Meet the players

Ed Joyce

  • Born On: 22 September 1978
  • Club: Sussex
  • Cap Number: 608
  • Debut Match: Scotland in July 1997
  • Batting Style: Left-handed
  • Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
  • Career Best: 155 v UAE in 2013
Ed Joyce

Edmund Christopher Joyce

Ed is Ireland’s senior player having made his debut for Ireland against Scotland in July 1997 at West Bromwich, Birmingham in the Triple Crown series. Ed played his Irish cricket with Merrion and has since played County Cricket with Middlesex and Sussex.

As of the end of the ICC World Twenty20, Ed has played 106 matches for Ireland, scoring 3,428 runs. His outstanding performances were perhaps his contributions at the ICC Trophy in 2005 on home turf in Ireland, where he scored 399 runs. This led Ireland to their debut World Cup appearance in 2007. His score of 115 against UAE in that tournament was undoubtedly a key innings in enabling Ireland to qualify.

It was, of course, highly ironic that the man who had done so much to get Ireland there ended up playing against Ireland in the Caribbean. He did play in the 2007 World Cup but it was for England rather than Ireland as he had qualified to represent our neighbours across the water by then. He was the first Irish player in the modern era to represent England, which he did with distinction and has a century at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia to his name.

Joyce returned to represent Ireland in the next World Cup in 2011 having re-qualified to represent Ireland and, though technically not fully qualified under ICC regulations, the ICC exercised the discretion they had to enable him to do so.

Ed is not the only Joyce to represent Ireland. Indeed he is one of 5. Two brothers, Gus and Dom, and twin sisters Isobel and Cecelia, have also done so, and indeed at present Isobel is captain of the Ireland women’s team – without doubt a true Irish cricketing dynasty.

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