the Caribbean in November.

“It has been a rollercoaster of a season for the squad – the New Zealand White Ferns series was chastening and a learning experience for all, but the Bangladesh series demonstrated why we belong amongst the best 10 teams in the world by taking the Asia Cup champions down to the wire on three separate occasions,” said Aaron Hamilton, Head Coach of the Ireland Women’s team.

“The squad has recovered well from the large amount of cricket we have played in June and into July, but through squad rotation and the nurturing of a number of players returning from injury, we have arrived here in the Netherlands pretty much at full strength. We will have both Kim Garth and Lucy O’Reilly ready to go – they are certainly a big part of our bowling attack and have been missed in recent times.”

“We’ve spoken as a unit about how we will tackle the task ahead, and I’m confident that if we play to our abilities then we will have a good shot at getting through to the World T20 later in the year. The planning is done, now it is time to deliver.”

Aaron Hamilton
Image: Head Coach Aaron Hamilton oversees preparations

Captain Laura Delany, who has held the leadership role since 2016, joined her coach in outlining the expectations of the squad over the coming days.

“It’s been a busy time for all of the players, balancing competitive international cricket with work and study commitments. One thing the squad does not need though is extra motivation – we have that and more. The experienced players just want to show the world what they can do, while the younger players are itching to get a taste of international tournament experience.”

“The way we bounced back from the New Zealand series and put on three great performances against Bangladesh shows the calibre of this side. We learned, we applied these learnings and we came away with much improved results, including that last ball win in the third match.”

“We have a day to acclimatise and get some practice in tomorrow, then have a warm-up match against Papua New Guinea on Thursday. This should give us a good lead-in to the first Qualifier match against Thailand. It will be a trickier fixture than some may think given their recent win over Sri Lanka, but if we can play the way we know we can, then we will have a great shot at winning.”

Laura Delany
Image: Captain Laura Delany has carried good form with both bat and ball into the tournament

The Ireland squad is:

Laura Delany (C), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Cara Murray, Lucy O’Reilly, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

As always, we’d like to acknowledge the support of Hanley Energy, main sponsor for the Ireland Women’s Cricket Team.

Fixtures


Thu 5 July - Ireland Women vs Papua New Guinea Women (Warm-up, VOC, Rotterdam)
Sat 7 July - Ireland Women vs Thailand Women (WT20Q, Kampong Cricket Club, Utrecht)
Sun 8 July - Ireland Women vs Scotland Women (WT20Q, VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen)
Tue 10 July - Ireland Women vs Uganda Women (WT20Q, VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen)
Thu 12 July - Play-Off Semi-Finals
Sat 14 July - Play-Off Finals

 


Inaugural Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Festival this weekend

July 3rd 2018 | International

Inaugural Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Festival this weekend

The inaugural Hanley Energy Inter-Pros T20 Festival is approaching!

Cricket Leinster today announced details of this weekend’s inaugural Inter-Provincial T20 Festival to be held at Pembroke Cricket Club, Dublin from Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July. The festival will see all four sides in the competition play each other once to complete this year’s tournament. After the first three rounds of matches, Leinster Lightning are currently top of the table with three wins followed by the North West Warriors in second, the Northern Knights in third and the Munster Reds are currently in fourth place.

The inaugural T20 festival will see all matches hosted at the same venue for the first time, with plenty of family-friendly entertainment lined up to make it a memorable weekend of cricketing action. There will be barbecue food available each day, alongside bouncy castles, a kid’s zone, ice-cream van whilst the FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals will be on the big screens in the clubhouse with full bar and the customary wonderful welcome of Pembroke Cricket Club. Attendance is free for all three days.

‘Super Saturday’ will see the top of the table sides clash at 4pm as Leinster Lightning featuring the likes of Ireland internationals George Dockrell, Simi Singh and Andrew Balbirnie will take on the North West Warriors who could include William Porterfield, Andy McBrine and Boyd Rankin. The 11am game will feature the James Shannon-led Northern Knights taking on a Munster Reds side with Max Sorensen. There will also be a special ‘Super Saturday’ draw for all attending members of the 42 affiliated clubs who come to Pembroke at any time on the Saturday of the T20 Festival. The more members of your club that attend, the better the chance of winning with 1 draw ticket granted to the club for each attending member. The highlight prize of the draw is a unique coaching session with Leinster Lightning players coming to your club for a 2-hour session.

Cricket Leinster General Manager, Philip Smith spoke of the importance of the T20 Festival weekend: “Cricket Leinster is delighted to have been asked to host the first ever Inter-Pro T20 Festival weekend and we are very much looking forward to some fantastic cricket over three consecutive days in Pembroke. Leinster Lightning’s continued success is very much down to the support of all of our 42 clubs across the Leinster region and I’d like to call on all of our clubs to come down in big numbers to Pembroke this weekend, particularly on ‘Super Saturday’ so we can create a fantastic atmosphere to support our team as they try to retain the T20 trophy.”

In a further coup for the inaugural T20 Festival, Cricket Leinster is delighted to announce that it will live-stream all six matches of the tournament over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 20 hours of live cricket with a full three-camera production and clipped highlight packages will go out via the Cricket Leinster website and the official Cricket Leinster YouTube page.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Festival Fixtures

All to be played at Pembroke Cricket Club, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Friday 6 July, 11AM: Munster Reds v North West Warriors
Friday 6 July, 4PM: Leinster Lightning v Northern Knights
Saturday 7 July, 11AM: Munster Reds v Northern Knights
Saturday 7 July, 4PM: Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors
Sunday 8 July, 11AM: North West Warriors v Northern Knights
Sunday 8 July, 4PM: Leinster Lightning v Munster Reds

 


Under-15s Girls Squad announced for Malvern tour

July 2nd 2018 | International, Women, Youth

Under-15s Girls Squad announced for Malvern tour

The 2017 Under-15s Girls Squad enjoyed success on their trip to Malvern

The selectors have met and the following players have been selected for the upcoming Ireland Under-15s Girl’s winter training squad tour to Malvern, Worcestershire.

The following squad will travel to Malvern on 5 August 2018:

• Louise Little - (Captain) (Pembroke / LCU)
• Ava Canning (Leinster / LCU)
• Alice Clinton (The Hills / LCU)
• Zara Craig (Bready / NWCU)
• Zoe Hoffman (YMCA / LCU)
• Amy Hunter (Instonians / NCU)
• Anna Beale (Pembroke / LCU)
• Joanna Loughran (WK) (Leinster / LCU)
• Jane Maguire (The Hills / LCU)
• Mya Naughton (Merrion / LCU)
• Ella Pasley (Phoenix / LCU)
• Roisin Staunton (YMCA / LCU)
• Sarah White (Phoenix / LCU)


Ireland star all-rounder Kevin O’Brien joins Canadian T20 League

July 2nd 2018 | International

Ireland star all-rounder Kevin O’Brien joins Canadian T20 League

Kevin O'Brien has joined the Edmonton Royals

Less than 24-hours after featuring in the second T20 International against India at Malahide Kevin O’Brien has flown out to join his new teammates at the Edmonton Royals, one of six teams competing in the 2018 Global T20 Canada competition.

The competition, in its inaugural year, will run from 28 June to 15 July and has attracted a number of high-profile cricketers from around the world, including Shahid Afridi, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn, Lasith Malinga, David Miller, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, David Warner and Steve Smith.

O’Brien’s team is captained by former Pakistani international Sohail Tanvir and includes Pakistani cricket legend Afridi, big-hitting New Zealander Luke Ronchi and West Indian white-ball specialist Andre Fletcher.

Speaking upon his arrival in Edmonton, O’Brien said:

“I’m stoked to be offered this opportunity in the Canadian T20 competition. We’ve just come off a challenging few weeks of T20 cricket with Ireland, and I really want to get out there and show the fans in a new part of the world how enjoyable it is to play and watch this form of the game.”

“The call came late and Niall [O’Briens brother and agent] confirmed the playing deal the morning I flew out. With the Indian T20 Internationals and now being in Canada, it has been a whirlwind few days. But I’m looking forward to the next two weeks, getting to know my new teammates and getting stuck in against some of the world’s best white-ball cricketers.”

“This move has come at a great time in my career, and has worked perfectly with my national team commitments. The release of the recent ICC Future Tours Programme has shown that Ireland will play over 120 games of white-ball cricket over the next four years, and the World T20 Qualifiers are only a year away – so to expand my experiences in T20 cricket in different conditions will only but improve what I can hopefully offer Ireland over coming years.”

O’Brien has had a year of cricketing highs and lows, and he reflected on the first half of 2018:

“Obviously missing out of World Cup qualification hurt, but the emotion and experience of our first Test match in May will undoubtedly live with me for life. It has been a rollercoaster of a year to date, and now here I am in Canada of all places about to play in a T20 match. It’s a pinch-me moment.”

Postscript – O’Brien walked out to bat the day after arriving and plundered 49 runs from just 17 balls in his first innings for the Edmonton Royals (watch).

Follow the Global T20 Canada

Website: www.gt20.ca

 


Ireland stars help open Adamstown Community Centre

June 30th 2018 | International, Other

Ireland stars help open Adamstown Community Centre

Several Irish cricket stars were on hand for the community facility opening

A number of international Irish cricketers were on hand last weekend to open the new Adamstown Community Centre. The centre boasts indoor cricket nets which we understand are one of the first in a local community centre in Ireland.

Kevin O’Brien, Kim Garth and Isobel Joyce - as well as visiting Australian cricketer, Celeste Raack (Hobart Hurricanes) - showcased their batting and bowling skills as part of a community open day to launch the new facility.

The two-storey centre contains a fully fitted sports hall, multi-purpose community meeting rooms, a fitness suite and associated kitchenette, toilets, storage area, changing areas and a reception.

Commenting on the new facility, Kevin said: “I was delighted to be asked to be part of the opening of this fantastic new facility here in Adamstown which offers this community and in particular, Adamstown Cricket Club the chance to improve their skills twelve months a year”.

This facility was made possible with the support of South Dublin County Council, the local cricket club Adamstown CC and the Cricket Leinster Cricket in the Community Development Officer Naomi Scott-Hayward.

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Paul Gogarty, unveiled the plaque for the new centre along with local Fine Gael TD and former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and other local representatives on Saturday, 23rd June.


Livestream: Women’s T20I

June 29th 2018 | International, Women

Livestream: Women’s T20I

Livestreaming through Cricket Gateway

Today’s T20 International between Ireland Women and Bangladesh Women is being livestreamed through our production partner, ITW Consulting.

The live feed link is here.


Broadcast deal negotiated for Ireland v Bangladesh women’s T20I

June 28th 2018 | International, Women

Broadcast deal negotiated for Ireland v Bangladesh women’s T20I

The match will be broadcast to millions of viewers

Cricket Ireland has negotiated a deal with ITW Consulting to broadcast the Ireland Women v Bangladesh Women T20 International at Malahide tomorrow in Bangladesh.

Bhairav Shanth, Managing Director, ITW Consulting (a Global Sports Commerce affiliate) said:

“The broadcast will go out on Channel 9 in Bangladesh, as well as GSC global streaming platform: www.cricketgateway.com which is in 150 countries around the world. The agreement ensures this match between two top ten sides will now be seen by millions of viewers.”

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to strike this deal with ITW and it is yet another demonstration of worldwide interest in the rise of Irish cricket. Women’s cricket is certainly one of our priority areas as a governing body, and through this broadcast deal we believe we will introduce our team to many millions of cricket lovers around the world.”

Simultaneous livestreaming

Cricket Ireland is currently investigating the opportunity to simultaneously livestream the broadcast through the Cricket Ireland Youtube Channel.

A further announcement about this service will be made as soon as possible on the Cricket Ireland website and through social media channels.


Draw for Quarter Finals of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup

June 28th 2018 | International

Draw for Quarter Finals of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup

Waringstown celebrate a wicket (2017)

Cricket Ireland today undertook the draw for the Quarter Finals of both the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup.

The draw was undertaken by Mr Paul Reilly from Clear Treasury and Dennis Cousins, Commercial Director for Cricket Ireland.

Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup

The Quarter Final draw for the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup relate to matches to be played on Sunday 15 July 2018 (replays Sunday 22 July 2018).

The fixtures are as follows:

ISC Draw 2018


Please note the further dates for this competition are:

  • Semi-Finals: Sunday 12 August (Replays Sunday 26 August)
  • Final: Saturday 1 September


Clear Currency National Cup

The Quarter Final draw for the Clear Currency National Cup relate to matches to be played on Sunday 15 July 2018 (replays Sunday 22 July 2018).

The fixtures are as follows:

NC Draw 2018


Please note the further dates for this competition are:

  • Semi-Finals: Sunday 12 August (Replays Sunday 26 August)
  • Final: Sunday 2 September

Semi-Final draw

The draw for the next stage of both cup competitions will be held the week commencing 23 July 2018 (as always, exact timing of the draw is influenced by the return of the match scorecards).

 


Injury forces Josh Little to withdraw from T20I squad

June 27th 2018 | International

Cricket Ireland has today confirmed that Josh Little has withdrawn from the current squad that has assembled to play two T20 Internationals against India this week.

The National Selectors will not call up a replacement for Little, but will use the opportunity to bring in 20-year old David Delany in a development capacity.

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said:

“The national selectors and coaching staff of the senior men’s team are implementing a new initiative to provide opportunities for young players to gain experience being involved in the dynamics of the senior squad as part of their development. We successfully trialled this on the recent trip to Sussex by bringing in Harry Tector, and this week we will use this circumstance to provide David a development opportunity.”

“The expanding programme of fixtures over the next four years means we need to look at creative ways of increasing the talent pool of players ready to take that next step in their careers. These development opportunities provide invaluable experience and insights for our younger players, which is in the long-term interests of Irish cricket.”


Ireland Women ready for Bangladesh challenge after learning White Ferns lessons

June 27th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women ready for Bangladesh challenge after learning White Ferns lessons

Captain Laura Delany practising ahead of the White Ferns match in June

Ireland Women’s Head Coach and Captain have declared lessons have been learned from the White Ferns series and the squad is fighting fit and ready to take on the next challenge of Bangladesh – who recently won the Asia Cup tournament by beating India in the final.

“As a squad we have really had to put the recent series against New Zealand in context. The matches were a valuable learning exercise for our young squad. While we have some players with a great depth of experience, there are a large proportion of players still finding their feet in the international game,” said Aaron Hamilton, Head Coach of the Ireland Women’s team.

“We were aware that, going into the series against the world’s third-best side, our frontline bowling attack was still very raw. Were they thrown in at the deep end? Yes, they probably were but what makes me proud is the resilience they displayed throughout, and the way they have come away as a unit, determined to learn lessons and grow from the experience.”

“We now face a different challenge in Bangladesh, but we face them with a full complement of players. Isobel Joyce, who sustained an injury during the T20 International at YMCA has been passed fit. We are still working with Kim Garth on returning her slowly to full fitness, so Kim will feature in a batting capacity only, if called upon.”

Speaking recently as part of an interview in the forthcoming match programme, Captain Laura Delany reflected on where the side was at:

“As a squad we sat down and agreed that the New Zealand series was part of a much bigger plan for us,” she explained.

“You always want to play against the best sides in the world and to have three or four games was very valuable for us. New Zealand was a tough series but we have had time to reflect on it and we are ready to go again. Regardless of the outcomes we still had some positives to take away and I was very pleased with Gaby Lewis who batted incredibly well in the T20 format. Bangladesh whilst only ranked one position higher than us will be a tough series too. They have put in some big wins against some of the best sides over the last few weeks but having beaten them on several occasions before it’s a series we feel quite confident going in to.”

“The next few months are defining for this team – a Bangladesh series and then we will head off to the Netherlands for the Women’s World T20 Qualifier tournament. Once we play the way we can, I’m confident we shall give ourselves every chance of qualifying [for the World Cup].”

Asked about the double-header on Friday with the men’s team, Delany said:

“We’re all very excited about the prospect of playing ahead of the men in Malahide on Friday. For us it is a chance to go out and express ourselves and carry on the attacking style of cricket we want to play. Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd in to see what we can do. The next few games provide us with an opportunity to prove what this Irish side is capable of.

“Over the last 12 months we have adopted a more attacking style of batting and we have a blend of big hitters, strike rotators and players that can play three sixty. I’m incredibly excited for where this team can go over the next eight months.”

“If we can play the way we know we can, this is going to be the time we’ll change Irish women’s cricket – and the prospect of captaining that team is something I still have to pinch myself about.

The Ireland squad is:
Laura Delany (C), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Cara Murray, Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.


Irish umpire promoted to ICC second-tier International Umpires Panel

June 27th 2018 | International

Irish umpire promoted to ICC second-tier International Umpires Panel

Paul Reynolds in action (image courtesy CricketEurope)

Cricket Ireland has today confirmed that Paul Reynolds has been promoted to the International Cricket Council’s second-tier International Umpires Panel.

Reynolds joins Mark Hawthorne, Alan Neill and Roland Black as Cricket Ireland’s four representatives.  All four umpires will be in action this week in the India T20I series at Malahide.

Reynolds, who enjoyed some success during his playing career with Leinster Cricket Club, has already stood in four First-Class matches, three List-A T20s and four Women’s Internationals.

“As with all aspects of Irish cricket, it’s an exciting time to be an umpire in Ireland, and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to develop my umpiring at the next level. We’ve been blessed with some outstanding umpires over the years, and hopefully I can do my bit to showcase Irish officials on the world stage,” he said.

Simon Dyke, Cricket Ireland’s Cricket Operations Manager, said: “Paul completes our panel of four umpires eligible to stand in Internationals, by joining the ICC’s International Umpire Panel, and Cricket Ireland congratulates him on his appointment. His thorough working knowledge of the Laws, empathy with players, as well as calm approach to every match in which he stands, is a testament to his umpiring ability. We look forward to Paul excelling out in the middle in international matches.”

Match Officials for Ireland v India T20I Series


1st T20I – Wednesday 27 June
• Match Referee – Chris Broad
• On-field – Roland Black & Mark Hawthorne
• TV Umpire – Alan Neill
• Fourth Umpire – Paul Reynolds
• Scorers – Andrew Mooney, Angela Mooney & Niall Walsh

2nd T20I – Friday 29 June
• Match Referee – Chris Broad
• On-field – Roland Black & Alan Neill
• TV Umpire – Mark Hawthorne
• Fourth Umpire – Paul Reynolds
• Scorers – Stella Downes, Judy Cohen & Niall Walsh

 


WATCH: Gary Wilson press conference before the T20I series against India

June 26th 2018 | International

WATCH: Gary Wilson press conference before the T20I series against India

Captain Gary Wilson holds a press conference at Malahide.

This afternoon Ireland’s T20I Captain Gary Wilson sat down with journalists at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s first match in the T20I series.

 

Can’t make it to the match?

Catch ball-by-ball action on Sky Sports (Ireland/UK) or for audio commentary on BBC Sport NI.


The Hanley Energy Youth Inter-Provincial Series

June 25th 2018 | International, Youth

The Hanley Energy Youth Inter-Provincial Series

The Hanley Energy Under-15 Boys Inter-Provincial Series

The Hanley Energy U/15 Boys Youth Interprovincial Series kicks off today in North County Dublin. It is the first time the competition will be played across two formats 50 over and T20 cricket, and the first time it will be played as a week-long tournament.

The games will be live scored throughout the week, accessible via My Cricket Ireland or the My Cricket Ireland app (download links).

Round 1 of the competition took place prior to 18 June 2018 with:
- Cricket Leinster U/15 defeating Southern XI U15: Full scorecard here.

- Northern Cricket Union U15 defeating the North West Cricket Union U15: Full scorecard here.

Fixtures

hanley energy

 


FAQs - Attending the upcoming T20Is at Malahide? Here’s what you need to know.

June 25th 2018 | International

For fans attending the upcoming T20 Internationals at Malahide Cricket Club Ground (27 and 29 June 2018), you should review these Frequently Asked Questions.

FAQ’S

What are the dates and times of the match?

• On the 27th June 2018: the gates will open at 2pm and the match starts at 4pm
• On the 29th June 2018: the gates will open at 9am for the Ireland Women v Bangladesh Women T20I starting at 11am. The men’s match will commence at 4pm
• Re-entry will be facilitated on the gate – you will receive a stamp on your wrist to allow re-entry
• There will be a change of innings at approximately 5.30pm for 15 mins
• The gates will close at 9.30pm on both days

Where is the event taking place?

• This event will take place in Malahide Cricket Ground, Dublin Road, Malahide
• Please see the visitor sitemap at the end of this document

How do I get there?

• The best way to get to the event is via public transport.
• The No.42 and No.102 Bus stop at Malahide and are aware of our match – more details here
• The DART will run throughout the day from Dublin City Centre to Malahide Train Station which is a five minute walk from the ground
• The scheduled 0800 Enterprise service from Belfast Central, calling at Portadown at 0836 and Newry at 0857, will make an additional stop at Malahide for those attending the match (arrives Malahide 0955). The 19:00 & 20:50 Enterprise services from Dublin Connolly will also stop at Malahide for the return journey. Passengers should be at Malahide Station for 19:10 & 21:00 respectively.

Is there parking available at the event?

• There is a designated event car park within Malahide Demesne. Please be aware there is an approximately 10 minute walk through Malahide Demesne from the car park to the cricket ground
• The car park is situated on Back Road between R107 and R124 and will be signposted on all approaches.
• Stewards will be on hand during the day to assist with parking and direct you.
• We will also have a car park shuttle service in place on the day for anyone unable to walk the distance to the pavilion.

What can I bring to the Match?

What to bring
• A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rainwear, woolly jumper/fleece and, of course, your ticket!
• Bring enough cash and/or a cash card (keep it safe!) – we do not have any cash machines on-site. The on-site public bars will accept card payments but will not provide cashback.
• You will also need ID if you want to buy alcohol and look 21 or under.
• Medication - If you need to bring medication with you, we recommend bringing a doctor’s note or a prescription for it if it is not easily recognisable. We’re not doctors, please be understanding if we question what you’re bringing in as it is important to prevent drugs getting in to the event.

Do not bring
• Illegal substances, if found with these you will be evicted from site.
• Standard compact cameras will be permitted, though you will not be able to take in a camera with a lens longer than 6 inches. Video cameras are not permitted on site. Mobile phones that take video are permitted.
• No Glass bottles or metal containers.
• Pyrotechnics or fireworks, flares or smoke bombs.
• Tables; chairs of any sort, including stools, floor seating and shooting sticks; gazebos and parasols – there will be grandstand seating provided for all spectators

Can I bring food and drink into the ground?

• You can take snacks and soft drinks into the match but please be aware this has to fit into an A4 size bag.
• Please don’t bring any alcohol or glass containers/bottles of any sort.
• Unfortunately, due to our bag restrictions – food hampers /cool bags and boxes can’t be brought into the ground. Snacks and soft drinks into the event for your own consumption provided that any soft drinks are held in unopened and sealed plastic or paper containers with a capacity of 500ml or less. If you are bringing snacks and soft drinks, please do so in a carrier bag of A4 size
• Halal options will be available from our on-site vendors

Can I purchase alcohol on site?

• Yes, there will be two public bars on site
• You may be asked for ID if purchasing alcohol at the bar so please bring either a passport/photocard or age card

What security measures are in place at the Match?

• There will be dedicated event security at the match with security at the entrance and around the ground in key areas.
• Security personnel will be performing bag searches at the entrance
• Due to safety procedures with the relevant statutory authorities only small bags are allowed into the match with the dimensions A4 size.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience when entering the match.

What Corporate Packages are available for the Match?

• There is still some hospitality available for Wednesday 27th June. For further information on our corporate packages, please contact ticketsales@cricketireland.ie
• There is no hospitality available for Friday 29th June


Where can you purchase tickets for the Ireland v India match?

• Tickets for Friday 29th June are completely sold out
• Please note that tickets for the 29th are for the double header and include access to the women’s T20i match (Ireland v Bangladesh)
• There will be no separate tickets for sale for the women’s match
• There are a limited number of tickets available for Wednesday 27th June available on Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ie  
• We would advise purchasing these tickets in advance as tickets may not be available for purchase on the day.

Can you collect tickets on the day of the Match?

• For pre-advance purchased tickets you can collect your ticket at the Ticketmaster van inside the main gate entrance.
• Corporate Package tickets will be sent out on in advance

Do Junior Ticket Holders need to be accompanied?

• Yes all children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and remain the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian throughout.

Does my baby/toddler require a ticket?

• Yes all entrants to the ground, except babes-in-arms, require a ticket. Please \note there is no specific buggy park area

How can l purchase a Disabled Access Ticket?

• All disabled tickets and parking spaces have now been allocated

What is the refund policy?

• In the event that the match is affected by weather, 100% refund of the purchase price will be made in the event that no play is possible (ie. no ball is bowled). In no other circumstances can money be refunded. The refund policy outlined above does not apply if (1) the match is completed early in the normal course of play; (2) for lost or unused tickets. Ticket holders who have purchased their tickets by credit or debit card will receive a credit for the purchase price within 28 days. Ticket holders who have made cash purchases on the day of the match should apply directly to the Ticket Sales Desk for a ticket refund.

Is there a cash machine in the ground?

• No there is no cash machine or cash back facilities on site
• The nearest ATM is in Avoca within Malahide Demesne or there are several in Malahide Village

What are the safety procedures at the Event?

• In the event of an emergency it may be necessary to evacuate the ground. Please listen to PA announcements and follow the direction of the Stewarts in your area.
• Please do not leave your bags unattended in any part of the ground
• In the interest of other spectators, walking in front of the stands is not permitted during the over. Movement out of seats will only be permitted in between overs.
• We would like to remind all fans that entry on to the pitch before, during and following a match is strictly forbidden. Any entry on to the pitch is thus entirely at your own risk. According to the maximum extent permitted by the law, Cricket Ireland will not be liable for death, personal injury, loss or damage arising directly or indirectly from such entry
• Racist abuse and other gratuitously offensive abuse toward players, officials and other spectators are not part of the game and will attract the attention of Stewarts and the Garda and will almost certainly result in ejection from the ground.

Where are my seats?

• This match is general admission seating which means you are free to sit in any stand you like. Stands will be labelled on the day – please see our visitor map for further information on this

Will there be any additional entertainment available on the day?

• There will be a dedicated Cricket Zone at the match which will be an interactive cricket zone for children which will be run by Cricket Leinster. There will also be an information point where you can find out more about the game of cricket and clubs in your local area
• We will also have a bandstand located in the Cricket Village which will have a host of great acts playing throughout the day

Where can I find more information on the match?

• For regular updates please follow @irelandcricket on twitter or like cricket Ireland on Facebook

Are there Baby changing facilities on site?

• Our disabled access bathrooms also function as baby changing units. These will be clearly marked on the day.

Can I bring my dog?

• Only guide dogs will be permitted on site

Will programmes and scorecards be available to purchase?

• Yes, our media partner, the Sunday Independent will be selling programmes and annuals at the event. Each souvenir programme will include a scorecard.

Will I be able to purchase any merchandise at the event?

• Yes, Our Official Kit Supplier, O’Neill’s will have a full range of Cricket Ireland replica kit and cricketshop.ie equipment, including plastic sets, mini signature bats and novelty items available for sale.

Visitor Map

Download map here.

 

Afghanistan series tickets now on sale

• Ireland v Afghanistan series taking place in Northern Ireland this August
• Tickets available now through www.ticketmaster.ie
• Full fixture list and dates available on www.cricketireland.ie

 

 


Ireland Under-15s squad named for Middlesex fixtures

June 25th 2018 | International, Youth

Ireland Under-15s squad named for Middlesex fixtures

The Under-15s squad from 2017 before a match against a youth side from Surrey CCC

Cricket Ireland has named the Under-15 Boys Squad to play four fixtures at Merchant Taylors’ School Ground, Middlesex in July.

Brian Allen, Head Coach of the Under-15s squad, said:

“We have a slightly earlier than usual tour start to the Irish Under-15 summer with a trip to Merchant Taylors’. These four fixtures will be followed by two games against Jersey shortly after, all leading up to the Celtic Cup matches at Oak Hill against Scotland in August.”

“We are fortunate at present to have many talented cricketers at this youth level to select from, and this squad travelling to Merchant Taylors’ is particularly strong. Of course, preceding the trip we will have an exciting week of Under-15 Inter-Provincial matches, so these certainly offer a chance for those outside this squad to put their name forward for these future teams.”

The squad is:

• Tim Tector (YMCA/LCU) - Captain
• Nathan McGuire (Rush/LCU) - Vice Captain
• Ben Brownlee (YMCA/LCU)
• Diarmuid Burke (Rush/LCU)
• Matthew Daly (Waringstown/NCU)
• Wilhelm de Klerk (Malahide/LCU)
• Cian Egerton (Cork Harlequins/Waterford District/MCU)
• Jamie Forbes (YMCA/LCU)
• Matthew Humphreys (Instonians/NCU)
• Stuart Kennedy (Ballyspallen/NWCU)
• Jack McGee (Rush/LCU)
• Daniel Thorne (Rush/LCU)
• Luke Whelan (North County/LCU)

Fixtures


3 July  
• Ireland U15 v Middlesex (50 over) at Merchant Taylors’

4 July  
• Ireland U15 v Middlesex (20 over) at Merchant Taylors’
• Ireland U15 v Berkshire (20 over) at Merchant Taylors’

5 July  
• Ireland U15 v Berkshire (50 over) at Merchant Taylors’


Wilson leads from the front as Ireland comfortable in T20 victory over Sussex Sharks

June 24th 2018 | International

Wilson leads from the front as Ireland comfortable in T20 victory over Sussex Sharks

Captain Gary Wilson hit a spectacular 18-ball half-century as Ireland cruised to victory in today’s T20 against Sussex Sharks at Arundel Castle – a match that forms part of the Ed Joyce Testimonial Programme.

A good, tight bowling effort by the Irish bowling unit was followed up by a powerful batting display that featured Wilson bludgeoning three sixes and then a four to finish the innings.

The man of the moment, Ed Joyce, reminded the crowd of his brilliant batting at his prime when he stroked a ball to the boundary, but he fell for 9 (13 balls; 1 x four).

With a target set of 136 for victory, the Irish batsmen set about the task with aplomb, with James Shannon at the top leading the way (29 runs off 23 balls; 3 x fours, 1 x six) and Andrew Balbirnie providing good support (21 runs off 19 balls; 3 x fours), but it fell to Wilson to bring the innings home in style with his 55* coming from just 20 balls (4 x fours, 4 x sixes).


The Ireland squad now returns to Dublin to prepare for this week’s two-match T20I series with India. A few tickets still remain for the Wednesday match, and the weather looks ideal for some spectacular T20 action at Malahide. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Scorecards

Scorecard

Scorecard

 

 


Sunday Independent come aboard as new title sponsor for the All-Ireland T20 Cup

June 24th 2018 | International

Sunday Independent come aboard as new title sponsor for the All-Ireland T20 Cup

The Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup

Cricket Ireland has today unveiled the Sunday Independent as the new title sponsor of the All-Ireland T20 Cup.

“The Sunday Independent has been a long-term supporter of Irish cricket, and we are delighted that we can extend this support into the peak club cricket T20 event on the Irish cricket calendar,” said Cormac Bourke, Editor of the Sunday Independent.

“Cricket is on the upswing in the Irish sporting landscape, and to be the place to go for the best Irish cricket coverage is an ambition we believe we have delivered on over many years.”

While a club-based competition, the Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup is an event overseen by Cricket Ireland and one that is important to growing the grassroots game across the island.

“No modern-day sport can create a vibrant and sustainable base without the support of its sponsors, and we are very fortunate to have the long-term and ongoing support of Cormac and his team at the Sunday Independent,” said Dennis Cousins, Commercial Director at Cricket Ireland.

“Their quality, expert journalism, combined with being the largest newspaper in circulation in Ireland, makes this a valuable partnership for our sport, and particularly when it is support at the grassroots level.”

Participation levels in the sport across Ireland has almost trebled in the last decade, moving it to what is reportedly the fourth-largest team participation sport in Ireland.

As the national governing body for the sport, Cricket Ireland has recognised in its Strategic Plan 2016-2020 that clubs are the hub of our sport and strengthening coaching standards and investing overtime in facilities is a priority.


Elaine Nolan, Participation Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

“We all understand that club cricket is the lifeblood of the game in Ireland, and that underscores the importance of this partnership.”

“While the role of supporting and sustaining club cricket belongs to our Provincial Unions, we recognize that volunteer time is finite, so Cricket Ireland has been providing the Unions with the opportunity, capacity and the resources to support the clubs. This support saw the appointment of full-time General Managers for each Provincial Union in 2017, and recently saw the further addition of administrative staff to support cricket operations across club and representative cricket.”

“These improvements help build the structures needed to sustain the grassroots game, and as such the Sunday Independent’s support enhances this by offering exposure to a national competition which will see each of the Provincial Unions T20 club champions pitted against each other to find the season’s top T20 club in Ireland.”

“I have no doubt it will be a thrilling competition and look forward to watching the top clubs fight it out at the finals in August.”

 


Seeking net bowlers ahead of the T20Is

June 23rd 2018 | International

Seeking net bowlers ahead of the T20Is

We're looking for net bowlers!

Cricket Ireland is seeking net bowlers in advance of the upcoming T20 International series against India.

Calling all Div 1 & 2 bowlers, professionals included. Cricket Ireland would like to offer you the opportunity to bowl at India ahead of the T20I matches.

There are two sessions:
- Tuesday 26 June, 3-6pm
- Thursday 28 June, 3-6pm

If you are interested please complete this form.

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Tector to travel with senior squad as development opportunity

June 23rd 2018 | International

Tector to travel with senior squad as development opportunity

Harry Tector (left) joins the squad in a developmental capacity

Harry Tector, the 18-year old Dubliner who recently captained Ireland’s squad to the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, has joined the Irish senior squad in a development capacity as they travel to Sussex today.

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said:

“The national selectors and coaching staff of the senior men’s team are keen to provide opportunities for young players to gain experience in travelling and being involved in the dynamics of the senior squad as part of their development pathway.”

“There is an intense learning curve for young players coming through the system as they move upward through the ranks from club cricket to the highest representative levels.”

“As can be seen through the recently released ICC Future Tours Programme, there will be a dramatic increase in the quality and frequency of fixtures that our men’s senior team will be playing, and we need to look for creative ways to develop our young talent as part of succession planning and preparing players for the realities of life on the road.”

“Harry recently led our squad to the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January and performed exceptionally as a leader and player. An opportunity has arisen to include him in a development capacity on the senior team’s current trip to Sussex and we saw it as an appropriate opportunity to progress this new initiative.”

Tector plays club cricket for YMCA and this year moved to the Northern Knights in the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series. In 2017 he was named ‘male youth international player of the year’ by Cricket Ireland and his leadership and individual performances at Under-19 Cricket World Cup in early 2018 led to the ICC referring to him as a “real prospect for the future”.

Squad update

In further news, squad member Josh Little picked up a niggling injury in the recent Inter-Provincial Championship game for Leinster Lightning. He continues to receive treatment and will travel to Sussex with the squad to continue this care. Coaching staff still hope he will be fully fit for the India T20Is next week.

 


BBC Sport NI to broadcast T20I ball-by-ball action online

June 22nd 2018 | International

BBC Sport NI to broadcast T20I ball-by-ball action online

BBC Sport NI will broadcast ball-by-ball action through their online service

BBC SPORT NI will have live online audio commentary of both of Ireland’s Twenty20 International matches against India on 27 and 29 June 2018.

The games, available at bbc.co.uk/sportni, on Wednesday (June 27) and Friday (June 29) will be played in front of expected sell-out crowds at Malahide, as Ireland look for a first ever victory over India in the shortest format of the game, ahead of the tourists’ busy summer schedule in England.

Michael McNamee will be joined by former Ireland captain Alan Lewis in the commentary box for the first game and former Ireland international Ryan Eagleson for the second.

Jane Tohill, Executive Producer, BBC Sport NI:

“It’s great to team up with Cricket Ireland again for this series of matches. They look set to be sell-out games so we’re looking forward to bringing fans, who can’t be there, all the action from Malahide.”

Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland CEO:

“Cricket Ireland is pleased to have reached an agreement with BBC Sport NI to cover this series. Our recent debut Test match created unprecedented global interest in Irish cricket, and now - with the support and resources of BBC Sport NI – millions of cricket fans around the world will be able follow our team and be involved in this high-profile T20I series. Irish cricket has entered a new era and through this partnership with the BBC we can continue to grow the game in Ireland and our fanbase around the world.”

The ONLINE audio coverage of both games will begin at 3.55pm at bbc.co.uk/sportni

- News item courtesy of BBC Sport NI


Squad named for two-match T20 International series against India

June 21st 2018 | International

Squad named for two-match T20 International series against India

A 14-man squad has been announced

Cricket Ireland selectors have named a 14-man squad to take on India in a two-match series in Dublin on 27 and 29 June 2018.

The fixtures against India, the world’s third-ranked T20I side, have been hotly anticipated since they were announced in January - Friday’s clash is already sold out and the Wednesday fixture is expected to follow suit with only a few hundred tickets remaining. Demand to see these matches led to Cricket Ireland expanding the capacity of the Malahide Cricket Club ground from 6,500 for the recent Test match, to over 8,000 for the T20Is.

Speaking at the time of the squad announcement, Andrew White, Chairman of National Men’s Selectors for Cricket Ireland, said:

“The selectors have chosen what we believe to be a strong, in-form squad for this format of the game that balances experience with youth. Our deliberations were around finding a side that was competitive now, but with an eye to the future.”

“Many in the squad will be either travelling to Sussex this weekend for the Ed Joyce Testimonial match on Sunday, or will be re-joining the senior squad from their English County sides. We had a good look at a number of players on the recent Tri-Series in the Netherlands and this weekend’s match in Sussex will firm up the decisions made on the final playing eleven for the first fixture on Wednesday.”

“We will continue our approach of providing opportunities for a wider pool of players to gain experience in T20 cricket on the international stage. With around 12 months to go to the World T20 Cup qualifiers, we are looking to build a competitive squad for that qualification stage and hopefully to propel us into the main tournament in 2020.”

The 14-man squad

• Gary Wilson (Captain)
• Andrew Balbirnie
• Peter Chase
• George Dockrell
• Josh Little
• Andrew McBrine
• Kevin O’Brien
• William Porterfield
• Stuart Poynter
• Boyd Rankin
• James Shannon
• Simi Singh
• Paul Stirling
• Stuart Thompson

Match details, transport and ticketing latest

• Wednesday 27 June 2018: Only a few hundred remain and are selling fast. The game is expected to sell-out. Tickets can be pre-purchased from Ticketmaster.
• Friday 29 June 2018: This match is sold out. The men’s Ireland versus India T20I is part of a double-header, with an Ireland Women versus Bangladesh Women’s T20I starting at 11am, followed by the men’s T20I at 4pm. It is recommended that fans come early and make a day of it by watching both matches, which will ease traffic, public transport and entry conditions.
• A very limited number of hospitality packages are available across both dates. Details here.
• The 7pm and 8pm Enterprise Trains to Belfast will make a special stop at Malahide Station.

 


Ireland enters a new era of cricket with release of the ICC Future Tours Programme

June 20th 2018 | International

Ireland enters a new era of cricket with release of the ICC Future Tours Programme

The Future Tours Programme has been released

Cricket Ireland today hailed a new era for the sport in Ireland with the release of the International Cricket Council’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) 2018-2023 – the first time Ireland has been included in this important schedule for world cricket.

The FTP is a schedule of international cricket tours for ICC’s full members with teams playing bilateral cricket home and away between May 2018 and March 2023. It covers all three formats of the game. By being granted Full Membership of the ICC in June 2017, Ireland now enters the FTP process for the first time.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, was delighted at the release of the FTP:

“From the moment we were granted full membership of the ICC, two of the key priorities for Cricket Ireland were to play our first Test match and to negotiate a multi-format fixture schedule as part of the FTP. We have now delivered both – and we believe the players and fans of Irish cricket will be excited by the comprehensive programme ahead.”

“We are looking at a minimum of 140 men’s matches across the three formats from 2018 to early 2023, both home and away. This does not include any additional bilateral matches we will play against Associate Member sides, ICC events/qualifying tournaments, or other bilateral content against those Full Members where a playing window is yet to be finalised.”

“All in all, this is a significantly-enhanced programme for players, coaches and administrators, and a feast of regular world-class cricket for our valued fans and stakeholders.”

“In the Test arena we will be looking forward to playing our second-ever Test against Afghanistan in February 2019. A Test match between Ireland and England is also scheduled to take place in England during this period, with a time, date and venue still to be advised.”

“While we will typically play one home Test per year in Ireland, we are looking at building that up over time and have two home Tests scheduled in the 2022 season.”

“In the white-ball formats we are looking at playing all but one of the Full Member nations in ODIs or T20I format across the life of this FTP. This is an incredibly exciting and varied programme that we firmly believe will help make cricket more visible and mainstream in Ireland over the next five years.”

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, reflected on the FTP:

“The creation of an FTP is an incredibly complex process. It has involved 12 national cricket bodies negotiating fixtures and dates across a five-year period. There are so many variables involved during discussions, and one small change by one nation can often have flow-on effects for a number of other planned fixtures for other nations.”

“I’d like to acknowledge our colleagues in the 11 other national cricket boards for their welcoming approach and support to Ireland during my numerous discussions in this complicated process.”

“As it stands, Ireland men’s team is set for around 180 days of international cricket against other Full Member nations up to March 2023 – this is a scale of cricket unknown to Irish cricket fans and one we welcome as we begin our journey as a Full Member.”

“Finally, we are also trying to be cognisant of our role in helping Associate members now that we are a Full member. In that regard, in addition to the T20I series we’re currently playing in the Netherlands, over time we hope to make further announcements about fixtures against our neighbours in the Associate world.”

Key features of the FTP

The structure of the FTP includes:

  • ICC Cricket World Cup – 2019 and 2023
  • ICC World T20 – 2020 and 2021
  • World Test Championship (note: Ireland does not feature in this element)
    o Cycle 1 – 2019-2021 (final 2021); Cycle 2 – 2021-2023 (final 2023)
  • All bilateral Tests, ODIs and T20Is between Full Members outside of the above competitions

Key highlights for Ireland from the FTP

Over the life of the FTP, Ireland will play:

  • 13 Test matches
  • 62 one-day internationals
  • 65 T20 Internationals.

This excludes any matches as part of ICC Cricket World Cup and World T20 events or qualifying tournaments.

Ireland is currently scheduled to face 10 of the 11 Full Member nations in varying formats over the period of the FTP, with Australia currently the only nation not currently featuring in the current schedule.


Full FTP Schedule for Ireland

The breakdown of fixtures year-on-year is:

FTP Schedule

* indicates ICC events over the period

NB: A Test match between Ireland and England is scheduled to take place in England during this period. Time, date and venue will be advised in due course.

 


T20 squad named for Ed Joyce Testimonial match against Sussex Sharks

June 19th 2018 | International

T20 squad named for Ed Joyce Testimonial match against Sussex Sharks

The T20 squad has been announced for the Sussex Sharks match this Sunday

Cricket Ireland selectors have named a 12-man squad to travel to Sussex for a T20 match against Sussex Sharks at Arundel Castle on Sunday 24 June 2018.

The match is part of the Ed Joyce Testimonial Year programme, an honour bestowed on him by Sussex Cricket to recognise his service to the county side that he played for from 2009 to 2016, and captained from mid-2012 to 2015.

With an extended view to the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in 2019, selectors have considered this fixture as an ideal opportunity as both vital preparation time for the upcoming T20 Internationals against India (27 and 29 June), while allowing a wider pool of players to gain greater experience playing within the senior squad.

Andrew White, Chairman of National Men’s Selectors for Cricket Ireland, spoke about this theme following the announcement of the squad.

“We said before the recent T20I Tri-Series in the Netherlands that we were keen to rotate the squad and experiment a little to see if we could find the right combination of players for the right roles. Our upcoming series against India is a showcase event for our team, but our gradual build towards the World T20 Qualifiers next year is a key milestone we need to ensure we are ready for – we need to have a squad that will be competitive, with a good shot at getting through to the Tournament in 2020.”

“With this in mind, the Selectors have included Josh Little, and I’d view him as the perfect example of the type of young player we’re keen to integrate into the senior squad.”

18-year old Dubliner Josh Little plays for Pembroke Cricket Club and features regularly for Leinster Lightning in the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series. He made his first senior appearance for Ireland in 2016, becoming the youngest debutant ever to play for Ireland.

“Josh has proven capabilities and has shown great potential at this form of the game,” said White. “Being a left-arm seamer, he offers variation to the attack, and also adds to our batting depth with his late-order hard hitting.”

The selectors finalised the squad this evening and have selected:

  • Gary Wilson (C)
  • Andrew Balbirnie
  • Peter Chase
  • George Dockrell
  • Josh Little
  • Andrew McBrine
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • William Porterfield
  • Boyd Rankin
  • James Shannon
  • Simi Singh
  • Stuart Thompson

Match and fundraising details

Full details of Ed Joyce’s testimonial year are available here. Tickets for the match are available online here. For those wishing to support Ed’s charitable fundraising programme, he is also holding a Summer Bash Dinner in Dublin on 28 June 2018 (details here).

 

 


Irish Universities look to retain Hone McGregor Trophy in Cambridge

June 19th 2018 by IUCA | International, Other

Irish Universities look to retain Hone McGregor Trophy in Cambridge

The squad heads to Cambridge to defend their title (image from IUCA Twitter)

Irish Universities have been once again been invited to take part in the annual Hone-McGregor Tri Series to taking place at the historic Fenner’s Ground in Cambridge this week. The Irish side will play Cambridge University and Scottish Universities in a triangular tournament of 50-overs games.

The IUCA Indoor Tournament took place in Belfast earlier this year, with entries from all over the country taking part. The eventual winners were National University of Ireland, Galway who retained the trophy.

The IUCA Outdoor Tournament took place in Dublin a few weeks ago with Dublin Institute of Technology winning the ‘Trevor West’ trophy for the 4th year in a row beating Ulster University in the Final in College Park by 85 runs.

Irish Universities Cricket Association team manager Herbie McClelland is pleased about his team’s chances in the challenge series:

‘I feel that we have a squad, who are prepared and ready to take on Cambridge University and Scottish Universities. I believe our squad can retain the silverware and bring them to our side of the Irish Sea after winning both trophies last year.’

The Irish Universities side can draw on several top-class cricketers, including representative players David Delany (Maynooth University/ Leinster Lightning), Gareth Delany (UCD/ Leinster Lightning), Rory Anders (DCU/Leinster Lightning) and Fiachra Tucker (UCD/ Leinster Lightning).

The Cambridge tournament takes place at Fenner’s, with the opening game between the hosts and Scottish Universities on 18 June.

Fixtures – Hone McGregor Tri Series

  • Monday 18 June – Cambridge University v Scottish Universities
  • Tuesday 19 June – Cambridge University v Irish Universities
  • Wednesday 20 June – Irish Universities v Scottish Universities

Irish Universities Squad

  • Jack Balbirnie (Dublin Institute of Technology & Pembroke) – Captain
  • Kashif Ali (Dublin City University & Balbriggan)
  • Rory Anders (Dublin City University & Phoenix)
  • Gareth Delany (University College Dublin & Leinster)
  • David Delany (Maynooth University & Clontarf)
  • Fiachra Tucker (University College Dublin & Pembroke)
  • Ross Bryans (Ulster University & Templepatrick)
  • Peter Ferguson (Ulster University & Lisburn)
  • Michael Cotter (Dublin Institute of Technology & Terenure)
  • AJ Moor (Trinity College Dublin & Balbriggan)
  • Andrew Blair-White (Dublin Institute of Technology & YMCA)

You can follow updates from the matches via IUCA’s Twitter: @irishunicricket

 


Ireland in thrilling tied match after big run chase against Scotland

June 17th 2018 | International

Ireland in thrilling tied match after big run chase against Scotland

Paul Stirling hit his second consecutive half-century

Ireland and Scotland played out a thrilling high-scoring tie in the second T20 International between the sides in two days – the first tied match in T20 Internationals since 2015.

Earlier in the day Scotland’s captain Kyle Coetzer won the toss and elected to bat first under grey, overcast skies.

For the second match in a row, Scottish openers Coetzer and George Munsey got the innings off to a flyer, bringing up a half-century partnership in four overs, and going on to register a 93-run opening stand off just 49 balls. 25-year old Munsey was the early aggressor, taking to each of Ireland’s bowlers with some lusty hitting. His innings came to an end with a miscued shot to Peter Chase in the gully, but his 46 runs off 25 balls (5 x fours, 2 x sixes) had set a good platform for his side.

However, counter to this early script, Ireland’s bowlers fought back by bowling a tighter and fuller line, with Captain Gary Wilson rotating through the bowlers so the Scottish batsmen were never settled. The tight bowling resulted in just 26 runs coming from overs 10 to 15 of the Scottish innings for the loss of Coetzer for 54 runs (41 balls; 7 x fours).

Calum MacLeod, the centurion batting hero for the Scots against the English last week, finished on 46* (39 balls; 5 x fours) and Matthew Cross crashed three vital boundaries in the last two overs to add important runs, but Ireland’s bowlers will be pleased they pulled back an innings that, at the halfway mark, looked like a 200-plus total.

The Scotland total of 185-4 off 20 overs was their second highest T20I team total ever, just four runs shy of their highest total against Hong Kong in 2017.

In response, the Irish batsmen set about a measured innings, but knowing that they realistically needed to find a boundary every over to keep the target in check.

Paul Stirling obliged by hitting hard and long on numerous occasions and registering his second half-century on the trot. His 68-run partnership with Simi Singh (26 runs off 23 balls; 3 x fours) positioned Ireland well in the run chase and gave the batters to come a reachable target, if they were required.

Stirling was eventually out for 81, cutting a high ball outside off stump which was caught at short third man. His score was not only his personal highest T20I score, but was also the new record highest individual score for an Irish batsman (passing his own record of 79 runs).

Wilson (20 runs from 14 balls) and the experienced Kevin O’Brien (28 runs from 17 balls) put on a 39-run stand in 24 balls, but neither could see it out – Wilson gloving a bouncer to the keeper and O’Brien falling to a sensational juggling outfield catch by Dylan Budge.

Gary Wilson
Image: Gary Wilson plays through the off-side (courtesy KNCB/Sander Tholen)

The game fluctuated in momentum in the final overs until the match came down to the last ball. The equation was clear, Ireland needed three runs to win with Stuart Thompson on strike. Scottish bowler Safyaan Sharif dealt with the pressure well by pitching it up in the blockhole with Thompson only able to drive along the ground to long on for two runs. The match was a tie.

This is the first tied match in T20 International cricket since England and Pakistan fought out a tie in 2015.

Before play George Dockrell was presented with a cap to recognise his 50th appearance for Ireland in T20Is.

SCORECARD

4th Match, Netherlands Tri-Nation T20I Series at Deventer, 17 June 2018

SCOTLAND 185-4 (20 overs; K Coetzer 54, C MacLeod 46*, G Munsey 46; S Singh 1-34)
IRELAND 185-6 (20 overs; P Stirling 81, K O’Brien 28, S Singh 26; S Sharif 2-31)

Match tied


Ireland victorious over Scotland in T20 International after big-hitting display

June 16th 2018 | International

Ireland victorious over Scotland in T20 International after big-hitting display

Captain Gary Wilson hits out

Three of Ireland’s batsmen hit rapid-fire half-centuries in a 46-run win over Scotland in a T20 International today in the Netherlands – only the third time in T20 International cricket history that three batsmen had passed 50 in the same innings.

Ireland’s T20I Captain Gary Wilson called correctly at the toss for the third consecutive time as captain, and had no hesitation about electing to bat first.

Opener Paul Stirling got off to a flyer, hitting 51 runs in 29 balls (10 x fours) and setting the tone for the innings. During his innings, Stirling passed William Porterfield as Ireland’s highest run-scorer in T20I cricket.

With the dismissal of Stirling’s opening partner James Shannon (5 runs off 3 balls; 1 x four), Andrew Balbirnie strode to the wicket with purpose. Not having played in the last two T20Is against Netherlands, he set about establishing his credentials in this form of the game, posting a big-hitting 74 runs from 40 balls (11 x fours, 1 x six).

Balbirnie first shared a 51-run stand with Stirling, then was involved in a 91-run partnership with his skipper Wilson. He brought up the first T20I half-century of his career off 26 balls, and continued to dominate the Scottish attack until on 74 he flashed at a ball outside off-stump and was caught at gully.

With the fall of Balbirnie, Wilson seemed determined to finish off the innings in style, upping his scoring tempo in the final overs, ending on 58 runs off 38 balls (4 x fours, 2 x sixes). He fell on the third-last ball of the innings chasing quick runs. Wilson’s dismissal saw him one-run shy of reaching 1,000 career runs in the T20I format, and when he achieves this he will be only the third Irish batsman to do so.

The Ireland total of 205-5 off their 20 overs was its fourth-highest T20I team total ever, and the second time they had taken more than 200 off Scottish bowlers.

In response, Scotland’s opening pair of Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey set about scoring quickly in the early overs, with the knowledge that they needed to maintain more than 10 runs per over throughout to win.

Coetzer, the Scottish captain, hit six boundaries in his innings of 33 runs (22 balls) before falling to the wily bowling of left-arm spinner George Dockrell.

Dockrell at 25-years of age was already Ireland’s highest wicket-taker in T20Is, and showed his class today with a tight bowling display, but most importantly claiming the two important wickets of Coetzer and then Munsey (41 runs off 24 balls; 4 x fours, 2 x sixes). Dockrell finished with 2-15 from his three overs bowled, and to complete his good day in the field today also took a good low-down outfield catch to dismiss Richie Berrington (29 runs off 26 balls; 1 x four, 1 x six).

With the fall of fourth-wicket of Calum MacLeod with Scotland on 100, Scotland’s chase seemed doomed and indeed only 59 more runs were made from the final eight overs of the innings, with Ireland running out victors by 46 runs.

The second T20I between the two sides will be at the same venue tomorrow. Cricket fans should note that a livestreaming service will be available for the game. Details are available here.

SCORECARD

3rd Match, Netherlands Tri-Nation T20I Series at Deventer, 16 June 2018

IRELAND 205-5 (20 overs; A Balbirnie 74, G Wilson 58, P Stirling 51; A Evans 2-51)
SCOTLAND 159-5 (20 overs; G Munsey 41; G Dockrell 2-15, P Stirling 1-11, S Singh 1-25, B McCarthy 1-37)

Ireland won by 46 runs


Record-breaking Amelia Kerr leads New Zealand White Ferns to clean sweep

June 13th 2018 | International, Women

Record-breaking Amelia Kerr leads New Zealand White Ferns to clean sweep

Record-breaker Amelia Kerr

Amelia Kerr, the 17-year old right-handed batter from Wellington in New Zealand, re-wrote the record books today and dominated the Ireland Women’s bowling attack in a third consecutive win for the White Ferns.

Despite her young age, Kerr was playing in her 20th WODI, and in this series had already posted scores of 81* and 29. Today she was completely dominant, carrying her bat through the entire innings and smashing a world-record for women’s cricket of 232* (145 balls; 31 x fours, 2 x sixes). Along the way she became the youngest centurion for her country.

Overshadowed, but no less impressive, was Leigh Kasperek who scored 113 runs (105 balls; 10 x fours) – her maiden international century. Kerr and Kasperek put on a partnership of 295 for the second wicket, and ensured the White Ferns posted a score in excess of 400 runs for the third match in a row.

The New Zealand total of 440-3 off 50 overs was always going to be a stretch for the young Ireland side. There were good batting performances by Una Raymond-Hoey (42 runs off 68 balls – her highest international score), Shauna Kavanagh’s (29 off 60 balls) and Jenny Gray (17* off 44 balls), but almost to script the bowling performance of the day was by Kerr who followed up her massive score with a 5-wicket haul (5-17 off 7 overs).

Ireland finished on 135 all out, and Kerr was subsequently awarded the Player of the Series award.

On a bright note for the season ahead, Ireland welcomed Kim Garth back onto the field after a lay-off from injury. Garth fielded well and batted, giving hope to her side that the Women’s Big Bash League-star is getting back to full fitness leading into the Bangladesh series and Women’s World T20 Qualifiers in July.

Cricket Ireland would like to thank team sponsors Hanley Energy for their commitment and support of women’s cricket in Ireland.

SCORECARD

3rd Women’s ODI at Clontarf Cricket Club, 13 June 2018

NEW ZEALAND 440-3 (50 overs; A Kerr 232*, L Kasperek 113; G Lewis 1-81)
IRELAND 135 (44 overs; U Raymond-Hoey 42, S Kavanagh 29; A Kerr 5-17)

New Zealand won by 305 runs


van der Merwe-inspired Netherlands inflict consecutive defeats on Ireland

June 13th 2018 | International

van der Merwe-inspired Netherlands inflict consecutive defeats on Ireland

Netherlands chased down 159 runs to win again

Ireland came out with a renewed sense of vigour in today’s T20 international against Netherlands, but failed to hold the Dutch in a tight run chase at the VOB Ground in Rotterdam.

Gary Wilson, Ireland’s T20I team captain, called correctly at the toss for the second consecutive day, but this time elected to bat first under blue skies.

Openers Paul Stirling and James Shannon gave Ireland a perfect start, with a half-century opening stand in just under five overs. Shannon, playing in his fourth T20I, easily surpassed his previous highest T20I score of 5 runs and looked more dangerous than his formidable partner Stirling.

However, both openers went soon after. With the score on 58, Stirling was beaten by Dutch medium-paceman Fred Klaassen and was dismissed by 27 (16 balls; 5 x fours). Shannon (31 runs off 21 balls; 4 x fours, 1 x six) went in the following over after he leaned back on a cut shot but missed the ball which crashed into his stumps.

Yesterday’s batting hero Simi Singh had a brief but entertaining innings (13 runs off 10 balls; 2 x fours) and William Porterfield compiled a run-a-ball 20 (1 x four), but at 105-4 in the 14th over, Ireland needed someone to stick in to the end and ensure a competitive total was posted. That role fell to captain Gary Wilson who hit 45* (42 balls; 2 x fours, 1 x six) and saw Ireland through to a total of 158-6 off 20 overs.

While most of Netherlands’ bowlers performed well, the experienced 33-year old Roelof van der Merwe stood out taking 2-24 from his four overs, claiming the important wickets of Singh and the ever-threatening Kevin O’Brien (13 off 6 balls 1 x four, 1 x six).

With a target of 159 ahead of them, the Dutch openers Tobias Visee and Max O’Dowd got off to a positive start. 37 runs were scored in less than four overs, before Visee was beaten by George Dockrell and was dismissed for 25 (15 balls; 5 x fours). O’Dowd took the reins and hit his highest T20I score of 39 (24 balls; 5 x fours, 1 x six) before edging a Stuart Thompson delivery to keeper Stuart Poynter.

With the foundations set by the early, experienced heads in the middle order saw the Netherlands run chase to a successful conclusion. van der Merwe followed his good bowling display with an aggressive innings of 37 (26 balls; 3 x fours, 1 x six) and captain Pieter Seelaar followed up his score of 37 yesterday to compile a tidy 22* off 19 balls today, seeing his side through to reach the target with six balls to spare.

For Ireland, the spinners looked the more likely to take wickets and contain the runs, with Dockrell (2-30 off 4 overs) and Singh (1-23 off 4 overs) bowling well but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Netherlands have become a bogey team for Ireland, having now recorded wins in the two teams last five encounters in this format of the game. Ireland will have two days break and then head into a two matches against Scotland on 16 and 17 June 2018 in Deventer. The second of these matches will be livestreamed. Details are available here.

SCORECARD

2nd Match, Netherlands Tri-Nation T20I Series at Rotterdam, 13 June 2018

IRELAND 158-6 (20 overs; G Wilson 45*, J Shannon 31; R van der Merwe 2-24)
NETHERLANDS 159-6 (19 overs; M O’Dowd 39, R van der Merwe 37; G Dockrell 2-30, S Singh 1-23)

Netherlands won by 4 wickets


Simi Singh heroics on debut, but Ireland just fall short in opening T20I encounter with Netherlands

June 12th 2018 | International

Simi Singh heroics on debut, but Ireland just fall short in opening T20I encounter with Netherlands

Netherlands held on to win by 4 runs (photo courtesy Alistair Hogg)

Ireland’s Simi Singh started the day by receiving his T20 cap to recognise his debut, and by the end of the day he had single-handedly pulled Ireland back from the brink of defeat to come within a whisker of a miracle win, in the first T20I of the Tri-Series in Rotterdam.

Gary Wilson, the newly named Ireland T20I team captain, called correctly at the toss and had no hesitation about sending Netherlands in to bat first on a green wicket under heavy grey skies.

The Dutch side got off to a breezy start, taking 26 runs from the first two overs, with openers Tobias Visee and Max O’Dowd looking intent on causing early damage. Captain Wilson made swift tactical bowling changes and they paid off almost immediately with paceman Barry McCarthy claiming Visee caught by Stuart Thompson at deep square leg (15 runs off 8 balls; 3 x fours).

The next batsman, Australian-born Ben Cooper, showed a brief glimpse of his attacking flair but was out caught behind off Thompson for 14 (12 balls; 1 x four, 1 x six).

Several more wickets fell to pull the Dutch side back and restrain their scoring rate, but a steadying partnership of 54 runs by Dutch captain Pieter Seelaar (in his first match as captain) and Bas de Leede gave the Netherlands a chance of posting a competitive total. Seelar surpassed his previous T20I best score of 16 runs, scoring 36 (28 balls; 4 x fours) and looked comfortable in the middle, while the 18-year old de Leede played a perfect supporting role for his skipper on debut (33 runs off 35 balls; 3 x fours). de Leede is the son of former Dutch international cricketer Tim de Leede who played for the national side from 1996 to 2007.

McCarthy, playing in only his third T20 international, looked fired up with the ball in hand. He was playing with the national side for the first time since the ill-fated Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March, and his figures of 3-26 from 4 overs helped ensure the Dutch never got away from Ireland.

McCarthy was ably supported by the economical Simi Singh who took three late order wickets – including the important scalp of Seelaar – and finished with 3-23 off 3.5 overs.

The Netherlands total of 144 was always going to be tricky on a green pitch that seemed to favour the bowlers – and so it panned out.

The Ireland response did not get off to the start they required. After smashing a six and a four from his first few balls, opener Stuart Thompson (15 runs off 11 balls; 1 x four, 1 x six) departed with the score on 18. While fellow opener Paul Stirling attempted to steady the ship, the next five batsmen through the middle order all fell for single figure scores as wickets fell with regularity.

The Dutch side not only took wickets, but importantly did not concede many runs and were slowly turning the screws on Ireland. By the time Ireland lost its seventh wicket with the score on just 63, Simi Singh and George Dockrell found themselves together with the task of scoring 82 runs from 41 balls. There were a few in the crowd, and back at home in Ireland, that must have held out some hope, given that Singh and Dockrell had recently put on a world-record seventh-wicket partnership for List A matches of 215* in a recent Inter-Provincial Cup match for Leinster Lightning, and they indeed started to show sparks of that form.

The pair put on 36 runs in just over three overs, with Singh taking the aggressor role.

When Dockrell fell for 9 (from 10 balls), Singh and the new batsmen Barry McCarthy were staring at 49 to win from 22 balls. The task certainly daunted neither of them and the pair proceeded to score 44 runs from those 22 balls – falling agonisingly short of the target. Singh in fact faced the last ball knowing that a six would win the game, but Paul van Meekeren coolly bowled a ball up in the blockhole and prevented a miracle finish by Ireland (see here.

Singh ended on 57* (29 balls; 4 x fours, 3 x sixes) and McCarthy on 11* (6 balls; 1 x six).

The second T20I between the two sides will be at the same venue tomorrow. Cricket fans should note that a livestreaming service will be available for the game. Details are available here.

SCORECARD

1st Match, Netherlands Tri-Nation T20I Series at Rotterdam, 12 June 2018

NETHERLANDS 144 (19.5 overs; P Seelaar 36, B de Leede 33; S Singh 3-23, B McCarthy 3-26)
IRELAND 140-8 (20 overs; S Singh 57*, P Stirling 17; P Seelaar 3-25)

Netherlands won by 4 runs


Only limited tickets available for T20Is v India - don’t miss out!

June 12th 2018 | International

Only limited tickets available for T20Is v India - don’t miss out!

Limited tickets remain - don't miss out!

Ireland Men’s team will be taking on the might of India in a two-match T20 International series in Dublin this month - and tickets are selling fast!

Only 1,500 tickets remain for the match on 27 June 2018, with the second T20I on 29 June 2018 already sold out.

Don’t miss the spectacle and get your tickets now via Ticketmaster.

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T20I v India



Wilson, Ford see the Netherlands Tri-Series as first step on the road to the World T20 Qualifiers

June 11th 2018 | International

Wilson, Ford see the Netherlands Tri-Series as first step on the road to the World T20 Qualifiers

New T20I Ireland Captain Gary Wilson

Members of the Ireland Men’s T20 squad gathered at Dublin Airport this morning to fly out for their first competitive T20 International fixtures under the captaincy of Gary Wilson.

The squad will play four T20I matches as part a Tri-Series tournament being held in the Netherlands between Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands. Matches will be played from 12 – 20 June 2018 with sides playing each opponent twice.

“It’s a very exciting time for the squad and being asked to take on the Twenty20 captaincy is a great honour for myself and my family,” said Gary Wilson, the 32-year old recently appointed captain of the Ireland T20I squad.

“It’s time for the team to play some good cricket and get ourselves, in this format of the game, back on the straight and narrow. To be honest, we’ve probably slipped away a bit over the last few years, so we need to get ourselves back up that rankings table and put in some good performances.”

“My view is that with Twenty20 cricket you encourage players to play with a lot of freedom. The way to do that is to be nice and relaxed about the way we go into our cricket and, as captain, let guys really express themselves. This is really an enjoyable format and - with either bat or the ball in hand - the guys should view this as a great opportunity to showcase their skills.”

“The key message I will be getting across to the team over coming days is to back your ability and play with freedom.”

“If someone feels like they can really shoot the lights out on any particular day then we’ve got to let them play with that sense of freedom.”

“Both Scotland and Netherlands have named pretty strong squads, and it’s a format that they’ve respectively done well in recently, so we’re expecting tough games. However, if we play to our skill level - really play to the level we know we can - then I’m confident it will go well for us.”

Ireland Men’s Head Coach Graham Ford also spoke ahead of the flight to the Netherlands:

“I see this as the start of a journey to the World T20 Qualifiers - which is a hugely important tournament for us. We’ve got a few games between now and then to find our best combinations and do a bit of experimenting to find which players suit which roles best. We will be using this Tri-Series to strategise around our strengths and develop a game plan that will enable us to perform well in the Qualifier tournament in 2019.”

“As for our new T20I captain, Gary has a wealth of experience in this format. He’s was captain at Surrey when I was there for a year and he did a fantastic job, and he’s now currently the T20 captain at Derbyshire. It’s a format he excels in and he has a fantastic record.”

Graham Ford
Image: Head Coach Graham Ford believes this is an important first step on the road to the World T20 Qualifiers in 2019


“Captaining in T20 is a tough place to be, it can be brutal. You’ve got to make decisions quickly and think on your feet in what is a fast-moving game. Adapting quickly is the key, perhaps more than in longer formats of the game where situations change at a slower pace. So, as a coach, your captain is so important, and I believe that Gary has all the attributes to handle what comes with captaining a T20 side.”

“In terms of our opponents, we had a good look at both Scotland and the Netherlands in the Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in March and they are extremely competitive teams. It’s what we need as a squad - really good opposition to test ourselves against. It should be some good exciting cricket.”

And what has Ford, the 57-year old South African who took over the reins in December 2017, made of Irish cricket so far?

“After just over six months in the role I’m still learning – but there’s plenty to be excited about. We have a major challenge with having a small playing population, and we’re behind some of the bigger nations in a number of aspects, but the energy and the passion and the commitment of everyone that’s involved in Irish cricket is really exciting.”

“Of most interest to me is that there are some very determined young cricketers in the system who are desperate to make a career out of the game and that can only be healthy for what lies ahead of us.”

Tri-Series T20I Squad

The 14-man squad that flew out to the Tri-Series in the Netherlands is:

  • Gary Wilson (Captain)
  • Andrew Balbirnie
  • Peter Chase
  • George Dockrell
  • Barry McCarthy
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • William Porterfield
  • Stuart Poynter
  • Boyd Rankin
  • James Shannon
  • Simi Singh
  • Paul Stirling
  • Stuart Thompson
  • Craig Young

Match schedule: T20I Tri-Series in the Netherlands (12-20 June 2018)

12 June 2018
Netherlands v Ireland
VOC – Rotterdam (start time 17.00 CET)

13 June 2018
Netherlands v Ireland
VOC – Rotterdam (start time 17.00 CET)

16 June 2018
Ireland v Scotland
Salland – Deventer (start time 17.00 CET)

17 June 2018
Ireland v Scotland
Salland – Deventer (start time 17.00 CET)

19 June 2018
Netherlands v Scotland
VRA – Amstelveen (start time 17.00 CET)

20 June 2018
Netherlands v Scotland
VRA – Amstelveen (start time 11.00 CET)

Entry to all matches is free.

As always, Cricket Ireland would like to thank its main sponsor Turkish Airlines for their generous support for Irish cricket.

Livestreaming of two matches

In good news for Irish cricket fans, Cricket Netherlands has confirmed that two matches in the upcoming T20I Tri-Series will be available to watch via livestreaming - and both matches involve Ireland.

The two matches are:

  • Netherlands v Ireland, 13 June 2018 (starts at 4pm, GMT)
  • Ireland v Scotland, 17 June 2018 (starts at 4pm, GMT)

Registration will be required to watch, and a small fee of €1.50 will be payable (with the fee helping to cover the costs of the livestreaming service and providing support to Associate cricket).

The livestream service is found at: https://www.livebroadcast.nl/cricket/tickets/



 


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