Meet the players
- Born On: 5 July 1984
- Club: Warwickshire
- Cap Number: 643
- Debut Match: August 2003 v Free Foresters
- Batting Style: Left-hand
- Bowling Style: Right-arm fast
- Career Best: 5-39 v Namibia in 2008
Ireland’s tallest player at 6 foot 7 inches and has used his height to good effect in many of the matches he has played. He was first capped in 2003 against Free Foresters at Eton College. An indication perhaps of the effect injuries have had on his career is that since that match Ireland have played 221 matches but Boyd has only gained 78 caps in all.
In his 78 matches to date Boyd has taken 109 wickets with a best bowling performance of 5-39 against Namibia in 2008 at Windhoek. Another wicket Boyd will remember, no doubt with affection, was that of Ed Joyce for 1, clean bowled, in the World Cup in 2007 when Ed was playing for England against Ireland.
Boyd has played county cricket initially for Middlesex but has subsequently moved to Warwickshire where he has the benefit of being coached by Allan Donald, the South African International. He has also played for the England Lions with distinction and is highly rated across the county cricket circuit. A fast bowler as tall as he is undoubtedly has the ability to worry many batsmen.
Boyd had an exceptional ICC World T20 Qualifiers in the UAE and even won three man of the match awards in a row during the group stages. Another from a good cricketing family, two of his brothers Robert and David have played for various other Irish representative sides.
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July 9th 2013
Ireland claim a place in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand as they gain the point which also sees them win the World Cricket League title
July 9th 2013
William Porterfield's side played out a thrilling tie against the Netherlands which sealed Ireland's spot at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
March 26th 2013
Full details of how clubs across Ireland can avail of special prices for the 2013 RSA Challenge
January 3rd 2013
A look back on the year of Irish cricket in 2012. With footage and coverage from right across all areas of the sport here in Ireland.
September 22nd 2012
Fast Bowler Boyd Rankin is the latest to give us his views from Colombo, he chats about the disappointment of Wednesday, waiting on a favour from Australia and his mixed emotions at what could be his last appearance for Ireland.
September 21st 2012
Video Highlights of Ireland's seven wicket loss to Australia in the opening match of Group B of the ICC World Twenty 20 on Wednesday in Colombo. Ireland must now re-group ahead of their crucial match against the West Indies on Monday at 3pm Irish time.
September 13th 2012
Ireland continued their positive build-up for ICC World Twenty 20 this week by beating Zimbabwe by a comfortable 54 runs and retaining their unbeaten record in their warm up matches.
September 10th 2012
Ireland continued ideal preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo today as they made it two wins in two days following a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka 'A' today at the Sinhalese Sports Ground.
September 6th 2012
William Porterfield predicts that he and Boyd Rankin will not be the last Irishmen to win English cricket’s county championship.
July 19th 2012
Highlights from yesterday's 1st RSA Twenty20 International Series match against Bangladesh
July 13th 2012
Ireland have received a big boost ahead of the RSA T20 International Series against Bangladesh with Boyd Rankin returning to the squad