Cricket Ireland officials add their praise to retiring Irish cricket legends

November 18th 2018 | International, Women

Cricket Ireland officials add their praise to retiring Irish cricket legends

The WT20 journey has ended, and four Irish cricket legends have retired

Leading Cricket Ireland officials have today voiced their appreciation to the deluge of praise for Clare Shillington, Ciara Metcalfe, Isobel Joyce and Cecelia Joyce following their retirements last night.

Going into the evening, the squad were aware of Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe’s retirements, however it wasn’t until the team huddle at the end of the match that the Joyce sisters let their teammates know it would be their last match in the international team.

Learning of the news, Ross McCollum, Chairman of Cricket Ireland, said:

“It’s a sad day for the Irish cricket community when one legend of the game retires - but four retiring makes it an emotional occasion for many.”

“On behalf of Cricket Ireland I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to Isobel, Cecelia, Clare and Ciara for your many years of commitment and dedication to women’s cricket specifically, but Irish cricket in general. You are role models for many, and we hope you continue to play a part in growing our game and bringing on the next generation of players.”

“The Board has endorsed the development of a new Women’s Cricket Strategy for Cricket Ireland and I look forward to seeing this strategy drive forward the women’s game on our island.”

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“On behalf of the staff of Cricket Ireland I would like to acknowledge the retirement of four of our best, and wish them well in their future endeavours.”

“As I said recently at the Cricket Ireland Awards night, of my highlights of the year was our international women’s squad qualifying for the World T20. It was another demonstration of the huge talent among our female cricketers. I have spent more time this year with the squad – in Zimbabwe; in Amsterdam; and in meeting rooms – and I can’t help but be reminded of the same hunger and determination of our men’s squad a decade ago. Of a group of amateur cricketers playing for all the world like professionals; players making personal sacrifices to play for their country; players desperate to prove they belong on the world stage.”

“The legacy of Isobel, Cecelia, Clare and Ciara is too large to encapsulate succinctly, but they should know that they have inspired many young girls and boys in Ireland to take up our sport. They have helped bring Irish women’s cricket to a new level and have provided the exposure it deserves.”

“One of the taglines of the current 20x20 campaign is: ‘If you can’t see it, you can’t be it’ - these four players have raised the profile of our sport in Ireland so that many kids have not only seen it, but now know they can be it.”

“I know each of our retirees are keen to remain within the sport, and I look forward to seeing their further contributions to cricket going forward.”

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director of Cricket Ireland, said:

“The hard work, dedication and personal commitment that Isobel, Cecelia, Ciara and Clare have displayed over many years is a testament to their respective personal integrity and ambition.”

“To retire at a time of their own choosing is a credit to each of them - they are leaders and mentors within the squad, and they are champions and role models of our sport, and their commitment has not diminished over time. Even with the personal struggles at times of juggling an international cricket career with work and study commitments, their focus has always been on pushing our game forward.”

“With the ICC recently announcing the expansion of the Women’s Championship to ten teams, our focus for the next two years has to be on retaining our top 10 ranking and joining this top tier competition. I know each of our retirees, while leaving enormous shoes to fill in the playing ranks, are keen to play a part in the future of the sport. This can only benefit the Irish system and strengthen our resolve to grow the game domestically.”

The Ireland Women’s squad depart Guyana this morning at the conclusion of their World T20 tournament journey.

 


Praise flows in for the careers of our four retirees

November 18th 2018 | International, Women

Praise flows in for the careers of our four retirees

Clare Shillington, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce and Ciara Metcalfe

GEORGETOWN - The cricket community worldwide has joined in with praise and recognition for the careers of Isobel Joyce, Cecelia Joyce, Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe who all retired from international cricket last night.

e at the start of the night that two legends of the game were retiring - Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe - the Joyce sisters added to the emotion of the night by announcing to their teammates at the conclusion of the match against New Zealand that they too had chosen to end their careers.

Immediately tributes started pouring in on social media for the outstanding careers of these four Irish cricket champions. Here is just a sample:

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More to follow on this story.

 


Four legends of Irish cricket retire from international duty following WT20

November 18th 2018 | International, Women

Four legends of Irish cricket retire from international duty following WT20

Gaby Lewis top-scored for the second consecutive time in T20Is against New Zealand in 2018

GEORGETOWN - It was a big night for Irish cricket tonight as four legends of Irish women’s game bade farewell to the international arena that they have graced collectively for more than 75 years. Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Ciara Metcalfe and Clare Shillington all retired following the match against New Zealand and were immediately inundated with tributes from around the cricket world.

The match against New Zealand was the final Group Stage match with neither side in contention for the semi-finals.

After captain Laura Delany won the toss and chose to bat the New Zealand bowlers dominated the innings, restricting Ireland to 79-9 after its 20 overs.

Clare Shillington (12 from 22 balls), in the last match in green, started confidently but played back to a low skidding delivery and was bowled by Leigh Kasperek (3-19). Gaby Lewis decided to counter-attack and compiled an eye-catching 39 (36 balls; 5 x fours) - now having scored an even 100 runs in the last two T20 Internationals she has played against the White Ferns.

In response, the New Zealand openers Sophie Devine (51 off 22 balls)  and Suzie Bates (11 off 12 balls) put on a 69-run opening stand taking away the slimmest of possibilities of an Irish upset win, and despite both openers falling in the final overs, the White Ferns ran out victors by eight wickets.

After the match vice-captain Kim Garth said:

“What could we have done better? All around really - batting, bowling. Batting, once again, we were happy enough with the powerplay, but as in previous games once we got through the powerplay we lost clusters of wickets again. Then with the bowling, I think with the way Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine batted today anyone would have found it hard to bowl to them.

“Credit to New Zealand, I thought they bowled really well. I think one positive for us is Gaby Lewis, she’ll be the first one to admit she hasn’t had the best tournament up to this game, but tonight showed a glimpse of what she can do. She’s a huge player for us, so I think that was a massive positive for us.”

“Positives from the tournament, well we don’t play a lot of internationals to be honest, so any time we’re at a world cup there are learnings for us. I think some of the younger girls have stepped up at times. We’ve got four retirees this evening, so now the younger girls have to step up, but they have done that at times during the world cup and that’s a positive for us.”

Asked whether the squad knew about the Joyce sisters retirement before the game:

“No we didn’t. We found out after the game in the huddle. There were definitely a lot of tears. Ceils, Ciara, Shills and Isobel have been four incredible servants of Irish cricket and I don’t think Irish cricket would be anywhere near where it is today without them. They’re going to be a huge loss - they’re champions on the field but off the field as well. We’re going to miss them a lot.”

“As much as we’ll miss them, it’s certainly going to be a different dynamic without them.”

More to come on the four retirees.

 


Over 40 years of experience: Two Irish cricket legends to bow out against New Zealand

November 16th 2018 | International, Women

Over 40 years of experience: Two Irish cricket legends to bow out against New Zealand

Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe are retiring after the next match

GEORGETOWN – With more than 40 years of collective cricket experience between them, Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe are about to take their final bow playing in the green – for both, the road has been a challenging one, but neither would change a thing.

With Ireland to play its final Group Match tomorrow (Saturday), the two players were having a quiet morning between games, prior to a training and gym session, and were in a reflective mood about their careers and hopes for the future of women’s cricket in Ireland.

Belfast-born opening batter Clare Shillington, who debuted in 1997 for Ireland, said:

“To be honest I’m trying not to think about the fact it’s my last game too much. I’m just trying to stay focussed on that we’re here to do a job. Obviously it would be nice for everyone, not just because it’s my last game, but for everyone to finish on a high and push New Zealand as far as we can.”

“I remember when I got my 100th cap I said it [cricket] was a love-hate relationship, but the good days by far outweigh the bad days. I don’t think you can ever not enjoy putting on an Irish shirt and representing your country.”

“But I think we’ve come so far, it’s really become an elite environment, the facilities we have for training are amazing. 21 years is a long time - I was 16 when I started – so a lot has changed.”

When asked about the next step in her career, she said:

“To be a pro-golfer! No, seriously, the next step is coaching. It’s part of easing the pain of retiring is knowing you’ll still be around the set up. I’m a coach in Pembroke and I hope to stay on even do a bit of coaching in Cricket Ireland. I’m hoping to not be too far away from the game and hoping to help the next crop of young players come through. Maybe I can be a mentor as well as a coach.”

And on the future of Irish women’s cricket?

“The current squad is looking good. Obviously we have Ciara and I retiring after the next game, we’ve been around for a long time, but there are already new players coming through pushing us out - the way things are going I think we might have been pushed out soon enough anyway.”

“I do think it’s looking good, but I do think we need to expand what we’re doing at home, and we need to grow the game as much as we can. I think that is happening but we need to do it at a faster rate. But I think the immediate future is good, we have some younger players who have been in the system for a while, and they’re ready to come up and take those spots that are now free.”

About retiring at the same time as her friend Ciara Metcalfe:

“I’m happy to be taking the pitch for the last time with her and glad I can share that day with her. We first played together at Malahide 24 years ago, so obviously we’ve come through a lot together. It will be a special day - it will be sad, but nice to be doing it with Ciara and nice to have my mum who will be there and my partner, it will be nice to have friends and family around.”


Ciara Metcalfe
Image: Ciara Metcalfe claimed her 100th international scalp in July this year

Dublin-born leg-spinner Ciara Metcalfe, who debuted in 1999 for Ireland, said:

“As a team we’re doing a little bit better each game and there is still lots to get out of this tournament. As for retiring, I’m really excited and a little bit sad but I’m trying to get through the game first and then I’ll deal with all the emotions of it.”

Asked about her career, she said:

“It’s been eventful - I’ve definitely done it my way. It hasn’t been plain sailing. It’s been up and down, I’ve been in the team and out of the team, fit and not fit, in form and out of form, but I wouldn’t change one minute of it. I’ve enjoyed it, it has been life changing, I’ve travelled the world and made some great friends. It’s been a great journey.”

In July this year, Metcalfe claimed her 100th international wicket.

“That was amazing - it was a long time coming. Again, I suppose I’ve had a colourful career. I haven’t reached some of the milestones that some of the other girls have, so that was definitely one of my things to knock off, and it was fantastic.

As for the future?

“Coaching. I’m over in Australia and I’m learning my trade there and moving onto my Level 3 Performance Coaching, then hopefully go on from there and take charge of a couple of teams.”

And when asked about the future of Irish women’s cricket, she said:

“The current squad is a great bunch, there’s lots happening and there’s lots of positives. These guys are working hard and it’s changing, Irish cricket is changing for the better.”

“We’re as professional as we can be for an amateur side, and with regards to contracts I think that is going to happen. I think will only benefit cricket - both men’s and women’s cricket - it’d be a good investment. I think you’ll see we’re only a few runs short of competing with these top teams. The men aren’t going to jump up to number 6 on the rankings anytime soon, but the women could it and that would have a great knock-on effect for both.”

“The main challenge is keeping people in the game, advancing the coaching at the grass roots level, which I think they are doing - Cricket Leinster for example are doing a great job at this. Overall cricket in Ireland is changing, it’s becoming more professional and we’ve investing more and it will get there. It’s like when you’re a coach and you’re waiting for people to grow up and hit a certain age and talent within the game, and it’s the same with our domestic system, it will come but it may be years before we see it.”

The clash between Ireland and New Zealand is on Saturday 17 November 2018, 4pm start (local time) or 8pm GMT. The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports in Ireland / UK.

 


India run chase too much for Ireland at WT20

November 15th 2018 | International, Women

India run chase too much for Ireland at WT20

Shauna Kavanagh plays the ball to leg

GEORGETOWN - Ireland Women’s team have lost their third Group stage encounter with the in-form Indian side, despite a good bowling performance that pegged the Indian batters back during the latter overs.

While Ireland and India have met on 12 occasions in the one-day format, but this was the very first clash between the sides in T20 format.

Arriving at the ground for an early start to the day, the two teams were met by cloud and rain, which threatened to delay the start of play. However, attentive groundstaff and a venue known for its fast-drying outfield meant that play got underway just a few minutes late with no loss of overs.

Ireland’s captain Laura Delany won the toss and elected to bowl. Buoyed by a small but vocal local support, India got off to a solid start with openers Mithali Raj (51 runs from 56 balls) and Smriti Mandhana (33 runs from 29 balls) put together an opening stand of 67 from 9.5 overs, until all-rounder Kim Garth struck with a good-length ball that held its line and knocked over Mandhana’s leg stump.

Jemimah Rodrigues (18 runs from 11 balls) threatened to accelerate the scoring until captain Delany and keeper Mary Waldron conspired to induce Rodrigues out of her crease, with the quick-hands of Waldron completing the stumping.

At 107-2 in the 15th over, India looked like they had the wickets in hand - which included Harmanpreet Kaur - in order to mount a big total, however Ireland’s bowlers took regular wickets over the remaining five overs and restrained the batting side to a final total of 145-6 from their 20 overs.

Garth was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 2-22 from her four overs, while Lucy O’Reilly and Eimear Richardson joined Delany with one wicket apiece.

Set 146 to win, Ireland’s openers Clare Shillington (23 from 23) and Gaby Lewis (9 from 19) started in a confident mood and made it to the last over of the powerplay without losing a wicket. Shillington once more smashed several boundaries in her innings, but on 23 she advanced down the wicket to spinner Poonam Yadav (1-14), but missed the wide spinning delivery and the Indian wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia completed the stumping.

During her innings, Shillington became the first Irish woman to surpass 1000 T20I runs, and fourth Irish player overall. With her impending retirement at the end of this tournament after a 21-year career, Ireland will need to fill the void left by the Belfast-born opener who has been an ever-present mainstay since her debut against South Africa in 1997.

Isobel Joyce (33 from 38), top scorer in the last match against Pakistan, once again tried to play the lynchpin role, however the Irish batting line-up couldn’t manage to mount any sizeable partnerships and eventually ended on 93-8 from their 20 overs.

Isobel Joyce, speaking after the game, said:

“We tried to put the Pakistan match behind us and learn from our mistakes, with the aim of just trying to go better every game. A world cup is tough for us - we don’t play the high class sides as often as they play each other, so it can be a very tough learning curve trying to put into place changes just two days after a loss like that against Pakistan.”

“A game like this for younger players can be daunting, especially when you saw how they [India] played against New Zealand - who hammered us earlier in the summer. But it’s one of those things you try put out of your mind.”

“I think once they posted 140-plus that was always going to be tough for us. I’m not saying we couldn’t do it, but when you look at other sides they are playing against top bowlers all the time - they play against the likes of Ellyse Perry several times a year. Today was the first time I’d faced some of those bowlers for several years. That’s the difference with the top sides.”

“We have played in this tournament every two years for the past while, and while we build up to the tournament each time, the occasion is still big for us. I think you can see the foundations are there for us if we were a professional side. I think if we regularly had players going to play in overseas competitions, you’d see the girls would be ready to go all in.”

 

Scoreboard in brief

World Women’s T20 Group Stage Match, Providence National Stadium, Guyana, 15 November 2018

India 145-6 (20 overs; M Raj 51; K Garth 2-22)
Ireland 93-8 (20 overs; I Joyce 33, C Shillington 23; R Yadav 3-25)

India won by 52 runs

  >> Full scorecard here.


Hamilton, O’Reilly reflect on World T20 tournament and look ahead to India match

November 14th 2018 | International, Women

Hamilton, O’Reilly reflect on World T20 tournament and look ahead to India match

Lucy O'Reilly claimed 3-19 in the last match

GEORGETOWN – Ireland Women’s Head Coach Aaron Hamilton was in a reflective mood but remained upbeat about his side’s journey through the World T20 tournament so far, and called for his squad to relax and focus on enjoying their cricket and the whole ‘tournament experience’ ahead of their third Group Stage match against India tomorrow.

The squad had a quieter day, with gym sessions, team meetings and physio sessions on the agenda.

Speaking from the team hotel in Georgetown, Hamilton said:

“Yesterday’s game was in all honesty a missed opportunity for us. Probably the biggest issue for us was dot balls - we didn’t display enough ability in turning over the strike and keeping the board ticking over. With the ball we were really good with the powerplay, but we just didn’t capitalise on it. Coming out of it there were probably three overs where we conceded 12 or 13 runs an over. But we finished bowling out our overs well.”

“I thought with the bat Isobel Joyce was very good, she started slowly but made up her runs as she went. And once again Shillers [Clare Shillington] played well out front. However, as a batting unit we probably just needed to play straighter for longer - most of our dismissals were going across the ball.”

“Our fielding was quite good. We put down a couple of harder chances - Shauna Kavanagh had a spectacular effort, and if it had stuck, it would’ve been fantastic.”

“But with the ball, Lucy O’Reilly was fantastic, all the way through the innings. Now that she’s got some overs under her belt, she’s now showing what she’s capable of. She finally getting her loads up to where they need to be. For Lucy it’s more of a mindset thing as well - this is her third world cup, so she knows and understands what is required.”

“Going into the last two games we’ll be working on improving our scoring shot percentage, to rotate strike. The team just need to relax and have some fun, to believe in themselves and believe they deserve to be here. We also need to extend our good patches for longer. The best teams can do that, they can make their good patches last longer in a game. That comes with playing more good quality cricket. That’ll improve over time - we’re getting there.”

Aaron Hamilton
Image: Aaron Hamilton wants the squad to relax and enjoy their cricket

19-year old pace bowler Lucy O’Reilly has been receiving some high praise for her performances in the tournament. She spoke about how she has brought previous tournament experience to this event:

“I think the experiences of playing at two previous world cups have helped me adjust with nerves. Playing in a tournament like this is a huge step up compared to any international, to be honest. Nerves can be a huge factor that can affect players, but luckily I’ve been able to channel them this tournament,” she said at the team hotel following a gym session.

“Apart from that it is about the enjoyment of it all, staying calm under pressure against the best in the world can be daunting, but luckily I’ve done it two times before, so that’s definitely something I’ve taken from the past two world cups.”

In response to veteran commentator Alan Wilkins’ praise of O’Reilly’s performances and technique, she said:

“I’m absolutely flattered to receive the comments I did from Alan Wilkins, and I’m feeling quite confident after the Pakistan game. I actually haven’t been bowling that much recently - I did take a year out for my Leaving Certificate and was away quite a bit this summer, so I actually wasn’t that confident coming into the tournament. Basically I felt I was a bit underprepared - but with the training we’ve had with the lead up and the facilities we now have at Abbotstown [Sport Ireland National Sports Campus] over the last six weeks, luckily it’s all paid off and hopefully I can put some more performances for the team over our next games.”

O’Reilly had, despite her modest assessment, a very good home season and was Ireland’s leading wicket-taker at the World T20 Qualifier. She was also chosen to be part of the inaugural ICC Women’s Global Development Squad in July.

“I thought the Global Development Squad was absolutely brilliant - to play against some of the best players in the world and with a different group of girls. Probably the main takeaway was learning to work with different individuals and sharing knowledge, and just the chance to bowl at the best players in the world was a great challenge, but something I loved doing.”

The clash between Ireland (world ranked 10th) and India (world ranked 5th) is set to be the first time these two sides have met in the T20 format. Their 12 previous encounters – all won by India – were in the one-day format of the game.

The ICC World T20 tournament schedule – Ireland

Group Stage

• 15 November: India v Ireland, Guyana (15:00 GMT)
• 17 November: New Zealand v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)

Finals

• 22 November: First semi-final, Antigua (20:00 GMT)
• 22 November: Second semi-final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 23 Nov)
• 24 November: Final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 25 Nov)

All matches will be broadcast – and will be on Sky Sports in Ireland / UK.

 


Pakistan overcome slow start to defeat Ireland at WT20

November 14th 2018 | International, Women

Pakistan overcome slow start to defeat Ireland at WT20

Mary Waldron attempts a stumping

Ireland Women’s cricket team have fallen to a second defeat at the Women’s World T20 tournament after a 38-run loss to Pakistan at the National Stadium in Guyana today.

Prior to play there was a special moment as captain Laura Delany presented a debut cap to Celeste Raack. The 24-year old Australian-born legspinner has only recently declared for Ireland and, after a season of Toyota Super 3’s cricket under her belt, decided her international destiny lay with the nation of her grandmother’s birthplace. Raack replaced Cecelia Joyce from the team that lost to Australia on Sunday.

Pakistan captain Javeria Khan won the toss and chose to bat first in hot and humid conditions. Early on the decision to bat first looked to backfire, with an early wicket and good tight bowling by Ireland’s attack held the Pakistan innings in check.

The first wicket of the innings fell to the experienced leg-spinner Ciara Metcalfe (1-16) who bowled with flight and turn, and conceded just six runs in her opening two overs. Replacing Metcalfe after her opening spell was the debutant Raack, who almost caused a sensation by taking a wicket with her first ball. The stumping chance was eventually turned down on review.

While the opening six overs belonged to the Irish bowlers, the next 13 belonged to Pakistan. Led by their skipper Javeria Khan (74* from 52 balls; 11 x fours) the Pakistan side dug their way out of trouble and posted a competitive total of 139-6. The final over, bowled by Lucy O’Reilly (3-19), produced three wickets as the Irish side went into the break with a challenging total to chase.

Requiring a solid start, Ireland lost stand-in opener Gaby Lewis for 2, however, replays showed that the Pakistan keeper Sidra Nawaz may have collected the ball before it had fully passed the wicket, meaning Lewis was potentially unlucky in her dismissal.

Clare Shillington decided to take the opposition on and compiled a promising 27 runs (25 balls; 5 x fours) until she played across the line and was bowled.

Isobel Joyce (30 runs from 31 balls; 4 x fours) then tried to take the senior batting role to steer the innings, but Ireland lost regular wickets and the run rate required grew until it became insurmountable for the lower order batters.

Ireland finished on 101-9, losing by 38 runs.

The squad now has a rest day before facing India on Thursday.

Scorecard in brief

World Women’s T20 Group Stage Match, Providence National Stadium, Guyana, 13 November 2018

Pakistan 139-6 (20 overs; J Khan 74*; L O’Reilly 3-19)
Ireland 101-9 (20 overs; I Joyce 30, C Shillington 27; N Sandhu 2-8)

Pakistan won by 38 runs

  >> Full scorecard here.

 


“The squad are in a very good headspace”, the role of sports psychology at the WT20

November 13th 2018 | International, Coaching, Women, Other

“The squad are in a very good headspace”, the role of sports psychology at the WT20

"Full credit to Head Coach Aaron Hamilton for his progressive mindset. He fully backs the sport psychology programme"

GEORGETOWN – As the Ireland Women’s cricket team begin their match day preparations for the all-important Group Stage clash with Pakistan today, Anne Marie Kennedy – the squad’s consultant sports psychologist – gave an insight into the squad’s mental preparations and how the players have benefitted from having access to her expertise in the lead up to one of their biggest games in recent memory.

“Since we got to Guyana I have been reiterating and reinforcing all the mental skills we have developed and have been working hard on over the past few months. To complement the psychological skills training, I have introduced mindfulness to the players not only as a performance enhancement tool but also to help them personally to regulate emotions, stay grounded and present,” said Kennedy.

“The application of mindfulness to athletes is scientifically proven to increase focus, attention regulation, clarity of thought, emotional control and the ability to stay in the present, all basic mental skills for any great athlete.”

“During our athletic mindfulness sessions the team get the ‘MVP Treatment’ - Meditation, Visualisation and Positive Self-Talk. After which each player is very focused on what they need to do and how they are going to do it. It’s a very empowering practice and one that they have taken on with great enthusiasm.”

Kennedy was keen to stress the squad had moved on from the first match against Australia.

“Overall, the squad are in a very good headspace - the collective mindset is very positive. We took a lot of confidence from our win against Sri Lanka and we are looking forward to the upcoming clash with Pakistan. We came out here wanting to compete and not just participate, and we are very satisfied that we are on track with our targets.”

“We know we have tough challenges ahead but we are committed to playing our own game, executing our own processes and putting in good performances.”

And asked what value a sports psychologist has brought to the squad?

“I’m biased of course but I think it’s vital that a sport psychologist is involved. Performance is not just technical and physical. If you are not working on your mental preparation you are neglecting a huge piece of the pie. You could be the most talented athlete in practice with the best technical skills and physical prowess but if you can’t regulate your emotions, manage distractions and setbacks, focus on the relevant cues and perform under pressure you will not be able to execute your skills to the best of your ability.”

“You cannot leave your mental skills to chance. Full credit to Head Coach Aaron Hamilton for his progressive mindset. He fully backs the sport psychology programme and has given me a lot very valuable contact time to develop our players. A lot of work done but still much more to do. It’s a very exciting time to be involved in Irish cricket.”

The clash between Ireland (world ranked 10th) and Pakistan (world ranked 7th) is set to be an evenly contested match. The sides haven’t met in the T20 arena since 2014, with Pakistan victorious in two of the last three matches between the sides, however the victory last Wednesday night over Sri Lanka showed that the Irish side won’t fear another spin-heavy team from the Asian region. Both sides have succumbed to Australia in the Group Stage so far, and will both be keen to register their first tournament victory.

The ICC World T20 tournament schedule – Ireland

Group Stage

• 13 November: Pakistan v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 15 November: India v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 17 November: New Zealand v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)

Finals

• 22 November: First semi-final, Antigua (20:00 GMT)
• 22 November: Second semi-final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 23 Nov)
• 24 November: Final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 25 Nov)

All matches will be broadcast – and will be on Sky Sports in Ireland / UK.

 


“Armageddon struck” - Harry Tector talks about life as a club cricketer in Sydney

November 13th 2018 | International, Coaching, Youth, Other

“Armageddon struck” - Harry Tector talks about life as a club cricketer in Sydney

Jason Krejza provides some advice for Harry on spin bowling

Harry Tector is currently playing club cricket for Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club in Sydney and overnight he was named in the Club’s “Team of the Round” after scoring a 92 in second grade. He recently spoke to us about his time in Australia so far.

“I am currently in my fifth week of a 10-week International Cricket Programme and I am absolutely loving my time here in Sydney. I am playing for Randwick Petersham through the Cricket Ireland Exchange Programme and everyone at the club has been so welcoming and helpful during my time here so far.”

“The season starting off poorly for me on a personal level but we managed to beat St George 2nd grade by 8 runs which was a great start for us. The following week I managed to score 118 against the University of NSW which was a relief more than anything as it settled my nerves about getting a big score and proving myself to my teammates. We managed to win the game by 100 or so runs.”

“My weeks are pretty busy with the programme as we have running sessions, physio and mobility training, one-on-ones, group training with the rest of the guys in the programme, as well as gym and recovery sessions. The sessions mainly take place on the grounds of UNSW, but also at the SCG which is fantastic.”

Harry Tector
Image: Harry undertaking a physio session


“The programme is split in half with 10 of us doing it full-time and nine others doing it part-time. It is predominantly made up of English County first and second team players so training is of a very good standard. It is run by Howard Grice who has been extremely beneficial for me so far in improving my game but we also work with Jason Krejza (former Australian off-spinner) and Grant Lambert (former NSW all-rounder), both of whom have helped me improve my batting and bowling with little tips and work ons.”

Harry subsequently scored 11 against North Sydney in a 50-over match (a match that had to be abandoned because: “Armageddon struck with the heaviest rain, thunder and lightning display I have ever seen”) and a 70 against Western Suburbs in a two-day game.

As well as second grade, he plays for the Poveidon Grey Under-21’s side at the club (“we have won 2 from 3 games against Sydney Uni, Sutherland and East’s, myself scoring 20 odd in all those games without kicking on to get a big score which was disappointing”), but says that Daniel Bell Drummond has just joined the mighty ‘Randy Petes’ so he’s looking forward to getting to know him and hopefully learn a thing or two from him as: “he is a serious player and a lovely guy also”.

Outside club cricket life in Sydney, Harry was recently selected by Cricket Ireland to attend the upcoming batting camp in Bangalore, which he says: “...will no doubt improve my game against spin. I’m also looking forward to seeing my Knights teammate and roomie James ‘Princer’ McCollum again on that trip which will be good!”

He was also recently named the Male Academy Player of the Year at the Cricket Ireland Awards.

“As I said in my video for the event, the Academy has really played a huge part in my development as a player since I was 13, when Craig Hogan and Ryan Eagleson started it up. Now with Pete Johnson at the helm, as well as Eagy and Ed Joyce, it continues to benefit me and many others hugely. A massive thanks has to go to Shapoorji Palonji for their continued support of young Irish cricketers and hopefully we will start to see the fruits of their labour on show for Ireland, Men and Women, now and in the years to come.”

And what of life in Sydney outside of cricket?

“Aside from cricket I have been taking in all Sydney has to offer and have grown fond of the Coogee Bay Hotel and Pavilion when time allows - as well as spending as much time at the beach as possible!”

“I would just like to wish the Laura and everyone on the Irish Women’s Cricket Team the very best of luck in the T20 World Cup. I have no doubt they will do our small island proud.”

Tamarama Beach
Image: Tamarama Beach in Sydney

 


Delany refocuses squad on clash with Pakistan on Tuesday

November 12th 2018 | International, Women

Delany refocuses squad on clash with Pakistan on Tuesday

The squad trained today at the National Stadium ahead of the Pakistan encounter

GEORGETOWN – Ireland Women’s captain Laura Delany was keen for her side to take on the learnings of their match against Australia and refocus on the next challenge against Pakistan in Guyana on Tuesday.

The squad were back at the National Stadium in Georgetown training this afternoon training beneath overcast, humid skies.

“Yesterday evening was quite a tough game for us. Going into our match we’d obviously watched the earlier games in the Group and could tell it was going to be a tough wicket to bat on. So we batted first, but didn’t put enough runs on the board and made it quite difficult for our bowlers to defend,” said Delany.

“In T20s plans change quite quickly, and last evening was probably a prime example of that. As a bowling unit we’d spoken before the game - and had done a lot of homework on the batters - but when we got out there we bowled slightly wider or a different length to what we’d said. So from my perspective it became about mixing it up with the bowlers and changing the fields to defend any way that we could.”

“Today is ‘technically’ a rest day - but not really. We had monitoring this morning, have a training session this afternoon, and a team meeting this evening. So not a huge amount of time to rest, but we are going to reset and refocus at training today.”

“This is one of the biggest tournaments you can play at in women’s cricket and there is a great standard of cricket being played. Pakistan tomorrow is certainly our biggest game in the Group Stage and we’re itching to move on from the last game and get into it.”

The clash between Ireland (world ranked 10th) and Pakistan (world ranked 7th) is set to be an evenly contested match. The sides haven’t met in the T20 arena since 2014, with Pakistan victorious in two of the last three matches between the sides, however the victory last Wednesday night over Sri Lanka showed that the Irish side won’t fear another spin-heavy team from the Asian region. Both sides have succumbed to Australia in the Group Stage so far, and will both be keen to register their first tournament victory.

The ICC World T20 tournament schedule – Ireland (upcoming matches)

Group Stage

• 13 November: Pakistan v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 15 November: India v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 17 November: New Zealand v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)

Finals

• 22 November: First semi-final, Antigua (20:00 GMT)
• 22 November: Second semi-final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 23 Nov)
• 24 November: Final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 25 Nov)

All matches will be broadcast – and will be on Sky Sports in Ireland / UK.

 


Ireland come up against an in-form Australia

November 12th 2018 | International

Ireland come up against an in-form Australia

Clare Shillington hit three boundaries in the opening overs

Ireland Women’s team gave a good showing but were beaten well by an in-form, full strength Australian team tonight in Georgetown, Guyana.

Pre-game Ireland gathered in a team huddle to award Kim Garth her 100th cap - a milestone that began with her international debut in 2010 against New Zealand.

After warm-ups were complated Captain Laura Delany won the toss and chose to bat. Ireland looked towards a confident start and a 30-run opening stand between Clare Shillington (19 runs from 18 balls; 3 x fours) and Cecelia Joyce (10 runs from 27 balls; 1 x four) gave the innings a platform to launch from.

However, the combination of a direct hit run out of Joyce, combined with some tight middle overs bowling by the world’s number one team, took a cluster of wickets and slowed the Irish scoring rate, and when Kim Garth came to the crease to join her captain, Ireland was 46-5 after 13 overs.

Delany and Garth took the initiative though, and put on a 41-run partnership to give the total a boost. Garth’s innings of 24 runs (26 balls; 2 x fours) was ended on the third last ball of the innings, and Delany (14 runs from 20 balls; 1 x four) and Shauna Kavanagh (6 runs from 2 balls; 1 x four) finished the innings unbeaten with the team total on 93-6 from 20 overs.

As Delany said in the post-match captain’s interview, Ireland felt that 120-130 was a par score and a total they could defend, so the challenge for the bowlers was immense.

Australia then took control of their innings with a 71-run opening stand - bolstered by the in-form Alyssa Healy whose 56* from 31 balls included the record of the fastest half-century in World T20 history.

Garth was rewarded for her all-round efforts on the night with the wicket of Beth Mooney but Australia passed the required total in the 10th over and claimed a nine-wicket win.

Kim Garth, speaking at a press conference after the match, said:

“Obviously, it was a tough day at the office for us, we were really excited about it coming into the game, off the back of a big win against Sri Lanka and we felt that we could cause a few upsets, but we’re pretty disappointed with this evening’s performance. It was tricky against Australia, but we’re just going to have to park it and move on to Pakistan on Tuesday.”

“The wicket was slow, but we talked about our percentage of scoring shots and - when you lose a cluster of wickets - to just concentrate on getting down the other end and turning the strike over. We managed to do that better at the back of the innings, but once we got stuck in the middle we found it hard to get out of that rut. It is something we need to learn from going forward.”

“Bowling, we did a lot of planning and a lot of individual plans for particular batters, but we just didn’t execute those plans very well. We were happy with the start we had with the bat, we were 27-1 I think after the Powerplay, but then we lost a few wickets in a cluster which put us back.”

“It is so exciting to be here, and we’re looking at the expansion of the Women’s Championship to 10 teams - we have to concentrate ensuring we’re in that top 10 in two years.”

Scorecard in brief

World Women’s T20 Group Stage Match, Providence National Stadium, Guyana, 11 November 2018

Ireland 93-6 (20 overs; K Garth 24, C Shillington 19, L Delany 14; E Perry 2-12)
Australia 94-1 (9.3 overs; A Healy 56*; K Garth 1-17)

Australia won by 9 wickets

>> Full scorecard here

 

 


Cricket Ireland signs first multi-year media rights deal

November 11th 2018 | International

Cricket Ireland signs first multi-year media rights deal

Warren Deutrom and Mr Md. Moinul Haque Chowdury from TSM

Cricket Ireland has signed its first multi-year media rights deal that will see broadcast rights for its four-year programme of international men’s cricket shown around the world.

The deal, signed with Total Sports Marketing (TSM), covers men’s home fixtures in the current ICC Future Tours Programme between 2019 to 2022, and will ensure coverage of Irish men’s international cricket in many of the world’s key cricket markets.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“This is an exciting time for Irish cricket fans around the world as it will be putting Irish cricket on the world stage and engaging many millions of cricket fans. This deal is yet another signal that Irish cricket is rapidly growing in stature and profile around the world, and that the quality and quantity of matches coming up over the next four years will attract significant global interest.”

“This is the first time that Cricket Ireland is engaging directly with the broadcast rights market and is another welcome development arising from our elevation to Full Member status of the ICC, and entry into the future tours programme. One of our priority objectives now is to work with TSM and our broadcast advisers Pitch International to ensure that, alongside our worldwide footprint, we also have visibility in our key domestic markets of Ireland and the UK, not just on TV, but also radio and online. We also express our gratitude to Pitch for helping us negotiate our first significant deal in this space.”

“The deal provides an element of financial stability for Cricket Ireland by allowing us to enter into multi-year budgeting processes. This, in turn, means we can – with more certainty - invest back into talent development and support the game at domestic and grass-roots levels.”

Mr. Md Moinul Haque Chowdury, CEO & Proprietor of TSM, said:

“We are extremely proud to associate ourselves with Cricket Ireland. Cricket Ireland and TSM’s values are closely aligned to develop and grow the sport of cricket across the globe. We look forward to working closely with Cricket Ireland to create an innovative and exciting cricket experience for the fans and stakeholders, and help take the Cricket Ireland brand to a bigger global audience.”

 


Jack Tector to return to Dublin after match injury

November 10th 2018 | International

Jack Tector will return home to Dublin immediately after sustaining a knee injury while playing club cricket in South Africa.

Tector, 22, recently travelled to spend two months training with former Irish Coach Adi Birrell and playing for Old Grey Cricket Club, as part of the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme.

The extent of his injury will be assessed on return to Dublin by Mark Rausa, Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services at Cricket Ireland.

 

 


Ireland Women’s Energy Boost ahead of World T20 opener

November 9th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women’s Energy Boost ahead of World T20 opener

Hanley Energy sign sponsorship extension for two more years

The Ireland Women’s cricket team have received welcome news that their major sponsor, Hanley Energy, has agreed to extend its sponsorship of the national team for a further two years.

On the cusp of their first Group Stage match at the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament, the news provides a vote of confidence about the future of women’s cricket in Ireland, and is reward for the hard work, success and dedication of the squad over many years.

Clive Gilmore, CEO of Hanley Energy, said:

“We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Irish Women’s International cricket team for the third year running. Hanley Energy wishes this talented squad every well-deserved success in the forthcoming T20 World Cup.”

Dennis Cousins, Commercial Director of Cricket Ireland, said:

“We’re always delighted when a long-term sponsor signs an extension. It gives a real sense that they believe in the team, that they see a positive future and that each party’s values are aligned.”

“Hanley Energy is a progressive thinking company, and obviously with the upswing of interest and engagement with women’s sport in Ireland, this is a great time to be involved.”

“It is the support of generous sponsors like Hanley Energy that has allowed us to increase our investment in the national team and its support structures. If we are to grow the game here in Ireland, we need a solid base of sponsor support, and for this reason the news should provide a boost to all within the game.”

The ICC World T20 tournament schedule – Ireland

Group Stage

• 11 November: Australia v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 13 November: Pakistan v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 15 November: India v Ireland, Guyana (15:00 GMT)
• 17 November: New Zealand v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)

Finals

• 22 November: First semi-final, Antigua (20:00 GMT)
• 22 November: Second semi-final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 23 Nov)
• 24 November: Final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 25 Nov)

All matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports in Ireland / UK.

 


Delany and Hamilton look ahead to start of World T20s

November 9th 2018 | International, Women

Delany and Hamilton look ahead to start of World T20s

Captain Laura Delany says the team is in great spirits

The captain of the Ireland Women’s cricket team, Laura Delany, said her squad was buoyed by the victory in the warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Wednesday night, however minds are firmly fixed on Sunday’s first Group Stage match against the world’s top-ranked side, Australia.

“The win against Sri Lanka could not have come at a better time for us. To finish our warm-up games with such a convincing win against the team ranked 7th in the world - three spots ahead of us - has instilled a lot of confidence in the group. We performed with both the bat and bowl which has been one of our biggest challenges so far. As a group we have never beaten Sri Lanka, so this in itself is a huge accomplishment for the team. It was a team performance in which everyone contributed, however Clare Shillington really stood out with the bat.”

“We now head into our group games, neither group has any easy game. We hope to take the confidence from our last warm-up game into our first match against Australia, however we know come Sunday that we have to reset and work just as hard as we did last Wednesday. We have our final training session tomorrow, and whilst the team are in great spirits, we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves as we have some very tough games ahead. We have our own targets set for each game and all I can ask is that every player plays with the freedom and confidence previously displayed.”

Aaron Hamilton, National Women’s Head Coach and Performance Pathway Manager, provided an insight into the planning for the tournament:

“For the squad, the preparation and planning has stopped, and now our focus is fully on Australia. While the management team have assessed, and developed strategies for each Group Stage opponent.”

“The two warm-up games gave us great opportunities to acclimatise in match conditions – and the Sri Lanka result showed we are beginning to bring together all elements of our game. Now it is all about executing those team and individual plans.”

“T20 cricket is a funny game. To the onlooker it seems short and sharp, not as tactical as longer forms of the game. But this can’t be further from the truth. All that changes from longer forms of the game is that the decision-making is accelerated and you have to be ready to adapt quickly.”

“And when it comes to big tournaments against big teams, it is all about not being overwhelmed by the occasion and focussing on executing our processes.”

“We’re not naïve about the scale of the challenge ahead, but we have to go into these games with the self-belief they we belong here on the world stage and play to the best of our abilities.”

The ICC World T20 tournament schedule - Ireland

Group Stage

• 11 November: Australia v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 13 November: Pakistan v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 15 November: India v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 17 November: New Zealand v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)

Finals

• 22 November: First semi-final, Antigua (20:00 GMT)
• 22 November: Second semi-final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 23 Nov)
• 24 November: Final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 25 Nov)

All matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports in Ireland / UK.

 


Board confirms review of Inter-Provincial Series ahead of 2019 and other Board Meeting outcomes

November 9th 2018 | International

Board confirms review of Inter-Provincial Series ahead of 2019 and other Board Meeting outcomes

The Inter-Provincial Series will be reviewed ahead of 2019

The Board of Cricket Ireland has called for an immediate review of the Inter-Provincial Series to consider the current structure and whether improvements can be made ahead of the 2019 season, at its recent Board Meeting held at Ballymascanlon House Hotel on 7 November 2018.

The Board began by voicing its heartfelt support for the Ireland Women’s team, which is set to start its World T20 campaign on Sunday. The Board acknowledged the intensive preparation programme that had been developed by Head Coach Aaron Hamilton and his support staff.

The Board also acknowledged the recent retirements of Niall O’Brien and John Anderson, registering their appreciation for the significant commitment and contributions both players have made to Irish cricket.

Inter-Provincial Series review

The Board then discussed the Inter-Provincial competition, and supported a proposal for the Inter-Provincial Structure Working Group to convene in order to undertake a review of all aspects of the competition. The Board directed that recommendations, which should include input from Provincial Unions and the Irish Cricketers Association, having been considered by the Cricket and High Performance Committees, should be brought forward to its December meeting on how the competition can be made stronger, and better ensure there is a pipeline of talent feeding into the international system.

Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland Performance Director, said:

“The Board endorsed the recommendation to begin an immediate review and ensure the competition adapts to our changing circumstances. Much has changed since the revival of the Inter-Pros in 2013, most notably the granting of first class status, the achievement of full membership, the introduction of our first Inter-Pro contracts, and, perhaps most significantly, the door all-but-closing on the English County system as a development/finishing school for Irish players.”

“All major cricket nations have strong, competitive domestic first-class systems that feed talent into their senior international team. While the Inter-Pros has shown the potential, time is against us given the age-profile of our senior squad and the disappearance of the County pathway, so there is consensus that we need to further increase the standard and professionalism of the competition. The competition is where our best young players need to be gaining regular, competitive cricket experience.”

“The Working Group will examine ways in which we can ensure the competition is facilitating best v best, and make recommendations around the volume of matches played and whether or not a fourth team may be required in the 50-over and 3-day cricket competitions. While there was some speculation within cricket circles that there was a proposal to reduce Munster Reds involvement in the IP20s, the Board made it clear that this was not envisaged, however it would await the outcome of the Working Group review before any definitive decisions were made.”

High Performance cricket programme

The Board also received a presentation from Andrew White (Chairman of National Men’s Selectors) and Graham Ford (National Men’s Head Coach) on season 2018 and the next four year selection and succession strategy for the senior men’s team, up to and including the 2022 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The presentation addressed central contracts, selection policy, succession planning and the need to invest further in facilities and the talent pathway. The Board noted that 19 central contracts for 2019 will be offered by the end of November, and the Ireland Wolves squad to Sri Lanka in late December will be announced by the end of November.

2019 International fixtures

The Board received a proposal for approval for the venue allocation of men’s international matches in 2019. An announcement will be made in due course about match allocations following further consultation with prospective venues. The Board also noted that an announcement was imminent about broadcast arrangements and media rights for various men’s internationals and acknowledged management’s work on delivering these key outcomes.

The Commercial Director updated the Board on ticketing timeframes for the England ODI, noting that that tickets will go on sale by the end of November. Details will be announced shortly.

Development and Participation Programme

The Board received an update on the review of cricket development and, in particular, the recent high-profile issues around proposed transference of operational responsibility for delivering strategic objectives around grass-roots/schools from Cricket Ireland to the Provincial Unions. The Board noted the current consultation process underway with those employees potentially impacted by the proposals, and re-stated Cricket Ireland’s commitment to ongoing funding of this area via the Unions.

Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland CEO said: “The Board acknowledged the difficulties inherent in this process, in particular trying to deal fairly, respectfully and – given the employer-employee relationship – confidentially, with some much-respected employees. This process has only ever been about implementing our strategic plan goal to ensure that responsibility for grass-roots activity should reside with the organisations that engage at this level on a daily basis, and that we continue to fund the Unions to do this. We shall continue the consultation process with our employees and reach a conclusion at the appropriate time.” 

Governance updates

The Board was also updated on the new Governance Sub-Committee (GovCom). Ross McCollum, Chair of Cricket Ireland, said:

“The purpose behind forming GovCom is in the inherent interest of good governance. While Cricket Ireland is already regarded as a leader in governance within Irish sport, our continued journey to compliance with the Sport Ireland-endorsed Governance Code demands that we maintain the issue of the Board’s operational effectiveness under frequent review.”

“GovCom will review the Board’s terms of reference, Membership of the Board and its sub-committees, and Cricket Ireland’s ongoing adherence to the Governance code’s recommended practices.”

The Board endorsed the initial membership of GovCom as: Anne Nolan (Chair), Alan Waite, Joe Doherty, Frank Sowman, Murray Power and an independent governance expert that will be nominated following consultation with Sport NI and Sport Ireland.

 


Ireland Women’s cricket team complete warm-up for World T20 with convincing win over Sri Lanka

November 7th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women’s cricket team complete warm-up for World T20 with convincing win over Sri Lanka

ANTIGUA - Ireland Women have completed their warm-up matches for the ICC Women’s World T20 with a convincing victory over Sri Lanka Women.

After winning the toss, Captain Laura Delany chose to bowl first. Sri Lanka started well, making their way to 40-1 from 7 overs.

However, a wicket by Isobel Joyce with the first ball of the eighth over sparked a collapse, as the Irish bowlers ran through their opposition claiming nine wickets for just 45 runs over the next 11.1 overs.

Celeste Raack, the Australian-born legspinner playing on her second match for Ireland, claimed two wickets, while Lara Maritz - the Toyota Super 3’s Player of the Year - came on late and claimed 3-1 from her eight balls.

With just 86 runs the target, Ireland lost opener Cecelia Joyce early, but Clare Shillington and Gaby Lewis steadied the innings with a 43-run stand from just under six overs.

Shillington, the Player of the Tournament at the World T20 Qualifier tournament in July, batted assertively hitting seven boundaries in an innings of 50*. Her partnership of 41* with Delany (15*) saw the Girls in Green home, chasing the target in just 13.2 overs.

  • Full scorecard available here.

Aaron Hamilton’s side returns to Guyana tomorrow to prepare for the first Group Stage match against Australia on Sunday.

You can find out more about the Women’s World T20 tournament here.

 

SUMMARY SCORECARD

Sri Lanka v Ireland, World T20 Warm-Up match, Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua, 7 November 2018

  Sri Lanka 85 (18.2 overs; H Madushika 31; L Maritz 3-1, C Raack 2-16)
  Ireland 86-2 (13.2 overs; C Shillington 50*, L Delany 15*; U Prabodani 1-8)

Ireland Women won by 8 wickets

 

The ICC World T20 tournament schedule - Ireland

Group Stage
• 11 November: Australia v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 13 November: Pakistan v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 15 November: India v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
• 17 November: New Zealand v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)

Finals
• 22 November: First semi-final, Antigua (20:00 GMT)
• 22 November: Second semi-final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 23 Nov)
• 24 November: Final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 25 Nov)

All matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports in Ireland/UK.

 


Ireland Women make ‘Cricket for Good’ visit to Antiguan school

November 7th 2018 | International, Women

Ireland Women make ‘Cricket for Good’ visit to Antiguan school

The Ireland Women’s team have paid a visit to the Christ the King High School in Antigua as part of the ICC ‘Cricket for Good’ initiative that aims to inspire the younger generation and encourage them to take to the sport.

The ICC, in conjunction with Cricket West Indies, is delivering a school/community engagement programme to educate kids about the event and give them the unique opportunity to meet past and current international cricketers.

The Irish squad spent a couple of hours meeting with the students and learning more about local culture, while providing the kids a sense of excitement at meeting the on-field stars.

CSR visit

 

The squad play their second warm-up match against Sri Lanka tonight, then head back to Guyana to start the Group Stage matches on Sunday.

The Group Stage schedule is as follows:


SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2018
  • Australia Women v Ireland Women
  • Match starts 8pm (GMT)
  • Sky Sports Mix (19:30), Sky Sports Cricket (19:30)

TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2018
  • Pakistan Women v Ireland Women
  • Match starts 8pm (GMT)
  • Sky Sports Cricket (19:30), Sky Sports Mix (19:30), Sky Sports Main Event (19:30)

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2018
  • India Women v Ireland Women
  • Match starts 3pm (GMT)
  • Sky Sports Cricket (14:30), Sky Sports Mix (14:30), Sky Sports Main Event (15:00)

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2018
  • New Zealand Women v Ireland Women
  • Match starts 8pm (GMT)
  • Sky Sports Mix (19:30), Sky Sports Cricket (19:30)

 

 

 

 


Jacob Mulder released from contract by mutual-consent, plans on return to Australia

November 7th 2018 | International

Cricket Ireland has confirmed that the Australian-born Jacob Mulder has been released from his central contract by mutual consent, in order to pursue other opportunities back in his homeland.

The 23-year old, who was born in Perth, Western Australia, made his international debut for Ireland in 2016 and appeared 14 times for the national side. His last match was against Netherlands in August 2017. The legspinner claimed 22 international wickets at an average of 23.86, with best bowling performance of 4-16 against Scotland in the semi-final of the Desert T20 Challenge at Dubai in 2017.

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

“Jacob has a skill set and talent which is greatly needed in the Ireland set up. The decision to amicably end Jacob’s contract early allows him to move back to Australia for the remainder of the winter. The door is still open for him to regain a contract in the future, but in the meantime we wish Jacob well for his immediate future, and hope that we see him back pushing for a place in the Northern Knights next season.”

 


Garth’s all-round form on display during warm-up

November 4th 2018 | International, Women

Garth’s all-round form on display during warm-up

Kim Garth on her way to 34

A tough warm-up game against an experienced Bangladesh outfit on the surface, but Ireland Women will take away a number of positives and be able to take some areas of improvement into the next warm-up match.

The undoubted stand-out performer of the match was Kim Garth. The 22-year old all-rounder hit 34 runs from 35 balls in a critical rearguard innings with the bat, then claimed 3-4 from two overs.

A brief spark of batting positivity at the top of the order from 17-year old Gaby Lewis (15 runs from 13 balls; two fours) gave Ireland another peek at the potential of the batting side.

These two performances possibly underlined why Wisden Magazine recently rated Garth and Lewis in their top 25 world’s best young women cricketers.

The warm-up match also gave Head Coach Aaron Hamilton a chance to provide eight bowlers with some acclimatising match experience, which will be crucial at this ground as this will be the venue for all four of Ireland’s group stage matches.

  • Full scorecard available here.

Hamilton’s side will have a few days to regroup before they return to action against Sri Lanka Women in their second warm-up match on Wednesday.

You can find out more about the Women’s World T20 tournament here.

 


Murtagh, Delany take out top player awards at 2018 Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards

November 3rd 2018 |

Murtagh, Delany take out top player awards at 2018 Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards

Tim Murtagh and Laura Delany take out the top international player of the year awards

Tim Murtagh and Laura Delany have been awarded the International Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year, respectively, at the 7th Annual Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards – with Waringstown Cricket Club capping off a trophy-laden year being named Tildenet Club of the Year.

In front of a packed house of 120 invited guests, journalists and sponsors, the event MC Rob Hartnett (Sport for Business) led the ceremony with 19 Awards given out on Irish cricket’s night of nights.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said in his opening speech:

“Tonight we reflect on one of Irish cricket’s biggest years – it has been one of great achievement. Most people would probably mark this down as a very good year in our sport. Just consider these highlights alone: the hosting of our inaugural men’s Test match, our senior women’s team qualifying for the World T20, the staging of two sell-out T20 Internationals against India, hosting the ICC conference for the first time, opening our new high performance centre at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, welcoming our first female President and securing over one hundred men’s international fixtures over the next four years.”

“For fans of Irish cricket, these are exciting times – more games, greater exposure for our international and domestic structures, and the emergence of new and exciting young talent.”


With a nod to the recently launched 20x20 campaign that aims to raise the profile of, and participation in, women’s sport, Deutrom said:

“My hope is that not too far in the future that talk of ‘the senior squad’ or ‘the World Cup’ is not automatically assumed to be about men. One of my personal highlights of the year was our women qualifying for the World T20 - which was another demonstration of the huge talent among our female cricketers. Neither was it a surprise to see Kim Garth and Gaby Lewis rated by Wisden as among the top 25 young women players in world cricket.”

“I have spent more time this year with the women’s squad – in Zimbabwe, in Amsterdam, and in meeting rooms – and I can’t help but be reminded of the same hunger and determination of our men’s squad a decade ago. Of a group of amateur cricketers playing for all the world like professionals, players making personal sacrifices to play for their country; players desperate to prove they belong on the world stage.”

“The cricket world is growing up in its recognition of women’s cricket, and it’s a responsibility we share. Gradually we are seeing more female leaders in Irish cricket – as President, on our Board and in Executive positions in the national governing body and provincial unions. We need more women and girls in our sport, watching our sport and running our sport. It’s a challenge we have to rise to – not because of some politically-correct token gesture, but because it’s the right thing to do.”

Warren Deutrom


The event, hosted at the historic Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in Dublin, saw nineteen awards handed out.

Test Triangle Male Youth International Player of the Year
• Winner: Tim Tector

Devenish Nutrition Female Youth International Player of the Year
• Winner: Leah Paul

Cricketshop.ie Groundsman of the Year
• Winner: Philip McCormick

Oasis Volunteer of the Year
• Winner: Harry Rutherford, Bready Cricket Club

Shapoorji Pallonji Male Academy Player of the Year
• Winner: Harry Tector

Shapoorji Pallonji Female Academy Player of the Year
• Winner: Rebecca Stokell

Frontline Security Official of the Year
• Winner: Mary Waldron

Toyota Super 3s Player of the Year
• Winner: Lara Maritz

O’Neills Male Club Player of the Year
• Winner: John Anderson

O’Neills Female Club Player of the Year
• Winner: Isobel Joyce

Tildenet Club of the Year
• Winner: Waringstown CC

Emerging Club of the Year
• Winner: Adamstown CC

Hanley Energy Men’s Inter-Provincial Player of the Year
• Winner: George Dockrell

Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year
• Winner: Una Raymond-Hoey

Hanley Energy Women’s International Player of the Year
• Winner: Laura Delany

Turkish Airlines Men’s International Player of the Year
• Winner: Tim Murtagh

The evening also saw a number of Special Awards given to:

Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket, in honour of John Wright
• Winner: Dr Murray Power

Clear Currency Contribution to Irish Coaching
• Winner: Stephen Dyer

Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame Award
• Winner: Garfield Harrison


Award Winners 2018

 


Adamstown Cricket Club to be recognised with Special Award on Friday

November 1st 2018 | International

Adamstown Cricket Club to be recognised with Special Award on Friday

Members of Adamstown Cricket Club, Irish internationals Simi Singh and Peter Chase at Adamstown Castle school visit

Adamstown Cricket Club, located in west Dublin, will be recognised with a special Emerging Club of the Year award at the 2018 Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards on Friday 2 November 2018.

Formally founded in 2009, Adamstown Cricket Club is leading the way in developing and growing the sport of cricket in their local community.

Elaine Nolan, Participation Director for Cricket Ireland, said:

“The nomination for Adamstown was a ringing endorsement of the commitment and achievement of the many volunteers associated with the Club over the last nine years. On the pitch, their teams are competing well in the Cricket Leinster competitions, but it is off the field that the Club is truly making their mark.”

“In terms of player and member size, the Club is one of the largest in Ireland, and put out six teams in open competitions this year, six teams in Cricket Leinster’s youth leagues, and a Girls Minor team.”

“A major achievement this year was also the opening of a new indoor hall with cricket training facilities in the Adamstown community, which was attended by Irish internationals Kevin O’Brien and Isobel Joyce.”

“The Club also states that it is very much at the start of a long-term journey and seeks to establish itself as one of the leading clubs on this island.”

“The entire team running the Club should be very proud of their work and we are delighted to be able to recognise their contribution to cricket in Ireland.”

The Cricket Ireland Awards will be held on Friday 2 November 2018. Photos from the evening and real-time updates will be posted on the Cricket Ireland Twitter account on the day.

The full nominees list for Awards is as follows:

Test Triangle Male Youth International Player of the Year
  *  Neil Rock
  *  Harry Tector
  *  Tim Tector

Devenish Nutrition Female Youth International Player of the Year
  *  Aisling Byrne
  *  Louise Little
  *  Leah Paul

Cricketshop.ie Groundsman of the Year
  *  Philip McCormick
  *  Dale McDonough
  *  Noel McGinnis

Oasis Volunteer of the Year
  *  The Clinton Family, The Hills Cricket Club Leinster
  *  Harry Rutherford, Bready Cricket Club North West
  *  Chris Thomas, Limerick Cricket Club Munster

Shapoorji Pallonji Male Academy Player of the Year
  *  Tyrone Kane
  *  James McCollum
  *  Harry Tector

Shapoorji Pallonji Female Academy Player of the Year
  *  Cara Murray
  *  Lara Maritz
  *  Rebecca Stokell

Frontline Security Official of the Year
  *  Gary Blair
  *  Mary McElwee
  *  Mary Waldron

Toyota Super 3s Player of the Year
  *  Cecelia Joyce
  *  Isobel Joyce
  *  Lara Maritz

O’Neills Male Club Player of the Year
  *  John Anderson
  *  Adam Dennison
  *  Murtaza Sidiqi

O’Neills Female Club Player of the Year
  *  Mollie Devine
  *  Isobel Joyce
  *  Nicky Niblock

Tildenet Club of the Year
  *  Bready CC
  *  Templepatrick CC
  *  Waringstown CC

Hanley Energy Men’s Inter-Provincial Player of the Year
  *  Andrew Balbirnie
  *  George Dockrell
  *  William Porterfield

Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year
  *  Josh Little
  *  Una Raymond-Hoey
  *  Rebecca Stokell

Hanley Energy Women’s International Player of the Year
  *  Laura Delany
  *  Cecelia Joyce
  *  Gaby Lewis

Turkish Airlines Men’s International Player of the Year
  *  Tim Murtagh
  *  Boyd Rankin
  *  Paul Stirling

The evening will also see a number of Special Awards given to:

  *  Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket, in honour of John Wright
  *  Clear Currency Contribution to Irish Coaching
  *  Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame Award


Dr Murray Power to be honoured at Cricket Ireland Awards

October 31st 2018 | International

Dr Murray Power to be honoured at Cricket Ireland Awards

Dr Murray Power to be honoured at Cricket Ireland Awards

Dr Murray Power will be recognised with a Special Award - Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket, in honour of John Wright - at the 2018 Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards on Friday 2 November 2018.

Aideen Rice, President of Cricket Ireland, said:

“Dr Murray Power has for many years now made an outstanding contribution to Irish Cricket, and particularly to cricket in Northern Ireland.”

“A former Chairman of the Irish Cricket Union and former President of Cricket Ireland, Murray serves with distinction as the Cricket Ireland Company Secretary, a member of the Finance Committee as well as helping to guide the transition of disciplinary procedures in the sport. He also led the successful process that saw the old Irish Cricket Union’s incorporation process to become a limited company.”

“But for many, it is his tireless and long-term commitment to the game at a grass-roots level that is most noteworthy.”

“Murray leads on the organisation of the Schools Committee to deliver the Schools’ competitions programme for all age categories annually across Northern Irish schools. He also leads on the delivery and organisation of the annual Schools tour which sees him arrange travel, accommodation and opposition as well as lead on the organisation of the selection process.”

“In addition, he commits much of his time to Ulster and Irish Universities cricket throughout the year with an important role in supporting the organisation of the Irish Universities indoor and outdoor annual competitions. His drive to ensure these competitions continue to be delivered throughout Ireland ensures that a valuable part of the cricket participation structures remains integral to the life of university students.”

“Within the Northern Cricket Union, Murray is the registered Company Secretary, and similar to his work at Cricket Ireland-level, he played an instrumental role in the Union’s incorporation process to become a limited company as well as the Union securing Charitable Status which sees many benefits for the Union’s operations now too. His governance expertise has meant he has been a valuable volunteer when it comes to ensuring compliance with legislation for company law as well as charity law.”

“If that wasn’t enough, Murray can regularly be seen officiating at many cricket matches throughout the season as a scorer for provincial school and club events, Provincial events as well as international matches, when required.”

“Murray’s contribution continues to grow and his passion for cricket is clearly still evident even after so many years involved in the game and we are delighted to be able to recognise this on Friday.”

The Cricket Ireland Awards will be held on Friday 2 November 2018. Photos from the evening and real-time updates will be posted on the Cricket Ireland Twitter account on the day.

The full nominees list for Awards is as follows:

Test Triangle Male Youth International Player of the Year
  *  Neil Rock
  *  Harry Tector
  *  Tim Tector

Devenish Nutrition Female Youth International Player of the Year
  *  Aisling Byrne
  *  Louise Little
  *  Leah Paul

Cricketshop.ie Groundsman of the Year
  *  Philip McCormick
  *  Dale McDonough
  *  Noel McGinnis

Oasis Volunteer of the Year
  *  The Clinton Family, The Hills Cricket Club Leinster
  *  Harry Rutherford, Bready Cricket Club North West
  *  Chris Thomas, Limerick Cricket Club Munster

Shapoorji Pallonji Male Academy Player of the Year
  *  Tyrone Kane
  *  James McCollum
  *  Harry Tector

Shapoorji Pallonji Female Academy Player of the Year
  *  Cara Murray
  *  Lara Maritz
  *  Rebecca Stokell

Frontline Security Official of the Year
  *  Gary Blair
  *  Mary McElwee
  *  Mary Waldron

Toyota Super 3s Player of the Year
  *  Ceclia Joyce
  *  Isobel Joyce
  *  Lara Maritz
O’Neills Male Club Player of the Year
  *  John Anderson
  *  Adam Dennison
  *  Murtaza Sidiqi

O’Neills Female Club Player of the Year
  *  Mollie Devine
  *  Isobel Joyce
  *  Nicky Niblock

Tildenet Club of the Year
  *  Bready CC
  *  Templepatrick CC
  *  Waringstown CC

Hanley Energy Men’s Inter-Provincial Player of the Year
  *  Andrew Balbirnie
  *  George Dockrell
  *  William Porterfield

Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year
  *  Josh Little
  *  Una Raymond-Hoey
  *  Rebecca Stokell

Hanley Energy Women’s International Player of the Year
  *  Laura Delany
  *  Cecelia Joyce
  *  Gaby Lewis

Turkish Airlines Men’s International Player of the Year
  *  Tim Murtagh
  *  Boyd Rankin
  *  Paul Stirling

The evening will also see a number of Special Awards given to:
  *  Clear Currency Contribution to Irish Coaching
  *  Tildenet Emerging Club of the Year
  *  Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame Award


Nominees for 2018 Cricket Ireland Awards revealed

October 29th 2018 | International

Nominees for 2018 Cricket Ireland Awards revealed

The nominees have been revealed

The Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards 2018 will be held on 2 November 2018 - we reveal the names shortlisted for each award below.

Test Triangle Male Youth International Player of the Year

  *  Neil Rock
  *  Harry Tector
  *  Tim Tector


Devenish Nutrition Female Youth International Player of the Year

  *  Aisling Byrne
  *  Louise Little
  *  Leah Paul


Cricketshop.ie Groundsman of the Year

  *  Philip McCormick
  *  Dale McDonough
  *  Noel McGinnis


Oasis Volunteer of the Year

  *  The Clinton Family, The Hills Cricket Club Leinster
  *  Harry Rutherford, Bready Cricket Club North West
  *  Chris Thomas, Limerick Cricket Club Munster


Shapoorji Pallonji Male Academy Player of the Year

  *  Tyrone Kane
  *  James McCollum
  *  Harry Tector


Shapoorji Pallonji Female Academy Player of the Year

  *  Cara Murray
  *  Lara Maritz
  *  Rebecca Stokell


Frontline Security Official of the Year

  *  Gary Blair
  *  Mary McElwee
  *  Mary Waldron


Toyota Super 3s Player of the Year

  *  Ceclia Joyce
  *  Isobel Joyce
  *  Lara Maritz


O’Neills Male Club Player of the Year

  *  John Anderson
  *  Adam Dennison
  *  Murtaza Sidiqi


O’Neills Female Club Player of the Year

  *  Mollie Devine
  *  Isobel Joyce
  *  Nicky Niblock


Tildenet Club of the Year

  *  Bready CC
  *  Templepatrick CC
  *  Waringstown CC


Hanley Energy Men’s Inter-Provincial Player of the Year

  *  Andrew Balbirnie
  *  George Dockrell
  *  William Porterfield


Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year

  *  Josh Little
  *  Una Raymond-Hoey
  *  Rebecca Stokell


Hanley Energy Women’s International Player of the Year

  *  Laura Delany
  *  Cecelia Joyce
  *  Gaby Lewis


Turkish Airlines Men’s International Player of the Year

  *  Tim Murtagh
  *  Boyd Rankin
  *  Paul Stirling


The evening will also see a number of Special Awards given to:

  *  Clear Currency Contribution to Irish Coaching
  *  Tildenet Emerging Club of the Year
  *  Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket, in honour of John Wright
  *  Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame Award


Statement on the review of cricket development

October 26th 2018 | International

Cricket Ireland has been made aware of public reporting on a review currently underway on the future of grassroots development in cricket around Ireland. The following background is provided to clarify the current process.

A review of the development side of cricket across Ireland has been undertaken, as part of a joint project between Cricket Ireland and the Provincial Unions. This review is in line with the requirements of the Cricket Ireland Strategic Plan 2016-2020, and aims to find the most effective and efficient ways of developing the game at a grassroots level and supporting clubs and schools.

The outcomes from this review propose that the future development of cricket across Ireland is the responsibility of the Provincial Unions, and not Cricket Ireland.  This will ensure development activities meet the needs of local clubs, schools and communities.

There is absolutely no intention to invest less in our development programme, but is actually the transference of responsibility and accountability to the Provincial Unions objectives which are clearly flagged in our strategy.

As part of this process, it is currently envisioned that dedicated Provincial Union roles will be created as a more appropriate means of delivering on Club Cricket objectives outlined in the Cricket Ireland Strategic Plan.  Any new roles developed will be significantly different in terms of structure, approach and job role, therefore transferring staff from their existing roles to any new role in the Provincial Unions is not possible.

As such, regionally-based development roles - of which there are six in total - that currently sit within the Cricket Ireland structure are potentially impacted by these proposals and the relevant staff have been informed and consultation has begun on the way forward.

Why is this review underway?

The Cricket Ireland Strategic Plan outlines a number of key priority activities that seek to grow participation across Ireland and recognise clubs as the hub of our sport.

In the last 12 months, Cricket Ireland has invested over €900,000 in club and grassroots cricket via the Provincial Unions, this support has strengthened the ability of the Provincial Unions to direct funding and resources into growing participation in their regions.

However, the current structural arrangements are no longer fit-for-purpose, as they were established at an earlier time when Provincial Unions had not developed the capacity to take on this responsibility.

It is now time to correct and modernise the structure and lines of accountability within our sport. While this was clearly outlined in our strategy, we still felt it important to re-verify our thinking on this with our unions and proposals fully endorsed.

Why is this review happening now?

Discussions have been ongoing between Cricket Ireland and the Provincial Unions in relation to the outcome of the review and proposals were signed off by the Cricket Ireland Board.  We are now moving to implement the review outcomes.

What are the next steps?

While no definitive outcome has been pre-determined, we will be looking at the best way to implement our Strategic Plan objectives. We recognise that there is a human element to consider, and will work with affected staff involved with fairness, dignity and in accordance with any legal requirements.

While details of these consultations will remain confidential, we also recognise that transparency and accountability is important in what we do. Hence this information has been provided to explain the intent of the review and the current proposals as they stand.

We will provide updates as the process proceeds.

 

 

 


Women’s World T20 tournament broadcast details in Ireland and UK

October 26th 2018 | International, Women

Women’s World T20 tournament broadcast details in Ireland and UK

Sky Sports will broadcast the ICC Women's World T20 in Ireland and the UK

Every match of the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 tournament in the Caribbean will be broadcast in a first, and major boost, for women’s cricket around the world. While we await the announcement of the full global broadcast listings, here is what we know for Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Sky Sports have announced that they have the broadcast rights in these markets, and according to their published schedule, here are the details of the Ireland Women’s matches.

All details are provided based on Sky Sports listings, so please check their website closer to the matches to keep up with any possible programming changes (see here).

SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2018
  • Australia Women v Ireland Women
  • Match starts 8pm (GMT)
  • Sky Sports Mix (19:30), Sky Sports Cricket (19:30)

TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2018
  • Pakistan Women v Ireland Women
  • Match starts 8pm (GMT)
  • Sky Sports Cricket (19:30), Sky Sports Mix (19:30), Sky Sports Main Event (19:30)

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2018
  • India Women v Ireland Women
  • Match starts 3pm (GMT)
  • Sky Sports Cricket (14:30), Sky Sports Mix (14:30), Sky Sports Main Event (15:00)

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2018
  • New Zealand Women v Ireland Women
  • Match starts 8pm (GMT)
  • Sky Sports Mix (19:30), Sky Sports Cricket (19:30)

 


The “global jigsaw” that is preparing Irish cricket for a new future

October 25th 2018 | International

The “global jigsaw” that is preparing Irish cricket for a new future

Head Coach Graham Ford will lead the batting camp in Bangalore

Cricket Ireland today announced two specialist high-performance training camps on two different continents aimed at acclimatising players and preparing the Ireland Men’s team ahead of their major tour to the subcontinent in February / March 2019.

Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, outlined the benefits of the camps and foreshadowed the increased needs in exposing a wider pool of cricketers to varying international conditions:

“2019 will be a big year for Irish cricket – and preparing for it has demonstrated that, in reality, there is no longer an off-season for our international men’s team.”

“Next year will be the first full year that Ireland is part of the ICC Future Tours Programme. Over the next 12 months we are scheduled to play two Test matches, 15 one-day internationals and nine T20 internationals. This excludes any additional bilateral fixtures that may emerge over the period, as well as home and away fixtures at the Ireland Wolves-level that also feature a number of frontline and fringe players.”

“This growing fixture load will increase over subsequent years, with involvement in more tours and tournaments. As such, our previous “off-season” is now viewed as a short window of preparation time before the next set of fixtures.”

“While an exciting time for Irish cricket fans, the increasing demands and expectations on our elite and emerging players means that the selectors are now constantly monitoring and assessing our wider talent pool to ensure we have the players and the skill-sets available to succeed in a range of conditions. And with this, always maintaining an eye to the future.”

“Our next major milestone is the Afghanistan series in India early in the new year. That series will consist of a Test match, five one-day internationals and three T20 internationals over a four-week period – and all under a subcontinent climate where playing conditions are expected to be dry, low-bouncing and spin-friendly.”

Cricket Ireland’s performance team have responded to this all-year round schedule by releasing the details of two new high-performance training camps to provide a number of players an opportunity to adapt and prepare for the challenges ahead.

Graham Ford, Head Coach of the Ireland Men’s team, said: “The purpose of the camps is to expose a wider pool of players to varying conditions around the world, as well as creating opportunities for more high-intensity skills-based sessions leading into major tours and tournaments.”

“Selection of players to attend these camps will be based on complementing the various overseas playing placements that numerous Irish cricketers are involved in. We have full and fringe internationals currently playing in various club competitions across the southern hemisphere, as well as a few players involved in world T20 leagues.”

“From a coaching and selectors perspective, it is a ‘global jigsaw’ of players to monitor, but a jigsaw that we believe comes together to create a bright picture for the future of our sport.”

Batting camp

  • Location: Bangalore, India
  • Travel dates: 10-20 December 2018
  • Players attending: Andrew Balbirnie, James McCollum, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector and Gary Wilson
  • Coaches attending: Graham Ford, Ben Smith

“It is no secret that our batting has not held up well against some of the high-class spin bowling we have faced over the past 12-24 months. The mental approach and batting technique to combat spin in subcontinent conditions is an area many within our squad will be unfamiliar with. So we are flying a contingent to Bangalore in India for a batting camp where they will be exposed to local bowlers in conditions that we will confront during the forthcoming Afghan series,” said Mr Ford.

“In identifying which players to send to the batting camp, we assessed where our established and emerging players were based and the types of experiences and coaching they were receiving. In many instances, we were satisfied that players were in good surrounds and getting great experience where they were.”

“We also considered established players who have not had a great deal of high-level cricket in recent times. In many instances, the experience of some established players can additionally support our coaching staff by imparting their knowledge and experiences of playing in Indian conditions to the younger players.”

Bowling camp

  • Location: La Manga Club, Spain
  • Travel dates: 16-20 December 2018
  • Players attending: Peter Chase, David Delany, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Max Neville, Neil Rock (WK), Lorcan Tucker (WK), Craig Young
  • Coaches attending: Rob Cassell, Ryan Eagleson (Mark Rausa, Head of Physiotherapy, will also travel with the squad)

“Regarding the bowling camp, we feel that there is a need to provide an intensive warm-weather training opportunity for a number of our pace bowlers – particularly some of those that haven’t had much cricket over recent months. Again, like the batting camp, the selectors have considered numerous factors in choosing who will travel to the camp,” said Mr Ford.

“In addition, the bowling camp is considered a bonus opportunity to provide some good batting and wicket-keeping experience for some of our up-and-coming players, so Gareth Delany, Neil Rock and Lorcan Tucker will also travel to Spain for the camp as well.”

 

 


Captain Laura Delany on the last week of preparations for the World T20 tournament

October 22nd 2018 | International, Women

Captain Laura Delany on the last week of preparations for the World T20 tournament

Captain Laura Delany

Captain Laura Delany spoke briefly ahead of the last group training session for the Ireland Women’s World T20 squad before they fly out to the Caribbean for the tournament.

Speaking at North County Cricket Club on Sunday, she said: “We have one week left - and while we have individual skill sessions this week, it’s been brilliant to get a final group session in before we leave for the World T20 tournament.”

“We fly out next Sunday and head straight to the West Indies. Our first warm-up game is the fourth of November, with our first group game starting on the 11 November against Australia. That will be a tough one first up but it’s always good to face a tough team in the first game.”

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing the best teams in the world. We’ve obviously had a lot of fixtures over the last 6-10 months, and we’ve shown at times that we are more than capable of competing with the best.”

“We’ve a lot of firepower in our batting line-up and we’ve shown we’re more than capable of holding our own with the ball. Our biggest challenge will be being consistent and putting the two together in the same match.”

“I’m more than confident with the preparation over the last few months that we are as prepared as we can be and we’re looking forward and getting out there and putting on a display now.”

The squad recently returned from a four-day training camp at La Manga in Spain and head to their third successive World T20 tournament in good shape. While the majority of the squad will depart from Dublin, Ciara Metcalfe (Australia) and Eimear Richardson (New Zealand) will join their teammates from where they are currently based.

The squad

Laura Delany (Captain), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy O’Reilly, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

The ICC World T20 tournament schedule - Ireland

Warm-up matches
  • 4 November: Bangladesh v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
  • 7 November: Sri Lanka v Ireland, Antigua (20:00 GMT)

Group Stage
  • 11 November: Australia v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
  • 13 November: Pakistan v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
  • 15 November: India v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
  • 17 November: New Zealand v Ireland, Guyana (d/n) (20:00 GMT)

Finals
  • 22 November: First semi-final, Antigua (20:00 GMT)
  • 22 November: Second semi-final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 23 Nov)
  • 24 November: Final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 25 Nov)

North County CC
Image: The squad training at North County Cricket Club


72 and out: Niall O’Brien announces retirement from international and first-class cricket

October 12th 2018 | International

72 and out: Niall O’Brien announces retirement from international and first-class cricket

Niall O'Brien has appeared 216 times for Ireland over a 16 year career

Long-term Irish international, a pivotal member of the oft-described “golden generation” of Irish Men’s cricket, Niall O’Brien has announced today that he is calling time on his international and first-class cricket career after 16 years at the top.

The 36-year old Dubliner, made his international debut for Ireland in 2002 when he stepped out at Stormont in Belfast to play a one-day match against Denmark. In the intervening 16 years, O’Brien appeared 216 times for the national side, leaving the game as Ireland’s most successful wicketkeeper with 241 international dismissals to his name.

Not just a prolific figure behind the stumps, O’Brien finishes his career as fourth highest run-scorer for Ireland with 6,097 runs at an average of 31.59, including eight centuries and 33 half-centuries. His highest score of 176 against the UAE in 2005 was almost eclipsed a few years later when he hit 174 against the same side in 2008.

The son of Irish international Brendan “Ginger” O’Brien, Niall played much of his career in green alongside his younger brother Kevin. When international players were asked to decide on squad numbers for international white-ball cricket, O’Brien chose the number “72” in honour of his match-winning total in the famous Irish win over Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup in 2007.

Announcing his decision, O’Brien said:

“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from international and professional cricket. I have been blessed to have been lucky enough to have represented my country for 16 years with plenty more ups than downs and for this I look back with nothing but smiles and laughter.”

“I would like to thank all my coaches and teammates who along the way have helped me become the player I was. I have had too many coaches to mention them all but a special thanks must go to Adrian “Adi” Birrell who took a chance on me in 2002 and who arranged a trial at Kent from where I started my 14-year county career which was an absolute privilege and an honour.”

“I always tried to play with a smile on my face and with an enjoyment that I think all people could see whether watching from the stands, standing with me in the field or coming up against me for the opposition. Hard work was always behind my performance and I will take this same ethos into the next phase of my career where I have been working in the Sports Agency business for the last 2 years alongside my playing commitments and will continue to pursue this avenue.”


Niall O'Brien
Image: Niall takes his second catch of the innings in the inaugural Ireland Men’s Test match in May 2018

“I have always had a keen interest in working within the media and I am extremely keen to gain more opportunities moving forward and with Ireland having more exposure on the global stage I am hopeful to be working on plenty of Ireland games in the near future. I will also be looking to put my Level 3 coaching badge to good use and hope to work with some of the next generation moving forward.”

“I would like to say a special thank you to Railway Union Cricket Club and all its members for helping me in the early years and especially Brian Donnelly who was an absolute hero to all young players in the club back in the day.”

“To all at Cricket Ireland a sincere thank you for allowing me to wear the shamrock for 16 years. There are too many fond memories to mention so I just wish the team and the organisation all the very best for the future and I will be watching keenly from afar. From playing relatively small fixtures at the start of my career to competing and winning world cup matches to being there to play in our first Test match meant I have achieved more than I could have ever dreamt and for this I look back with nothing but fondness.”

“Finally, and most importantly, thank you to my family for all the guidance and support down the years whether it was driving me to matches, throwing balls to me in the garden or travelling to the Caribbean to watch me play. Without you I would not have amounted to anything on the field so a huge thank you to all the O’Briens.”

“Now is a time for myself and my wonderful wife Bex to welcome our new addition into the world and enjoy some family time together.”

Niall O'Brien
Image: Niall leaves the field after making 57* and steering Ireland home to a 6 wicket win over Netherlands at CWC 2011

Graham Ford, Head Coach of the men’s international side, said:

“I first met Niall in 2005 when I coached Kent and he was a young member of the Kent squad. He immediately struck me as a fine example of what a professional cricketer should be. Since then I have followed his wonderful career with much interest, and over the years he has put in many special performances.”

“He can be well proud of what he has achieved on the field but he can be equally proud of how he has operated as a professional cricketer and the manner in which he has played the game. He was an extremely tough competitor and played it very, very hard. At the same time he always showed respect for the game and the opposition. After a tough day he was always happy to have a chat and a laugh with his teammates and the opposition.”

“It will be tough for Niall to walk away after so many years, but it is nice to know that he walks away having gained many special and lasting friendships from his time in the game.”


William Porterfield, Ireland’s Test and One-Day captain, and long-term teammate of O’Brien’s, said:

“It’s always a sad time when someone who has had a great career and played such a big part in the evolution of Irish cricket. Niall, along with the likes of Ed Joyce, showed what was possible at the time for young Irish cricketers at the time, in forging a great career in the county game.”

“Alongside that he had a great international career. Niall would have been involved when we only had a couple of games a year, and I’m sure he will sit back and reflect with great pride when he sees where he has helped get Ireland to. From his Man of the Match innings in the 2007 World Cup that helped put Ireland on the global map, to walking out in Ireland’s inaugural test match. He can be immensely proud of that and everything else he achieved in his career and fully deserves all the plaudits I’m sure he will get. I would personally like to wish him all the very best for a successful future.”

Niall O'Brien
Image: Niall smashes a third six in his innings of 75 against India at the 2015 Cricket World Cup

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

“Niall O’Brien’s career has been symbolic of the rise of Irish cricket – while he grew up the son of an international cricketer, cricket was still a minority sport in his home country and he worked hard to pursue his dream of forging a professional career for himself. He has the distinction of being central to one of those truly iconic Irish sporting moments – the World Cup win over Pakistan in 2007. While he had many more achievements throughout his career subsequent to this, it is the part he played in that win that etched him into the Irish sporting psyche and something he should be justifiably proud of.”

“All coaches and staff of Cricket Ireland wish Niall the best in the next step in his career – it has been a rollercoaster ride these last ten years in Irish cricket, and Niall has been one of those who fought hard to get us to where we are today.”


Reacting to the news, former Ireland Coach Adi Birrell, now based in his home country of South Africa, said:

“Niall and Andrew White were the first two Irish players I met - they were both at the Emerging Players academy before I became Irish coach. I was immediately impressed with Niall’s attitude and work ethic which was the main reason for his selection. Now, 16 years later, Niall can be immensely proud of his enormous contribution in the progress of Irish Cricket. His 72 in the World Cup win against Pakistan will always be etched in my memory and is typical of his guts and determination. He has delighted and infuriated us equally at times but will be remembered fondly for many generations.” 

Niall O’Brien career achievements and statistics

You can read more about Niall and his career achievements and statistics on:

• ESPN Cricinfo:  http://www.espncricinfo.com/ireland/content/player/24289.html
• Cricket Archive: http://cricketarchive.com/CricketIreland/Players/10/10231/10231.html
• Cricket Europe: https://www.cricketeurope.com/CEIRELAND/ZONESTATISTICS/index.html?IrelandAll

 

 


The Spanish base propelling Irish women’s cricket onto world stage

October 11th 2018 | International, Women

The Spanish base propelling Irish women’s cricket onto world stage

The WT20 squad flew out to Spain this morning

The Ireland Women’s World T20 squad have flown out to Spain this morning for a four-day warm weather training camp, as part of its preparations for the upcoming ICC World T20 tournament in the Caribbean next month.

Their destination is the La Manga Club, outside Murcia, which is the home of the European Cricket Performance Centre. This Centre was designed to help international and first-class county teams, cricket clubs, universities, and schools, as well as assisting with the development of players and coaches. It regularly hosts warm-weather training camps by professional teams as well as being a regular venue for ICC European tournaments. Cricket Ireland (and Cricket Scotland) have a long-term agreement with La Manga Club to use the base for warm-weather preparations for the international teams.

Aaron Hamilton, National Women’s Head Coach and Performance Pathway Manager, provided an insight into the planning for the tournament:

“We’re looking forward to the four-day camp at La Manga, as it is an essential part of our squad’s preparations for the World T20 tournament. Since qualification was secured in July we have been concentrating on rolling out a comprehensive preparation programme for the squad that is designed to ensure the players’ fitness and conditioning peaks at the tournament.”

“The timing of the tournament is not ideal for us - given it’s during our winter and three months after the domestic cricket season has been completed – however, the players have been diligently preparing themselves for the task ahead. To date, we have held a series of training camps and skills sessions at the new Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre and the Sport Ireland Institute.”
“However, nothing prepares you for a tour to the Caribbean like some warm weather training, so we are fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Spain. Once there we will be using their outdoor facilities and getting a little more acclimatised to playing in conditions that will be more like Guyana.”

Aaron Hamilton
Image: Head Coach Aaron Hamilton is leading a comprehensive training programme ahead of the World T20 tournament

“We’re expecting average temperatures in the late-20s and high humidity during the tournament, so getting ourselves ready to perform in those conditions is a key part of our preparations. It is also where our nutrition and conditioning programmes come into play – in such humid conditions you need to be well-hydrated and to be eating well.”

“The squad has never travelled to a major tournament with such a comprehensive support team, which this time will include a sports psychologist (Anne Marie Kennedy). All up, we believe we have the structures in place to support our squad so they can play at their best.”

“As always, full credit to the players – each of them are juggling either full-time work or study with their training schedules, so their dedication to the cause is admirable. Cricket Ireland would like to acknowledge the support of all employers and educational institutions in accommodating the needs of our players as they prepare for this big occasion.”

 


Four scholarship recipients announced in boost for women’s cricket in Ireland

October 10th 2018 | International, Women

Four scholarship recipients announced in boost for women’s cricket in Ireland

Kim Garth will be heading to Melbourne after the World T20s

Four overseas development scholarships have been awarded through a programme funded in partnership with Northern Ireland-based international company Devenish Nutrition, which will see Laura Delany, Kim Garth, Rebecca Stokell and Una Raymond-Hoey heading to Australia after the ICC World T20 tournament in November.

The Devenish Nutrition Women’s Overseas Player Development Scholarship Programme provides funding for up to four players annually to spend between 3 and 6 months overseas, 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, outlined the commitment of funding towards the programme:

“We are delighted to be involved in supporting women’s cricket in Ireland. As a former player I have been really excited to see the progression of women’s cricket over the past few years, and it is great to see a very strong squad about to compete in yet another T20 World Cup in November.”

“The Devenish Nutrition-sponsored scholarships will provide development opportunities for current and future international players, which should lead to even greater successes for the Irish Women’s cricket team in the coming years.”

All four recipients will head to Australia for the Irish winter, and play club cricket alongside international and state-representative players, as well as receiving coaching from high-level coaches within the Australian system.

Laura Delany, the 25-year old Irish captain since 2016, will head to Melbourne to play club cricket in the Victorian Premier League:

“I am delighted to have been picked as one of the recipients of the Scholarship programme. This is the first programme of its kind available to female cricketers in Ireland and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity.”

“I previously travelled to play club cricket in Australia, but missed out on the chance of playing a full season due to injury - so I am looking forward to having the chance to put that right this winter. I would like to thank those behind the Scholarship who have provided the funding, I have no doubt it will be a valuable experience for all involved.”

Kim Garth, the 22-year old all-rounder who has spent two seasons as a Rookie in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, will head to Dandenong Cricket Club in Melbourne:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be one of the recipients of the Devenish Nutrition scholarship. I’m really excited to get out to Australia again and spend the season in Melbourne following the World T20 tournament. I played the beginning of the season with Dandenong Cricket Club last season and I’m really looking forward to joining back up with them this year in what will hopefully be another successful season for the club. I’m very thankful to Cricket Ireland for giving me this opportunity.”

Una Raymond-Hoey, the 21-year old top order batter will intern with the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and be based with South Perth Cricket Club:

“I’m hugely grateful for the support Devenish Nutrition and Cricket Ireland are providing for us this year. Many of us are trying to get the experience of playing overseas as we know it can be so beneficial to improving our game in a different environment and bringing these skills back to our club scene in Dublin, which can only increase the standard here at home.”

“I personally made the decision to take a year out before college and played in Hobart for a season, which in hindsight I believe was crucial to my development as a player and a person.”

“I’m really looking forward to going to Perth to finish out the Australian club season with South Perth CC, who will have six 50-overs matches remaining when I arrive after my university exams in January. I will also be working at the WACA for my Sports Science placement during this period so am massively excited for the three months.”

Rebecca Stokell, the 18-year old opening batter will head to Ringwood Cricket Club in Melbourne for six months:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Devenish Nutrition Scholarship. I’m extremely excited to get to Melbourne after the World Cup and use this opportunity to improve my skills and develop my game in a different playing environment.”

“I’d like to thank Devenish Nutrition and Cricket Ireland for giving me this opportunity, I hope to return having improved all aspects of my game and bring back more experience into the Irish squad.”

The funding for each recipient will go towards living costs (accommodation, services, food and internet), local gym membership, strength and conditioning support, coaching, physiotherapy access, as well as supporting flights costs, visa costs and travel insurance.


“Still a huge stigma working with a sport psychologist”: An interview with Anne Marie Kennedy

October 10th 2018 | International, Coaching, Women, Other

“Still a huge stigma working with a sport psychologist”: An interview with Anne Marie Kennedy

Anne Marie Kennedy with Dublin GAA star Dean Rock

In a recent announcement on funding support for the Ireland Women’s cricket team, a much-overlooked part of the story is potentially one of the largest impact supports that the team will benefit from heading to the ICC World T20 tournament in November – Anne Marie Kennedy.

Ms Kennedy, Cricket Ireland’s consultant sports psychologist who originally hails from North Tipperary, will travel with the women’s team to the Caribbean for the tournament. She started working with Cricket Ireland in 2017, supporting the National Youth Academy, the Women’s Senior International Team and the Men’s Senior International Team. She also works across a range of other sports and athletic disciplines, including golf, rugby, and with the Dublin GAA Senior Football Team, Swim Ireland and Cycling Ireland.

“There are clear differences across sports in terms of the technical and physical demands. However, research and experience indicates that the psychological traits required to be successful are universal,” said Ms Kennedy.

“I have always been fascinated with how resilient people are in spite of great adversities and how they can turn these great adversities into their successes! I feel very privileged every day that I get to help people unleash their potential and achieve their goals. I take great pride in watching the athletes I work with grow and flourish into not only elite athletes but good people.”

On her role at the World T20 tournament, she said:

“I will be travelling with the team to Guyana in a supportive capacity, reinforcing all the hard work and preparation we have put in over the past few months. Along with the other coaches, I’ll be ensuring the players adjust to the environment and deal with the pressures that competing at this high level requires.”

“We are going there to compete. We have set our goals and objectives of what we want to achieve. Ultimately we are looking to perform to the best of our ability. We are very much looking forward to the challenge and no matter what the outcome, the journey will continue for this hard-working, ambitious and driven team.”

Anne Marie Kennedy
Image: Anne Marie Kennedy pictured with President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Ms Sabina Coyne at Áras an Uachtaráin


She observed that the role of sports psychologist is still a misunderstood one at times: “Unfortunately the perception out there among athletes is that you only go to a sport psychologist ‘if there’s something wrong with you’ or when things are going bad. There is still a huge stigma around working with a sport psychologist among not only athletes but some coaches too.”

“The sport psychologist is hired to enhance performance through the use of various mental strategies, such as visualisation, self-talk and relaxation techniques to help athletes overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential. We help athletes at all levels to develop coping strategies to deal with competition pressure, pressure from parents and coaches and also their own expectations.”

“We also work with athletes that experience difficulties such as getting injured, performance anxiety, dips in motivation and confidence, which can be a cause of great worry and distress for an athlete. Any work that you do with athletes must be player-centred. Their mental health and wellbeing will always be of paramount importance. It’s important to remember that the athlete is a person first and then an athlete.”

Asked what her topline advice would be for athletes, sportspeople or people wanting to improve their mental health, Ms Kennedy said:

“My key message would be to understand that your mental health is just as important to look after as your physical health. To mind your mental health you need to:

  1) sleep well,
  2) exercise regularly,
  3) good nutrition and stay hydrated,
  4) do things that you enjoy and are passionate about,
  5) manage your self-talk i.e. be your own best coach,
  6) stay sociable, don’t isolate yourself and reach out for help if you need it,
  7) be mindful, learn to use and engage conscious breathing to help keep you calm under pressure or in stressful situations.”

“Meditation has been the single biggest positive influence on my mental health over the years. I try to spend at least 15 mins a day centring and grounding myself. When I meditate in the morning I use it to prepare myself for the day ahead, to kickstart an optimistic mindset and to prepare myself for potential challenges. When I meditate in the evening I use it to help me let go of whatever has happened in my day that doesn’t serve me, to let go of any stress, worries or frustrations so I don’t carry them into my sleep or following day.”

Anne Marie Kennedy, BA (HONS), MSc, RYT, MBPsS is a sport, exercise and performance psychologist accredited by the Sport Ireland Institute.


President Aideen Rice reveals her highlight of 2018

October 9th 2018 | International, Women

President Aideen Rice reveals her highlight of 2018

Aideen Rice, President of Cricket Ireland

We caught up with Cricket Ireland President Aideen Rice to discuss her cricket highlight of 2018 and her thoughts about the upcoming World T20 tournament.

The Members of Cricket Ireland confirmed Aideen Rice as the President of Cricket Ireland in April 2018 – becoming the first woman to hold the role since the organisation (originally called the Irish Cricket Union) was established in 1923.

It has been a big year so far for Irish cricket - our inaugural men’s Test match, hosting the ICC Annual Conference, two sell-out T20Is against India, qualification for the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament, big year’s for the Inter-Provincial Series and Super 3’s, Waringstown’s dominance in All-Ireland club cup competitions, finalisation and release of the ICC Future Tours Programme (Ireland’s first involvement) and announcement of our first Test at Lord’s against England in 2019.

Aideen talks to us about what her highlight of the year has been so far, and looks ahead to the trip to the Caribbean for the World T20 tournament in November.

 

 


Cricket Ireland Disciplinary Committee update

October 8th 2018 | International

The Cricket Ireland Disciplinary Committee meets periodically to hear alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct and Playing Regulations across Inter-Provincial competitions, Super 3’s, and all-Ireland cup competitions administered by Cricket Ireland.

The latest update on decisions from Season 2018 can be found here.


Kevin O’Brien to share knowledge and experience with club cricketers in Monaghan

October 4th 2018 | International, Coaching

Kevin O’Brien to share knowledge and experience with club cricketers in Monaghan

Kevin has launched a new partnership with Monaghan CC

As he jetted out to Sharjah to join the Kandahar Knights in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League, Irish international Kevin O’Brien announced a new training partnership with Monaghan Cricket Club.

Kevin established the Kevin O’Brien Cricket Academy in 2011, and has been working with cricket clubs, schools and one-on-one with aspiring cricketers to improve their game and share his experience and insights with the next generation of cricketers.

As part of the new partnership with Monaghan Cricket Club, the Academy will run ten half-day coaching sessions that will incorporate the tactical, technical and mental sides of cricket, alongside working on the individual and team game-plans for batting, bowling and fielding.

Kevin said: “It is a real pleasure to announce this exciting partnership with Monaghan Cricket Club, who I hope will be the first of many clubs that my Cricket Academy can partner with in the future. I’ve been incredibly lucky throughout my career to have played cricket all over the world and learned so much by playing the game in varying conditions. I want to be able to share my knowledge and experience to help cricket clubs across Ireland develop with quality coaching and give back to the sport that has given me so much.”

Aravind Sudhaharan, Club Coordinator at Monaghan Cricket Club, said: “We are really excited by this venture with the Kevin O’Brien Cricket Academy as the club can only benefit by having someone with Kevin’s experience involved. I’d like to thank St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Sports Partnership, Brix Workwear, Balti House and Monaghan Electric for their contribution and support to the club.”

Just another way our international stars are contributing to the development of the next generation of cricket players.

 

 


John Anderson announces retirement from international and Inter-Provincial cricket

October 3rd 2018 | International

John Anderson announces retirement from international and Inter-Provincial cricket

John Anderson has announced his retirement

Cricket Ireland has today announced that Ireland men’s international John Anderson has retired from international and Inter-Provincial cricket.

The 35-year old, who was born in Durban, South Africa, made his international debut for Ireland in 2012 and appeared 26 times for the national side. His last match was against Scotland in November 2017. Anderson’s highest first-class score of 127 came in 2013 against the Netherlands in an Inter-Continental Cup match in Deventer.

John Anderson said:

“It has been an honour and privilege to play for Ireland and it is one of the proudest achievements of my life. I am immensely proud of all my contributions to the team, especially those in the I-Cup. I’d like to thank those at Cricket Ireland who believed in me and gave me the chance to play international cricket.”

“I have also decided to step away from all Inter-Provincial cricket. It has been six extremely enjoyable and successful years with Leinster Lightning. Thanks to everyone involved for making it such a memorable time, in particular my team mates.”

“I’d like to thank my family and close friends who have supported and encouraged me during my career. Most of all I’d like to thank my wife, Isobel, for her constant support and motivation, and for always pushing me to achieve my dream of playing international cricket.”

“Now feels like the right time to move on with my life and I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Graham Ford, Head Coach of the men’s international side, said:

“I have known John for many years and he has always been impressive as a person and as a cricketer. He has a commendable playing record and has once again put in some match winning performances at interprovincial level.”

“As expected, he has been the model professional showing great commitment, dedication and support for his fellow squad members. He can be very proud of how he has operated as a squad member and of his cricketing contributions over the years.”

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

“It’s always a sad day when an international cricketer retires from the game they love. John is widely recognised as a valuable servant to Irish cricket, on both the international and domestic levels.”

“Fans of Irish cricket will remember his series of crucial innings’ during the 2011-2013 Inter-Continental Cup. Not only did a number of John’s batting performances propel Ireland into the Final, but his innings of 55 in a low-scoring first innings of that Final helped Ireland to a fantastic win.”

“On the domestic front John has been central to the successes of the Leinster Lightning side since 2013, captaining the side to back-to-back trebles before stepping down from the role in early 2018.”

“John has been a pleasure to work with, and we wish John well for the next step in his career.”

Albert van der Merwe, Head Coach of Leinster Lightning, said:

“John has been a rock on which so much of Leinster Lightning’s success has been built over the last 6 years. He has been a model professional in everything he has done. He captained back to back treble winning sides in 2016 and 2017. Although a quiet and unassuming person, John was always a fierce competitor. His toughness, work ethic and standards epitomise everything we at the Lightning try to live by.”

“He leaves a big hole in our top order. Not only his sheer weight of runs, but his calm influence on the rest of the batting line-up. John has this amazing ability to time a run chase or absorb pressure. So many of our batsmen have benefitted from batting with John.”

“Apart from his batting exploits, John captained the side with great success and played a huge part in creating the Lightning culture that we have today. From a coach’s perspective I couldn’t ask more of a player. His attitude was exemplary, his work ethic serves as a marker for younger players and he enjoyed playing for a team that I know means an awful lot to him. He had no airs and graces and importantly, he was coachable. He wanted to improve all the time. I would like to thank John and I wish him all the best as he embarks on life after professional sport.”


Final squad named for World T20, Raack set for Ireland debut

October 3rd 2018 | International, Women

Final squad named for World T20, Raack set for Ireland debut

The Ireland Women's squad for the World T20 tournament has more than 1,000 caps collectively

Cricket Ireland selectors have named an experienced 15-player squad - with collectively more than 1,000 international appearances - for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 tournament in the Caribbean in November, with Australian-born Celeste Raack coming into the Irish set-up after declaring for Ireland.

Carrie Archer, Chair of Women’s National Selectors, said at the announcement:

“We have picked a strong and experienced side that we believe will be best suited for the tournament opposition and the conditions in the Caribbean. Captain Laura Delany will lead out a side which is on an upward trajectory after finishing the summer on a high and keen to impress their credentials on the world stage.”

“This is our third consecutive appearance in the World T20s and arguably this is one of the strongest squads we have selected over that time. To have a team which features Ireland’s leading run scorer, Ireland’s leading wicket taker and five players with more than 100 international appearances is a fortunate position to be in.”

“Two of the squad, Gaby Lewis and Kim Garth, were also recently featured in a Wisden Monthly magazine article on the 25 best young women’s cricketers and is not only a credit to the individual players themselves, but an indicator on how cricket in Ireland is on the rise.”

“As always, when it comes to selection matters, you are always looking to balance the immediate needs with an eye to the longer term. Performing well at the tournament itself is the first priority, but providing younger players with an experience travelling overseas and playing at major tournaments is just as important.”

Aaron Hamilton, Head Coach of the Ireland Women’s national team, said:

“It’s a great squad, one which is both a reward for performance and an acknowledgement at how important big game experience is at international tournaments. When you’re at a world cup with the TV cameras, big crowds and big venues, it is important to ensure the younger players are surrounded by experienced heads.”

“It’s important that every player is there on their merits and every player is contributing – and for senior players it’s all about the example they set. You just have to look at Clare Shillington – she may be Ireland’s longest serving member, Ireland’s highest run scorer and recently announced she would be retiring after this tournament - but she is still showing the same commitment to her game that she always has, and it has shown on the pitch with her Player of the Tournament performances during the World T20 Qualifier.”

“I’m also delighted that selectors have looked beyond and taken the chance of bringing leg-spinner Celeste Raack into the squad. She’s Australian-born but holds an Irish passport and we are delighted to welcome her into the international set-up.”

“Celeste impressed many of us playing for the Typhoons in the Toyota Super 3’s Series this year, and has previously played for the Tasmanian Tigers women’s team in the Australian women’s domestic league, and the Hobart Hurricanes in the Women’s Big Bash League.”

Reflecting on her call-up to the squad, Celeste Raack said:

“I am very excited and honoured to have been selected for Ireland for the World Cup. I am flying in on Friday to join the squad in their preparation for the tournament and am very much looking forward to it. I am hoping that this will be the start of a long career as an Irish cricketer and intend on relocating for the start of the 2019 cricket season.”

“I played for the Typhoons in the Super 3’s competition this season. I really enjoyed the playing environment and the opportunity it provides for players to play in a competitive and challenging series. Playing with and against Irish international players in this series really improved my cricket and bowling on Irish wickets was a different challenge to those I’ve played on in Australia.”

The squad

Laura Delany (Captain), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy O’Reilly, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

The ICC World T20 tournament schedule - Ireland

Warm-up matches
  • 4 November: Bangladesh v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
  • 7 November: Sri Lanka v Ireland, Antigua (20:00 GMT)

Group Stage
  • 11 November: Australia v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
  • 13 November: Pakistan v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
  • 15 November: India v Ireland, Guyana (20:00 GMT)
  • 17 November: New Zealand v Ireland, Guyana (d/n) (20:00 GMT)

Finals
  • 22 November: First semi-final, Antigua (20:00 GMT)
  • 22 November: Second semi-final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 23 Nov)
  • 24 November: Final, Antigua (d/n) (00:00 GMT, 25 Nov)

Carrie Archer looks ahead to the tournament

 


WATCH: Carrie Archer, Chair of National Women’s Selectors, looks ahead to the WT20 tournament

October 2nd 2018 | International, Women

As the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament approaches, the Chair of National Women’s Selectors - Carrie Archer - shared her thoughts and hopes for the event and for women’s cricket in Ireland.

You can watch the video below, or head to our ICC Women’s World T20 page to read the latest news and updates on preparations for the tournament.

 

 


Irish cricket duo set for T20 challenge in the Middle East

October 1st 2018 | International

Irish cricket duo set for T20 challenge in the Middle East

Paul Stirling is one of two Irish players featuring in the inaugural APL T20 tournament

Irish internationals Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien look ahead to new challenges on the eve of joining the Kandahar Knights, a franchise team established for the inaugural year of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) T20 competition.

Belfast-born Stirling, 28, fresh from completing another successful season with English County side Middlesex, was picked up in the player draft on the 10 September and heads to Sharjah knowing he will have a few familiar faces around him in the Knights dressing room:

“I am looking forward to getting out and joining high-quality players from different countries and backgrounds to see how they go about their business in T20 cricket.”

“I played with [Knights captain] Brendon McCullum previously at Middlesex. Baz is a very relaxed character who gets the best out of his players by giving them the ability to play with freedom and without fear of failure. He’s someone who leads from the front and sets the example - which we saw during the recent CPL campaign where he captained his side to their second successive title. Hopefully he can help do the same with Kandahar.”

“Another old team mate Wahab Riaz is in the Kandahar squad as well. He’s bowled some of the fastest spells I’ve seen, so I expect he’ll play a huge role on the Sharjah pitch that doesn’t usually offer much to the bowlers.”

Asked about whether participation in such T20 tournaments would benefit the national team, Stirling said:

“With the World T20 Qualifier around the corner next year, I think it’s really important to have Irish players at these tournaments, bringing the experiences gained back into the Ireland set-up.”

“We’ve seen how it has improved the Afghanistan side inside two years where they have had a handful of players play in the Big Bash and IPL getting used to playing day-in day-out against the best in the world, in front of full houses and always on TV.”

“Hopefully we [Ireland] can produce more and more cricketers who can play in these competitions in the future to keep up with how quickly this format of the game is progressing.”

Dublin-born O’Brien, 34, received a welcome phone call last week and today advised he will fly out shortly to join his new team mates at the Knights:

“I’m delighted to be heading over with Stirlo [Paul Stirling] to Sharjah to join the Kandahar Knights. The call came late last week that I was being offered an opportunity in the APL and it took a matter of seconds for me to say ‘yes’.”

“I’ve played in T20 tournaments in England, the Caribbean, Bangladesh and recently as part of the Global T20 Canada tournament. Each of these experiences have given me the opportunity not just to refine my game, but also take stock of my approach and thinking in this format. T20 cricket has developed into a game that rewards creativity, initiative and the versatility to adapt quickly to rapidly changing circumstances, however it is the opportunity to put these skills into action on the pitch that is important.”

“I’m very much looking forward to playing under Brendon McCullum [Kandahar Knight captain] – he’s a captain who encourages his team to have confidence in yourself and express yourself on the field, whether with bat or ball in hand. As for my new team mates, when you are sitting in a dressing room surrounded by some of the world’s elite cricketers, you can learn so much in their mindset and approach to playing and training. That’s the beauty of franchise cricket – you get to play with a wide range of cricketers that you would previously never have had the opportunity to.”

“As Ireland’s profile in the sport continues to rise, my hope is that more young Irish cricketers will play in these T20 tournaments. Exposure to these competitions, and playing alongside some of the world’s leading players, can only be a positive for Irish cricket in the long-term.”

Niall O’Brien has confirmed this morning that he will no longer be taking up the batting coach role offered by the Kandahar Knights.


Board confirms Malahide to host England ODI in 2019 and other outcomes from recent Board Meeting

September 21st 2018 | International

Board confirms Malahide to host England ODI in 2019 and other outcomes from recent Board Meeting

Malahide twice sold out in June 2018 for the India T20I series

The Board of Cricket Ireland has confirmed that Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin has been designated as the venue to host a one-day international against England in May 2019, as part of a wider-ranging endorsement of a plan to overhaul venue allocation policies and procedures for marquee fixtures, at its recent Board Meeting held at Cork County Cricket Club on 12 September 2018.

The one-day international (ODI), to be held on Friday 3 May 2019, was initially announced in June 2018 as part of the release of the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP), with the Board now confirming that Malahide will be the host venue (subject to finalisation of terms with the host club).

The allocation of the fixture was part of the Board’s broader consideration of venue allocation policies, with an overhaul of procedures now underway ahead of the first full year as part of the FTP, with further announcements in due course for the remainder of the 2019 programme.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“We are, of course, looking forward to our first Test match against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground in July 2019, but we are equally eagerly anticipating hosting England in an ODI here in Ireland ahead of the Test.”

“We expect there will be immense interest in the match, as it will be seen by England as a key part of their preparations ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. We look forward to working with, and continuing to enjoy the generous support of, Malahide Cricket Club, Fingal County Council and other local stakeholders for what should be another great cricket event.”

“Planning is underway for this encounter and we would anticipate tickets going on sale before the end of 2018.”

“As it stands, in 2019 we will have four Full Member national men’s teams visiting our shores, playing in different formats. The importance of venue allocation for these fixtures is crucial in providing the best conditions we can for our national side, while trying to manage the usual wear-and-tear that pitches endure over a season for the inter-provincial sides and clubs that also use those grounds.”

“The Board considered this issue in detail and has endorsed the development of a new Match Allocation Policy for international and Inter-Provincial matches in Ireland. This move recognises the increased demand on our international-rated grounds given our entrance into the FTP.”

“We currently have just four international-rated grounds in Ireland – Malahide, Clontarf, Stormont and Bready. The challenge of using club grounds for international matches is that when it comes to access, infrastructure and pitch quality there are competing demands and expectations between users of those grounds.”

“As part of the discussions, the Board raised the matter of recent comment on the standard of pitches at Stormont. I said the day after we became a Full Member last year that our biggest deficit in infrastructure and human resource was in facilities, and it would take years to change. We have invested thousands in new ground covers, people and transportation of equipment / experienced ground-staff this year to offset the impact of poor weather, but we know being on a par with the older Test nations in the whole area of playing facility development, preparation and management is a much longer-term project.”

“Managing pitch conditions and facilities in general, and taking a strategic approach to where we host matches – taking into consideration pitches, home advantage, revenue generation, cost and geographical spread – will become ever more important with increased international matches over coming years. This is also why we are also exploring the construction of a new cricket stadium – not to take international matches away from existing venues, but rather to provide dedicated, durable cricket facilities and to spread the fixture load across our already busy grounds.”

Next year will be the first full year that Ireland is part of the FTP, but Deutrom sees the programme as an opportunity for Ireland to ensure its policies and facilities are fit-for-purpose.

“One of the operational frustrations of having been outside of the FTP was this very constraint on our ability to plan forward in terms of allocating venues. This had the knock-on impact for domestic fixture scheduling and short-to-medium term financial modelling. Now, with our entrance into the FTP, we are in a position to know our marquee fixtures for the foreseeable future, and allocate matches to venues accordingly. We see this providing benefits in relation to venue planning, building a case for venues to engage with funding authorities to seek infrastructure development funding, and enabling us to market/promote our sport with greater certainty,” said Mr Deutrom.

“The Board has recognised that our existing Match Allocation Policy was drawn up five years ago when the Irish cricket landscape was very different to now – in particular the quantity of major matches to allocate, our ICC status, the hosting of Test cricket, and developments in ICC venue standards.”

“The Board’s decision will enable Cricket Ireland to work closer with Provincial Unions and clubs to create a sustainable network of cricket venues across this island.”

High Performance cricket initiatives

The Board also endorsed plans for international teams and players over the winter period, including:

• A ‘batting against spin’ camp and fast bowling camp being organised in late 2018 for a number of senior men’s internationals to prepare for upcoming matches in the sub-continent;
• The Ireland Wolves will undertake a seven-match tour to Sri Lanka in January 2019;
• The Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme and Devenish Nutrition Women’s Overseas Player Development Scholarship programme will enable a number of up-and-coming players to gain valuable overseas experience in late 2018; and
• Preparations underway regarding the women’s national team for the ICC World T20 tournament in November.

Relating to this last point, the Board unanimously acknowledged the generous support of the Irish Government, through Sport Ireland, in granting €40,000 in new funding to support the participation of the international women’s team at the ICC World T20 tournament in November.

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, outlined how the funding would be spent:

“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 in 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.”

Building on this further, the Board endorsed the proposal to establish a working group to develop a bespoke Women’s Cricket Strategy that would be aligned to Cricket Ireland’s Strategic Plan. The Working Group would drive this project forward and provide regular Board updates on progress.

Global profile, governance and domestic cricket updates

Mr Deutrom also updated the Board on a number of strategic achievements and progress reports:

“The Board welcomed news that the viewing and spectator numbers for the international season will be at record levels. Over 30,000 spectators came to international men’s matches at Malahide, Bready and Stormont, while many millions of cricket fans around the world watched the broadcast of our Test and T20Is, and we livestreamed the men’s international series against Afghanistan and the women’s international between Ireland and Bangladesh as part of a double-header with the men’s 2nd T20I v India at Malahide.”

“While overseas broadcast will be an important component of our operations going forward, the support domestically from RTE, Sky and BBC Sport NI and all of our overseas broadcast partners in covering matches this season on various broadcast platforms has also had a significant role to play in our ambition to make cricket mainstream in Ireland.”

“The bounce in profile and awareness of the sport has also led to increases in social media following over the last six months, with rises recorded in Cricket Ireland’s Twitter (+26%), Instagram (+33%), LinkedIn (+32%) and Facebook (+3%) profiles.”

“Governance is also an important strategic part of our work in improving our sport, and the Board approved the formation of a new Governance Committee as part of Cricket Ireland’s journey towards compliance with the Republic of Ireland’s Governance Code. The Committee will be charged with undertaking a yearly review of Board roles, Board’s Terms of Reference, membership of the Board and its sub-committees, and Cricket Ireland’s adherence to the Governance code’s recommended practice.”

“The Board also received an update on the ongoing work between Cricket Ireland and the Provincial Unions in strengthening the financial and operational relationships between the entities to ensure a sustainable club / grassroots cricket landscape. Cricket Ireland has invested over €900,000 supporting club / grassroots cricket through the Provincial Unions in 2018, however further development of the structures, governance models and funding arrangements will be undertaken over coming months to further improve domestic cricket.”

Finally, the Board received a number of key updates on domestic cricket, including:

• The Cricket Ireland Club Facilities Grant scheme is set to launch following the Board Meeting. €50,000 is available to be split between the four Provincial Unions, bringing the total of the programme to €150,000 invested in clubs in the three years of the programme;
• Cricket Ireland is developing official concussion guidelines to assist cricket clubs in understanding the processes involved in this area. This would be completed shortly and disseminated to clubs and officials ahead of the 2019 season;
• The Board acknowledged the success of the Under-15s and Under-17s Youth Inter-Provincial competition and endorsed it to continue in 2019; and
• The Board noted that with Sean Terry’s retirement in August 2018, the balance of his Inter-Provincial contract was awarded to Tyrone Kane.


Tyrone Kane and Jack Tector announced as inaugural recipients of Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme

September 20th 2018 | International, Other

Tyrone Kane and Jack Tector announced as inaugural recipients of Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme

Jack Tector (left) and Tyrone Kane (right) are the inaugural scholarship recipients

Ed Joyce, one of Ireland’s best ever cricketers who retired from the game in May this year, has announced Tyrone Kane and Jack Tector as the inaugural recipients of the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme (EJSP) – a programme Ed launched for young players to develop their skills overseas in the winter, as he did early in his career.

Speaking as part of the announcement, Ed said:

“I am delighted with the response to the scholarship and the number of high-quality applicants that applied. I’d like nothing more than to support as many young cricketers to develop their game as possible, and fortunately we are able to start with two players in our inaugural year.”

“One of the best aspects of the process to date is seeing the initiative that many young players have demonstrated in wanting to further their cricket careers. It clearly shows that the sport has a very bright future in this country.”

“I’m pleased to confirm that Jack Tector and Tyrone Kane are the first two beneficiaries of the scholarship. Both Jack and Tyrone are part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy and represent what I would look for in the next generation of internationals – a passion for the game, a hunger to learn and an ambition to forge a career in cricket.”

“Jack is a natural on-field leader and exciting top-order batting prospect. He captains the Munster Reds in the Inter-Provincial competition and has captained national under-age teams for several years now. He is no doubt on the selectors radar for higher honours over coming seasons, but I believe this opportunity will provide him a means of reaching his goals in the international arena.”

“Tyrone, of course, needs no introduction to Irish fans as he was part of the historic first Test team for Ireland in May this year. A consistent performer on the domestic scene, I believe this experience will provide him with a more rounded development path that can not only benefit himself but also the Irish set up over years to come.”

“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.”

Jack Tector, the 22-year old batsman that plays for YMCA Cricket Club, will head to Port Elizabeth in South Africa for six weeks to play for Old Grey Cricket Club and work under the watchful eye of former Ireland Coach Adi Birrell.

He said:

“I’m delighted to be awarded this opportunity as part of the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme. Cricket in Ireland is at a really exciting time and this is another fantastic chance to go abroad and further my game. As part of the programme I will be doing three sessions a week with Adi. To be able to work with such an experienced coach in a 1-on-1 environment is something which I’m really looking forward to.”

“I’d like to thank Joycey and everyone who was involved in setting up this programme, Tyrone and I are extremely lucky to be the first recipients.”

Tyrone Kane, the 24-year old all-rounder that plays for Merrion Cricket Club, will head to Perth in Australia in October 2018 for 10 weeks where he will play for University Cricket Club.

He said:

“University Cricket Club are not only a very good club who reached the grand final last year, but also the current club of Australian test player Ashton Agar. In tandem with the club fixtures and training, I will be attending the Stewart Walters camp mid-week for extra sessions.”

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity for young players to get away and this wouldn’t be possible without Ed’s help through this wonderful scholarship. I know Jack and myself are extremely grateful and appreciate being the first recipients of the programme.”

“I hope this opportunity will ensure I continue to improve on all aspects of my game. With the availability of great facilities and undoubtedly a competitive environment, having the chance to play and train in Perth in such surroundings will enhance my skills and will allow me to come back to Ireland and hit the ground running - hopefully cementing my place in the Senior men’s team.”

As part of the agreement, both players will remain available for international call-up if the occasion arises during the time of their placements, and both players will regularly share updates from their experiences over the coming months through the Cricket Ireland website.

Cricket Ireland expresses its appreciation to Ed Joyce for his ongoing commitment and support in developing the next generation of Irish cricket talent.

 


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
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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

 


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