INTERVIEWS: Ireland’s Gary Wilson on Test Match; Physio Mark Rausa on beating the heat

July 21st 2019 | International

INTERVIEWS: Ireland’s Gary Wilson on Test Match; Physio Mark Rausa on beating the heat

Gary Wilson in the nets at Lord's

LONDON – Ireland Men’s cricket team held their first training session at Lord’s Cricket Ground ahead of the Test match starting Wednesday – wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson and Head of Physiotherapy Mark Rausa shared their thoughts.

Speaking after a solid 30 minute session batting in the nets, Wilson said:

“Yeah training today was good – it was the first time we’ve been here in a while. We had two good days at Merchant Taylor’s [a warm-up match] which was a good run out. A few guys had time in the middle and for the bowlers it was about getting some overs in the legs. But it’s nice to finally get here to Lord’s and get to know the conditions and facilities - and for those guys who haven’t played here before they’ll find the slope fairly interesting.”

Asked about the expected hot conditions:

“It might have an impact on the wicket in that it might dry it out as the game goes on. I guess we’d rather have good weather than poor rainy weather!”

Asked about being part of the first Irish squad to play a Test at Lord’s:

“In my generation I don’t think any of us expected to be playing a Test match at Lord’s, so to have the opportunity is great. But we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we have to come here and perform as well. I mean that’s what it is about, it’s not just turning up and having all the fanfare around Lord’s, we have to try and put in a good performance against a very good England side, but we’ve got some good players as well and we’re confident we can do that.”

Asked about the relatively short timeframe between the Zimbabwe white-ball series and the Test match:

“I’ve had a lot of time in county cricket going from format to format, and you just learn it is something you have to do. I guess there’s enough miles in my legs now to know if you haven’t hit a red ball for a while you don’t suddenly forget how to hit one. We’ve got a good opportunity now with three days practice and so it’s just about fine tuning.”

 

Mark Rausa, Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services, was asked about preparing the players for the expected hot conditions:

“In warm conditions you’d be surprised how quickly the players can overheat out in the middle, so education is key with the squad. Some of these guys are experienced enough to know how to keep themselves cool – things like suncream, sunhats, covering their arms if they’re out in the middle. The afterwards we tend to get the guys into ice baths or ice towels – just wrapping them up in cold towels can help get the core temperature down a bit if they’re overheating. It’s knowledge that we’ve built up over the years touring countries like Sri Lanka and India.”

“It’s a bit of a challenge especially with the batters, who can be out in the heat a long, long time. They can sweat a lot and begin to cramp, so we have to get on top of that as soon as they come back in.”

“Our tour of India in a way, you could say, is good preparation as we can take a lot of what we learnt there here.”

Ireland has two more training sessions at Lord’s before the start of the Test match at 11am, Wednesday 24 July 2019.

 


Toyota Super 3s squads named for Holywood clash

July 20th 2019 | International, Women

Toyota Super 3s squads named for Holywood clash

The Dragons are looking at continuing their winning ways this season

Sunday will see the Toyota Super 3s move north of the border for the first time in 2019 with a 50-over clash between the Dragons and the Typhoons.

The encounter will be the final 50-over match of the current season, and both side have named strong sides that will provide locals a glimpse of the women’s cricket talent in Ireland.

The Dragons are undefeated so far, and lead the competition table:

S3s

 

The squads

Dragons:
Mary Waldron (Capt), Aoife Brennan, Ava Canning, Rachel Delaney, Staci Maxwell, Eimear Mullen, Cliodhna O’Reardon, Jenny Sparrow, Kerry Tomlinson, Sarah Condron (Guest), Amy Benson (Guest).

Typhoons:
Laura Delany (Capt), Amy Hunter, Una Raymond-Hoey, Orla Prendergast, Naomi Matthews, Cassie Stephens, Maria Kerrison, Leah Paul, Louise Little, Celeste Raack, Zara Craig.

 

 


Irish Men’s Academy fall short in first England u19 Encounter

July 17th 2019 | International, Youth, Other

Irish Men’s Academy fall short in first England u19 Encounter

Irish Men's Academy play England u19 again tomorrow

LOUGHBOROUGH - The Irish Men’s Academy fell to a five wicket defeat to the English u19 side yesterday in Loughborough. However, there were some good individual performances throughout the side and a lot to learn from going into their second fifty over clash with the same side tomorrow.

Pete Johnston, the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy Manager, feels these sorts of trips are fantastic to come and experience both the standard and the facilities available to them. He said: “We have the best facilities in the world at our disposal here this week and we are very grateful that England have invited us over, following on from our game against them during pre-season. We are getting the best playing conditions, quality opposition, best nets and the best nutrition and recovery services around.”

“This is a huge experience for our u19 cricketers, with eight playing on this squad. If they do make it to a World Cup, they will have got vital experience of playing against full members, which we hopefully can do more of in the future.”

Having elected to bat first in the game, the Irish Academy had two quick set backs but recently capped Irish International, Gareth Delany and Stephen Doheny rebuilt in the early section of the game. They had brought the side from 15-2 to 71-2 when Delany departed for 30. Another quick breakthrough brought captain, Neil Rock in to join his Rush teammate, Doheny. These two batted with great application during the middle period, both pushing hard for runs when they could. This included seeing Doheny through to his half-century, which was very well compiled.

Unfortunately, after a stand of 58 between the two, Rock was caught for 26. Yet, this brought Rory Anders to the crease, the new YMCA recruit this season batted with brilliant intent, clearing the ropes twice in his run a ball 33. He too managed to bring up a fifty partnership with Doheny, but it was Anders’ dismissal that started a mini collapse for Ireland. They fell from 183-5 to 210 all out and most importantly, didn’t bat six of their overs. Doheny top scored with a fine 76, he looked composed and in control throughout his knock.

Pete Johnston added: “At 183-5 with more than ten overs to go, I thought we were in a good position to get 280. With a side that can bat as deep as ours, it was disappointing to leave six overs out there. Credit to England, their fielding was outstanding and the bowling of Jack Morley and Kasey Aldridge was also very good.”

The Irish Academy were able to strike with two quick wickets in the run chase with Northern Knights bowler, Matthew Foster striking twice. He bowled well in tandem with Fionn Hand at the top of the innings. However, it was the third wicket partnership which would break the back of the majority of the run chase. England u19 captain, George Balderson and Jack Haynes came together and put on 113 for the third wicket, made in good time too as they went to press down their authority on the game.

Fionn Hand returned into the attack to remove Haynes for 54, but it was Balderson’s 90 that got the English u19 side within touching distance of victory. He did fall ten runs short of his century when being bowled by Nathan McGuire and Gareth Delany also picked up a wicket late in the piece, as the English u19 side got to their total with five wickets in hand and nine overs to go.

Johnston said: “With the ball I thought Fionn and Matthew Foster showed some good skills and discipline and got some reward which was encouraging. The lads will get together tomorrow and discuss the performance, I’m confident that we can action plans to bounce back strong in the final game on Thursday.”

The two sides play against each other in the second fifty over game in Loughborough tomorrow. Play starting at 11 am.


Clear Currency National Cup – Semi-Final Draw

July 16th 2019 | International, Other

The Semi-Final draw for the 2019 Clear Currency National Cup has been made. The Semi-Final matches take place on Sunday 4 August 2019, with any replays to be played on Sunday 11 August 2019.

The Draw

 

Match Dates

• Semi-Finals - Sunday 4 August 2019 (replays Sunday 11 August)
• Final - Sunday 1 September 2019

 

NC


Tense Finishes in National Cup Quarter-Finals

July 16th 2019 | International, Other

Tense Finishes in National Cup Quarter-Finals

Terenure completed a big win over Fox Lodge

There were nail biting wins for both Railway Union and Ardmore as they both defended their targets brilliantly to advance to the Semi-Finals of the Clear Currency National Cup. There was also a comprehensive win for Terenure as they will also be in the draw which will be made tomorrow. The other spot to be filled by the winners of Midleton and Derriaghy.

Railway Union vs Templepatrick

Railway Union, who had home advantage for their quarter-final tie, made use of batting first by posting a highly respectable 236 all out, falling with just two deliveries of their 40 over allocation left to go. This was made even more remarkable by the fact that nobody got a half-century. Glenn Querl added 47, while there was also 43 for Kenny Carroll and 38 for Alex Stiles in a team effort with the bat. Weir was the best with the ball for Templepatrick, taking a very handy 4-37.

The Templepatrick response centered mostly around Ari Smith, who batted superbly through the innings, his fine knock of 114* was not enough to get his side home. Despite looking like they had a chance for long periods of the chase, it was a Hamza Maan inspired Railway bowling performance that kept their nerve under tight pressure to seal the nine run win. Maan took 5-41 in his spell of leg spin bowling.

Ardmore vs Balbriggan

There was another tight game instore between Ardmore and Balbriggan, with once again the home side coming out on top. Having batted first, Ardmore posted a more than reasonable 209-6 from their 40 overs. Peet Pienaar top scored with 74, while there was also useful knocks from Jared Wilson (38) and Ryan Brolly (37) to bring Ardmore to a competitive total.

It proved to be just too hot for Balbriggan to chase down. This was no fault of Clint Hinchliffe, who has been in tremendous form all season, scoring 82* in the run chase. However, similar to the knock of Ari Smith, it wasn’t quite enough to bring his side home. Despite Kashif Ali also chipping in with 28, a well disciplined and solid bowling effort from Ardmore, which included wickets being shared around, won them the game by 11 runs.

Fox Lodge vs Terenure

In the final quarter-final to be played this weekend, Terenure took home a brilliant away win from Fox Lodge with a commanding seven wicket victory. Fox Lodge won the toss and elected to bat but would have been disappointed with their overall effort of 190 all out, on which is always a small enough ground in the North West. There was excellent bowling from Terenure though, with Kenny McDonald taking 4-35 the standout. Barry Scott top scoring for Fox Lodge with 38.

Terenure’s reply was never really in doubt thanks to an enterprising 58 from 46 balls from Jack Webster at the top of the innings. He laid down a brilliant platform for the rest to go off, with young Seamus Lynch, who scored a 100 for the Leinster u17 team mid-week, continuing his good form with a 44 not out, Colm Morgan also adding 25 not out at the end. Terenure chasing down their total with 10 overs to spare.

The draw for the Clear Currency National Cup Quarter-Final will be made today the 16th July, including Railway Union, Ardmore, Terenure and Midleton/Derriaghy.

 


Phoenix and Pembroke progress to Irish Senior Cup Semi-Finals

July 16th 2019 | International, Other

Phoenix and Pembroke progress to Irish Senior Cup Semi-Finals

The Semi-Finals will be on the 4th August

DUBLIN - Both Phoenix and Pembroke have progressed to the Semi-Final stage of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup, as the two Leinster sides both came out on top over Northern opposition. The other two semi-finals are due to take place next Sunday.

Carrickfergus vs Phoenix

It was Phoenix that did it the hard way, as they faced a tricky away trip to Carrickfergus. Carrickfergus batted first on a good deck and posted a respectable 238 all out, with the final wicket falling off the last ball of the innings. Jurie Snyman, who was seeking his third hundred in a row in this competition, fell for a superb 61 off 50 balls. Matty McCord (55) and Ashwin Shetty (61) also provided more than valuable runs during the later stages of the innings. The Phoenix bowling was tight and restricting with three wickets apiece for Poonish Mehta and Theo Dempsey. While Amish Sidhu and Ben White bowled very lean spells of spin.

The Phoenix run chase was always on the front foot, and that was no small part down to Simi Singh. The Irish International crashed 63 from 51 balls at the top of the order, including clearing the boundary on five occasions. However, it looked like a little wobble might be in store for the Phoenix side when 96-0 became 133-4, as tight Carrickfergus pressure began to yield wickets. However, Poonish Mehta capped an all round good day for himself with 62* and was ably assisted by Nicolaas Pretorious 35* as they brought their side home by five wickets with seven overs to spare. Richard Hood was the pick of the bowlers with 3-35.

Pembroke vs CSNI

It was a similar case at Sydney Parade yesterday as Pembroke chased down the CSNI total with three wickets to spare in a tense and nervy encounter.

Having won the toss and batted, it was Andre Malan who was the mainstay of the CSNI innings, he batted fluently and sensibly, and was never going to throw away his wicket. His fine innings of 109* was what got CSNI to a decent enough target of 205-8 from their 50 overs. He received little in the way of support from his fellow batsmen, with Graeme McCarter’s 23 the next best on offer. The bowling was tight all round from Pembroke, spearheaded by Barry McCarthy, who took 3-39.

Unlike the Phoenix run chase, the Pembroke chase struggled for momentum early on. Thanks to fine early pressure being built from both Andre Malan and Graeme McCarter, Pembroke were reduced to 14-3 with both Fiachra and Lorcan Tucker out, alongside Jack Balbirnie. Theo Lawson, who has been in fine form in the Leinster competitions rebuilt with Dane Heverin, and Pembroke gradually got into the run chase. Heverin departed for 24 but that only brough Shaheen Khan to the wicket, and he was to prove the difference maker in the run chase. He scored a very fluent 67 at nearly a run a ball, while Lawson contributed 62. Ryan Hopkins also contributed a handy 27* at the end just to bring the last Pembroke legs over the line. Pembroke getting through with 3 wickets in hand and seven overs to spare.

So Phoenix and Pembroke have advanced in the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup. However, the draw will not take place until all four quarter-finals have taken place.


Ireland Men’s Academy arrives in England for fixtures with England Under-19s

July 15th 2019 | International, Youth

Ireland Men’s Academy arrives in England for fixtures with England Under-19s

Neil Rock will captain the Men's Academy side.

A squad from the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy has arrived in England ahead of two 50-over fixtures against England Under-19s. The Irish side features current members of the Ireland Wolves and Ireland Under-19s squads, and is led by Northern Knights and Rush wicketkeeper-batsman Neil Rock.

On arrival in Loughborough, Academy Manager and Head Coach Pete Johnston said:

“We’re delighted to have been invited to play at such a fine facility as Loughborough. This is the training centre of excellence for England Cricket and is certainly buzzing after yesterday’s World Cup victory.”

“These two sides met on our pre-season tour of Bristol earlier this summer, where our Academy squad put in an excellent performance to win. However, we expect a much tougher task this time around as England Under-19s prepares for their upcoming Tri-Series with India and Bangladesh. There is no doubt that they have a talented and athletic squad with bright futures, but our young cricketers are beginning to close the gap on other Full Member sides at under-19 level - and the more exposure we can get to top sides will only help speed this process up.”

“These fixtures will give eight of our under-19s experience against a Full Member under-19s side for the first time outside of a World Cup, which is a hugely positive step and one we want to build upon. We have also been able to include some players who are over-age but still very young and also mostly part of our Academy. This includes Gareth Delany who has just made his T20 International debut for Ireland, while fast bowler Mathew Foster of the Northern Knights and CSNI comes in for his first Academy appearance and it will be a great opportunity for him to show what he can offer with the ball.”

“The Ireland Under-19s put in some very encouraging performances against Worcestershire Academy last week in their series win, and Neil Rock - who captained the Under-19s - will again captain the Academy side on this tour. We are all looking forward to the games which will provide another great opportunity for all players to face quality opposition in fine facilities.”

The fixtures

16 July 2019 - Ireland Men’s Academy vs England Under-19s - 50 overs - Loughborough University
18 July 2019 - Ireland Men’s Academy vs England Under-19s - 50 overs - Loughborough University

The squad

Neil Rock (Rush/Northern Knights) (Capt.), JJ Garth (YMCA/Munster Reds) (VC), Rory Anders (YMCA/Leinster Lightning), Gareth Delany (Leinster CC/Leinster Lightning), Stephen Doheny (Rush/Leinster Lightning), Matthew Foster (CSNI/Northern Knights), Fionn Hand (YMCA/Leinster Lightning), James Hunter (Instonians), Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallan/North West Warriors), Nathan McGuire (Rush/Munster Reds), Oliver Metcalfe (Instonians), Marcus Poskitt (Bready/North West Warriors), Tim Tector (YMCA), Mitchell Thompson (YMCA).


Zimbabwe tie series with win despite confident Irish batting performance

July 14th 2019 | International

Zimbabwe tie series with win despite confident Irish batting performance

Captain Gary Wilson top-scored with 47

BREADY – Zimbabwe cruised to an eight-wicket victory in the final T20 International despite Ireland setting a highly competitive target at Bready today.

Ireland had a rocky start to the day with Andrew Balbirnie being forced to withdraw from the match due to a sore back. Then, after losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the home side lost in-form opener Paul Stirling first ball of the innings.

Despite these early setbacks, Ireland’s batters compiled a highly competitive total of 171-9 in their 20 overs, led by captain Gary Wilson - who top-scored with 47, an exciting 38 from 15 balls by the big-hitting Mark Adair, and good contributions by Greg Thompson (32) and Kevin O’Brien (22).

 

Ireland went into the innings break with their tails up, pleased that their batting side mounted such a total without relying on either Stirling or Balbirnie. However, despite the early wicket of Hamilton Masakadza (0) the visitors’ reply was rapid and almost without a blemish. The Zimbabweans mounted two big partnerships – 49 between Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine, then an unbeaten 111-run stand between Ervine and Sean Williams – to see them home by eight wickets with 20 balls to spare.

Captain Gary Wilson said after the game:

“We were nowhere near where we needed to be today – we were just way off with our bowling and in the field. I think we’re very happy where our batting is, and we all felt at half-time that 171 was about par. The pitch was a bit slower than it was the other day, but we’re disappointed we weren’t able to defend that total - but some good lessons were learned.”

“I think Craig Young has been the stand out bowler over the two matches, it was good to see him bowling with good pace, and he has good bounce and landed his yorkers, so that’s a massive plus for us.”

Zimbabwe’s Craig Ervine was named Player of the Series

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men, T20 International, 14 July 2019, Bready

  Ireland 171-9 (20 overs; G Wilson 47, M Adair 38; K Jarvis 3-38)
  Zimbabwe 172-2 (16.4 overs; C Ervine 68*, S Williams 58*)


Zimbabwe won by 8 wickets

A full scorecard can be found here.

 

 


Under-17s Youth Inter-Pro Match Reports

July 12th 2019 | International, Youth

Under-17s Youth Inter-Pro Match Reports

The NCU U17s won the 50-over title

The O’Neills Under-17s Youth Inter-Provincial Series was played from 7 – 11 July 2019 at Holywood Cricket Club, Bangor Cricket Club and Campbell College.

Last week it was announced that O’Neills have come on board as the tournament sponsor.

The week was divided into two competitions:

  • O’Neills Under-17s Youth Inter-Provincial T20 Series
  • O’Neills Under-17s Youth Inter-Provincial 50-over Series

O’Neills Under-15s Youth Inter-Provincial 50-over Series

 

NWCU U15 vs Munster U17 (50 Overs) - 7 July 2019 (see scorecard)

After winning the toss NWCU decided to bat first. Whilst wickets frequently fell around him Tommy Orr was the player to stay in at the top of the order, reaching a pleasing 95 before being caught behind agonisingly short of a century. After this and a late 44 from Stuart Kennedy NWCU posted a total of 256 all out. Munster batsmen struggled to stay in due to a good all-round bowling performance from NWCU and Munster were bowled out for 95.

NCU U15 vs Leinster U17 (50 Overs) - 7 July 2019 (see scorecard)

Leinster won the toss and went into bat. After loosing an early wicket they managed to stabilise well with many from the top and middle order contributing to a final total of 149 all out. A strong start from both the Leinster opening bowlers left NCU 36 for for 3 in nine overs, but a 90 run stand between Reece Malone (43) and Matthew Humphreys (50) meant that NCU were in the promising position of 126 for 3 but Theo Dempsey (5-29)came back into the attack helped shift the momentum back in Leinster’s favour. Though NCU just managed to get across the line winning by 1 wicket.

NWCU U15 vs Leinster U17 (50 Overs) - 8 July 2019 (see scorecard)

After a start delayed by rain NWCU sent themselves out to bat and got off to a slow start, but after a few quick wickets they found themselves at 95 for 6 however a late 50 from Ben Mills meant that the final score read 177 all out. In the second innings only one wicket fell with a partnership of 144 between Seamus Lynch (53*) and Louis McDonough (97*) sealed the victory for Leinster meaning that they finished runners up in the 50 over competition.

NCU U15 vs Munster U17 (50 Overs) - 8 July 2019 (see scorecard)

The toss went NCU’s way and the decided to bat first and a fantastic innings to 140 by Archie Johnston set the tone for the innings, with other batsmen chipping in, including a 64 from Ewan Wilson meant that NCU’s final score was an impressive 342 all out. It proved to be too much for Munster who managed 183 all out including an stylish 53 from Cian Egerton. This victory crowned NCU the winners of the 50 over competition

  NB: A number of fixtures have been played pre-Tournament week - NCU U17 v NWCU U17 and Munster U17 v Leinster U17.


U17s YIPs
Image: The O’Neills Under-17s Youth Inter-Pros were hotly contested

O’Neills Under-17s Youth Inter-Provincial T20 Series


Leinster U17 vs Munster U17 (20 overs) - 9 July 2019 (see scorecard)

Munster won the toss and decided to put Leinster in to bat. Due to good bowling early on in the innings Leinster found themselves at 53 for 3 off 8 overs however a 100 partnership between Michael O’Reilly (66) and Jack McGee (34) meant that Leinster posted a total of 153 for 3. Sadly the Munster batsmen struggled with Owen Graham and Cillian McDonnell taking 7 wickets between them meant that Munster were bowled out for 38.

NCU U17 vs NWCU U17 (20 overs) - 9 July 2019 (see scorecard)

With the game being moved to an evening match due to rain NCU won the toss and went in to bat. However their innings never really got going due to a good bowling performance by NWCU including Ben Mills who took 4 wickets for just 17 runs, resulted in NCU posting 72 all out. In difficult batting conditions NWCU struggled to form any partnerships, however they did chase down the total in the 18th over losing 6 wickets.

Leinster U17 vs NWCU U17 (20 overs) - 11 July 2019 (see scorecard)

  NB: A number of fixtures were abandoned due to rain, including NCU U17 vs Leinster U17, NWCU U17 vs Munster U17 and NCU U17 vs Munster U17.


Ireland cruise to 9-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in second T20 International

July 12th 2019 | International

Ireland cruise to 9-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in second T20 International

Stirling hit a remarkable 83* from 36 balls

BREADY – Paul Stirling smashed a remarkable 83* from 36 balls to lead Ireland Men’s cricket team to a thumping nine-wicket victory in a rain-affected T20 International against Zimbabwe today.

Stirling’s innings featured seven sixes and six fours as he ruthlessly dealt with a Zimbabwean attack that struggled to find the right line and length to the in-form Irishman.

Stirling first shared a 58-run opening stand from just 30 balls with Kevin O’Brien (19 from 13 balls), then following O’Brien’s departure Andrew Balbirnie (28* from 17 balls) joined the fray, and with Stirling the pair saw Ireland home hitting an unbeaten partnership of 76 runs off 35 balls.

Earlier in the day, showers reduced the game to a 13-over a side affair and the Zimbabweans, who lost the toss and were sent in to bat first, got off to a flyer. Led by Craig Ervine, who smashed 55 from 32 balls, the visitors looked to be mounting a seriously competitive total, ticking along at 11-an-over for the first eight overs. Sean Williams’ 34 from 12 balls was a delightful cameo, however late wickets fell and the Zimbabweans momentum was restricted in the last three overs. They ended on 132-8 from their 13 overs – a total that still seemed competitive.

For Ireland, Mark Adair claimed four wickets and local-man Craig Young two wickets on an impressive return to the international set-up.

 

After an adjustment to the target based on DLS calculations, the Irish side required 134 for victory. Ireland’s batsmen, though, came out firing and cantered to victory with 13 balls to spare.

A wonderful victory to the home side, capping off a day which saw Gareth Delany make his international debut, and Mark Adair his T20I debut.

The two sides meet again on Sunday at the same venue in the final T20I of the series (the first T20I was washed out). Tickets available at the gate, the game starts at 4pm.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men, T20 International, 12 July 2019, Bready

  Zimbabwe 132-8 (13 overs; C Ervine 55; M Adair 4-40)
  Ireland 134-1 (10.5 overs; P Stirling 83*, A Balbirnie 28*; T Chatara 1-23)


Ireland won by 9 wickets

A full scorecard can be found here.

 

 


INTERVIEW: Ireland Men’s Head Coach Graham Ford on 12 months of progress and Lord’s Test

July 11th 2019 | International, Coaching

INTERVIEW: Ireland Men’s Head Coach Graham Ford on 12 months of progress and Lord’s Test

Graham Ford is pleased with squad progress over last 12 months

BELFAST – When Ireland Men’s Head Coach Graham Ford came into the role in late 2017, he knew there was a job to do with a squad that was not only in transition, but one gearing up to compete on cricket’s biggest stages. With Test cricket in the offing, the work over the last 12 to 18 months has been intensive, but is starting to bear real fruit.

The 58-year old South African-born coach has previously led some of world and English county cricket’s leading sides – South Africa, Sri Lanka and Surrey are just some names on his CV. He was even offered the Indian Men’s cricket team job at one stage, however he has found a home as Head Coach of one of world cricket’s most recently named Full Members and has been impressed by what he is seeing:

“Pleasingly, over the last year many of the players have grown impressively as cricketers and I feel that as a team there are exciting signs of progress. The development of a competitive national team is highly dependent on the quality of our cricketing system and the people who work and coach within the system. Much good work is being done by those involved and as a result, our systems and structures are being developed and improved. Ultimately all this ensures that players have a better opportunity to improve their games.”

“Having said that, we are in the early phases of a long term process and there is still much to be done. If we are aiming to compete with the best, we will always need to be totally committed to improving all our skills. The game is changing all the time and teams around the world are constantly working on ways to get better. For us there will always be room for improvement in all areas.”


Graham Ford
Image: Graham Ford being interviewed

Asked for his assessment of the 2019 international schedule to date, he said:

“Looking at recent performances, there have been pleasing aspects. The team did well to tie the away series against Afghanistan, and although we did not win any Tri-Series ODI matches, or the England game, there were some good individual and team performances on display against high-class opposition.”

“One area we are getting better at is assessing conditions and situations, and constructing our batting innings accordingly, with the aim of being able to put the opposition bowlers under big pressure at the end of an innings.”

“Likewise, our bowlers are creating more pressure with greater accuracy and consistency. The bowling skills required for the end overs, particularly, are so important to success in white ball cricket, and our bowlers are working hard to improve this aspect of our play.”

Another important aspect of the game that he sees improvement is fielding:

“During the recent Zimbabwe ODI series I was really pleased to see the improvement in the fielding. In the past, we may not have been the most gifted fielding unit in world cricket, but in recent times our attitude, energy and commitment in the field was most impressive.”

Moving from 50-over to T20 cricket, Ford spoke about the transferability of learnings between the two formats:

“There are many similarities between the two white ball cricket formats, and hopefully work done during the 50-over phase of our season will help our performances in the T20s. For example, the end over skills and variations that our bowlers require are the same in both formats. And for the batters, the ability to find space and hit with power is important whatever the game.”

“T20 cricket though is a much faster moving game and situations can change rapidly. We are working hard on becoming a team that can think quickly on our feet and adapt well. Smart decision making under pressure is a big part of the game.”


Graham Ford
Image: Graham Ford (right) talks to England Head Coach Trevor Bayliss


Asked about the quality of the pathway system below international level, Ford said:

“Over the last 18 months the selectors have tried to observe as much cricket as possible. Players are being assessed all the time (game and training time) with the aim of selecting the players who have match-winning potential, a tough competitive temperament and the right attitude.”

“The recent T20 Inter-Provincial Festival was of great interest to us in this respect, and a great lead-in to the current series we’re playing. As was the Ireland Wolves programme – these domestic structures are providing increasingly competitive and high-quality cricket that is bearing fruit within the senior squad.”

While minds are firmly on the T20 fixtures at hand, Ford admits that a great deal of work is already underway preparing for the upcoming Test match against England at Lord’s:

“The schedule is not ideal, and it will be tough for some of the lads to change from T20 mode to Test mode very quickly – it will require those players to adopt a rapid mindset change. However, for those not involved in the T20 series against Zimbabwe we have started their red ball work already.”

And is he personally excited about the prospect of leading the side in a Test match at Lord’s?

“I have been very fortunate to have a number of visits to Lord’s with Kent, Surrey and Sri Lanka. It is such an impressive and special place, and is a place full of reminders of great past players and brilliant past performances. And, of course, the atmosphere at a final or a Test match really does make it a very unique and special venue. We are all looking forward to getting and taking in the experience, but that is soon – our current thinking is firmly on Zimbabwe and the two remaining T20s.”

Ireland and Zimbabwe meet in two T20 internationals on 12 and 14 July 2019. The matches are to be played at Bready. Tickets are available at the gate, £10 for adults, under-16s go free.


McAllister assumes interim role as squads announced for Women’s Academy, Under-19s and Under-15s

July 10th 2019 | International, Women, Youth

McAllister assumes interim role as squads announced for Women’s Academy, Under-19s and Under-15s

Fintan McAllister joins the international women's set-up until September

DUBLIN - Cricket Ireland has today announced that Fintan McAllister will take up temporary duties as Women’s Performance Coach in the national set-up and Women’s Academy until the end of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, as squads were announced for Academy and under-age fixtures in July and August.

McAllister will work alongside Interim Head Coach Ed Joyce in the senior international side, while also coaching the Academy side in three upcoming fixtures.

He said:

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work with Ed in the build-up to the Qualifier, and also lead the Women’s Academy side for these games against Scotland Academy. The Academy is a brilliant stepping stone for players between club cricket and international cricket, providing an opportunity for those wanting to develop their game and push for higher honours. I know the players have been working extremely hard over the last number of months and good progress is being made, and I’m looking forward to supporting the work in improving and developing the next generation of senior internationals.”

The fixtures:
• 23 July: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy - 50 over - Rush
• 25 July: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy - 50 over -  North County
• 26 July: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy - 20 over - Phoenix

The squad:
Rachel Delaney (Captain) (Merrion), Amy Hunter (Instonians), Caoimhe McCann (Malahide), Hannah Little (Pembroke), Jane Maguire (The Hills), Leah Paul (Merrion), Orla Prendergast (Pembroke), Sophie MacMahon (Leinster), Anna Kerrison (Malahide), Naomi Matthews (Waringstown), Rebecca Stokell (Leinster), Amy Kenealy (Leinster), Cara Murray (Saintfield/Waringstown) .

Commenting on McAllister’s appointment, Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said:

“Fintan has been a great asset to the women’s senior squad in a Specialist Fielding and Wicket-Keeping Coach capacity at various times over the last couple of years.  His coaching has progressed immensely and I would like to acknowledge and thank the support of Cricket Leinster in supporting the secondment of Fintan during this period.”

The Ireland Under-19s Women’s squad


The Ireland Under-19s women’s squad will travel to Northamptonshire in the middle of August to play against their county side, which will provide invaluable experience for the players involved.

The fixtures:
• 20 August: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire - 50 over - Finedon Dolben CC
• 21 August: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire - 50 over - Kettering Town CC
• 23 August: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire - 20 over - Burton Latimer CC

The squad:
Cara Murray (Captain) (Saintfield/Waringstown), Alana Dalzell (Bready), Sarah Forbes (YMCA), Jennifer Hanna (Donaghcloney Mill), Amy Hunter (Instonians), Hannah Little (Pembroke), Jane Maguire (The Hills), Tess Maritz (Clontarf), Eimear Mullen (Pembroke), Mya Naughton (YMCA), Cliodhna O’Reardon (The Hills), Jenny Sparrow (Leinster), Cliona Tucker (Pembroke).

The Ireland Under-15s Girls squad


The Ireland Under-15s girls squad will travel to the Netherlands at the end of July to play five T20 games against their Dutch counterparts.

Head Coach Andrew Poynter said:

“This group of players have worked really hard during the winter program on all aspects of their games. Clare [Shillington] and I are really looking forward to seeing them show off their skills and test themselves in different match situations and different conditions. It’s brilliant that an under-15s squad can go to the Netherlands and play against another international side this early in their development. It should be a trip full of massive learning opportunities.”


The fixtures:
• 30 July: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls - 2 x 20 over games - Kampong Cricket Club
• 1 August: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls - 2 x 20 over games - Kampong Cricket Club
• 2 August: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls - 20 over game - Kampong Cricket Club

The squad:
Amy Hunter (Captain) (Instonians), Katie Brophy (Malahide), Ava Canning (Leinster), Zara Craig (Eglinton), Beth Deacon (Malahide), Georgina Dempsey (Phoenix), Rebecca Gough (Rush), Zoe Hoffman (YMCA), Joanna Loughran (Leinster), Emma McEvoy (YMCA), Ella Pasley (Phoenix), Freya Sargent (Clontarf), Siúin Woods (YMCA) .


INTERVIEW: Ireland’s Craig Young on Test call-up and his long road back to form

July 9th 2019 | International

INTERVIEW: Ireland’s Craig Young on Test call-up and his long road back to form

Craig Young was announced in the 14-man squad for the Lord's Test

BELFAST – Asleep at home on the sofa after a hard training session, North West Warriors and North Down fast bowler Craig Young was aroused by a phone call that would change his day dramatically. At the other end of the line was Andrew White, Chairman of National Men’s Selectors, with a simple request: ‘We’d like you to join the Test squad for Lord’s’.

The 29-year old was slow to react, he said:

“It really took a few minutes after I’d hung up for it to sink in. It came as a shock and a huge relief at the same time. This game had been on my mind for a long time and it was just a huge rush of emotions that all the hard work and sleepless nights have been worth it.”

“The occasion is enormous for cricket in Ireland. If you’d have told any of us a few years ago that Ireland would be playing against England in a Test at Lord’s, they’d have called you crazy.”

“It’s such a massive honour to be in the squad and the chance to represent everyone in Irish cricket from past players to supporters in this most special place. Lord’s is the Home of Cricket, so doesn’t really get any better than that in my eyes.”

Young struck gold early on in his career – his first international appearance for Ireland at the age of 23 saw the right-arm paceman claim six wickets on debut. Since this first appearance in 2013, he has appeared 43 times for the Men in Green, however his performances over the last 12 months were not up to his own admitted standards.

“At club level, I’d always enjoyed my time at Bready, and winning the league was a very proud moment for me and for the club. But there was no masking over the fact I had a tough year at international level last year - I struggled a lot with rhythm and my form was up and down. I fought a battle with my bowling action too, with there being and obvious kink on where I’d gone very slingy.”

“The only time where I’d felt good running in was at North Down, and every other time where I’ve felt like that - and felt I’d been bowling my fastest - has been at North Down. So it made sense to make that place my base, from where I would play most of my cricket - and so far it’s working brilliantly. My new club has a great bunch of lads, and I was taken aback by just how professional they are and how they all want to improve their cricket.”


Craig Young
Image: Craig Young in action for Ireland Wolves (photo credit: Rodney Smythe)

Besides club cricket, Young also points to the Ireland Wolves programme as an opportunity that allowed him to improve his form on a higher stage:

“The Ireland Wolves is a massive stepping stone - it gives lads either more competitive cricket outside the Inter-Pros or exposes the younger guys to a level they’ve never experienced before.”

“With Pete Johnston at the helm, the Wolves has a very enthusiastic and brilliant coach who only wants to get the best out of his players and push them on to the national side. Personally, the chance to play at Oak Hill was perfect and felt that it would be a good marker to see just how my form and progress had moved on from last summer. We had played Scotland over on their patch last year and I had performed poorly by my own standard, so it was very satisfying and quite a relief to put in the performances I did at Oak Hill this time around.”

At the Inter-Provincial level it has been a frustrating rain-affected campaign so far for Young and his North West Warriors teammates, but he certainly has seen positives emerge from the 2019 series so far:

“Rain is always going to play a part in cricket in Ireland – it just seems a bizarre year where it appears sunny most of the time and then when we meet up for inter-pro cricket it pours it down!”

“The cricket we [the Warriors] have played has been hot and cold this season. It’s been great to see people like Graham Kennedy step up and show his potential and get a few scores. He’s someone who I think will play for Ireland for a long time in years to come. Graham Hume has also been a nice addition into the squad, very professional and good to watch how he goes about his business and good for the younger lads to see. It’s also great to have big Boydy [Boyd Rankin] back with us full time now - love watching him bowl.”


Craig
Image: “This game had been on my mind for a long time” - Young on the Lord’s Test


But before Young and his international teammates head to Lord’s, his short-term focus is on the T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe starting this week.

“I can’t wait to get going in the T20s. It’s the most difficult format I feel as you can bowl well and still get whacked. So, I’m just going to enjoy it and take it all in.”

“I feel that I now have the best control of the white ball that I’ve ever had, which I’d put largely down to working extremely hard over the winter with Ryan Eagleson. He has me swinging the ball again now, which is a massive help especially up front when batter try to line you up from ball one!”

Ireland and Zimbabwe meet in three T20 internationals on 10, 12 and 14 July 2019. The first match at Stormont, and the second and third matches at Bready. Tickets are available at the gate, £10 for adults, under-16s go free.

 

 


Ireland Women to take on England Women’s Academy

July 8th 2019 | International, Women

Ireland Women to take on England Women’s Academy

The new fixtures will be played 16-18 July

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today announced new fixtures for the Ireland Women’s cricket team, with the squad set to take on the England Women’s Academy side in three T20 matches from 16 to 18 July 2019, as part of its preparations for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in August.

Interim Head Coach Ed Joyce’s side will play three T20 fixtures that have been organised as part of a replacement programme of matches following the cancellation of the Zimbabwe Women’s tour last week.

Joyce said:

“Cricket Ireland has been working hard behind-the-scenes in recent days to pull together a replacement programme of matches for the senior squad since the Zimbabwe series was cancelled. We had two hard-fought encounters with Leinster Under-16s Boys last Friday, and now look forward to these three new fixtures against what is a quality side.”

“The squad has been training well, but nothing beats time in the middle in a match situation. It’s incredibly important in the build-up to the Qualifier that we play in match conditions and use the opportunity to experiment with players, and player roles within the squad.”

“We would like to thank the ECB and the England Women’s Academy for responding so positively to our approach and finding availability to arrange these fixtures at short notice.”

THE FIXTURES


  • 16 July: Ireland Women v England Women’s Academy at Millfield School, Somerset
  • 17 July: Ireland Women v England Women’s Academy at Millfield School, Somerset
  • 18 July: Ireland Women v England Women’s Academy at Millfield School, Somerset

THE SQUAD


Laura Delany (c), Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Hannah Little, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Naomi Matthews, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.


Ireland announces 14-man squad for England Test Match at Lord’s

July 7th 2019 | International

Ireland announces 14-man squad for England Test Match at Lord’s

The 14-man squad has been announced

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today named a 14-player squad that will travel to England next week to play a two-day warm-up match and then the historic first Test match between Ireland and England at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Graham Ford’s squad will play the following matches:

  • 18-19 July: Ireland XI v Middlesex 2nd XI at Merchant Taylor’s School
  • 24-27 July: Ireland v England Test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground

The squad

William Porterfield (Captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.


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

“The historic nature of this Test match will not be lost on anyone, however, the players will not be overawed by the occasion. I think we demonstrated the fight and talent we possess in the recent ODI against England at Malahide, and I expect the players will look to be just as competitive in the Test arena.”

“We have stated all along that as Selectors we are looking for players not only in-form but displaying consistent performances, and I believe we have selected a squad that reflects this. It’s also a squad that balances experience and emerging talent, which is necessary in looking to the future in this format of the game. This may only be our third Test, but we have 11 more to play over the next three years and our two Tests to date have shown glimpses of the potential we possess.”

“We often say that this is a team in transition, but recent performances at home give us great optimism that we are on the right path and will come to Lord’s with confidence and belief.”

“We would like to thank Middlesex Cricket for finding room in their schedule to play a warm-up game and Merchant Taylors School, and hope Irish cricket fans – home-based and ex-pat alike – come out to turn Lord’s green and support the boys in that distinctly Irish style.”

 

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Lord's Test
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Lord's
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Ireland completes 3-0 clean sweep of ODI series against Zimbabwe

July 7th 2019 | International

Ireland completes 3-0 clean sweep of ODI series against Zimbabwe

Ireland completed a clean-sweep today

BELFAST – A comfortable six-wicket victory saw Ireland Men’s cricket team take the GS Holding Inc ODI Series against Zimbabwe undefeated at Stormont today.

After losing the toss, Ireland had first use of the ball on a wicket that looked favourable to the seamers – and favourable it was. Tim Murtagh (3-39) struck first, removing opener Ryan Burl for 1. Mark Adair then joined the party forcing the in-form Craig Ervine onto his back foot from where he chopped the ball on his stumps. Soon after Murtagh had a second and Zimbabwe were 31-3 in the 9th over.

Captain Hamilton Masakadza (23) and Sean Williams (67) looked to restore some stability in the innings, until William Porterfield, who was cleverly rotating his seamers so as to not let the visiting batsmen settle, threw the ball to Shane Getkate. The Northern Knights all-rounder claimed two wickets in two overs, and his provincial compatriot Adair claimed another, and suddenly Zimbabwe were at crisis point on 88-6.

Looking to counter-attack, Williams upped the tempo of his scoring and registered his 31st ODI half-century. After several late-innings partnerships, Zimbabwe moved their score to 172 before Williams was unluckily run out backing up at the non-strikers end, after bowler Adair failed to grasp a tough caught-and-bowled chance but the ball deflected onto the stumps with Williams outside his crease.

The end was nigh, and Ireland soon wrapped up the innings, with the last wicket falling at 190 from 46.5 overs.

Impressively for Ireland, the entire bowling unit contributed to the dominating performance with Murtagh taking three wickets, Boyd Rankin, Getkate and Adair two apiece, and Kevin O’Brien going wicketless but bowling a tight 0-25 from 8 overs to keep the pressure on at one end through the middle overs and never allowing the visitors to gather momentum.

 


In response, the still relatively new opening pair of James McCollum and Paul Stirling followed up their century stand in the last match with a 60-run partnership today. Stirling was out first, falling for 32 from 44 balls, ending his run of consecutive scores above 50 in ODIs, which will remain a remarkable six.

Andy Balbirnie (5) departed early, but McCollum and captain William Porterfield came together to compile an innings-stabilising 43-run partnership. McCollum brought up his second consecutive half-century, before falling shortly after for an impressive 54. Porterfield and Kevin O’Brien then sought to close out the victory with some determined batting, but on 49 Porterfield played back to a low skidding ball from Ryan Burl and was bowled.

With 32 runs still for victory, O’Brien (35*) and Lorcan Tucker (8*) batted well to see out a well-deserved victory by 6 wickets with almost nine overs to spare.

Tim Murtagh was named Player of the Series for taking nine wickets at an average of 11.33.


Team
Image: The victorious Ireland ODI squad

William Porterfield said after the game:

“What pleased us today was our general attitude – we went hard and once we were on top we never let off.”

“Murts [Tim Murtagh] just keeps doing it – at his age he knows what he’s doing and what he has to do, it’s just nice to have someone like that who you know is one of your bankers.”

For the captain, the day included a number of milestones, including registering his 4,000th run in ODIs for Ireland, and the victory was his 50th ODI win as captain. Asked about these, he said:

“Milestones are things maybe you might tick off, some things you might look back in years to come and be pleased with, but the series win 3-nil was the first real thing I was focussing on.”

The two sides will meet for the first of three T20 Internationals on Wednesday at Stormont in Belfast. Match scheduled to begin at 12.30pm. Tickets available at the gate or online via Ticketmaster.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland v Zimbabwe, GS Holdings ODI Series, 7 July 2019, Stormont

  Zimbabwe 190 (46.5 overs; S Williams 67; T Murtagh 3-39, S Getkate 2-30, B Rankin 2-39, M Adair 2-53)
  Ireland 191-6 (41.2 overs; J McCollum 54, W Porterfield 49, K O’Brien 35*; S Williams 1-14)


Ireland won by 6 wickets

A full scorecard can be found here.

 

 


Tickets to Zimbabwe series - now available!

July 6th 2019 | International

Tickets to Zimbabwe series - now available!

Tickets are available at the gate

Tickets are still available to the last GS Holding Inc One-Day International and three T20 Internationals between Ireland Men and Zimbabwe Men. Here are the details.

Third One-Day International - Stormont, 7 July 2019

Match starts at 10.45am. Tickets are available at the gate and are:

  Adults: £15
  Under-16s: Free

 

First T20 International - Stormont, 10 July 2019

Match starts at 12.30pm. Tickets are available at the gate and are:

  Adults: £10
  Under-16s: Free

Second T20 International - Bready, 12 July 2019

Match starts at 4.00pm. Tickets are available at the gate and are:

  Adults: £10
  Under-16s: Free

Third T20 International - Bready, 14 July 2019

Match starts at 4.00pm. Tickets are available at the gate and are:

  Adults: £10
  Under-16s: Free


Under-15s Youth Inter-Pro Match Reports

July 5th 2019 | International, Youth

Under-15s Youth Inter-Pro Match Reports

The O’Neills Under-15s Youth Inter-Provincial Series was played from 1 – 5 July 2019 at Holywood Cricket Club and Campbell College.

Last week it was announced that O’Neills have come on board as the tournament sponsor.

The week was divided into two competitions:

  • O’Neills Under-15s Youth Inter-Provincial T20 Series
  • O’Neills Under-15s Youth Inter-Provincial 50-over Series

O’Neills Under-15s Youth Inter-Provincial 50-over Series

NCU U15 vs Munster U15 (50 Overs) - 1 July 2019 (see scorecard)

Munster won the toss and elected to bat, and after shorts rain delay they got away to a steady start thanks to their top order, reaching a promising position of 110 for 4 on a tricky wicket. However a good second spell from Rory Ellerby saw him take 3 wickets for 14 runs, and with support from the other bowlers they managed to keep the total down to 137 all out. In the second innings Munster got off to a good start with an early wicket, but a 115 partnership between between Matthew Halliday and Ashton Clarke saw NCU to victory.

NWCU U15 vs Leinster U15 (50 Overs) - 1 July 2019 (see scorecard)

After the reluctant rain cleared Leinster put themselves into bat, however they found runs hard to come by thanks to a tight bowling attack from NWCU - especially from Khyat Bhavsar who bowled 10 overs conceding only 11 runs and taking 3 wickets in the process. This meant that NWCU went into bat needing 127 off 50 overs, with a steady start NWCU were 49 for 1 when Andrew Tonge came into the attack who bowled a match winning spell taking 6 wickets for 20 runs helping Leinster win after bowling NWCU out for 83.

NCU U15 vs Leinster U15 (50 Overs) - 2 July 2019 (see scorecard)

After the toss was won by Leinster they chose to bat, but they faced a strong bowling attack from NCU and struggled to gain any long partnerships. However batsmen all the way down the order got what runs they could resulting in the total set being 160 all out. None of the top order could manage to get in as the Leinster field stayed tight and bowlers took wickets, despite an exciting innings from Michael Waite coming in at number 10 NCU fell short and were bowled out for 116 in the 40th over.

NWCU U15 vs Munster U15 (50 Overs) - 2 July 2019 (see scorecard)

Another toss won by Munster saw NWCU batting first on another damp day. After a slow start, the first wicket fell in the 13th over with NWCU at 40 for 1 and needing to increase their run rate, which was aptly done by Raymond Curry who scored a brilliant 105 of just 79 balls causing a strong total to be set of 277 for 6. During the second innings Munster struggled to get any major partnerships due to a good team bowling performance by NWCU which left Munster all out for 102.


  NB: A number of fixtures have been played pre-Tournament week - NCU U15 v NWCU U15 and Munster U15 v Leinster U15.

 

O’Neills Under-15s Youth Inter-Provincial T20 Series

NCU U15 vs NWCU U15 (20 overs) - 3 July 2019 (see scorecard)

On a sunny morning, NWCU won the toss and they chose to bat first. However a great opening spell from Carson McCullough in which he took the wicket of both opening batsmen left them at 11 for 2, but Raymond Curry played another vital innings of 66 from just 45, well supported by other batsmen resulted in the final score reading 136 for 4. The second innings started promising for NWCU due to a fine opening spell from Josh Wilson meant that NCU were 51 for 6 in the eleventh over, but Michael Waite’s innings of 59 from 42 gave NCU a good chance, needing 7 off the last over, but tight bowling and fielding meant that only 5 came off the over and NWCU won by 1 run.

Munster U15 vs Leinster U15 (20 Overs) - 3 July 2019 (see scorecard)

Munster were first to bat and saw out the 20 over however Leinster were excellent in the field and with a few good catches and kept Munster down to 98 with 7 wickets shared between the bowlers. Leinster then went into bat, but despite a couple of good early catches, Wilhelm De Klerk’s 56 allowed the Leinster batsmen to reach the total set by Munster with a couple of overs to spare losing only 3 wickets in the chase.

NCU U15 vs Munster U15 (20 overs) - 3 July 2019 (see scorecard)

Munster won the toss and chose to bat first. Another good team bowling performance by NCU meant that runs were hard to come by for Munster. However all the batsmen chipped in to a total of 103 from the 20 overs with a late flurry of runs by Andrew Doheny. NCU started their batting innings with care at a steady run rate, however once Matthew Daly had been in long enough, we saw an impressive batting display including four sixes which meant that NCU chased down the total with 7 overs to spare.

NWCU U15 vs Leinster U15 (20 Overs) - 3 July 2019 (see scorecard)

NWCU won the toss and put themselves into bat first, however they found it difficult to score and only two boundaries came in the innings, through good running they managed to reach 63 with the 10th wicket off the last ball. A low total for Leinster to chase looked simple but Khyat Bhavsar bowled well again taking 4 wickets in 4 overs, leaving Leinster 25 for 5. But Phillipe Le Roux played a useful innings allowing Leinster to clinch victory with just 1 ball and 1 wicket to spare.

NCU U15 vs Leinster U15 (20 overs) - 5 July 2019 (see scorecard)

NWCU U15 vs Munster U15 (20 overs) - 5 July 2019 (see scorecard)

 


First-ever series win at home against a Full Member, as Ireland go 2-0 up against Zimbabwe

July 4th 2019 | International

First-ever series win at home against a Full Member, as Ireland go 2-0 up against Zimbabwe

McCollum and Stirling celebrate their half-centuries

BELFAST – A dramatic five-run win by Ireland today sealed a series win over Zimbabwe and saw the Men in Green win their first home series against any side since 2014, and first-ever home series against a Full Member nation.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat first on a low, green wicket, Ireland’s opening pair of Paul Stirling and James McCollum batted superbly, registering their first century-stand as a partnership and laying a solid platform for the home side.

McCollum was the first to fifty – his first international half-century – while Stirling’s half-ton came up a few balls later. For Stirling this was remarkably his sixth consecutive score over 50, and during his innings he brought up his 4,000th run in one-day internationals for Ireland. He is the first Irishman to achieve the milestone and, until his dismissal, looked in imperious form.

McCollum (73) continued batting on, looking increasingly confident – flashing boundaries over cover and gliding another through a vacant slip cordon. However, with the Irish side looking comfortable on 140-1 the Zimbabwean bowlers, led by Solomon Mire fought back. Three wickets fell for 14 runs, and the previous well-paced scoreline looked a little more precarious at 154-4.

 

The arrival of Lorcan Tucker saw an innings stabilising partnership with captain William Porterfield (20), but with the Irish side looking to push on the scoring rate, Porterfield fell.

From there on there was only one story – Tucker’s better than run-a-ball half-century. While wickets fell around him, threatening to leave Ireland with a score of just over 200, Tucker hit his straps. He hit seven boundaries in a innings of great maturity, steering the home side to a competitive 242-9 – only falling on the second-last ball of the innings trying to hit out.

For Zimbabwe, the recalled Solomon Mire, who missed out in Bready, took 4-43 and looked dangerous throughout, but the 2-28 from 8 overs by spinner Sikander Raza probably did more to pacify the Irish side and build pressure on the middle order to great effect.

The Irish defence with ball in hand could hardly have started any better. A wicket to Tim Murtagh (5-21) in his first over, followed by two more in his third had Zimbabwe staring down the barrel at 14-3 in the fifth over.

Craig Ervine (43) and Sean Williams consolidated the innings, until Shane Getkate removed Ervine, feathering a ball through to Tucker behind the stumps. Tucker was the most relieved man on the field, having grassed a chance off Ervine just ten balls prior.

 


Williams and Sikander Raza then put on 57 runs to get Zimbabwe back in the hunt, but then it was the experienced duo of Rankin and Murtagh who made key breakthroughs. Rankin first dismissed the dangerous Raza who compiled 31 off 22 balls, and then the reintroduction of the ageless Murtagh saw the end of Williams for 58.

The last 15 overs then swung dramatically, with both sides seeming to get the upper hand at times. A dangerous 69-run stand between Ryan Burl (53) and Donald Tiripano (33) threatened to take the game away from the home team, but nerves of steel by the bowlers and some excellent fielding first saw Murtagh remove Tiripano to claim his first ever five-wicket haul for Ireland, and then Burl was run out attempting a tight second run.

In the end needing 14 off the last over was too much for Zimbabwe and Mark Adair, bowling the final over, bowled several well-directed full-length deliveries that restricted the ability for the batters to swing at the ball. Zimbabwe finished on 237-9, giving Ireland the win and clinch the series 2-0 with one to play.

This win was also notable, as it was the first-ever series win by Ireland on home soil against a Full Member nation, and the first series win against any side at home since 2014.

Tim Murtagh said after the game:

“It’s massive, a series win is rare, we haven’t had many in the last 7 or 8 years. To be 2-0 up after with one to play – there are some happy people in the dressing room. We also just spoke of the determination to finish the job on Sunday and go three-nil up.”

“We always felt we’d have to bowl well to make 243 a winning score, we were a bit disappointed we hadn’t finished 260 or 270. Generally, I thought the bowling and fielding display was excellent to keep them below that, so it was nervy in the end – but that’s 50-over cricket when you score 240 to 250, it’ll often go down to the wire. It was important for us to win a close one.”

“It’s my first List A five-for, so it was nice to get that today. I spoke in the huddle about setting the tone and when I walked out I thought “Right, I’m going to have to act on those words now”. It was important to get those three wickets early, and I thought everyone chipped in.”

About Mark Adair’s final over, he said:

“That’s kind of the best final over from a youngster that I’ve seen – I’ve been in that situation lots of times and probably lost a game for whatever team I was playing for. For him to nail two or three good Yorkers and execute his plans was impressive. Hopefully, he can kick on from that and take confidence for the rest of his Irish career.”

“They’ve got a lot of good players, particularly in their upper and middle order. The sides are pretty evenly matched and hopefully, we’ll be back here for another good game on Sunday.”


The two sides will meet for the third of three ODIs on Sunday at Stormont in Belfast. Match scheduled to begin at 10.45am. Tickets available at the gate or online via Ticketmaster.


SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland v Zimbabwe, GS Holdings ODI Series, 4 July 2019, Stormont

  Ireland 242-9 (50 overs; J McCollum 73, L Tucker 56, P Stirling 52; S Mire 4-43)
  Zimbabwe 237-9 (50 overs; S Williams 58, R Burl 53, C Ervine 43; T Murtagh 5-21)


Ireland won by 5 runs

A full scorecard can be found here.

 

 


Changes to Ireland Women schedule and amended start time to Ireland Men’s 1st T20I against Zimbabwe

July 3rd 2019 | International, Women

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today confirmed replacement matches and a training schedule revision for Ireland Women’s cricket team as a result of the cancellation of the Zimbabwe Women’s tour, and also announced a revised start time for the first T20 International between Ireland Men and Zimbabwe Men on 10 July 2019.

Ireland Women’s team was due to play a six-match series against a visiting Zimbabwean side starting today, however, last Friday Zimbabwe Cricket announced it was no longer in a position to send their squad. While all women’s fixtures have now been cancelled, Cricket Ireland has scheduled two T20 matches and new training sessions at Oak Hill Cricket Club over the next week.

The fixtures are:

  • Friday 5 July: Ireland Women v Leinster Under-16s Boys (Oak Hill, 11am)
  • Friday 5 July: Ireland Women v Leinster Under-16s Boys (Oak Hill, 3pm)

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

“This is a very unfortunate situation and we are highly conscious that the women’s squad were using the Zimbabwe series as an important lead-in to the Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in August. With pretty much no notice we approached a number of teams to see whether they could support us with some replacement fixtures for the squad, but it proved too difficult for most sides we approached to break into their schedules at this stage of the season and be in a position to assemble a team at such short notice.”

“Cricket Leinster has been empathetic of circumstances and agreed to field an Under-16s boys squad to play two T20s this Friday at Oak Hill. We appreciate their support at this challenging time. In addition to these matches, interim Head Coach Ed Joyce will hold three days of training this week for the squad as well.”

Change to Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men’s 1st T20 International

Originally starting at 11am as part of a doubleheader with the women’s teams, the fixture scheduled on Wednesday 10 July at Stormont will now start at 12.30pm on that day. This move will hopefully minimise disruption to patrons who have pre-purchased tickets and provide sides with additional travel and preparation time on the day.

 


INTERVIEW: Shane Getkate discusses Zimbabwe series after first ODI

July 3rd 2019 | International

INTERVIEW: Shane Getkate discusses Zimbabwe series after first ODI

Getkate bowling during the recent ODI at Bready

BELFAST – Monday was a near perfect start to the series for the Ireland Men’s cricket team - and for Shane Getkate personally, as the One-Day International debutant played a telling role for the side in their four-wicket win over Zimbabwe at Bready Cricket Club. The Northern Knights player contributed 2-33 with the ball and scored a vital 16 not out to help get the side over the line.

Getkate spoke after the game about his emotions throughout his ODI debut:

“There was obviously some nerves during your first over but after those six balls, you get into the game and it quickly becomes just another game that you play. It’s great to get a win, that’s my second ‘debut’ now [he made his T20 International debut in February] and we’ve got two wins, and that’s the most important thing.”

“Balbo [Andrew Balbirnie] and Stirlo [Paul Stirling] batted very well in the first ODI, and the bowlers bowled well as a unit, so it was a very good team performance.”

Getkate also had the pleasure of hitting the winning runs for his side, albeit not in the style you dream of:

“You don’t particularly want the winning runs going past the keeper! But you take it at the end of the day and it came on nicely under a bit of pressure. I enjoyed it as much as I could.”

Moving onto Thursday, Getkate insists that there is still a lot of improvement to come from this Irish side going into the second One Day game of the series:

“We’ve hopefully got to keep on improving and going into Thursday, we’ve got to try and put another win on the board and put them under pressure.”

And that will be Ireland’s aim, to claim the second ODI against Zimbabwe on Thursday in Belfast. If they do so, they will secure the three-match series.

However, Zimbabwe will not easily roll over and this will be a very tough test for the Irish side. The visitors can take confidence from Craig Ervine’s brilliant hundred, which was a well-constructed innings and emphasized how good his timing is. Ryan Burl also came into very good effect later in the innings, he scored an above a run a ball 49* to push Zimbabwe up to their of 254, which seemed around par at the halfway stage.

For Ireland, there were plenty of positives to take out of the win – Balbirnie and Stirling’s form most notable, however, the contributions of some of the younger players in the side were possibly more encouraging for Ireland’s future prospects. Mark Adair showed his wicket-taking abilities by bagging himself a four-wicket haul, while Lorcan Tucker looked assured behind the stumps all day, and also during his innings of 23. James McCollum too grew in confidence during his innings of 21 at the top of the order.

The second ODI in the Series is set to be a fascinating encounter, with play scheduled to begin at 10.45am and tickets available at the gate (under-16s go free).

Zimbabwe series


A 50th anniversary tribute to ‘Sion Mills 1969’

July 2nd 2019 | International, Other

A 50th anniversary tribute to ‘Sion Mills 1969’

2 July 1969 went down as a famous date in Irish cricket history

SION MILLS - On 2 July 1969 something was not right with world cricket. Well, so it seemed for fans of the game when they opened up their newspapers the next day. The Irish “Supermen”, as they were dubbed in the UK’s Daily Mirror, had humbled the mighty West Indies at Sion Mills - bowling the visitors out for just 25.

Ireland’s Alec O’Riordan and Dougie Goodwin were the only two bowlers used that day taking nine wickets between them, with one run out.

The Irish Times noted: “Spectators from Co Tyrone stood on a railway embankment to watch and apparently were not very impressed by the mighty West Indies who has earlier held England to a draw at Lord’s.”

On the 50th anniversary of this day we offer the following tributes to those mighty Irish “supermen”.

An interview with Sir Clive Lloyd and historic footage from the day

A tribute package to that famous day and famous ground


Near-complete team display see Ireland claim first victory in the ODI Series against Zimbabwe

July 1st 2019 | International

Near-complete team display see Ireland claim first victory in the ODI Series against Zimbabwe

A great team display takes Ireland 1-0 up

BREADY – A century to Andrew Balbirnie, wickets and runs to Mark Adair and a fifth successive ODI half-century to Paul Stirling saw Ireland defeat Zimbabwe today at Bready Cricket Club today.

Early morning showers meant a delayed start to play, but after William Porterfield won the toss and sent Zimbabwe in on a green-tinged pitch, Ireland’s bowlers looked to put the Zimbabweans on the back foot from the beginning of the series.

Mark Adair with his first ball, removing opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe’s middle stump. He then followed up shortly after removing Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza for 15, leaving the visitors at 20-2 in the sixth over.

Craig Ervine, the 33-year year old left-hander then looked to take control – dispatching balls to all corners of the ground without looking to take many risks. He built stabilising partnerships with Brendan Taylor (12) and Sean Williams (28), before broadening his shoulders and powering through to his third ODI century for Zimbabwe.

As good as Ervine’s innings was, when he eventually departed for 105 from 117 balls, the visiting side were on a precarious 210-7 in the 45th over.

Step up Ryan Burl – the 25-year old middle-order batter with an ODI average of just 14.00 decided to finish with a powerful flourish. His first 10 runs came off 24 balls, but with the loss of Ervine he proceeded to smash four sixes and three fours, ending on 49* off 42 balls – scoring 39 runs off his last 18 balls.

Zimbabwe’s final total of 254-9 looked highly competitive, and would require some dedicated batting by the home side to overhaul.

 

For Ireland, Adair finished with his first four-wicket haul in ODIs (4-73) – having suffered the brunt of Burl’s late hitting – and fellow Northern Knights all-rounder Getkate, making his ODI debut, claimed 2-33. Lorcan Tucker also claimed his first two dismissals for Ireland in ODI cricket.

The Ireland response began in a measured manner. After the loss of James McCollum (21), Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie came together to put on a 105-run stand. The control they displayed ensured Ireland stayed well in the run chase without so much as a mis-shot to be seen.

Stirling was in imperious form, striking the ball cleanly and registering his fifth consecutive ODI fifty – an Irish record.

With the score on 133-1, Stirling (57) uncharacteristically played at a chest-high ball and feathered it through to the keeper. A further two wickets fell, and after being in cruise control, Ireland found themselves wavering on 150-4 in the 33rd over.

It was then that 22-year old wicketkeeper-batsman Lorcan Tucker came to the crease and with Balbirnie the pair put on 64 for the fifth wicket, at first consolidating and the accelerating the scoring. But then, to seemingly add some late drama, Tucker (23) fell hooking with the score on 214, and the Balbirnie put the jitters in the home crowd by running himself out after just bringing up his well-deserved fifth ODI century.

With 26 needed from 28 balls, Ireland suddenly had two new batsmen at the crease – Adair and Getkate. After a few wayward shots, the pair then knuckled down and powered Ireland home to victory with nine balls to spare. Getkate finished on 16* from 13 balls, and Adair 21* from 13 balls.

Andy Balbirnie said after the game:

“It was enjoyable, a win is always that way. Paul [Stirling] and I batted well together, I think we really complement each other well – he strikes the ball so cleanly, and early on I just tried to rotate the strike. It’s a shame he got out when he did as we lost a bit of the momentum. But the fight shown by the guys coming in at the end was great – especially Mark and Shane there to finish the job off. Mark particularly was very impressive, he hits the ball as clean as anyone, and I thought he was exceptional today with the ball as well. He’s settling well into the squad and he gives us a bit of that X-factor as well.”

“Zimbabwe is a good team but I thought the Zimbabwe score was about par or a bit below, as the outfield was very quick and it was as good a wicket as I’ve played on here. I think looking ahead we can learn from last series against Afghanistan when we went one up and then we didn’t perform in the second. We’ll be desperate to train well and put in another good performance in the next ODI.”

“Today was a good day for us and a good day for the whole set-up.”

The two sides will meet for the second of three ODIs on Thursday at Stormont in Belfast. Match scheduled to begin at 10.45am. Tickets available at the gate or online via Ticketmaster.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland v Zimbabwe, GS Holdings ODI Series, 1 July 2019, Bready CC

  Zimbabwe 254-9 (50 overs; C Ervine 105, R Burl 49*; M Adair 4-73, S Getkate 2-33)
  Ireland 258-6 (48.2 overs; A Balbirnie 101, P Stirling 57; T Chatara 3-36)


Ireland won by 4 wickets

A full scorecard can be found here.

 

 


Dragons on fire in Toyota Super 3s

June 29th 2019 by Andrew Blair White | International, Women

Dragons on fire in Toyota Super 3s

The Dragons rolled on with two more wins

OAK HILL, Wicklow - The Dragons made it five from five so far this season as they continued to dominate the Toyota Super 3s - a Series victory this year would be the first time a team has defended its crown.

Dragons vs Typhoons

It took a brilliant 66 not out from Clare Shillington and a helping hand from Mary Waldron, who posted 36 not out to see the Dragons over the line by 8 wickets with five balls to spare in the opening T20 of the Tripleheader.

Captain Waldron had elected to bowl first on a green but firm deck out in Oak Hill. Her decision was immediately vindicated. A mix up between the openers left Naomi Matthews stranded early on before Una Raymond-Hoey nicked behind from a good ball from Lara Maritz. The early bowling was tight and opportunities to score runs were few and far between as Leah Paul and Orla Prendergast looked to regroup.

They did so to good effect as they brought the score from 3-2 to 40-2 in the 8th over. However, Prendergast then fell, edging behind off Rachael Delaney for 11. Amy Hunter joined Paul, who was growing in confidence as her innings continued on. Accumulation gave way to a couple of boundaries, as her aggressive running style between the wickets was putting the Dragons’ fielders under pressure. Hunter played a good foil to her partner, however, she fell when attempting one quick single too many, Lara Maritz with a brilliant direct hit from cover.

Niamh Walsh joined Paul and accompanied her to her 50, which came up off 46 deliveries and included three fours. Paul fell soon after when trying to push the score along in the closing overs, departing for a very well compiled 56. Walsh had one final push in the last couple of overs, taking herself to 22 not out and her side to 134-6 from their 20 overs. It was a solid effort and a very good one considering the early trouble they were in.

Kerry Tomlinson and Mary Waldron opened the batting in the response and Tomlinson made sure it was a very positive start. She survived an early chance before cashing in with boundaries from strong sweep and pull shots. Waldron dealt in singles to start but opened her shoulders to hit a beautiful one bounce four straight back over the bowler’s head. They had brought the side to 45-0 in the 7th over when Tomlinson fell, edging behind to Amy Hunter off the bowling of Cassie Stephens.

Rachael Delaney soon followed when she was adjudged caught behind off Orla Prendergast soon after. This brought Shillington to the crease and her partnership with Waldron would prove to be the decisive one. Shillington also started watchfully but was soon into stride. She hit trademark shots when powering a couple of boundaries away over mid-on. The rate was climbing though and it needed a few big shots to break the shackles.

With five overs to go, Shillington decided this was her time to hit out, taking an over for 20 runs as she broke the back of the run chase, bringing up her half-century in the process. Her and Waldron saw their side home for an 8 wicket win with five balls to spare, the win being brought up with a Waldron boundary. She finished on 36* with Shillington hitting a brilliant 66*.


Full scorecard here.

 

Dragons vs Scorchers

An excellent 51 not out from Rachael Delaney guided the Dragons home by five wickets with just one ball remaining in the second T20 of the day out in Oak Hill.

Mary Waldron had again chosen to bowl first. However, this time the rewards didn’t come as quickly as the first game. Caoimhe McCann and Cecelia Joyce opened for the Scorchers, and they started very positively and full on intent. McCann was superb, needing no second invitation to go on the sweep at any chance. Joyce showed all her class and experience at the other end, running hard and piercing gaps as the scoreboard continued to tick along.

It took a brilliant catch from Delaney to break the partnership, her good take at mid-wicket accounted for Joyce on 28. McCann kept up her good work to pass fifty while Shauna Kavanagh rotated well at the other end, ensuring that the runs flew past 100 and towards a very competitive total. Kavanagh and Sophie MacMahon both fell in the last over chasing vital runs, as their side finished on 151-3 from their 20 overs. McCann finishing with a quite brilliant 78*.

The Scorchers then struck early and removed Waldron with the first ball of the reply. This didn’t phase Delaney or Kerry Tomlinson though, as she continued on from where she left off in the first game. Her fluent game was a joy to behold as she quickly made sure that the run rate was always just about in touch. However, Tomlinson fell for 44 when being trapped in front by Cara Murray.

This brought the key wicket of Clare Shillington to the crease and despite the rate creeping up to nine an over, Shillington quickly controlled the situation. Her power down the ground is phenomenal and she showed this in her quickfire 37. When she departed caught-and-bowled off Murray, the Dragons still needed 20 from the last two overs. This quickly became 14 through six penalty runs being awarded for slow over rate. Delaney managed to steer them home with one ball remaining, when an inside edge trickled down to the fine leg boundary to secure the win.

Full scorecard here.

 

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Image: A glorious day at Oak Hill

 

Scorchers vs Typhoons

An excellent partnership between Orla Prendergast and Naomi Matthews helped the Typhoons secure a fairly comprehensive six-wicket win over the Scorchers, chasing down the target of 111 with three-and-a-half overs to spare.

The final game of the day between the Scorchers and the Typhoons was played under brilliant setting sun. Shauna Kavanagh won the toss and elected to bat.

However, it wasn’t as good a start as it was in the first game for the Scorchers. They lost McCann to the bowling of Raack, before Prendergast struck to dismiss both Cecelia Joyce and Shauna Kavanagh in the same over. It left the Scorchers 18-3 at the end of the powerplay and they needed to rebuild to have any chance of posting a big score. Sophie MacMahon and Tess Maritz did exactly that.

They put on 36 for the fourth wicket before Maritz departed for 19 off the bowling of Niamh Walsh. This brought Sarah Forbes, to join MacMahon, who was beginning to accelerate. MacMahon scored a very well compiled 42 before she fell trying to up the run rate, holing out to long-on with three overs remaining. Forbes who was joined by Cara Murray squeezed another 20 runs out of the last three overs as the Scorchers got to 111-5 from their 20 overs.

Hannah Little once again struck with the first ball of the innings as Leah Paul departed caught behind. When Little struck again to remove her sister, Louise, the Typhoons were 16-2. Raymond-Hoey was striking the ball very well and quickly got to 20 but she too fell to Little, who bowled brilliantly in her opening spell. Prendergast was then joined by Naomi Matthews, and these two batted well together to bring the Typhoons back into the driving seat.

Both of them hit good boundaries, Prendergast pulling back to back boundaries, while Matthews played a very good role in rotating alongside her, as the two built a match-winning partnership. Both of them continued to accelerate and all but brought their side home. It was Prendergast who fell ten runs short of the target, when chipping to point off MacMahon for 42.

Naomi Matthews saw it through to the end though, finishing on 34* while joined by Amy Hunter who finished with 3*. The Typhoons winning the game by six wickets.

Full scorecard here.

 

 

 


Singh when you’re winning, Ireland Wolves claim second victory over a touring international side

June 29th 2019 | International, Youth, Other

Singh when you’re winning, Ireland Wolves claim second victory over a touring international side

Simi Singh batting for Ireland Wolves

EGLINTON – Irish international Simi Singh remarkably hit his second score in the 90s for Ireland Wolves against a full-strength senior international touring side this season as the home side held its nerve and claimed a 27-run victory against Zimbabwe at Eglinton Cricket Club today.

Singh hit a 91 against Bangladesh at The Hills Cricket Club back in May, and followed up with 90 from 104 balls in this match. His innings was punctuated by nine fours and a six, and perhaps more impressively for the team he featured in three consecutive partnerships of 33, 95 and 42 showing his ability to contribute to consequential partnerships through the early-to-middle overs.

Captain Harry Tector had earlier lost the toss and found his side being sent in to bat first – a decision that the visiting captain Hamilton Masakadza would perhaps soon regret.

The home side made a highly competitive 283-9 from its 50 overs, led by Singh, Tector (36 from 52 balls) and Stephen Doheny (32 from 31 balls). A late flourish by tail-ender James Cameron-Dow of 34* from 17 balls added late runs that in the wash-up would prove crucial for the win.

In response, the Zimbabweans batted confidently, albeit at a controlled pace early. Top order batter Sean Williams, who had scored just 29 runs in four innings against the Netherlands over the last 10 days, found his form and struck an impressive century (104 from 90 balls), before being removed by paceman Peter Chase who was returning for his second spell.

The visiting side’s lower order continued well following the loss of Williams, but wickets at crucial times and a Wolves side holding both its nerves and its catches, saw the young Irish outfit a 27-run win.

All six bowlers used by the Wolves claimed at least one wicket each, with Chase (3-44) and Barry McCarthy (2-46) the multiple wicket-takers.

Zimbabwe now has a training day tomorrow before it faces the Ireland Men’s senior side in the first one-day international on Monday at Bready Cricket Club.


Ireland Wolves
Image: Ireland Wolves squad today

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Wolves v Zimbabwe, 50-over match, 29 June 2019, Eglinton

  Ireland Wolves 283-9 (50 overs; S Singh 90, H Tector 36, J Cameron-Dow 34*; K Jarvis 2-41)
  Zimbabwe 256 (47.2 overs; S Williams 104; P Chase 3-44, B McCarthy 2-46)


Ireland Wolves won by 27 runs

A full scorecard can be found here.

 

 


Cricket Ireland expresses profound disappointment at women’s tour cancellation

June 28th 2019 | International, Women

DUBLIN - Cricket Ireland has today received confirmation that the Zimbabwe Women’s tour to Ireland has been cancelled.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“We received correspondence late this afternoon from Zimbabwe Cricket in which we were informed that due to a funding issue, Zimbabwe Cricket will not be sending their women’s team to Ireland.”

“With the team due to arrive on Sunday, there is clearly no time to find an alternate and, after urgent consultation with the ICC to seek clarification, we regret to confirm the women’s tour has been cancelled. This will not, however, impact upon the men’s tour which will proceed as scheduled.”

“Notwithstanding the significant and costly considerations for Cricket Ireland – including venue hire and management, infrastructure hire, training days, catering, hotel, accommodation and promotional costs – we are all desperately sorry for the players, fans and the many staff and volunteers from across the cricket community who had supported planning for this tour and who planned to be at these matches.”

“We are additionally conscious that this series was an important piece of our preparations for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and we will look into alternative arrangements so our senior Women’s team will not be completely disadvantaged by these disappointing circumstances.”

“We will make further information available as it comes to hand.”

 


O’Neills sponsorship to boost youth cricket, squads named for Youth Inter-Provincial Tournaments

June 28th 2019 | International, Youth

O’Neills sponsorship to boost youth cricket, squads named for Youth Inter-Provincial Tournaments

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland today welcomed the support of leading Irish international sports company O’Neills as the title sponsor of the all-Ireland boys youth inter-provincial competitions that bring together players at under-15 and under-17 age groups from across Ireland to play in 50-over and T20 tournaments over a fortnight.

The four separate series within the youth inter-provincial competitions are:

• O’Neills Under-15s Youth Inter-Provincial T20 Series
• O’Neills Under-15s Youth Inter-Provincial 50-over Series
• O’Neills Under-17s Youth Inter-Provincial T20 Series
• O’Neills Under-17s Youth Inter-Provincial 50-over Series

Elaine Nolan, Participation Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

“The week-long tournament format for Youth Inter-Provincials were introduced by Cricket Ireland in 2018, and is delivered in partnership with the provincial unions. Each age group plays in a week-long tournament that is split into a 50-over and T20 series (last year the 50-over and T20 match results were aggregated in one table to determine an overall winner, however this year there will be two trophies awarded to acknowledge each format separately).”

“The concept behind the Youth Inter-Provincials is to provide young cricketers with the opportunity to excel and develop their skills in a safe and enjoyable environment. The tournament represents a greater investment by Cricket Ireland into the youth structure and pathways for Provincial Unions, and supports the national talent pathway system.”

“In advance of this year’s tournament we would like to acknowledge the tournament host the Northern Cricket Union, their clubs and the match officials who will be standing and scoring for which will no doubt be an outstanding couple of weeks of cricket.”

All matches will be livescored and can be followed via www.mycricket.ie and through the MyCricket Ireland app.

In 2018 (under the inaugural tournament format), Leinster Under-15s and NCU Under-17s won their respective age group tournaments.

Kieran Kennedy from O’Neills said:

“O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd has been a proud partner of Cricket Ireland for the past seven years. Throughout this time we have seen the commitment and endeavour that Cricket Ireland have invested into the development of the game, at a youth level throughout the island of Ireland. It is hugely encouraging to see teams using the Youth Inter-Provincials as a competitive platform to gain valuable game time and develop their skills further.”

“As a company O’Neills have a fantastic reputation for supporting grassroots sport, and as such we are delighted to support youth players and their development through the sponsorship of this year’s edition of the Youth Inter-Provincials. We look forward to seeing some competitive games in the weeks ahead.”

Dennis Cousins, Commercial Director for Cricket Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to have our Official Kit Partner, O’Neills, broaden their sponsorship of Irish cricket to include the upcoming and strategically important youth Inter-Provincial series. This sponsorship reinforces O’Neills commitment to junior and grassroots cricket which is a natural extension of their recent decision to sponsor the Cricket Ireland Junior Membership Programme for 2019. I’d like to thank Kieran Kennedy and his team in O’Neill’s for their valued support for Irish cricket.”

 

FIXTURES

The Under-15s week will be played from 1 – 5 July 2019 at Holywood Cricket Club and Campbell College (Download the Under-15s full fixture list).

The Under-17s week will be played from 7 – 11 July 2019 at Holywood Cricket Club and Campbell College, with one match at Bangor Cricket Club (Download the Under-17s full fixture list).

  NB: A number of fixtures have been played pre-Tournament week due to ground availability and logistics

 

SQUADS

Leinster

Leinster Under-15s – Eoin Birch, Wilhelm De Klerk, Daniel Forkin, Mark Canniffe, Phillipe Le Roux, Ahmed Shah, Patrick Morris, Joe O’Sullivan, Andrew Tonge, Mark Tonge, Luke Whelan, John Devane, Brandon Morris, Brían O’Rourke (Manager) and Daniel Coffey (Coach).
Leinster Under-17s – Theo Dempsey, Peter Forkin, Seamus Lynch, Stephen Black, Louis McDonough, Diarmuid Burke, Cillian McDonnell, Owen Graham, Scott Ruttle, Elliott Johns, Michael O’Reilly, Jack McGee, Jamie MacNulty, Brían O’Rourke (Manager), Glen Querl (Coach).

Brían O’Rourke, Leinster Under-15s and Under-17s Manager said:
“The Leinster players and management are looking forward to the week’s cricket at both Campbell College and Holywood CC. These tournaments remain most important in the Union’s player development plans. Virtually all of the current Leinster Lightning squad have participated at these events over the past ten years and have clearly benefited as a result. We look forward to a competitive weeks cricket in Northern Ireland.”

Munster

Munster Under-15s – Alec Jackson, Andre Ryan, Andrew Doheny, Cormac Dunne, Eshan O’Sullivan, Harry Egerton, Iftkhaar Haaque, Jack Conley, Jamie Bryan, Kanishk Kumar, Luke Thomson, Sunil Gautam, Tahmid Alam, John Buss (Manager), Ruadhan Jones (Coach).
Munster Under-17s – Adam Hickey, Adam Kennedy, Adam Ly, Barry Vosloo, Cian Egerton, Daniel Kennedy, Freddie Froggatt, Jack Buss, Joe McCarthy, Luke O’Reilly, Max Egan, Mike Higgins, Shane Burke, Ted Williamson (Manager).

Ruadhan Jones, Munster Under-15s Manager, said:
“The inter-pros are always a great opportunity to test yourself against the best of your peers. For all of them it will be their first taste of inter-pro cricket, so it will take to time to adjust to the standard. But we’ve a young side all keen to learn and challenge themselves and I’m looking forward to seeing how they respond.”

Ted Williamson, Munster Under-17s coach, said:
“For Munster, our re admission into the inter-pros, is a big step forward and the one of the missing pieces of the pathway for our younger lads. Our aim in the first couple of years is to hold our own, be as competitive as we possibly can and these days you never know once you take games deep. The group are tight and raring to go. It should be a great tournament for all involved.”

Northern Cricket Union

Northern Cricket Union Under-15s – Matthew Cherry, Ashton Clark, Matthew Daly, Rory Ellerby, Matthew Halliday, Adam Kennedy, Adam Ly, Ryan Matthews, Carson McCullough, James Rose, Zak Solomon, Sam Topping, Michael Waite, Callum Atkinson (Coach), Wayne Hughes (Assistant Coach) and Colin Stewart (Assistant Coach).
Northern Cricket Union Under-17s – Luke Allison, Michael Glass, Ethan Hanna, Matthew Humphreys, Archie Johnston, James Lambert, Reece Malone, Sam McLarnon, Hugh Minford, Adam Simmonite, Michael Waite, Ewan Wilson, Uel Graham (Manager), Andrew Cowden (Coach), James Cameron Down (Assistant Coach).

Callum Atkinson, Northern Cricket Union Under-15s Manager, said:
“After a long winter training indoors and working hard, our boys are excited for next week’s Inter-Pro Series. We’re looking forward to compete against the best under-15 cricketers in Ireland and test ourselves in both the 50 over and T20 competitions. The format of next week sees five matches played over four days with a rest day in the middle. For our boys to experience the challenges of competitive cricket for a week will be invaluable for their development as they aspire to play Senior Inter-Pro cricket in years to come.”

North West

North West Under-15s – Ben Nixon, Brook Crumley, Corin Kyte, Dylan McDaid, Gavin Roulston, James McKillop, Josh Wilson, Kenzie Hall, Khyat Bhavsar, Matthew Campbell, Raymond Curry, Robert McFarland, Scott MacBeth, Gary Neely (Manager), David Scanlon (Coach).
North West Under-17s – Adam Boyd, Aidan Logue, Alex Boyd, Ben Mills, Conor Graham, Conor King, Levi Dougherty, Robbie Millar, Shar Khan, Stuart Kennedy, Tom Harpur, William Finlay, Tommy Orr, Mark Olphert (Manager), Kevin Martin (Coach), David Rankin (Assistant Coach).

David Scanlon, North West Under-15s coach, said:
“We are really looking forward to the Under-15s tournament in Belfast this year. The boys are really eager for the first game against Leinster on Monday after an excellent win against the NCU Under-15s which sets us up nicely for the rest of the week. The tournament format gives the opportunity for each player to showcase their skills and perform alongside the best young cricketers in Ireland. I know they are all excited and raring to go after a productive winter training programme.”

Kevin Martin, North West Under-17s Head coach, said:
“After a very productive and hard-working winter programme, it’s a great chance for the boys to showcase their abilities. The coaching team thought the tournament last year was a great set-up, allowing plenty of playing opportunities for all the squad in the two formats. Both the playing and coaching group are looking forward to the week.”

 

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22 million views: Irish Men’s and Women’s cricket to be showcased globally via livestream

June 28th 2019 | International, Other

22 million views: Irish Men’s and Women’s cricket to be showcased globally via livestream

Zimbabwe Men have not played in Ireland since 2013

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland today announced that all nine matches of the Ireland versus Zimbabwe men’s and women’s teams being played across Northern Ireland will be livestreamed via Youtube, and also released viewing figures of its recent international livestreams with around 22 million views collectively this season to date.

Nine international matches were livestreamed in May, with viewership peaking at 5.8 million views of the Walton ODI Tri-Series Final between West Indies and Bangladesh from Malahide.

Of livestreams featuring Irish sides, there were 2.1 million views of Ireland Men taking on West Indies at Clontarf, and 5.4 million views of Ireland Men v Afghanistan ODI series from Stormont. Encouragingly on the women’s side, over 700,000 views were registered of the Ireland Women versus West Indies series from YMCA and Pembroke.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“We are delighted with the response from the audience of our livestreams in Ireland and overseas. While we were confident there would be great interest in the men’s fixtures, we are pleased to see that viewer numbers for the women’s series were strong and remained consistent throughout the three-match series.”

“It’s important that we continue to showcase our national sides and make our games as available to the fans as we can. To that end, we will be providing a full commentary livestream of the men’s one-day internationals between Ireland and Zimbabwe starting next week, and also the three T20I doubleheaders involving Ireland and Zimbabwe men’s and women’s teams. Nine matches in all across six days – it should be a great fortnight of international cricket to enjoy.”

“Over time, as the profile and following of our sport grows so will our capacity to make more domestic cricket available in a quality format as well. We’ll be testing this in August by livestreaming the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival from Bready – and we hope Irish cricket fans will engage in sufficient numbers to make that investment a sound decision.”


Cricket Ireland has been working with the Dublin-based HBV Studios on tailored livestream productions this season, including the men’s Afghanistan series and women’s West Indies series. The multimedia production company will also deliver the upcoming Zimbabwe livestreams and the T20 Festival.

Heatley Tector, Proprietor of HBV Studios, said:

“HBV Studios has built a track record of delivering quality livestreaming services, particularly with our growing expertise in covering cricket. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Cricket Ireland, and believe the quality of content being produced is continually improving as we build up our team’s skills and invest in both equipment and programming services.”

“Covering cricket has a number of variables in production and broadcast that do not arise in other sports, and our success is built upon our ability to work hard behind-the-scenes and make the end product as seamless as possible and to a standard that meets, and often exceeds, the expectations of fans.”


All livestreams will be available through Cricket Ireland’s Youtube Channel.

THE LIVESTREAMED FIXTURES


ODI series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 1 July 2019 (Bready, starts 10.45am)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 4 July 2019 (Stormont, starts 10.45am)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 7 July 2019 (Stormont, starts 10.45am)

T20I series
• Doubleheader: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men; Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women - 10 July 2019 (Stormont, starts 11am)*
• Doubleheader: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women; Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 12 July 2019 (Bready, starts 11am)*
• Doubleheader: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women; Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 14 July 2019 (Bready, starts 11am)*

  * First match of the day starts at 11am, second match at 4pm.


Ireland squad announced for Under-19s Cricket World Cup Qualifier

June 28th 2019 | International, Other

Ireland squad announced for Under-19s Cricket World Cup Qualifier

The Under-19s squad celebrate a wicket at the last U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today named an exciting 14-player Under-19s squad that will travel to Worcestershire next week, prior to competing in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Netherlands in late July.

Ryan Eagleson, Head Coach of the Ireland Under-19s, said:

“July is a huge month for the Ireland Under-19s squad with the World Cup Qualifier taking place in the Netherlands. It will be a challenging month but one I know the players are very much looking forward to.”

“We’ve picked an exciting squad that includes players who have experience playing with the Ireland Wolves and at Inter-Provincial level. The squad will be led by Rush and Northern Knights wicketkeeper-batsman Neil Rock, with Jonathan Garth his vice-captain – both players providing important experience having been part of the last Under-19s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 2018.”

“We can’t look too far ahead though. Before we get to the Qualifier we have three matches against Worcestershire, a training camp and a warm-up match against the Emerging Knights – so it will be a busy month ahead but a great challenge for the lads.”


Neil Rock
Image: Neil Rock will lead the side

The squad’s schedule

• 2 July: Ireland Under-19s v Worcestershire (50-over match, Dumbleton CC)
• 3 July: Ireland Under-19s v Worcestershire (50-over match, Dumbleton CC)
• 4 July: Ireland Under-19s v Worcestershire (T20 match, Barnt Green)
• 9 to 12 July: Ireland Under-19s World Cup Qualifier Prep Camp
• 23 July: Ireland Under-19s v Emerging Knights (Friendly, venue TBC)
• 24 July to 2 August: Under-19s World Cup Qualifiers (Netherlands)

The Under-19s Men’s squad

• Neil Rock (c) (Rush)
• JJ Garth (vc) (Pembroke)
• Jamie Forbes (YMCA)
• Gavin Hoey (Pembroke)
• James Hunter (Instonians)
• Kyle Magee (Brigade)
• Gregory McFaul (Bready)
• Nathan McGuire (Rush)
• Oliver Metcalfe (Instonians)
• Marcus Poskitt (Bready)
• Will Smale (King’s College Taunton and Croesyceiliog)
• Alex Stiles (Railway Union)
• Tim Tector (YMCA)
• Mitchell Thompson (YMCA)


INTERVIEW: Ireland Wolves captain Harry Tector on Saturday’s clash with Zimbabwe

June 28th 2019 | International, Other

INTERVIEW: Ireland Wolves captain Harry Tector on Saturday’s clash with Zimbabwe

Harry Tector batting against Scotland A

EGLINTON – The Ireland Wolves will once again be in action when they take on Zimbabwe at Eglinton on Saturday, and captain Harry Tector is relishing the opportunity to lead out the Wolves once more against a Full Member side knowing the National Selectors will be watching his sides performance.

Tector, 19, has held the captaincy of the Ireland Wolves in 2019, after captaining the Under-19s squad to the Under-19s Cricket World Cup early last year. He was given a central contract by Cricket Ireland for the first time in November.

Speaking ahead of the Wolves first training session today, he said:

“While playing another Full Member side is a bit of a motivator, playing for the Wolves is in itself the biggest motivation for the squad. At this stage, everyone is aware that if you perform consistently at Wolves and Inter-Pro level then your chance may come at international level. The players are hungry to get out on the field at Eglinton and try to beat Zimbabwe, which I am confident we have the skills and talent to achieve as we showed against Bangladesh in May.”

It’s been a big year for the Ireland Wolves, arguably their most important to date, and Tector was keen to point out the positives that the busy schedule has offered:

“Starting off the year in Sri Lanka was a real test for the lads, and although results didn’t go our way over there everyone certainly learnt a lot and you’re starting to see the benefits this summer. The quality of opposition was clear, 5 or 6 members of the Sri Lanka A squad we took on are playing at the current Cricket World Cup.”

“Obviously beating Bangladesh back in May was massive for us and showed everyone that there is real talent coming through. And while there was a much younger squad that played Scotland A, it too was a good test. While at times we probably didn’t play our best cricket, some individual performances have definitely contributed to some of that Wolves squad getting senior call-ups.”


Wolves
Image: Tector celebrates a wicket with Craig Young against Scotland A

Asked about his captaincy of the Ireland Wolves, he said:

“I really enjoy captaining the Wolves and playing with lads I’ve played with all the way up through the system. Captaining can be pretty difficult job at times, and every aspect can be a challenge, but I am definitely a better cricketer for the experience. It has given me experiences that I can now draw on, and a greater sense of being able to read the game.”

“The Wolves programme continually helps to bridge that gap between Inter-Pro cricket and international cricket, so it is also hugely beneficial that the squad continues to face high-quality opposition and get a taste of what international cricket is all about.”

Speaking about the squad earlier in the week, Pete Johnston, Head Coach of the Ireland Wolves, said:

“The Wolves had an impressive win over Bangladesh earlier this summer, and the recent series against a strong Scotland ‘A’ produced a range of good performances from within a young squad which have caught the eye of the senior selectors.”

“The Zimbabwe challenge will be another timely test of our fringe and emerging internationals and all adds to the growing depth of experience we have at this level, we are looking forward to taking the game to a great club like Eglinton where we hope the local community will come out to enjoy some high-quality cricket and most importantly witness another strong Wolves performance.”

THE SQUAD

Harry Tector (Captain), James Cameron-Dow, Peter Chase, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Graham Kennedy, Barry McCarthy, Nathan McGuire, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Jack Tector, Stuart Thompson.

THE FIXTURE

Ireland Wolves v Zimbabwe Men - 50 over match, 29 June 2019 (Eglinton, starts 10.45am) – follow the game at www.mycricket.ie or via the My Cricket Ireland app.

 

 


Poynter pleased Scorchers off the mark as squads announced for Super Saturday

June 27th 2019 | International, Women

Poynter pleased Scorchers off the mark as squads announced for Super Saturday

The Typhoon's Amy Hunter attempts a stumping

DUBLIN – Scorchers Head Coach Andrew Poynter is looking for his squad to continue its momentum in this weekend’s Toyota Super 3s T20 tripleheader at Oak Hill.

Poynter’s Scorchers last won the Super 3s title in 2017, failing to defend their crown last year to a resurgent Dragons side. A number of changes in personnel during the closed season saw the Dragons skipper Shauna Kavanagh move to the Scorchers to work with Poynter.

Kavanagh, who is also one of the centrally-contracted women’s internationals, said:

“The move to the Scorchers and working with a new set of players is something I am really enjoying. It’s a good challenge and is keeping me on my toes.”

However, after a tough start to the new season that saw the Scorchers lose their first two matches, Poynter is keen to see the squad use last weekend’s first win of the 2019 campaign as a launchpad. He said:

“After a brilliant win over the Typhoons last Sunday, the Scorchers are full of confidence and have lots of momentum going into Saturday.”


Super 3s
Image: The Scorchers were defeated by the Dragons when the two sides met in May

This Saturday there will be a Toyota Super 3s T20 tripleheader held at Oak Hill in Wicklow, with free entry. More information on the Series can be found here. Fans can follow the game via the My Cricket Ireland app.

THE FIXTURES

Saturday 29 June 2019
• Dragons v Typhoons - start 10am
• Dragons v Scorchers - start 1.30pm
• Typhoons v Scorchers - start 5pm

The squads

Scorchers:
Shauna Kavanagh (c), Cecelia Joyce, Rebecca Stokell, Caoimhe McCann, Sophie MacMahon, Tess Maritz, Sarah Forbes, Amy Kenealy, Cara Murray, Hannah Little, Mya Naughton.

Typhoons:
Una Raymond-Hoey (c), Amy Hunter, Orla Prendergast, Niamh Walsh, Naomi Matthews, Cassie Stephens, Maria Kerrison, Leah Paul, Louise Little, Celeste Raack, Sarah Condron.

Dragons: squad to be named shortly.

 

 


Knights tame Lightning in dominant display at Pembroke

June 27th 2019 by Andrew Blair White | International, Other

Knights tame Lightning in dominant display at Pembroke

Gary Wilson's 35* led his Northern Knights side to victory

The Northern Knights put in a brilliant all-round performance to comfortably beat Leinster Lightning by seven wickets and record their fourth win in Sydney Parade in the last week.

Despite losing the toss and finding themselves bowling first, the Knights were clinical in every facet of the game on a glorious day in Dublin. It was Graeme McCarter and Mark Adair that started off the good work for the away side. Adair was the first to strike, when his away swinger took the glove of Jack Tector and went into third slip’s hands in the second over. In the next over, Gareth Delany fell in carbon copy style off McCarter’s bowling. When Lorcan Tucker chased a wide ball and nicked off to Adair, the Lightning was left 4-3.

They badly needed to consolidate and Andrew Balbirnie and Simi Singh did just that. Seeing off the new ball with some very tight bowling, they dug in very well and continued to kick on afterwards. Singh was the more aggressive to start, pulling well for a couple of boundaries. He had made his way to 44 and had brought the Lightning to 75-3 when he departed, trapped LBW by Shane Getkate. The Knights bowler struck again to remove Kevin O’Brien soon after, when he feathered a ball down the leg side.

Getkate continued to cause problems and he got his third when a ball that stuck in the pitch prompted Dockrell to push a regulation catch to mid-off. This had reduced the Lightning to 80-6 and they needed to build again with Tyrone Kane joining Balbirnie. They temporarily did this but it was the introduction of Jacob Mulder that made sure that the Lightning innings came to a premature close.

He clean bowled Kane courtesy of a chop on for 10 and soon after, he took the prize wicket of Balbirnie for 41, clean bowling him also. The tail failed to wag as it was James Cameron-Dow who trapped Josh Little LBW, before Mulder, who finished with 3-5, removed McCarthy caught behind. The Lightning had fallen to a below par 114. Getkate with 3-18 and Adair with 2-18 were the other chief wicket-takers.

 

Often teams can get into trouble with these sorts of run chases if they don’t make a positive start. The Knights signalled their intentions by sending in Mark Adair to open the batting. He did what his game allows, and carted a couple of early boundaries to get the Knights off to a good start. However, Peter Chase induced an edge from James McCollum’s bat to get a quick breakthrough for the Lightning.

Adair continued on remorselessly during his quickfire 27, which came up off only 17 deliveries. Chase found a way to strike again, when Adair mistimed a pull shot and was well caught by Delany, who made good ground to complete the catch. Marc Ellison fell soon after when getting clean bowled by Barry McCarthy and the Knights had slipped to 44-3 and there was a feeling of a slight collapse in the air.

Knights captain, Gary Wilson joined Harry Tector and they reassured the Knights dressing room. Both of them batted with a lot of common sense and ability. They picked off singles at will before cashing in on anything loose from the bowlers. To their credit, the Lightning stuck to their guns but there was simply not enough runs to work with on this pitch. Courtesy of the two set batsmen the Knights ended up sauntering to victory by 7 wickets with 28 overs to spare, both Tector and Wilson finishing on 35*.

This result keeps the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Cup up in the air and still all to play for with still two games to play.

Scorecard in brief

Northern Knights v Leinster Lightning, Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Cup, Pembroke, 27 June 2019

  Leinster Lightning 114 (35.3 overs; S Singh 44, A Balbirnie 41; J Mulder 3-5, S Getkate 3-19)
  Northern Knights 115-3 (21.5 overs; G Wilson 35*, H Tector 35*; P Chase 2-36)

Northern Knights won by 7 wickets

Full scorecard here.


Recall call a nice start to Thompson’s Tuesday

June 27th 2019 | International, Other

Recall call a nice start to Thompson’s Tuesday

Thompson celebrates a half-century against the Lightning

BELFAST – An unexpected phone call from the national selectors to the back-at-work former international Greg Thompson was a “great way to start the day”, as the Waringstown captain and Northern Knights stalwart was informed he had been selected in the Ireland Men’s T20I squad for the first time in two-and-a-half years.

Thompson, 31, has 23 caps for Ireland, with his last match in March 2017. He had the distinction of being the youngest Irish international when at the age of 16 he made his debut, and after a break from the international arena, his form has forced the national selectors to give Thompson another chance.

He said:

“I wouldn’t say I’d written off playing for Ireland again, but the last time I was in the squad I felt that probably hadn’t given it my best in terms of performances. Looking back now, those last caps were against a rising Afghan side featuring Rashid Khan - who has proven himself to be one of the top T20 bowlers in the world - so I’m just delighted to get another chance, and excited to get going and hopefully produce what I know I can.”

“The call from Whitey [Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors] on Tuesday morning was certainly a great way to start the day. I was back at work after the T20 Festival, and so it was a nice surprise to get.”

“I’m now looking forward to seeing some good crowds at Stormont and Bready - it will be great to potentially play in front of a home crowd with family and friends coming out to watch. I got my first T20 cap at Bready, so there will at least be some familiarity about the surrounds.”


Greg Thompson
Image: Thompson during his innings of 61* from 35 balls last Monday


Asked if he felt he was a different player now than when he last played for Ireland, Thompson said:

“I might have changed my game just a little bit, but probably the biggest thing is that I know my game better and I’m more confident in playing my shots. I’m also, with more experience, knowledgeable that if I have a relatively slow start to an innings I can catch up. That last match on Monday against Leinster Lightning, for instance, I didn’t start that quickly, but I was confident that I would able to catch up and make it count towards the end of the innings. Currently I feel in good nick, so hopefully this selection has come at a good time.”

That innings of Thompson’s, in which he scored 61* from 35 balls against an experienced Lightning attack, cemented in the Selectors minds that the Waringstown captain warranted a recall, with Andrew White subsequently remarking:

“He [Thompson] is in the form of his life at the moment and we believe he has earned his opportunity in the T20I squad through hard work, consistency and the experience he brings to his game. His batting is not just about power hitting, but batting with intelligence. With the T20 World Cup Qualifier on the horizon, we want to ensure no stone is left unturned in finding a side that will give us the best possible chance of being successful, so we wish Greg well with this opportunity.”

THE ZIMBABWE FIXTURES

ODI series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 1 July 2019 (Bready)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 4 July 2019 (Stormont)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 7 July 2019 (Stormont)

T20I series

• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 10 July 2019 (Stormont)*
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 12 July 2019 (Bready)*
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 14 July 2019 (Bready)*

Full fixture details here. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster now or at the gate.

  *T20I matches will be double-headers with the Ireland Women playing Zimbabwe Women on the same day.

 


PREVIEW: Can Lightning strike back or will Knights charge on?

June 26th 2019 by Andrew Blair White | International, Other

PREVIEW: Can Lightning strike back or will Knights charge on?

Can the Lightning exact revenge on the Knights?

Leinster Lightning will be looking for revenge on the Northern Knights after the Knights came out on top in the recent T20 clash between the two sides. Given the high-quality game of cricket on display on Monday, expectations are high as these two sides face-off in the 50-over format at Pembroke tomorrow.

Despite that recent T20 loss, the Lightning sit in a very good position in this format with two wins from the two completed games. Due to a washout in La Manga against the North West Warriors, they won’t be able to record a full clean-sweep this year, but that won’t stop their desire to get one over on the Knights. The Lightning squad is as strong as ever, with Barry McCarthy and Josh Little both returning to the 50-over line-up after returning from injuries. This adds even more potency to an already strong bowling attack, which features the likes of Tyrone Kane and Peter Chase.

The Northern Knights will be on a massive high after returning home with three wins from three in the T20 festival at Pembroke last weekend. They showed a variety and depth to their cricket in all three games, most notably when hanging tough to deny the Lightning in the final game. The rise of Shane Getkate over the last number of months has been great to see and it will be interesting to see whether they will give him a chance at the top of the order in this format as well, after opening in all the three T20 games. Mark Adair had an excellent three days during the festival, and the recently Irish capped all-rounder will be looking to keep that run of form going into the incoming Irish series against Zimbabwe.

Players to watch: Leinster Lightning

It is hard to single out one player from the Lightning squad, paying testament to the quality of the side at the moment. In their last 50-over clash, it was opener Jack Tector who stole the show with a big hundred against the Warriors in Bready. However, they have plenty of batting options, with the likes of Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany and Kevin O’Brien to call upon in the middle order. The bowling features variety, alongside the aforementioned seam bowlers, the Lightning have George Dockrell, Simi Singh and potentially Gareth Delany to choose from to bowl a wide variation of spin options. Singh has recently converted to being able to bowl leg spin whenever he chooses, which adds another string to his bow.

Players to watch: Northern Knights

The Northern Knights team is beginning to shape up as a strong title contender this year. It now looks very balanced and also has a lot of strength and depth throughout it. James McCollum will more than likely open the batting and he has been in good form throughout the season. They also have Gary Wilson captaining the side, who brings a wealth of International experience to the table and is ably assisted by Harry Tector, the current Irish Wolves captain, who brings options with both bat and ball in this format of the game.

It will indeed be intriguing to see how these two sides match up in this longer format of the game.


IPs
Image: James Cameron-Dow celebrates a wicket

Key Battle: Lightning in a spin?

The one area of concern for the Leinster Lightning, and hence potential advantage of the Knights, is the home side’s batting against spin. In the T20 encounter between these two sides, the Knights’ James Cameron-Dow and Jacob Mulder combined to halt the momentum of the Lightning with some canny spin bowling. The Lightning will have to face these two bowlers again, possibly backed up by Harry Tector as well, so the balance of the game may come down to the question: can the Lightning negate the Knights’ spinners?

 


INTERVIEW: Ed Joyce about the challenge ahead for the Ireland Women’s cricket team

June 26th 2019 | International, Women

INTERVIEW: Ed Joyce about the challenge ahead for the Ireland Women’s cricket team

Ed Joyce will take charge of his first women's international next week

DUBLIN – Interim Head Coach Ed Joyce believes the quality and talent is there, but there is a lot of hard work ahead before the Ireland Women’s cricket team fly to Scotland for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in August.

Speaking after a training session at the Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre, Joyce said:

“It’s been a challenging week coming into the role without much time before the Zimbabwe series, but I’ve had some good contact time with a number of the players prior to taking on this interim role through 1-to-1 sessions with the contracted players, and being asked by Aaron Hamilton to come in and run some sessions. It has been a bit of get-to-know some of the senior squad over the last week, but we have a number of sessions planned this coming week, and I’ll hold some 1-to-1s to really see what some of the squad want to specifically work on.”

“We’ll also spend some time making plans around the Zimbabwe bowlers we expect to face. We played them last year so have an insight into what their bowlers are likely to bring. And the same goes for their batters. I’m definitely someone who likes to prepare ahead of a series and prepare for the opposition we’ll face, so that will be my focus over the coming week.”

Being his first international Head Coach role, Joyce was asked if he felt ready for this next step in his career:

“I do feel I have a huge amount of experience in the game and I am extremely motivated to do well. We have a very exciting young team with a huge number of talented players - not just in the senior performance squad, but also in the Academy. I was there out at Oak Hill last Sunday at the Super 3s and the talent was there for all to see. Saying that, there is a lot of work to do and I’m prepared to get stuck in.”

“In terms of success, I think the proof will be in the pudding with how we do over the next two to three months. With the four senior players retiring last year and the absence of Kim Garth through injury it will be challenging, but we have some quality players and some experienced players to help steer us through these qualifiers ahead. As a player, I’ve been through this scenario before, so I feel I can bring some of that experience to the table as well.”

WI
Image: The Ireland Women’s squad before the recent West Indies series

Asked if he had identified any needs or areas to improve already, he said:

“One area perhaps is to bring more power into our game. Watching some of the top teams, like England Women playing West Indies this week, the athleticism in the field is very evident, and when they hit the ball they really hit it really hard, and they’re hitting a lot of boundaries. We’ve got some players who can do that really well and others who have a way to go, so that would be my focus in the medium term if I did get the opportunity to continue in the job after the qualifier.”

Asked about the boost to the squad with the return of captain Laura Delany, he said:

“Laura is a quality player - she’s the skipper and very much the leader of the group. I’ve done a fair amount of work with her over the last couple of weeks, including some 1-to-1s. She hits the ball very hard and knows her own game well and her bowling is extremely handy when she’s fully fit. Her leadership skills are also really developing so she’s great to have back. Hopefully she can have a great series against Zimbabwe and get her confidence up and get the confidence in her own body up - she’s had some issues with injuries so it would be great for her to get through these games unscathed.”

“I thought Kim [Garth] filled in really well in Laura’s recent absence - not only captaining the side but playing well herself. That’s a great sign for her, but she’ll be missed greatly and hopefully she can make it back in time for the Qualifier in August.”

And what is it that Ed wants to achieve in the short term?

“What we all want is a confident and happy group going over to the Qualifier tournament. It’s really important to get to that point and winning games of cricket is the best way to achieve that. It’s very important for me as the new coach to see the squad play as many games as possible, so hopefully the weather plays its part at Oak Hill and in the North so we get through six games and see lots of cricket. We’ll attempt to try people in different roles and try and get somewhat of a settled squad before we get to that quadrangular series in August, which is also going to be very important leading into the Qualifier.”

Squads for Zimbabwe series


50-over squad:
Laura Delany (C), Shauna Kavanagh, Anna Kerrison, Gaby Lewis, Hannah Little, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Mary Waldron.

T20I squad:
Laura Delany (C), Shauna Kavanagh, Anna Kerrison, Gaby Lewis, Hannah Little, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Naomi Matthews, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

Upcoming international fixtures


50-over series:
• 3 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)
• 5 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)
• 7 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)

T20 International series:
• 10 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Stormont, start 4pm)*
• 12 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready, start 11am)*
• 14 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready, start 11am)*

    * The T20I series will be doubleheaders with Ireland and Zimbabwe Men’s teams playing at the same venue on the same day.


Quadrangular tournament in Deventer, Netherlands
• 8 August: 11.00am Netherlands v Ireland; 3.30pm Scotland v Thailand
• 9 August: 11.00am Netherlands v Scotland; 3.30pm Ireland v Thailand
• 10 August: 11.00am Thailand v Netherlands; 3.30pm Scotland v Ireland
• 12 August: 11.00am Thailand v Scotland; 3.30pm Ireland v Netherlands
• 13 August: 11.00am Thailand v Ireland; 3.30pm Scotland v Netherlands
• 14 August: 10.00am Ireland v Scotland; 2.00pm Netherlands v Thailand

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in Scotland
• 31 August – 7 September

 

 


Ireland Men’s and Ireland Wolves squads announced for Zimbabwe series

June 26th 2019 | International

Ireland Men’s and Ireland Wolves squads announced for Zimbabwe series

William Porterfield will lead out the Ireland ODI side

DUBLIN – Selectors have rewarded consistent performances, and are looking to back the potential of the next generation, with the announcement of the Ireland Men’s and Wolves squads for the upcoming Zimbabwe series in early July.

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

“With the T20 World Cup Qualifier in October this year, it has been important for the Selectors to see our senior international and Wolves squads in as many games as possible. The last six months have been busy with 18 ODIs and T20Is played so far, while the Wolves have completed a tour of Sri Lanka, played Bangladesh and hosted a full series against Scotland ‘A’. To complement this, and despite the inclement weather, we have seen some competitive cricket at Inter-Provincial level and we certainly hope for more of this during the remainder of the summer.”

“The last six months have also allowed Selectors and our coaching staff to experiment a little – both with players selected and their roles within the team. Kevin O’Brien’s elevation to opening the batting in T20s has been a really positive move, Mark Adair’s late-order power hitting, and Andy McBrine’s role opening the bowling in the ODIs, all ways that Graham Ford and his coaching staff are seeking to push this team forward.”

“Our succession plans are starting to bear fruit, not only with five new players receiving their debut caps, but also in the way our senior players have been sharing their knowledge and experience with the emerging players. These transition plans will continue to evolve and the fans should expect to see more opportunities given to our younger players in this series who will only benefit from more extended game time at this level.”


Paul Stirling
Image: Paul Stirling in action at Bready in 2018

“The Selectors are also mindful of the balance of the squad and have taken note of current form, and the decision to recall Greg Thompson into the national T20 set-up is recognition of his impressive form. Greg has played 23 times for Ireland, the last time back in early 2017. He probably hasn’t shown his best form over his Irish career, but he is in the form of his life at the moment and we believe he has earned his opportunity in the T20I squad through hard work, consistency and the experience he brings to his game. His batting is not just about power hitting, but batting with intelligence. With the T20 World Cup Qualifier on the horizon, we want to ensure no stone is left unturned in finding a side that will give us the best possible chance of being successful, so we wish Greg well with this opportunity.”

“Likewise, the form of Northern Knights’ all-rounders Mark Adair and Shane Getkate can’t be denied, and we are excited at the first inclusion of Gareth Delany, who has clearly demonstrated his skills with both bat and ball during the opportunities he has had with the Wolves and at Inter-Provincial level.”

Ireland Men’s squads for Zimbabwe series

One-Day International squad:
William Porterfield (Captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson.

T20I squad:
Gary Wilson (Captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Greg Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

Ireland Wolves match


The Ireland Wolves will once again be in action against a Full Member side when they take on Zimbabwe on Saturday.

Pete Johnston, Academy & Performance Manager, said about the Ireland Wolves:

“After the impressive win over Bangladesh earlier this summer, the Wolves will be looking forward to taking on another very experienced Full Member senior side in a competitive List A game. The recent series against a strong Scotland ‘A’ produced a range of good performances from within a young squad which have caught the eye of the senior selectors, while it is also encouraging that 16-year old Nathan McGuire justifiably maintains his place in the Wolves for his first taste of senior international opposition.”

“Harry Tector will once again captain the side and continues to impress with his hunger, ambition and leadership. He is developing into an athletic, dynamic and versatile all-rounder which is very exciting for Irish cricket.”

“We welcome back Barry McCarthy, Stuart Thompson and Stephen Doheny to international action after returning from injury and illness. As long as conditions allow, it is great news that left-arm spinner James Cameron-Dow may well come into the Wolves playing 11 for the first time since his very successful tour of Sri Lanka in the winter, and we have all been very encouraged by his recent form off the back of hard work. Further good news is that Neil Rock returns after completing his Leaving Certificate exams.” 

“The Zimbabwe challenge will be another timely test of our fringe and emerging internationals and all adds to the growing depth of experience we have at this level, we are looking forward to taking the game to a great club like Eglinton where we hope the local community will come out to enjoy some high quality cricket and most importantly witness another strong Wolves performance.”

Johnston
Image: Pete Johnston, Head Coach of Ireland Wolves


Ireland Wolves squad:
Harry Tector (Captain), James Cameron-Dow, Peter Chase, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Graham Kennedy, Barry McCarthy, Nathan McGuire, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Jack Tector, Stuart Thompson.

 

THE FIXTURES

Wolves 50-over match
• Ireland Wolves v Zimbabwe Men - 29 June 2019 (Eglinton, starts 10.45am)

ODI series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 1 July 2019 (Bready)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 4 July 2019 (Stormont)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 7 July 2019 (Stormont)

T20I series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 10 July 2019 (Stormont)*
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 12 July 2019 (Bready)*
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 14 July 2019 (Bready)*

Full fixture details here. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster now or at the gate.

  *T20I matches will be double-headers with the Ireland Women playing Zimbabwe Women on the same day.

 


Advisory: Get on the case for a Trinity College cricket scholarship

June 26th 2019 | International, Youth, Other

With the Leaving Certificate drawing to a close and the CAO Change of Mind form due to be submitted by 1 July 2019, pupils will be looking forward to a good break before picking up a book again. But student cricketers will need to get one more thing done before 17 July if they want to apply for a Trinity Sports Scholarship for 2019-20.

Those applying will normally have demonstrated an outstanding sporting ability, which in cricketing terms in recent years has meant representing their province at the very least. The level of scholarship awarded will reflect the achievements of the student applying.

Some of those who have been honoured in recent years include full internationals George Dockrell and Lorcan Tucker, and youth representative players Max Neville and Sunil Gupta.

What you need to know

Minimum academic requirements must be met by all applicants. A college offer must be made and accepted in order to be eligible for scholarship. The scholarship has no influence on college offers or places and will not have any influence on CAO or entry requirements.

The scholarship scheme is not just for first-year students and is also open to current students both undergraduate and postgraduate.

The application form is currently available online until 17 July 2019. You can download it from https://www.tcd.ie/Sport/scholarships/.

Leaving Certificate candidates interested in finding out more about the scheme and what playing cricket in Trinity College can mean to you should contact Conor Hoey at conor.hoey@fusionhr.ie.

In addition to submitting the completed form it is advised that you make contact with the Sports Performance Development Officer at Trinity via email (ross.hamilton@tcd.ie).

The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis and all scholars must re-apply each academic year.


A tribute to Alfie Linehan by Robin Walsh

June 25th 2019 | International, Other

Irish cricket has lost one of its true gentlemen with the death of Alfie Linehan at the age of 79.

In one of the most distinguished legacies to the local game, the retired Downpatrick farmer captained the international team before turning to administration in the roles of chairman and president of the Northern Cricket Union followed by the presidency of the Irish Cricket Union.

Yet it was where it mattered most, at the grassroots of the game, that Alfie Linehan left his indelible mark.  His devotion to the Downpatrick club and its famous international ground The Meadow was boundless and life-long,  from underage player, captain of the club, coach and ultimately chairman and president.

As a batsman, his hard-hitting ways over four decades from the 1950s took him to 11 Irish appearances -  six of them as captain - in the days when international caps were much less liberally awarded, and his contribution to the success of NCU representative cricket has rarely been equalled.

However, it was success as a club player that, by far, gave Alfie the greatest pleasure and there was much of it.  He either played or captained Downpatrick in five NCU senior league and three senior cup winning sides along with his brother Hugh, another talented batsman whose death at the age of 58 dealt a terrible blow to his younger brother.  In later years it was a source of great pride to Alfie that Hugh’s son Paul was to captain the club and daughter Anne played for Ireland. His wife’s nephew James Cunningham also captained the club.

The great paradox of Alfie Linehan was to be found in his disposition on the field and off it.  In the middle,  his was a belligerent style, hitting the ball longer than anyone else, compiling his runs in a manner that kept the scorers busy.  Yet this domineering, almost bullying, approach belied a gentleman off it: soft-spoken, never a word that offended, never a word against him.

Alfie’s contribution to the community extended far beyond the boundaries of the cricket club: in his day he was a member of the NI Sports Council, a director of his local hospital trust and president of Ardglass Golf Club.

Alfie’s friends are legion,  none more close than Cecil Walker, that leading light of the Lisburn club.  After their playing days, they travelled the world with their wives watching international cricket and storing delightful memories of new friendships,  whether tales of the Bodyline era over tea with Harold Larwood at his home in Sydney or many a fond mention by David “Bumble” Lloyd in the commentary box.

Of all that’s been written down the years about Alfie Linehan, one game has been overlooked and yet it speaks more than any of his commitment to Downpatrick. It was Saturday, August 8, 1970, and Downpatrick were due to play Lurgan. It was also the day of Alfie’s wedding to his beloved Mary. No problem: wedding in the morning, cricket in the afternoon, reception in the evening, off on honeymoon the next day.

Mary was always to be found at Alfie’s side at The Meadow, a tower of strength during recent years of his increasing dementia and the past few months in care with cancer.

My own personal memory of Alfie will always be the toast he invariably delivered at the end of an evening’s conviviality, of which there were many:

May you always walk in sunshine
Slumber warm when night winds blow
May you always live with laughter
For a smile becomes you so

Linehan
Image: Alfie Linehan


Ireland Under-15s Boys squad announced for England trip

June 25th 2019 | International, Youth

Ireland Under-15s Boys squad announced for England trip

The Ireland Under-15s Boys squad is hoping to follow on from its successful trip in 2018

Cricket Ireland has today released the Ireland Under-15s Boys squad that will play four matches against English opposition from 9 - 11 July 2019.

Callum Atkinson, Head Coach of Ireland Under-15s Boys, said:

“The coaching team and I are looking forward to seeing what this group of players can do this summer. After a busy winter of provincial training and national weekends, it’s important that we have fixtures against quality sides such as Middlesex and Berkshire in July, which will be followed by matches against Scotland in August.”

“These fixtures are great opportunities to test ourselves against strong opposition, and will be very timely as they will come right after the Under-15 Youth Inter-Pro Series which will be brilliant preparation for the trip.”

The squad

• Eoin Birch - Balbriggan
• Raymond Curry - Bonds Glen
• Matthew Daly - Waringstown
• Wilhelm de Klerk - YMCA
• Rory Ellerby - Instonians
• Jamie Forbes - YMCA
• Daniel Forkin - Merrion
• Scott MacBeth - St. Johnston
• James Rose - Instonians
• Ahmed Shah - Phoenix
• Mark Tonge - Leinster
• Sam Topping - Waringstown
• Luke Whelan - North County

The Fixtures

• Tue 9 July: Middlesex v Ireland (50 over, Oratory School)
• Wed 10 July: Middlesex v Ireland (20 over,  Oratory School)
• Wed 10 July: Middlesex v Berkshire (20 over, Oratory School)
• Wed 10 July: Berkshire v Ireland (20 over, Oratory School)
• Thu 11 July: Berkshire v Ireland (50 over, Oratory School)

 


Flashy Knights outlast Lightning

June 24th 2019 | International, Other

Flashy Knights outlast Lightning

Over 260 runs were scored from just 26 overs in an entertaining game

A blistering 65 not out from Greg Thompson, and a canny spell of spin bowling from James Cameron-Dow, propelled the Northern Knights to an 8-run victory over the Leinster Lightning in the concluding T20 of the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival at Pembroke.

Knights captain Gary Wilson won the toss and elected to bat first in the reduced 13 overs-a-side game. The pitch had been under cover all day and understandably had a little bit of juice to it. This showed when Tyrone Kane produced a brilliant away swinger to catch the outside edge of Shane Getkate with the very first delivery of the day. Peter Chase then accounted for James McCollum’s off stump with the first ball of the second over, and the Knights were left struggling on 2-2.

It was down to Murray Commins and Gary Wilson to rebuild. Both batted swiftly, with Commins planting a straight six off long on and Gary Wilson getting a couple of early boundaries away. However, Commins fell at the end of the fifth over, when top-edging a sweep off Simi Singh to Peter Chase at short fine leg. This brought Greg Thompson to the crease, and he would prove to be the key to the Knights innings.

Despite losing Wilson for 21, the Knights’ pair of Mark Adair and Greg Thompson fought back. Thompson started slower with Adair hitting an early six but he soon took off. He cleared the ropes six times during his spectacular 65 not out, which came from only 31 balls. He lost Adair for a quickfire 19 but was joined by Harry Tector, who remarkably hit his first two balls for six, manipulating the field in the process.

Thompson was able to get another couple of big shots away, mostly targeting the pull and sweep shot to accomplish this as the Knights suddenly soared up to 138-5 from their 13 overs, which seemed a very good effort at half time, especially given the start they had.

 


The Lightning’s response got off to the worst possible start, when Kevin O’Brien mishit a pull shot straight to mid-on in the first over. That didn’t stop Gareth Delany and Andrew Balbirnie from entering into an early onslaught of the Knights attack, both of them clearing the rope with ease in the early part of the innings. Delany muscled sixes over long on and long off, while Balbirnie swept for six into the gardens in Pembroke.

They incredibly brought the score to 73-1 with one ball left in the fifth over in a period of seriously entertaining cricket before a slight hesitation of running led to the crucial run out of Delany for 36, off just 13 deliveries. This looked like a massive turning point in the game. Singh soon departed also, when his attempt hit to leg went straight to long-on, while two balls later, the massive wicket of Balbirnie was taken, Gary Wilson taking an ice cool catch at long-off off the bowling of McCarter for 44.

The rate was climbing back up to 10 an over and the pressure told, Lorcan Tucker caught after top-edging a sweep off James Cameron-Dow. Matt Ford briefly threatened to repeat Saturday’s heroics, but he too fell to Cameron-Dow, trapped in front from a quicker ball.

The Lightning was beginning to creak for the first time and Dockrell fell next ball to Jacob Mulder, who produced a beautiful delivery to clean bowl the Leinster captain. Fionn Hand hit a high ball to deep mid wicket that was well pouched by Mark Adair off Cameron-Dow again. The spin was beginning to unravel the Leinster-based side.

Cameron Dow’s 3-12 in 2 overs had left the Lightning needing a seemingly unassailable 29 runs from the last over, but Tyrone Kane had not given up hope just yet. He clocked the first three balls of the over for six, all over the long on region, the crowd was beginning to get their head round another unlikely and historic Lightning victory. However, Kane connected well with the fourth delivery but didn’t quite have the elevation, finding Adair on the rope at deep mid-wicket to depart for an excellent 26 from 9 balls. Josh Little and Peter Chase could not muster up the necessary 11 runs from the last 2 balls and fell 8 runs short.

It was a fitting end to the Inter-Pro Festival, with a very well contested game between two quality sides entertaining those that had been patient enough to stay around in Pembroke. This time, it was the Knights to come out on top and they finished the whole weekend unbeaten with three wins from three.

 

Scorecard in brief

Northern Knights v Leinster Lightning, Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20, Pembroke, 24 June 2019

  Northern Knights 138-5 (20 overs; G Thompson 65*, G Wilson 21; T Kane 2-21)
  Leinster Lightning 130-9 (20 overs; A Balbirnie 44, G Delany 36; J Cameron-Dow 3-12)

Northern Knights won by 8 runs

Full scorecard here.

 

 


White impressed by emerging talent at T20 Festival ahead of international fixtures

June 24th 2019 | International, Other

White impressed by emerging talent at T20 Festival ahead of international fixtures

Andrew White at the three-day T20 Festival

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland’s Chair of National Men’s Selectors, Andrew White, has been impressed with what he has seen at the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival over the weekend, and believes it points upwards for the national team as it heads into an important six months that culminates in a World Cup Qualifier campaign.

White, appointed Chair of Selectors in 2017, has been closely observing the weekend’s matches, starting with the Leinster Lightning versus Middlesex friendly on Friday night, then the three matches to date as part of the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival.

For the former international who was capped 232 for Ireland and retiring in 2014, White believes the importance of this weekend goes far beyond the immediate challenge for Irish players in the inter-provincial arena, but is a crucial part of the build-up for the next six months, which ends with a world cup qualifying campaign.



Speaking at Pembroke Cricket Club, where the T20 Festival is being held, he said:

“It’s an important period coming up. Obviously the Ireland Wolves play Zimbabwe on Saturday 29th at Eglinton which is another great opportunity for the Wolves players who will be chomping at the bit to get another win over a Test-playing nation after beating Bangladesh earlier on in the year. Then there’s the International series - three one-dayers and three T20Is.”

“We saw some good performances in the recent ODI Tri-Series, but we probably didn’t put 100 overs together in the same game. There were some good signs with the bat, and on occasion some good signs with ball, so the coaching staff will be looking for the squad to put in some strong and ultimately match winning performances with both bat and ball together against Zimbabwe.”

“Then there is the big one at the end of the year, the T20 World Cup qualifier which is obviously massively important. The timing of this Festival in Pembroke has been excellent. It is a brilliant way of getting a look at players across three good days of cricket. With Zimbabwe coming over in the next couple of days, the Festival is allowing the players to get their skills in operation, and we’ve seen some excellent performances to date.”


Asked what the Festival has given the selectors, he said:

“It’s threefold really. For the guys in the T20 squad it gives them an opportunity to put in some performances and gain confidence going into the series with Zimbabwe. But we’re also looking for some of the fringe players and Wolves players to kick on and put their name in the hat for selection. Then, of course, you’re looking to unearth some gems through some outstanding performances that will hopefully give us a few selection headaches for the period coming up.”

“I think, taking into account the Leinster v Middlesex game on Friday night – which was a great spectacle – there have been some good performances there. Gareth Delany has shown us his all-round capabilities over the weekend. Kevin [O’Brien] played a great innings yesterday and even here today Greg Thompson and Mark Adair putting on 60-odd in four overs – on the whole it’s been really good - and a great way to showcase the T20 format.”


The T20 Festival concludes on Monday afternoon with Leinster Lightning v Northern Knights. Play starts at 4pm, free entry.

Upcoming International Fixtures


Ireland Wolves – 50 over match
• Ireland Wolves v Zimbabwe Men – 29 June 2019 (Eglinton)

ODI series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 1 July 2019 (Bready)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 4 July 2019 (Stormont)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 7 July 2019 (Stormont)

T20I series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 10 July 2019 (Stormont)*
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 12 July 2019 (Bready)*
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 14 July 2019 (Bready)*


Full fixture details here. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster now or at the gate.

  *T20I matches will be double-headers with the Ireland Women playing Zimbabwe Women on the same day.


Scorchers off the mark, Typhoons blown away in Toyota Super 3s

June 23rd 2019 | International, Women

Scorchers off the mark, Typhoons blown away in Toyota Super 3s

The Scorchers off the mark, the Dragons unbeaten

OAK HILL, Wicklow - The Scorchers registered their first points of the current Series, while the Dragons continued their unbeaten start in an action-packed day in the Toyota Super 3s, despite the third T20 being rained off.

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Scorchers vs Typhoons

A solid run chase with everyone chipping helped the Scorchers to a very tight victory over the Typhoons in the opening T20 of the day.

Conditions were overcast and Shauna Kavanagh had no hesitation in electing to bowl first. The early bowling was tight, with both Hannah Little and Amy Kenealy bowling probing lines and asking serious questions in the powerplay. Naomi Matthews fell early when chopping on from Kenealy. Leah Paul and captain, Una Raymond-Hoey had to both rebuild and push the score along while the powerplay concluded.

Paul, who had just gotten a couple of nice shots away, fell also to Kenealy, with the opening bowler jagging one back off the seam to clean bowl her. This brought Orla Prendergast to the crease to join Raymond-Hoey, and these two provided the key partnership of the innings. Both of them looked very accomplished at the crease, running hard in amongst some strong shots that went to the boundary.

It took a good piece of fielding from Gaby Lewis to break this partnership, she stopped a ball at cover before her accurate throw did enough to dismiss Prendergast for 31. Soon after, a sharp piece of work from Shauna Kavanagh behind the stumps removed Raymond-Hoey, who had scored a very fluent 37. This had left them at 110-4 with three overs remaining. The innings needed further impetus.

Robyn Lewis and Amy Hunter did exactly that. They both hit boundaries late on in the innings, with Lewis hitting back-to-back boundaries to mid-wicket in the second last over. The two of them fell in the last over chasing quick runs, with the Typhoons finishing on 141-6.

Gaby Lewis and Rebecca Stokell opened the batting for the Scorchers and needed a good start to give themselves a proper chance. Despite some good opening spells from Celeste Raack and Orla Prendergast, the start was very strong. Lewis was the more fluent early on, scoring three boundaries in her 21. Again it took a very piece of fielding to break the partnership, Leah Paul taking an outstanding one-handed catch at deep mid-wicket off Sarah Condron to dismiss Lewis.

Shauna Kavanagh came to join Stokell, and it was then that Stokell began to take off. She showed off her natural ball-striking ability, hitting five fours and clearing the ropes once during her excellent and entertaining 56. Her 45-ball stay was ended when again Leah Paul took another great catch at long-on off Cassie Stephens to keep the Typhoons in the game.

Despite the run rate climbing all the time, Kavanagh who was now joined by Caoimhe McCann kept their side in the game. The scenario had gotten to needing 20 runs off the last 9 balls when Kavanagh launched a massive six over mid-wicket. She was bowled next ball, though, for 27 and once again the pendulum swung the Typhoons way.

However, a boundary from Sophie MacMahon followed by Caoimhe McCann scoring eight runs off the first three balls of the final over left the Scorchers needing two from the final three balls. McCann was then bowled by Niamh Walsh for 21. However, Tess Maritz was not to be phased by the situation, chipping her first ball over the covers to get the required two to win the game for the Scorchers. Winning the game by six wickets with one ball remaining.

Full scorecard here.

 

Typhoons vs Dragons

A brilliant 67 not out from Kerry Tomlinson inspired the Dragons to a fairly comprehensive win over the Typhoons, defending 153 in the process.

Mary Waldron won the toss for the Dragons and opted to bat first, looking to have first use of a very good deck out in Oak Hill. Waldron opened up with Tomlinson and despite a slow start due to some very tight bowling to start, they gradually accelerated when it came to the latter part of the powerplay. Tomlinson constantly showed intent, running extremely hard between the wickets before punishing the occasional bad ball.

Waldron got in on the act too, getting herself up to 17 before departing when chipping a return catch back to Cassie Stephens. This brought Rachael Delaney to the crease and she really pushed hard with Tomlinson, both of them putting the fielders under great pressure with impeccable running between the wickets. Both were cashing in with some big shots at times too, with Delaney scoring four boundaries in her over a run a ball 30.

It was pushing one too many singles that did for Delaney in the end, when falling run out. Shillington came in and continued to push the scoring along, scoring a quickfire 18 off 12 balls to add to the score. This was all while Tomlinson motored on to 67 not out, her innings only taking 55 balls, containing eight 4s and one six. The Dragons finishing on a strong 153-4.

To have any chance of winning the game, the Typhoons needed a great start. They didn’t get the start they required, with Matthews, Paul and Robyn Lewis all falling in the first few overs. A fiery opening spell from Lara Maritz accounted for two of them, while Anna Kerrison took the other.

Again it was Raymond-Hoey and Prendergast who tried to rebuild the innings, and they did so effectively for a while. Prendergast had scored a quickfire 17 before finding Anna Kerrison right on the long on rope off the bowling of Jenny Sparrow. Amy Hunter fell run out soon after when attempting a risky single to point. Raymond-Hoey seemed like the last hope, but when she fell to Staci Maxwell, courtesy of a brilliant, tumbling catch from Clare Shillington.

This left the Typhoons 56-6 after 10 overs, looking in big trouble. However, Niamh Walsh and Cassie Stephens put together a very spirited 7th wicket partnership. They didn’t get quite close enough to ever challenge but the two batted very well and put on 70 in the process. Walsh scored a very classy 34 from just 29 balls, only to fall in the last over searching for last minute runs to add to the cause. Cassie Stephens ended up 38*.

The Typhoons eventually ended up on 138-8 from their 20 overs, leaving them just 15 runs short of their target.

Full scorecard here.

 

 


All-rounders Adair and Getkate star in Knights win over Reds

June 23rd 2019 | International, Other

All-rounders Adair and Getkate star in Knights win over Reds

Getkate struck 49 today, following it up with 4 wickets

The Northern Knights have continued their unbeaten run at the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival by beating a gutsy Munster Reds side by 32 runs at Pembroke today.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Knights openers started sprightly, putting on 25 from the first 15 balls, before James McCollum fell for 16, which included two big sixes.

Despite the loss of partners, fellow opener Shane Getkate was in ominous touch, pounding the ball to the fence, and over, in an entertaining innings of 49 from 38 balls. He fell to a good outfield catch by Yaqoob Ali looking to bring up his half-century with a maximum.

When Getkate fell the Knights were at 106-5 in the 16th over - it looked as though the Reds may get back into the game if they could bowl tightly in the final stretch.

However, it wasn’t to be as Greg Thompson (37* from 20 balls) and Mark Adair (33 from 12 balls) put on a 61-run partnership from 25 balls - Adair falling from the final ball of the innings seeking his fifth six.

 

Looking at 168 for victory, Munster Reds started solidly, taking their opening total to 30 without loss in the 6th over, but the in-form Getkate struck three times, removing Cormac Hassett (17), Jack Tector (14) and captain Jeremy Benton (21).

Getkate bowled a niggling line and length and finished with 4-27, taking his wickets total to 9 wickets from the last two T20 matches.

Stephen Doheny tried to pull Munster back into the contest with a commanding 35 from 30 balls, but wickets falling and a slowing run rate meant the target was too much.

A clatter of wickets at the end saw Mark Adair finish the match with 4-22, and the Reds were dismissed for 135 with two balls remaining in the innings.

The end of the match saw rain drops fall, which looks set to delay the second T20 match today between Leinster Lightning and North West Warriors.

Scorecard in brief

Northern Knights v Munster Reds, Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20, Pembroke, 23 June 2019

Northern Knights 167-6 (20 overs; S Getkate 49, G Thompson 37*, M Adair 33; E Richardson 3-38)
  Munster Reds 135 (19.4 overs; S Doheny 35; M Adair 4-22, S Getkate 4-27)

Northern Knights won by 32 runs

Full scorecard here
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Mark Adair
Image: “New ball please” - Mark Adair pulls a ball high over The Wall at Pembroke


Hannah Little replaces Kim Garth in Ireland Women’s squad for Zimbabwe

June 22nd 2019 | International, Women

DUBLIN - Cricket Ireland today confirmed Hannah Little will join the Ireland Women’s squad for the upcoming Zimbabwe series following Kim Garth’s withdrawal.

Little, who plays her club cricket with Pembroke and for the Scorchers in the Toyota Super 3s, has been training with the senior squad and will be in line for her senior international debut if selected to play.

Mark Rausa, Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services at Cricket Ireland, said of Kim Garth:

“Kim has been made been unavailable for the upcoming Zimbabwe series due to a hip injury and is currently undergoing further scans and investigations.”

 


Ford heroics swing Lightning over the line

June 22nd 2019 | International, Other

Ford heroics swing Lightning over the line

Munster Reds set a big total with some impressive batting at the top of the order

An incredible 34 not out off 13 balls from Matt Ford brought the Leinster Lightning to a 3-wicket win over the Munster Reds. Ford hit a brilliant 16 runs from the last over, clinching the win for the Lightning when it seemed very improbable with two overs to spare.

The Lightning chased down 181, with Ford hitting the very last ball of the game for six, when requiring five to win, sparking delirious scenes in the Lightning tent. It was a fantastic end to a game that had ebbed and flowed all the way through.

Earlier in the game, Munster won the toss and elected to bat. Cormac Hassett and Jack Tector ensured a very good start for the Munster side, they were patient to start, before gradually accelerating throughout the powerplay. They finished the opening six-over spell on 48-0 with Tector cashing in with a couple of boundaries through a few slog sweeps.

The two continued to push on, with Hassett getting in on the act with a couple of boundaries of his own. The two motored the side up to a score of 91 before Tector was the first to fall, after just hitting his first six, he fell to a brilliant catch from Lorcan Tucker behind the stumps off the bowling of Rory Anders for 47. Soon after, Hassett fell one run short of his half-century when being trapped LBW by Fionn Hand. The score was then 113-2 in the 15th over.

It was Stephen Doheny and Max Sorenson who were the men now in, and they needed to push the run rate on. They both did so, with Sorenson scoring a very entertaining 23 from just 12 deliveries. Doheny then took centre stage, as he stroked a couple of fine shots himself, departing in the final over for a superbly made 46 off 23 deliveries. His innings getting him a generous round of applause from the healthy crowd in Sydney Parade. A flurry of late wickets left Munster on 181-7 after their 20 overs. Peter Chase the pick of the bowlers with 3-36. 

Kevin O’Brien and Gareth Delany started off the Lightning response with a bundle of intent. The two, who both had scored runs against Middlesex the previous evening, looked in fine nick with the bat. Delany in particular started extremely aggressively, clearing the ropes three times in his 27 off 17 balls. Unfortunately for the Lightning, Delany was dismissed by Jeremy Benton in the last over of the powerplay with the score on 55.

Kevin O’Brien continued where Delany left off. He too was clearing the boundary rope with ease, clearing it four times during his fine 55. He was forming a good partnership with Andrew Balbirnie, but it was a terrific piece of fielding from Eddie Richardson which broke that partnership. He threw the stumps down from point to dismiss Balbirnie, and proved to be a turning point in the game.

O’Brien fell to an incredible catch from Cormac Hassett off Benton, while Singh departed to Sorenson, Hassett taking a more regulation catch this time. Lorcan Tucker and Tyrone Kane both fell soon after, both caught in the deep. Matt Ford joined George Dockrell and the run rate was climbing towards ten an over. They stuck in with a chance though, both of them hitting big sixes, leaving 24 required off the final two overs.

It looked like the turning point for the Reds was when JJ Garth took a stunning one-handed catch just inside the rope to dismiss George Dockrell, that looked to have sealed the Lightning’s fate. Needing 16 off the last over, their chances were slim. But, nobody had given Matt Ford the script.

 

He kept his side in the game by planting spectacular boundaries, one over extra cover and one over backward point to leave the side needing five off the last ball. He picked Richardson’s slower ball and drilled the ball high towards long-on. It landed a good couple of metres over the rope and sparked a massive fist pump in the middle from Ford and a chorus of cheers and jubilation from the Lightning tent, sneaking over the line by three wickets.

It was a very good start to the Inter-Pro Festival and tomorrow’s play will be eagerly anticipated, with play set to start at 11.30 am weather permitting in Sydney Parade.

Scorecard in brief

Leinster Lightning v Munster Reds, Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20, Pembroke, 22 June 2019

  Munster Reds 181-9 (20 overs; C Hassett 49, J Tector 47, S Doheny 46; P Chase 3-36)
Leinster Lightning 183-7 (20 overs; K O’Brien 56, M Ford 34*; J Benton 3-23)

Leinster Lightning won by 3 wickets

Full scorecard here.


Getkate stars in dominant Knights win in first T20

June 22nd 2019 | International, Other

Getkate stars in dominant Knights win in first T20

The Knights won the first T20 in convincing style

Shane Getkate starred as the Northern Knights raced to a comprehensive seven-wicket win against the North West Warriors in the opening game of the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Festival at Pembroke.

Getkate took a career-best 5-8 and followed up with a quickfire 27 from 15 balls with the bat as the Knights chased down a well below par score of 78 from the Warriors on a glorious day in Dublin.

Earlier in the day, the Warriors won the toss and elected to bat on the same pitch used the previous night for the Leinster Lightning vs Middlesex game. However, from early on they found themselves in early trouble. After a few tight overs to begin, Mark Adair took a brilliant catch at mid-wicket to dismiss the dangerous Stuart Thompson for 9 off Graeme McCarter. Despite hitting a couple of early boundaries, Aaron Gillespie was unfortunate to find deep square leg to depart for 9.

That was Getkate’s first wicket, and he struck again to remove Andy McBrine caught at third man soon after. Progress was slow and it left the Warriors on 43-3 after 10 overs. However, the wickets began to tumble. David Rankin was bowled by James Cameron-Dow for 15, while a mix-up led to the quick demise of Graeme Kennedy to a run out. It wasn’t long after that both Ross Allen and Craig Young fell in similar fashion - caught trying to hit down the ground.

Harry Tector’s quicker ball was enough to tease Boyd Rankin out of his crease, while it was left to Shane Getkate to rattle through both Kyle Magee and Varun Chopra to complete his five-wicket haul and to polish off the Warriors innings for 78. Adam McDaid managed to survive a lot of the carnage to finish on 17 not out.

 

Getkate then went out to open the batting with James McCollum, and the pair set about trying to chase down the total in the shortest amount of time possible. The two batted with great intent early in the powerplay, going at ten an over early on. Getkate found the rope four times plus hitting a massive six over square leg off Boyd Rankin in his cameo of 27. McCollum was more composed, opening his shoulders to score boundaries through the covers and over mid-wicket when he could.

Getkate fell to Boyd Rankin when top-edging a bouncer to the keeper, and the 6’8” Warriors paceman quickly accounted for Neil Rock in a fiery spell. Gary Wilson was stumped soon after off the bowling of McBrine to leave the Knights on 65-3. They still only needed 14 to win at this stage, and Harry Tector came in to join the already set James McCollum, and they knocked off the remaining runs with ease to win the game with ten overs to spare. James McCollum ending with a very tidy 42 not out, while Tector added 8 not out.

Scorecard in brief

North West Warriors v Northern Knights, Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20, Pembroke, 22 June 2019

  North West Warriors 78 (19.2 overs; A McDaid 17*; S Getkate 5-8)
  Northern Knights 82-3 (10.2 overs; J McCollum 42*, S Getkate 27; B Rankin 2-81)

Northern Knights won by 7 wickets

Full scorecard here.


PREVIEW: T20 Festival set for big showdown at Pembroke

June 21st 2019 by Andrew Blair White | International, Other

PREVIEW: T20 Festival set for big showdown at Pembroke

The four sides will once again meet in a T20 Festival that promises plenty of action

The Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival is one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends of the summer with the four Inter-Pro sides facing each other over three days in exciting back-to-back action. After the inaugural Festival last year, the excitement leading up to this year’s remake is bigger than ever, as it comes just after the Leinster Lightning clash with Middlesex the previous day.

And it was Leinster Lightning who came out on top in the T20 tournament last year, which culminated in this festival at the backend of the summer. However, they didn’t have it all their own way, with Munster Reds getting a big win over them in a terrific last-over thriller. However, the Lightning have still been a sensational force in this format in the last number of years, winning the last four renewals of this trophy. They have a strong squad with many different assets to it, with great options and depth in both bowling and batting. Their squad is unchanged from the one that was named to play Middlesex, with the likes of George Dockrell, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy and Lorcan Tucker all bringing big international experience to the table.

The Northern Knights have named a strong squad for the Festival with the returning Gary Wilson getting his first taste of domestic T20 action, he captains the side that has grown into itself recently. It features recently Irish-capped, Mark Adair, while other Irish and Ireland Wolves options include James McCollum, Harry Tector, Shane Getkate and Neil Rock. They have a lot of different and useful options in both batting and bowling and will be very keen to be vying for some silverware in the Interpros this year. Their team is looking as strong as it has ever been.

Inter-Pros
Image: Will the Northern Knights be the main challenger for Leinster Lightning’s title this year?

The Munster Reds were a bit of a revelation at last year’s Inter-Pro Festival and in this tournament as a whole. They recorded two wins last year including eclipsing the Leinster Lightning in the last game. They return this year with a lot of familiar faces, the five men coming up from ‘down south’ were the exact same five as last year, captained once again by Jeremy Benton. Also, those who are returning include Jarred Barnes and the dangerous Max Sorenson. The likes of Stephen Doheny and Jack Tector get a bigger chance to contribute in this format for this team, while young Irish Wolves players JJ Garth and Nathan McGuire will be keen to impress. They could well claim a few big scalps.

To conclude is the North West Warriors, who finished third in last year’s T20 trophy. They certainly have the ability to feature highly this year and they will be buoyed by the fact they have both William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin available to them, both extremely experienced T20 players at International and English domestic level. Their experience could prove to be vital during the business end of games. Craig Young has been on a resurgence of his career and is bowling better than ever recently, he will be looking to continue that good form into this weekend. While Andy McBrine’s bowling in limited overs cricket has got him a lot of caps for the International side, for very good reason. Graham Hume and Graham Kennedy have been the stars for the North West so far this season and they will be hoping to transfer that form to this format.

It should be an excellent weekend of high-quality cricket and it will be very intriguing to see who announces themselves as the leading contenders for the T20 title this year.

 

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You can follow the action via the My Cricket Ireland app or on Cricinfo.

 


“The Women’s Championship must be our goal” - Cricket Ireland on the future of women’s cricket

June 21st 2019 | International, Women

“The Women’s Championship must be our goal” - Cricket Ireland on the future of women’s cricket

Is the next stop the Women's Championship?

DUBLIN – In a big year for women’s cricket in Ireland, Cricket Ireland’s Performance Director Richard Holdsworth outlined the clear and unambiguous aim for the sport over the next 18 months – entry into the ICC Women’s Championship.

In recent years there have been a number of initiatives to build the women’s game, from the establishment of the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy in 2014, creation of the women’s Toyota Super 3s in 2015, driving an overseas scholarship scheme for female players, introducing the first-ever contracts for women and creation of the Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre.

With Ireland’s men ensconced in the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP), Holdsworth has now firmly turned to the task of getting Ireland Women into the top-tier competition of women’s cricket, the Women’s Championship - roughly speaking, the women’s equivalent of the men’s FTP.

He said:

“The Women’s Championship must be our goal. The pathway we created with the men’s international side is one we hope to emulate with the women. Increased professionalism, provision of greater support staff, contracts, development opportunities, high-quality international matches and – we believe – creation of a sustainable and competitive women’s international team at the top table of the sport.”

“However, we are not shying away from the reality that we have a lot of work to do. Being internationally competitive is more than just plunging resources into the international squad. We know that growing the playing pool and increasing female participation at all levels of our sport. To this end, we are at an advanced stage of creating a Girls and Women’s Cricket Strategy – a plan that will be embedded as a key plank of the organisation’s next Strategic Plan.”

“We are also committed to continuous learning and acknowledging where we need to change or tweak our processes. With the recent changes in our senior women’s coaching set-up, we are beginning to put in place a number of initiatives that have been identified following last year’s World Cup. These changes are aimed at laying some more of the groundwork for our aspiration to reach the Women’s Championship.”


Holdsworth
Image: Richard Holdsworth at the launch of the Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre in 2018

After the 2021 Women’s ODI World Cup, the ICC have committed to expanding the Women’s Championship from eight to ten teams. As Ireland is ranked 10th, it is important that the Ireland Women’s squad maintain – at a minimum – their ranking over the coming 18 months to gain entry to the Championship. But, as Holdsworth explains, gaining entry is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a new and challenging chapter:

“At the moment we play a handful of international fixtures each year, with a squad that until this year was exclusively made up of amateur players. Entry to the Women’s Championship will open doors to regular, high-quality international fixtures – it will also increase significantly our ability to qualify for both 50-over and T20 World Cups. It will literally be a game-changer for the sport. For our women, the dream of playing for their country, being professional sportspeople and raising the profile of Irish women’s cricket both here and around the world is within reach. That is why the next 18 months is so crucial.”


As part of further changes to the coaching and performance set up, Performance Coach and former international cricketer Andrew Poynter’s role within Cricket Ireland will change slightly to focus largely on supporting the under-age talent pathway and coach education programme within the national governing body. In undertaking this work, he will also continue as Head Coach of the Scorchers in the Toyota Super 3s.

Holdsworth said:

“Andrew has an enthusiasm for coaching and developed a skill-set that we believe can benefit our talent pathway. He is finishing his duties with the senior international squad, and will focus on coaching the under-15s boys and girls squads, the under-19s girls squad, and will work within the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Women’s Academy set-up.”

“There is no secret that both the men’s and women’s senior sides are going through a period of transition, and we are working behind-the-scenes to strengthen the identification and development of young players who are keen to progress their cricket careers. Andrew will play an important role in this process.”

“Another area we are developing as a national governing body is coach education – by creating a pool of accredited cricket coaches around Ireland that can help clubs on raising the quality and standards of coaching under a national structure. This is another area that Andrew has much to offer, and he will be supporting the roll-out of the coach education and development strategy, under the leadership of Coach Development Manager, Brett Reid.”

Andrew Poynter said:

“I enjoyed my time working as Performance Coach in the international women’s coaching structure, and am now looking forward to focusing on the emerging young talent coming through the boys and girls under-age representative squads.”

“I am really looking forward to progressing my coaching career with an important group of young players who will hopefully become the backbone of future senior men’s and women’s squads.”

“The opportunity to also work within the coach education area is an interest I have developed, and hope that I can share my knowledge and experiences with a new generation of cricket coaches across Ireland.”

 


Gary Wilson looks to this weekend’s T20 Festival as the launchpad towards World Cup Qualification

June 21st 2019 | International, Other

Gary Wilson looks to this weekend’s T20 Festival as the launchpad towards World Cup Qualification

Gary Wilson believes the T20 Festival will be a great launchpad

BELFAST – Ireland’s T20 International captain Gary Wilson believes this weekend’s Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival at Pembroke Cricket Club is a golden opportunity to launch the national sides T20 World Cup.

Wilson has recently relocated back to Belfast after spending 12 years playing county cricket for Surrey and Derbyshire, and is now a key senior member and captain of the Northern Knights. He was appointed captain of the Ireland T20 squad in 2018, however missed the tour in early 2019 to Oman and India as a result of an eye condition. Keen to make up for lost time, Wilson believes that the three-day T20 Festival starting tomorrow is the ideal place for the most talented players in the country to showcase their skills before the selectors.

Speaking after a training session in Belfast, Wilson said:

“T20 cricket is all about playing with freedom, so my role as captain is to embrace that and encourage the lads to go out there and showcase their skills. Most of the guys who will be taking the field against Zimbabwe in July will be playing in this Festival, so I think it is great preparation for the internationals coming up - to be playing the best guys in the country over three days, you don’t get much better than that. And the Festival itself promises to be a great occasion - I know last year the boys loved playing in it and I don’t imagine it will be any different this year.”

“Internationally, we haven’t really been where we want to be in T20 cricket over the last few years - it’s nice to have gone from 18th to 15th this year, but for me it’s less about ranking points and more about qualifying for the T20 World Cup. And this Festival will be an important part of the international squad’s preparation.”

“As for my approach to this weekend as captain, I don’t like to come into an occasion like this with too many plans - I like my teams to be reactive and to assess conditions on the day. That’s what we’ve said to the boys - there is no point planning for one thing and you rock up there and see a completely different wicket. Sure, we’ll have set plans for some of the guys we’re playing against - we know them pretty well - but in terms of overall tactics, we’ll see the conditions and react accordingly.”

Inter-Pros
Image: Northern Knights celebrate a wicket in La Manga in April

A second three-day T20 Festival will be played in Bready in August. More information on the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Series can be found here.

THE FIXTURES

IP Festival

The squads

Leinster Lightning:
George Dockrell (c), Rory Anders, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Gareth Delany, Matt Ford, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker.

Munster Reds:
Jeremy Benton, Cormac Hassett, Yacob Ali, Ruadhan Jones, Senan Jones, Max Sorensen, Jared Barnes, Jack Tector, Stephen Doheny, Nic Pretorius, Eddie Richardson, JJ Garth, Nathan McGuire.

North West Warriors:
Andy McBrine (c), Craig Young, Ross Allen, William Porterfield, Max Burton, Stuart Thompson, David Rankin, Kyle Magee, Boyd Rankin, Adam McDaid, Graham Hume, Aaron Gillespie, Graham Kennedy, Tommy Orr, Varun Chopra.

Northern Knights:
Gary Wilson (c), Harry Tector, Neil Rock, Allen Coulter, James McCollum, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, James Cameron-Dow, Graeme McCarter, Jacob Mulder, Rob McKinley, Murray Commins, Greg Thompson.

 

 


Seeking two independent Board Members for Munster Cricket

June 20th 2019 | International

Seeking two independent Board Members for Munster Cricket

Munster Cricket Union is seeking two independent Board Members with a particular focus on ‘Legal & Governance Matters’ and ‘Commercial Development & Marketing’.

Information about the two roles are below:

• Download information on ‘Legal & Governance Matters’ role (PDF)
• Download information on ‘Commercial Development & Marketing’ role (PDF)

Those interested in joining Munster Cricket as a board member should submit a CV and statement of interest to the Munster Cricket chairperson, David Griffin, to dmagriffin6@hotmail.com by 30 June 2019.

Applications received will be reviewed by the Munster Cricket nominations committee and suitable applicants will be invited for an individual interview.

More about Munster Cricket here: www.munstercricket.ie


Scorchers captain Shauna Kavanagh on Toyota Super 3s T20 Tripleheader, squad announcement

June 20th 2019 | International, Women

Scorchers captain Shauna Kavanagh on Toyota Super 3s T20 Tripleheader, squad announcement

Shauna Kavanagh looks ahead to the T20 tripleheader

DUBLIN – Irish international and Scorchers captain Shauna Kavanagh knows 2019 is a crucial year for women’s cricket in Ireland – and with a World Cup qualifying campaign just two months away, the importance of this weekend’s Toyota Super 3s T20 tripleheader cannot be underestimated, she says.

The title-winning captain in 2018 with the Dragons, Kavanagh moved to the Scorchers this year to lead a youthful squad but one with ambitions to regain the trophy they lost last year.

Speaking after a recent training session at the Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre, Kavanagh said:

“The move to the Scorchers and working with a new set of players is something I am really enjoying. It’s a good challenge and is keeping me on my toes. It is still early days with plenty of fixtures to come this season, but I’m really excited to see how the Scorchers can progress as we take shape as a squad and begin to understand each other’s games a bit better.”

“It is just so important to have a competition like this to bridge that ‘standard gap’ between club cricket and international cricket. And you can see the difference it makes in players like Sophie MacMahon – she has been a consistent performer in club cricket over recent years but really came to the forefront in the Super 3s competition last year. This has propelled her return to the international arena and she really made her mark against the West Indies last month. That is why tripleheaders like the one this Sunday cannot be underestimated in their importance.”

“The captaincy at Super 3s level over the last three years has taught me a huge amount - but not only as a captain and player, but as a person as well. I would say people management is a big strength and passion of mine in that I am very conscious of how different individuals work and do my best to understand what will get the best out of each individual both on and off the pitch. I still have a lot to learn as a captain but the experience has hugely developed my own game from both a tactical and mental perspective.”

 

Being one of the six internationals awarded a part-time contract this year, she said about the opportunity:

“It has been absolutely brilliant and I do feel very lucky to be in the position I am in. Personally, I now train two days a week, which is an additional two days I never had. It has definitely been a big adjustment learning to balance everything but a really positive adjustment. Whilst it has only been a month, I am already starting to see the benefits in a lot of areas, particularly in my fitness and recovery and I am really looking forward to seeing our progression over the coming months.”

The Toyota Super 3s T20 tripleheader will be held at Oak Hill in Wicklow, with free entry. More information on the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Series can be found here. Fans can follow the game via the My Cricket Ireland app.

THE FIXTURES

Sunday 23 June 2019
• Typhoons v Scorchers - start 10am
• Dragons v Typhoons - start 1.30pm
• Dragons v Scorchers - start 5pm

The squads

Scorchers:
Shauna Kavanagh (c), Gaby Lewis, Rebecca Stokell, Caoimhe McCann, Sophie MacMahon, Tess Maritz, Sarah Forbes, Amy Kenealy, Cara Murray, Hannah Little, Mya Naughton.

Typhoons:
Una Raymond-Hoey (c), Amy Hunter, Sarah Condron, Cassie Stephens, Naomi Matthews, Leah Paul, Celeste Raack, Niamh Walsh, Maria Kerrison, Orla Prendergast, Robyn Lewis.

Dragons:
Mary Waldron (c), Rachel Delaney, Anna Kerrison, Jane Maguire, Lara Maritz, Staci Maxwell, Eimear Mullen, Cliodhna O’Reardon, Clare Shillington, Jenny Sparrow, Kerry Tomlinson, Sarah White.

Super 3s


Dockrell relishing the challenge of title-defence at T20 Festival

June 20th 2019 | International, Other

Dockrell relishing the challenge of title-defence at T20 Festival

The Lightning will begin its T20 title defence this weekend

DUBLIN – T20 cricket is undoubtedly the engine that has driven world cricket over recent years, and Irish cricket fans have a treat this weekend when the first men’s Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival gets underway at Pembroke Cricket Club.

The Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 festival will see four sides – Leinster Lightning, Munster Reds, North West Warriors and Northern Knights - competing against each other over three-days of high-quality action in the lead up to the international white-ball series against Zimbabwe in July. Underscoring the importance of this year’s first T20 Festival is the knowledge that 2019 is also a T20 World Cup Qualifier year, so there will be intense competition amongst players to push forward their credentials to be part of that international squad.

Leinster Lightning secured the Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy last year, and this year the Dublin-based side welcomes Nigel Jones as their new head coach, replacing Albert Van Der Merwe. Jones, who is of New Zealand origin, represented Ireland at International level – playing 14 one-day internationals and five T20s.

Speaking after the recent three-day Inter-Provincial Championship match which saw his Lightning side draw a rain-affected encounter with the Warriors, Lightning captain George Dockrell said:

“We’re very excited to have Jonesy [Nigel Jones] on board, he’s a really hard working and diligent type of guy. I really enjoyed playing cricket with him for Ireland and have heard a lot of great things about his coaching, so very excited to have him on board. We’re gutted to be losing Albie [Albert Van Der Merwe] but it’s always good to get a fresh pair of eyes and someone who sees things differently and can add value in a different way. I’m very excited to get moving with him this summer and into the future.”

Inter-Pros
Image: The victorious Leinster Lightning side in 2018

The Lightning have dominated the T20 Inter-Provincial Trophy having won five of six titles since 2013. About this success, Dockrell said:

“We’ve done very well over the last few years. The skill-set we have in the team, and the fact that the guys have all played a lot of white ball and T20 cricket, hopefully means we can continue to do so.”

“We’re going into every game looking to win every match, and will take this Festival day by day. We’ve got some good clean hitters of the ball and guys with great T20 skills with the ball, and with the games coming thick and fast, we know this is just the start of a big next couple of weeks – domestically and internationally. However, this weekend at Pembroke would put the Lightning in a pretty good place to go and retain our title.”


A second three-day T20 Festival will be played in Bready in August. More information on the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Series can be found here.

THE FIXTURES

IP Festival

The squads

Leinster Lightning:
George Dockrell (c), Rory Anders, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Gareth Delany, Matt Ford, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker.

Munster Reds:
Jeremy Benton, Cormac Hassett, Yacob Ali, Ruadhan Jones, Senan Jones, Max Sorensen, Jared Barnes, Jack Tector, Stephen Doheny, Nic Pretorius, Eddie Richardson, JJ Garth, Nathan McGuire.

Northern Knights:
Gary Wilson (c), Harry Tector, Neil Rock, Allen Coulter, James McCollum, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, James Cameron-Dow, Graeme McCarter, Jacob Mulder, Rob McKinley, Murray Commins, Greg Thompson.

The North West Warriors squad is expected to be announced later today.

 

 


Warriors and Lightning tussle, but rain the ultimate winner in Inter-Pro Championship

June 19th 2019 | International, Other

Warriors and Lightning tussle, but rain the ultimate winner in Inter-Pro Championship

The Warriors and Lightning share the points after the match was drawn

BREADY - There was a half-century to Andrew Balbirnie and three wickets for Craig Young, but the final day of the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Championship match between Leinster Lightning and the North West Warriors was curtailed due to rain.

Going into Day Three, the game still had an outside chance of forcing a result after a very entertaining Day Two that positioned the Lightning in the box seat. However, the start time was again delayed due to scattered showers and there was no play until 12.30pm.

Once underway, the batters not out overnight added another twenty to the overall score before debutant Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin was dismissed by Boyd Rankin for 23.

This brought Simi Singh in to join Balbirnie and the two used the time at the crease wisely, getting some vital time in the middle before the big T20 festival this weekend. Balbirnie was slightly more aggressive and went through to his fifty with the score having moved on to 105. However, he soon fell off the bowling of Andy McBrine which sparked a minor middle-order collapse.

McBrine brought Craig Young back into the attack and the in-form seamer didn’t disappoint. He removed Kevin O’Brien and Lorcan Tucker in quick succession - the Lightning having slipped to 113-5. However, George Dockrell came in and stemmed the flow of wickets. and in partnership with Singh the Lightning captain helped put together a tidy partnership of 41 before the rain became an issue once more.

Without a chance to re-start, the match was called off with Leinster Lightning finishing on 154-5, with Singh 34* and Dockrell 26*.

Scorecard in brief

North West Warriors v Leinster Lightning, Inter-Provincial Championship match, Bready (17-19 June 2019)

  North West Warriors 135 (59.3 overs; W Porterfield 25, A Gillespie 22; S Singh 3-15)
  Leinster Lightning 154-5 (55.4 overs; A Balbirnie 50, S Singh 34*; C Young 3-45)

Match drawn

See full scorecard here.


Delany on road to recovery, Ireland Women squad announced for Zimbabwe series

June 19th 2019 | International, Other

Delany on road to recovery, Ireland Women squad announced for Zimbabwe series

Captain Laura Delany returns to action and will lead the squad during the Zimbabwe series

DUBLIN – Ireland Women’s captain Laura Delany is set to return to the international squad just four weeks after fracturing her ankle, as the first squad under interim Head Coach Ed Joyce is announced for the upcoming Zimbabwe series in July.

The Irish women’s team will play three 50-over matches followed by three T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe Women starting 3 July 2019. The six-match series will be the first time Zimbabwe Women have played in Ireland, with the sides having met on nine occasions since their first encounter in 2008 – Ireland having won five matches, Zimbabwe four matches.

Speaking at a training session at the Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre, Laura Delany said:

“I’m really happy with my recovery and rehabilitation process. Having fractured my ankle in the first game against the West Indies in May, everything is on track for a speedy recovery and I’m confident that I will be back in time for the first match against Zimbabwe on 3 July.”

“Matches between Ireland and Zimbabwe are typically competitive, and while Zimbabwe are ranked slightly lower than ourselves, they are a professional outfit and have grown as a team over the last couple of years. I expect the series will be a good test to see where we are at as a squad.”

Owing to her injury, Delany had a rare opportunity to closely observe her colleagues from the sidelines during the last two matches of the West Indies series, and was encouraged by some of the performances the young squad delivered against the world’s fourth ranked side:

“To see senior players like Kim Garth and Mary Waldron - who have both worked very hard on their batting over the last 12 months - stand up and perform the way they did was very pleasing. Both registered their first T20 half-centuries against a tough attack. With the ball, Celeste Raack was brilliant throughout all three games, along with Sophie MacMahon who showed the fans what we all know she is capable of.”

“The West Indies series was always going to be a tough ask, as it was our first series as a new squad. We have been working hard since that series and are really looking forward to the contest between ourselves and Zimbabwe. We still have plenty of international fixtures, along with Super 3s games, before the qualifiers at the end of the season, so we are building up nicely towards our end goal of world cup qualification.”

The fixtures


50-over series:
• 3 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)
• 5 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)
• 7 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)

T20 International series:
• 10 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Stormont, start 4pm)*
• 12 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready, start 11am)*
• 14 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready, start 11am)*


      * The T20I series will be doubleheaders with Ireland and Zimbabwe Men’s teams playing at the same venue on the same day.

The Ireland Women’s squads

50-over squad: Laura Delany (C), Kim Garth, Shauna Kavanagh, Anna Kerrison, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Mary Waldron.

T20I squad: Laura Delany (C), Kim Garth, Shauna Kavanagh, Anna Kerrison, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Naomi Matthews, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

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Squads named for the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival this weekend

June 19th 2019 | International, Other

Squads named for the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival this weekend

DUBLIN - The first of two T20 Festivals as part of the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Series is set to begin this Saturday, with the four sides beginning to announce their squads.

The T20 Festival will be held at Pembroke Cricket Club, with free entry and some great cricket action on display.

The schedule

Saturday 22 June 2019
• North West Warriors v Northern Knights - start 11.30am
• Leinster Lightning v Munster Reds - start 4pm

Sunday 23 June 2019
• Northern Knights v Munster Reds - start 11.30am
• Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors - start 4pm

Monday 24 June 2019
• Munster Reds v North West Warriors - start 11.30am
• Leinster Lightning v Northern Knights - start 4pm

The squads

Northern Knights

The Northern Knights have named their 13-man squad.

The squad is:

Gary Wilson (c), Harry Tector, Neil Rock, Allen Coulter, James McCollum, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, James Cameron-Dow, Graeme McCarter, Jacob Mulder, Rob McKinley, Murray Commins, Greg Thompson.

Munster Reds

The Munster Reds have named their 13-man squad.

Reds Head Coach, Ted Williamson said: “The challenge for us is to try and replicate what we did last year while at the same time trying to make little improvements from an individual and collective point of view. The introduction of some younger players with an eye on the bigger picture will add some new skill sets to our squad and that coupled with the confidence and belief gained from our performances in 2018 will make us even more competitive this season.”

The squad is:

Jeremy Benton (Cork County), Cormac Hassett (Cork County), Yacob Ali (County Kerry), Ruadhan Jones (Cork Harlequins), Senan Jones (Cork Harlequins), Max Sorensen (Merrion), Jared Barnes (Rush), Jack Tector (YMCA), Stephen Doheny (Rush), Nic Pretorius (Phoenix), Eddie Richardson (North County), JJ Garth (Pembroke), Nathan McGuire (Rush).

Leinster Lightning

The Leinster Lightning have named an unchanged 13-man squad from the squad named for its clash with Middlesex on Friday night.

The squad is:

George Dockrell (c) (Leinster), Rory Anders (YMCA), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), Peter Chase (Malahide), Gareth Delany (Leinster), Matt Ford (Malahide), Fionn Hand (YMCA), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Josh Little (Pembroke), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Simi Singh (Phoenix), Lorcan Tucker (Trinity/Pembroke).

The North West Warriors squad is expected to be announced shortly.

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Day Two: Lightning on top in the North West

June 18th 2019 | International, Other

Day Two: Lightning on top in the North West

The Leinster Lightning side claim the upper hand on Day Two

BREADY - Leinster Lightning took command of Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Championship game against the North West Warriors today, after a washout on Day One of this three-day encounter.

After there was no play available on Day One of this fixture due to rain, there was again a delayed start today due primarily to a wet outfield. The match eventually saw first action at 2pm. Leinster Lightning won the toss and, possibly without surprise, inserted the home side.

After a very watchful start from the opening batsmen, it was Peter Chase who struck first when clean bowling Brendan Louw for 7. Despite William Porterfield hitting some trademark cover drives on his way to 25, he too fell victim to Chase in the same mode of dismissal. Despite Aaron Gillespie and Stuart Thompson taking the Warriors to 70-2, the Warriors suffered a collapse of sorts soon after.

Firstly, Thompson was trapped in front by Kevin O’Brien for 12, before David Rankin steered George Dockrell to Andy Balbirnie at slip. When Gillespie fell soon after when being clean bowled by the returning Tyrone Kane, the North West had slipped to 85-5. With Kane in full swing and Simi Singh coming into the attack, the Warriors came under further scrutiny. Kane struck to get the big wicket of McBrine LBW and Singh got his first wicket by dismissing the dangerous Graham Hume.

95-7 soon became 106-9 as Craig Young and Boyd Rankin fell, leaving Dave Scanlon a tough task coming in at number 11 to join Graham Kennedy. However, the former hit a few lusty blows before being trapped in front by Singh for an entertaining 21, helping the North West Warriors to scramble to 135 in 59.3 overs.

 

Leinster Lightning then had a tricky 13-over period to negotiate before the close of play. Jack Tector started positively and looked to be in good nick before Craig Young snuck one through his defences for 15. Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin and Andrew Balbirnie stuck in for the rest of the period, still looking to bat with intent when they could. They finished on 18* and 15* respectively as the Lightning made it to 49-1 at the close of play.

Full scorecard here.

It promises to be a very exciting final day to this Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Championship Match.

 

 


Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup – Quarter-Final Draw

June 18th 2019 | International, Other

The Quarter-Final draw for the 2019 Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup has been made. The Quarter-Final matches take place on Sunday 14 July 2019, with any replays to be played on 21 July 2019.

The Draw

 

Download PDF of the full draw.

Match Dates

• Quarter-Finals - Sunday 14 July 2019 (replays Sunday 21 July)*
• Semi-Finals - Sunday 4 August 2019 (replays Sunday 11 August)
• Final - Saturday 31 August 2019

    *Advance note for QF - If Bready reach the QFs their match will be played on Sunday 21 July

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Clear Currency National Cup – Quarter-Final Draw

June 18th 2019 | International, Other

The Quarter-Final draw for the 2019 Clear Currency National Cup has been made. The Quarter-Final matches take place on Sunday 14 July 2019, with any replays to be played on 21 July 2019.

The Draw

 

Download PDF of the full draw.

Match Dates

• Quarter-Finals - Sunday 14 July 2019 (replays Sunday 21 July)
• Semi-Finals - Sunday 4 August 2019 (replays Sunday 11 August)
• Final - Sunday 1 September 2019

 

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Ed Joyce to take interim charge of Ireland Women’s cricket team

June 18th 2019 | International, Women

Ed Joyce to take interim charge of Ireland Women’s cricket team

Ed Joyce will take the interim role of Head Coach

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has announced that Irish cricket legend Ed Joyce has been appointed as the interim Head Coach of the Ireland Women’s cricket team through to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in August/September.

Joyce, 40, has been involved in the international coaching set-up with the Irish men’s, women’s and performance pathway teams since he announced his international retirement in May 2018.

Following the departure of Aaron Hamilton from the role, he will today take his first training session with the squad at the Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre in Dublin.

Joyce said:

“I’m excited by the talent and potential of this young squad - there were some extremely encouraging performances from several players during the West Indies series and this bodes well leading into potentially more important games later in the summer.”

“It’s a great opportunity for me to further my journey in coaching, albeit on an interim basis until the end of the T20 World Cup qualifier. I have been coaching some of the top order batters on a 1-on-1 basis, as well as joining squad sessions in the lead-up to the West Indies series that just finished. On a personal note, I enjoyed working with Aaron during the last few months and wish him and his family well with the next step.”

“The initial period for me now is getting to know the further squad and helping the team prepare for a tough six-match series against Zimbabwe in July. This series, combined with the quadrangular series in August, is ideal preparation leading into the T20 Qualifier which is undoubtedly our biggest and most important test this summer.”


Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said:

“Ed needs no introduction to Irish fans, and he has been working hard behind-the-scenes on coaching within the Cricket Ireland senior structure since May last year. When the need for an interim Head Coach arose, it was great to have such a world-class cricketer and budding international coach available to call upon, and we had no hesitation in approaching him about the opportunity.”

“2019 has been a big year for women’s cricket in Ireland, with some key fixtures ahead that culminate in the T20 World Cup Qualifier. It was crucial for our team’s success that we acted quickly on this interim appointment to ensure the new Head Coach had as much time to work with the squad as possible.”

 




Clear Currency National Cup second round wrap

June 18th 2019 | International, Other

Clear Currency National Cup second round wrap

Last year's finalists Limerick were defeated by Railway Union

An incredible 145 not out from Kenny Carroll propelled Railway Union to an 88-run win over Limerick and booked their spot in the Quarter Final of the Clear Currency National Cup.

Railway Union, who batted first away from home, amassed 301-3 from their allocated 40 overs. Carroll’s heroics were ably assisted by Chad Laycock, who on his first innings for the club since arriving on exchange from South Africa, made an entertaining 77. Arslan Anwar’s 108* was a brave innings in reply for Limerick but when the rain intervened, they were 204-8. Leaving them 88 runs short on DLS.

There was also a quite remarkable innings from Majid Khan, who scored 178 of Midleton’s 267-5 as they chased down St Johnston’s 263-4 in a high scoring encounter in Midleton. Khan’s heroics ensured that they chased the over a run a ball target with five overs left to spare.

Terenure also progressed through to the next round after beating Downpatrick at home by 21 runs. Jack Webster scored 87 and Sid Nair made 60* as the home side scored 240-7 from their 40 overs. Downpatrick stayed in the game for large parts but eventually fell short, finishing on 219-9.

Balbriggan were the only other Leinster side to progress to the next round as they came out on top against North Kildare in a heavily rain-affected outcome. North Kildare was bowled out for 138 with Josh Newport taking 4-25. The Balbriggan run chase was well set at 59-2 after 18 overs in pursuit of their target before the rain interrupted, Balbriggan 7 runs ahead on DLS at the time.

Ross Bryans inspired Templepatrick to a fairly facile away success over Laurelvale. The home side batted first and made 174-8, three wickets apiece for Bryans and John Busby. The chase never looked in doubt for the visitors, as Bryans scored 57* as they cruised to an eight-wicket win with over five overs to spare.

Jason Milligan was the hero for Fox Lodge as they edged the closest encounter of the round. Milligan fired an unbeaten 118 as Fox Lodge got up to 204-6 in their 40 overs. Despite 80 from John Glass for Ballymena, they fell agonizingly 8 runs short, finishing on 196-8. Aaron Heywood providing the key with 4-30.

Ardmore got the better of Killyclooney in the other tie of the round. Killyclooney got to 198-6 from their 40 overs thanks massively to 112* from Giles Moan. However, it wasn’t enough as Decker Curry’s 92* has put Ardmore in a very commanding position of 168-3 with nine overs to go in the game when again, the rain intervened. Ardmore were 30 runs ahead on DLS at the time.

Cregagh’s game against Derriaghy was postponed and will be played on a later date. 

The draw for the Quarter Finals of the National Cup will be made this week.


Hamilton to leave role as Ireland Women’s Head Coach

June 17th 2019 | International, Coaching, Women, Other

Hamilton to leave role as Ireland Women’s Head Coach

Cricket Ireland confirms Aaron Hamilton is leaving his role

DUBLIN - Ireland Women’s Head Coach Aaron Hamilton is set to leave his role and return home to his native Australia after four years leading the national side through a period of growth and transition.

Hamilton’s tenure saw the women’s team successfully qualify for two ICC Women’s T20 World Cups, winning the 2016 Qualifier in an exciting last-ball encounter in Thailand. He also took over responsibility for the women’s Academy, when the function was split out to form a separate men’s and women’s Academy.

He said:

“I relocated here from Australia in 2015 to take on what was going to be a major challenge, but after 17 years working in different sporting and cricket environments, I saw the role as a chance to push both myself and Irish cricket forward. It was obvious that the sport was entering a new phase, particularly with the start of the Toyota Super 3s in 2015 and the Academy only being a couple of years old.”

“It has been a highly enjoyable time and a great squad of players to work with. While qualifying for two T20 world cups were definitely highlights, what has been just as satisfying has been to watch the emergence of some great young talent, as well as the recent introduction of first-ever part-time professional contracts for six of our players. These alone allow me to exit the role satisfied that I have left the squad with an exciting platform to build on.”

“My thanks to Cricket Ireland for the opportunity it gave me, and to a talented and eager group of players that will no doubt grow further and compete with the best in years to come.”

“There is no shying away from the fact that Irish women’s cricket is a few years behind the major sides in development, but there is no reason that - with the right support and investment - the Ireland Women’s cricket team can’t become a competitive force in the sport.”


Hamilton met with Cricket Ireland officials to discuss outcomes from a post-World Cup review last week and both sides mutually agreed to end to the Head Coach’s contract early.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“We would like to thank Aaron for his work and commitment to the role over the last four years. His time in the role has straddled a period of growth and transition for the sport and Aaron has overseen his duties always with an eye to what was important for the long-term success of the squad.”

“We wish him and his family well as they return home, and he can be proud in the knowledge that he has made an important contribution to the growth of the sport in Ireland.”


Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said:

“Aaron was recruited as our first full-time head coach for the women’s international squad and has been a key component of Cricket Ireland’s move to raise the profile, standards and competitiveness of the Ireland Women’s team over the last four years. The role has been a challenging one, and Aaron has committed wholeheartedly to achieve what was required of him. His unflappable nature and commitment to developing young talent has been a key feature of this time in the role.”

“He has gained many admirers within Irish cricket over his time, and two world cup appearances during his time are a legacy he can be pleased to take away from his time. We wish him well for his next step.”


Cricket Ireland will begin the search for a new Ireland Women’s Head Coach shortly, and will put interim arrangements in place during the lead-up to the Zimbabwe series in early July. Further recommendations from the post-World Cup review will be implemented in due course.


Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup second round wrap

June 17th 2019 | International, Other

Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup second round wrap

Defending champions Waringstown are through to the Quarter Finals

Defending Champions, Waringstown, are into the quarter-finals of this year’s Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup after edging past Malahide by two runs in a rain-affected game on Sunday.

Waringstown made 237 thanks to 70’s from both Lee Nelson and Greg Thompson, before Arjun Muntha had scored 92* and had guided Malahide to 192-7 in the 43rd over when the rain came down, leaving them agonisingly two runs short.

However, ‘Duckworth-Lewis’ didn’t help last year’s runners-up Merrion, who only made 130-9 when their game was reduced to 30 overs-a-side against CIYMS in Belmont. Obus Pienaar took three wickets. The home side had made it to 74-1 in the 18th over when the players were called off for rain and didn’t manage to return to the field. CIYMS were nine runs ahead on DLS at the time and thus prevailed.

At Sydney Parade, a sensational 126 from recently Irish capped, Lorcan Tucker propelled Pembroke to a mammoth 328-6 in their fifty overs against The Hills. Despite the Skerries side becoming quite well versed in chasing down targets this season, they couldn’t do the job this time around, falling for 163 all out in their reply.

Perhaps the most dramatic game of the round was in Rathmines where Leinster looked all but out when they were all out for 121 against Strabane, thanks largely to a spell of 4-31 from Ryan Gallagher. However, the home side never gave in during the run chase, and thanks to an exceptional 5-28 from Bilal Azhar, they bundled Strabane for 105, winning by 16 runs.

 


A fantastic 145 from Andre Malan of CSNI brought his side up to 244-6 from their fifty overs in a tightly contested game against North Down. However, North Down was on the brink at 218-9 with five overs left in the game when once again the rain intervened, the away side coming out on top by fifteen runs on DLS.

Jurie Snyman registered his second century in as many rounds as he brought Carrickfergus to 255-8 from their allocation in Castle Avenue against Clontarf. Half-centuries from Eoghan Delany and Andrew Vincent had brought the home side to 180-6 with ten overs left to go in their reply, but they were also fifteen runs behind when rain took over.

Elsewhere, there were comprehensive wins for Instonians and Phoenix. The former made 283-9 against Rush thanks to half-centuries from Nik Smith and Oliver Metcalfe, they made early inroads into the Rush batting line-up, coming out on top by 120 runs. As for Phoenix, they made sure it was a worthwhile trip up to Bready. They bowled the home side out for 156, before knocking it off for only the loss of two wickets, Ben Beecroft scoring 89.

The draw for the Quarter Finals of the Irish Senior Cup will be made this week.

 


PREVIEW: North West Warriors host a Lightning side keen to impress

June 16th 2019 by Andrew Blair White | International, Other

PREVIEW: North West Warriors host a Lightning side keen to impress

Andrew Balbirnie in action for Leinster Lightning

The North West Warriors and Leinster Lightning are set to face off in the second Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Championship match of the season at Bready on Monday.

The Warriors drew a heavily rain-affected game against the Northern Knights in their first game of the season, while the Lightning will be looking to gain revenge for letting this title slip for the first time last year since the Inter-Provincial Championship started in 2013.

The two sides have been able to name strong squads for this fixture with a plethora of Irish internationals and Ireland Wolves on show between the two sides. The Warriors see the return of Stuart Thompson and Boyd Rankin to their ranks for the first time this season, as the Lightning has been able to bring Barry McCarthy and Kevin O’Brien into the side.

In this format of the Inter-Provincial Series, the recent encounters between these two sides have been tight. Last year, both games ended in draws. However, the Warriors were very close to sealing a victory at Sydney Parade thanks to centuries from Stuart Thompson and Niall O’Brien. While the Lightning looked to have their opposition on the ropes when bowling the Warriors out for 80 in the return clash. However, neither side could force the win over the line, showing the resilience of both sides.

Key Players

The Warriors will be looking to their Irish experience with big performances from their International stalwarts William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin. As always, captain Andy McBrine will be looking to add both middle-order runs and vital overs with the ball. Graham Kennedy, Ross Allen and Craig Young have all recently returned from the very competitive series between Ireland Wolves and Scotland A. They will be looking to put that experience to their benefit returning to this North West side. Graham Hume has also been in good touch with both bat and ball early this season.

The Lightning side has very good balance and a wide range of talented cricketers to select from. Stephen Doheny is injured for this game but has been replaced by Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin, who is likely to take his spot at the top of the order alongside Jack Tector, who scored a hundred in the fifty-over game between these sides. Captain George Dockrell and Simi Singh will look to do the damage in the middle overs of each innings, both with bat and ball, while Barry McCarthy will look to add late-order batting options alongside added fire in the pace bowling stakes.


Stuart Thompson
Image: Stuart Thompson, here during the Test match against Afghanistan in March, is a welcome return for the Warriors


Key Battles: Top of the order is the key

In these three-day matches, the key to the game can often be found at the top of the order. How both sides top order batting goes against high-class bowling could well be the determining factor between the two sides. Leinster Lightning will have to look after Craig Young, who looked as good as he ever has last week for the Irish Wolves, and the return of Boyd Rankin’s steep deliveries could well cause issues. Graham Kennedy and Graham Hume have both been in good form also.

The North West Warriors, who had a shaky start against the Northern Knights last month, will have to deal with the attack of Tyrone Kane, Barry McCarthy, Peter Chase and Fionn Hand. The return of Stuart Thompson could very much help that top order dealing with the strong Lightning attack.

Squads

North West Warriors: Andy McBrine (capt) (Donemana), William Porterfield (Formby), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Craig Young (North Down), Boyd Rankin (Bromsgrove), David Rankin (Bready), Aaron Gillespie (Strabane), Ross Allen (Brigade), Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen), Graham Hume (Coleraine), Brendon Louw (Ballyspallen), David Scanlon (Bready).

Leinster Lightning: George Dockrell (capt) (Leinster), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), Peter Chase (Malahide), Gareth Delany (Leinster), Fionn Hand (YMCA), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin (The Hills), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Simi Singh (Phoenix), Jack Tector (YMCA), Lorcan Tucker (Trinity/Pembroke).

 


Andy McBrine discusses July internationals as Zimbabwe name touring squad

June 14th 2019 | International, Other

Andy McBrine discusses July internationals as Zimbabwe name touring squad

Andy McBrine in action against Afghanistan last month

With a Test debut and eye-catching performances with the ball against Afghanistan in Belfast last month, Donemana’s Andy McBrine has already achieved much in 2019 - but now he is relishing the prospect of playing before his home fans against a Zimbabwe side that is set to play in Ireland for the first time since 2003.

The 26-year old off-spinner and captain of the North West Warriors, who is busy preparing for Monday’s Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Championship match between the Warriors and Leinster Lightning, was clearly relishing the prospect of playing international cricket once more in front of his home fans:

“It will be a very proud occasion for me to play in front of home fans if I’m selected for the internationals being held in the North in July,” he said. “Especially at Bready - it is a magnificent ground and the Club has worked very hard over recent years to get the ground into shape to host big games like these.”

“As always, the weather is the only thing that would dull the atmosphere in the north-west - people in this area are passionate about the game and will get behind the Irish lads. And if the Domenana supporters are in, you may be hearing a bash of the Andy Scra song!”

Before the Zimbabwe series though, McBrine sees the upcoming Test Triangle Inter-Provincial T20 Festival at Pembroke in Dublin (22-24 June) as a key opportunity to press his claims for selection:

“The Inter-Pro T20 weekend is not only a great festival of cricket for players and fans, but a great build-up for the likes of myself and the Irish lads for game time before the Zimbabwe series and the T20 World Cup Qualifiers later in 2019. The Festival will give the selectors an opportunity to have a look at who is performing and who could cement a spot for the upcoming tournaments.”

While this will be the first time the African side will have visited Ireland for 16 years, Ireland will be looking for revenge after the Zimbabweans convincingly defeated the Men in Green by 107 runs at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Harare in March 2018. McBrine himself was in the Irish team that day, bowling well with 2-42 from 10 overs, before being the last man standing with the bat as his colleagues collapsed around him.

In a boost to Irish cricket fans, the three T20 internationals played between the men’s sides will be doubleheaders, with Ireland Women playing their Zimbabwean counterparts on the same day at the same venues.

Zimbabwe series
Image: Paul Stirling in action against Zimbabwe, March 2018

Zimbabwe Squad

Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor, Solomon Mire, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Craig Ervine, Ainsley Ndlovu, Elton Chigumbura, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Burl.

The Fixtures

ODI series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 1 July 2019 (Bready)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 4 July 2019 (Stormont)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 7 July 2019 (Stormont)

T20I series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 10 July 2019 (Stormont)*
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 12 July 2019 (Bready)*
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 14 July 2019 (Bready)*

Full fixture details here. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster now or at the gate.


  *T20I matches will be double-headers with the Ireland Women playing Zimbabwe Women on the same day.

 


Zimbabwe name squad for Ireland series

June 13th 2019 | International, Other

Zimbabwe name squad for Ireland series

Paul Stirling in action against Zimbabwe in March 2018

HARARE, Zimbabwe - The Zimbabwe Cricket Board has announced a strong 16-man squad for the six-match white ball series against Ireland in July. The two sides will contest three one-day internationals and three T20 Internationals in the first meeting of the two sides on Irish shores since 2003.

While this will be the first time the African side will have visited Ireland for 16 years, Ireland will be looking for revenge after the Zimbabweans convincingly defeated the Men in Green by 107 runs at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Harare in March 2018.

Zimbabwe will play two ODIs and two T20Is against Netherlands in Holland, before heading to our shores for three ODIs and three T20Is.

You can read more about Zimbabwe in our 2019 Ireland Cricket Magazine - the season guide for Irish cricket fans.

The matches are:

ODI series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 1 July 2019 (Bready)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 4 July 2019 (Stormont)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 7 July 2019 (Stormont)

T20I series
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 10 July 2019 (Stormont)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 12 July 2019 (Bready)
• Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 14 July 2019 (Bready)

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster now.


Zimbabwe Squad: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor, Solomon Mire, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Craig Ervine, Ainsley Ndlovu, Elton Chigumbura, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Burl

 

 


Dragons, Scorchers and Typhoons name squads for next Toyota Super 3s fixtures

June 13th 2019 | International, Women

Dragons, Scorchers and Typhoons name squads for next Toyota Super 3s fixtures

The Typhoons and Scorchers will meet in the first match this weekend

DUBLIN - With the undefeated Dragons - the reigning champions from 2018 - setting the pace in the early stages of the 2019 Toyota Super 3s, the Scorchers and Typhoons will be seeking to claim much-needed points in the upcoming 50-over fixtures this weekend.

Scorchers Head Coach, Andrew Poynter, is keen to see his side react positively after the first two matches of the season:

“After losing our first two T20s, this is a great opportunity for the Scorchers to get back to winning ways and carry some confidence and momentum into the next T20s towards the end of the month.”

The Scorchers, who will be missing the experienced Isobel Joyce and Cecelia Joyce this weekend, will be looking to captain Shauna Kavanagh to steer a more youthful looking side through two challenging encounters. The Scorchers will also be hoping that Sophie MacMahon will continue the great form she displayed in the recent internationals against West Indies, in which she claimed three wickets and shared in at 26 runs apiece.

The Scorchers squad for match against Typhoons (15 June 2019)

Rebecca Stokell, Tess Maritz, Gaby Lewis, Shauna Kavanagh (C), Jennifer Gray, Caoimhe McCann, Sophie MacMahon, Amy Kenealy, Hannah Little, Ali Keenan, Mya Naughton, Sarah Forbes.

The Scorchers squad for match against Dragons (16 June 2019)

Rebecca Stokell, Tess Maritz, Shauna Kavanagh (C), Caoimhe McCann, Sophie MacMahon, Amy Kenealy, Hannah Little, Jennifer Hanna, Mya Naughton, Sarah Forbes, Sarah Condron.

URH
Image: Una Raymond-Hoey will lead the Typhoons

The Typhoons will be looking to continue their dominance over the Scorchers in this year’s competition, after clinching the first match-up between the sides in May by 21 runs. Head Coach Tim Simmonite named his squad which will be led by Irish international Una Raymond-Hoey, in the absence of the injured Laura Delany. The side in blue will also be looking to leg-spinner Celeste Raack, who since her move from Australia, has quickly become an important of both the Typhoons and Irish international sides.

The Typhoons squad for match against Scorchers (15 June 2019)

Una Raymond-Hoey (C), Amy Hunter, Maria Kerrison, Naomi Matthews, Leah Paul, Niamh Walsh, Celeste Raack, Orla Prendergast, Zara Craig, Louise Little, Cassie Stephens.

Super 3s
Image: Lara Maritz will lead the line for the Dragons attack, however Kim Garth will sit this one out

The Dragons have started their title defence with gusto, claiming two early wins in convincing fashion. The side, however, will be without captain Kim Garth for the next match due to a niggle, and Mary Waldron who is on an umpiring assignment.

The Dragons squad for match against Scorchers (16 June 2019)

Rachel Delaney (c), Aoife Brennan, Anna Kerrison, Alana Dalzell, Ava Canning, Cliodhna O’Reardon, Eimear Mullen, Jane Maguire, Jenny Sparrow, Lara Maritz, Sarah White.


More information on Toyota Super 3s.


 


Lorcan Tucker heroics not enough as George Munsey puts Wolves to the sword

June 11th 2019 | International, Youth, Other

Lorcan Tucker heroics not enough as George Munsey puts Wolves to the sword

Lorcan Tucker brings up his half-century with a six

OAK HILL, Wicklow – A smash-and-grab innings of 69 from just 29 balls by Scottish international George Munsey led Scotland A to victory over Ireland Wolves today by 7 wickets at Oak Hill Cricket Club, levelling the series 1-1.

Earlier, Wolves’ wicketkeeper-batsman Lorcan Tucker had registered 51 from just 19 balls, including hitting five consecutive sixes off one Michael Leask over before being caught on the boundary attempting to make it six in a row.

Having won the toss and electing to bat, Ireland Wolves lost Jack Tector early for 2, but recovered well and put up a good fight for the first 13 overs. Led by Tucker’s half-century, and a determined 33 from Gareth Delany, further supported by Harry Tector’s innings of 22, the home side found themselves at 133-3 in the 14th over. The last six overs though saw six wickets fall for just 32 runs, as the Wolves finished possibly below par on 166-9 from their 20 overs.

 

The Scottish response was rapid – they lost their first wicket in the fourth over, however already had 47 on the board, thanks in large part to Munsey’s power hitting.

The wicket of Finlay McCreath (6) did little to stem the run flow, with Munsey (69), captain Dylan Budge (28 from 19 balls) and Craig Wallace (37* from 24 balls) taking Scotland A through to victory by seven wickets.

Craig Wallace was named Player of the Series, and the two sides drew the series 1-1, after the first match was lost due to rain.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Wolves v Scotland A, T20 match, 11 June 2019, Oak Hill

  Ireland Wolves 166-9 (20 overs; L Tucker 51, G Delany 33, H Tector 22; M Leask 3-42)
  Scotland A 167-3 (15 overs; G Munsey 69, C Wallace 37*; S Getkate 1-38)


Scotland A won by 7 wickets

Match scorecard here (being updated shortly)

 

 

 


Getkate’s all-round display propels Wolves to victory against Scotland A

June 10th 2019 | International, Youth, Other

Getkate’s all-round display propels Wolves to victory against Scotland A

Getkate powers a six

OAK HILL, Wicklow – Three wickets, a neat outfield catch and an unbeaten 47 by Ireland international Shane Getkate helped propel the Ireland Wolves to victory over Scotland A by four wickets at Oak Hill Cricket Club today.

After winning the toss under grey, threatening skies, Wolves captain Harry Tector had no hesitation in sending the opposition into bat first. After a bright start by Scottish openers George Munsey (25 off 10 balls) and Oli Hairs (14 off 15 balls), the home side’s bowlers fought back with three quick wickets which helped to stem the run rate. Getkate (3-25) was in the thick of the action, after taking a running, low-down outfield catch to remove Munsey, he then came into the attack and removed Hairs and Scotland A skipper Dylan Budge for a duck.

The innings swayed back and forth as the visitors attempted to hit out, but the home side claimed regular wickets to ensure the batsmen did not take the game away.

With 160-170 being considered as par score, the Wolves would have been delighted by the innings change having restricted the Scots to 139-8 from their 20 overs. Craig Young was again in the wickets, claiming 2-31, but some of the most impressive bowling was by Mark Adair who took 1-14 from 4 overs.

 


By the time the Wolves turn came to bat, the skies above Oak Hill were blue and temperatures rising dramatically, however, the reply did not start well, with the Wolves losing Gareth Delany to a juggling catch off the first ball of the innings. The two young top-order batters, Nathan McGuire (34) and Oliver Metcalfe (10), put on an impressive 40-run stand to stabilise the innings and get the momentum back towards the Wolves, but then three wickets fell for 9 runs setting the Wolves back on their hells.

To the fore came the experienced duo of Getkate (49*) and captain Tector (28), whose 61-run stand seemed to wrestle the game back in the Wolves favour.

Getkate powered four big sixes in his innings, and he helped see out the win with the Wolves by four wickets and with seven balls to spare.

Speaking after the game, Getkate said:

“Winning the toss and sending them in seemed to work well for us yesterday, as it was a bit of a sticky wicket. I thought we bowled quite well with 160-170 being par here, so to restrict them to 139 today, I thought the bowlers did a great job. Mark Adair was brilliant with the ball, two [overs] upfront and two overs at the death, and Craig Young has started well all week.”

“I feel pretty confident with my game, with both bat and ball. At times as an all-rounder, maybe the bat fires more than the ball, but to get them both firing at the same time is very pleasing and it’s something I’ve been working on over the last couple of years. I’m just concentrating on enjoying my cricket and playing with freedom.

“I’ve felt in good nick all week, so I’m just trying to keep it as simple as I can. We had obviously played their bowlers in the 50-over series, so we kind of knew where they would try and bowl, so I was just focussing on backing myself and enjoying it as much as I can.”

Going into the last game tomorrow, he said:

“I think if you just look at the dimensions of the ground, there’s a big legside at one end - probably about an 80-metre hit - and the other end is short straight and to cow corner. So if we just play smart cricket, and stick to the basics like we did today, I think we’ll do well. I thought Harry was very good with his captaincy in the middle overs, he rotated his bowler very well, and we put on a good partnership in the middle which was crucial to getting the win.”

The Wolves lead the three-match T20 series 1-0 with one match to play, with that match starting at midday at the same venue tomorrow.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Wolves v Scotland A, T20 match, 10 June 2019, Oak Hill

  Scotland A 139-8 (20 overs; C Greaves 27*, C Wallace 27; S Getkate 3-25)
  Ireland Wolves 140-6 (18.5 overs; S Getkate 47*, N McGuire 34, H Tector 28; F McCreath 3-26)


Ireland Wolves won by 4 wickets

A full scorecard can be found here.

 


Scotland A chase down victory in rain-shortened match

June 7th 2019 | International, Youth, Other

Scotland A chase down victory in rain-shortened match

Scotland A claimed the 50-over series

OAK HILL, Wicklow – An unbeaten half-century from Scottish international George Munsey guided Scotland A to a six-wicket victory - claiming a series win against the Ireland Wolves in the 50-over format at Oak Hill Cricket Club today.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Ireland had an early setback as James McCollum nicked off in the second over to a good delivery from Gavin Main. This brought, Nathan McGuire to the crease for his Ireland Wolves debut. He started positively and registered a couple of early boundaries, however, was unlucky to drag one back onto his stumps to leave Ireland at 31-2.

Jack Tector didn’t receive much of the strike early on in the innings and was also unfortunate when his hook shot found the hands of Fine Leg in the 11th over. When captain Harry Tector nicked off to Adrian Neill, the home side was left at 59-4. Amongst these wickets, Lorcan Tucker batted very positively and when joined by Shane Getkate, they went about rebuilding the innings. Tucker batted fluently to bring his up fifty off 78 balls.

Getkate looked like he was about to carry on from yesterday’s heroics but he fell bowled to Leask for 20 with one that seemed to skid through. Soon after, the rain came down and brought the players off for an early lunch at 119-5.

When returning, the Wolves only had six overs to press on, with Tucker, Gareth Delany, Fionn Hand and Ross Allen all falling while chasing quick runs. However, Tyrone Kane smashed the last over for 22 runs to bring the Wolves up to 179-7 in their 35 overs. His clean striking a feature of his brilliant 45* from just 27 balls.

 

The run chase didn’t start very well for the Scottish side with Chris McBride and Oli Hairs both falling to Peter Chase, who delivered a fiery opening spell. McBride was well held by Shane Getkate, while Hairs nicked behind. Craig Wallace and Dylan Budge batted with great intent despite the early two wickets, especially Wallace, who looked in particularly good touch.

Just when the game looked like it was getting away from the Wolves, Harry Tector struck to remove Budge, caught at deep mid-wicket by his brother, Jack. Combined with the wicket of Wallace who edged behind off Kane for 48, Scotland were 100-4 and there was a window of opportunity for the Irish side. A mix-up and subsequent run out of Michael Leask had Scotland 123-5.

However, the Wolves could never dislodge George Munsey, who showed all his class and ability in his unbeaten 52 to guide his side home, with able assistance from both Finlay Macreath and Chris Greaves. They ended up coming out on top by four wickets with six overs to spare in the chase.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Wolves v Scotland A, 50-over List A match, 7 June 2019, Oak Hill

  Ireland Wolves 179-9 (35 overs; L Tucker 61, T Kane 45*; M Leask 3-29)
  Scotland A 193-6 (27.5 overs; G Munsey 52*, C Wallace 48; P Chase 2-33)


Scotland A won by 4 wickets (DLS method)

A full scorecard can be found here.

 


Getkate century leads Ireland Wolves to victory against Scotland A

June 6th 2019 | International, Youth, Other

Getkate century leads Ireland Wolves to victory against Scotland A

Getkate cuts the ball for four

OAK HILL, Wicklow – A maiden List A century from Shane Getkate led Ireland Wolves to victory over Scotland A in the second 50-over game between the two sides. Getkate put on a stand of 184 with captain, Harry Tector to take Ireland over the line by six wickets chasing 242 at Oak Hill Cricket Club today.

Earlier, Michael Leask had score a quite brilliant 110 for Scotland A off just 75 deliveries to guide Scotland to a competitive total of 242 – struggling from a score at one stage of 119-7. Leask’s innings included fourteen fours and three sixes as he marshalled the lower order brilliantly to mount the total.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Scotland started positively through Michael English and Oli Hairs. However, wickets in consecutive overs from Irish openers Craig Young and Peter Chase accounted for both Scottish opening batsman. When Chris Wallace then received a snorter from Young, which he could only fend to third slip, Scotland had slipped to 45-3.

Chris McBride was trapped LBW by Shane Getkate. After a period of rebuilding, captain Dylan Budge fell caught behind down the legside off Getkate for a very stylish 40. Wickets for Ross Allan and Graham Kennedy reduced the Scottish to 119-7. However, Leask, who was ably assisted by Scott Cameron and Adrian Neill got the Scottish up to a respectable total.

 


The Irish innings started well with James McCollum starting aggressively, and he registered a number of early boundaries, with Jack Tector looking solid and accumulating at the other end. However, the two fell quickly for 36 and 12 respectively at the end of the first powerplay.

Then batting hero Leask looked to become bowling hero too as he claimed two quick wicket to dismiss both Lorcan Tucker and Graham Kennedy and leave the Wolves struggling at 59-4. Captain Harry Tector was joined by Shane Getkate and they went about rebuilding the home side’s innings. Steady progress was made until Getkate hoisted two massive sixes over mid-wicket and long on to get his innings moving.

The pair complemented each other’s batting well, Getkate showing brute force and ability to clear the ropes five times in his innings and be a constant danger to the Scottish attack, Tector meanwhile worked hard for his runs and compiled his innings beautifully. The duo’s 184-run stand was the highest partnership for any wicket for an Ireland Wolves side.

However, Getkate stole the show, with his brilliant maiden List A ton coming off 85 balls. He finished on 104 not out and Tector 64 not out as they chased down the target with five overs to spare.

Ireland Wolves captain, Harry Tector said after the game:

“It was a great win for us. At the start, for Craig Young to come in again and carry on from yesterday was brilliant. To reduce them to 119-7 was great and you have to give credit to Leasky [Michael Leask], he put our bowlers under pressure and sometimes you just have to give credit where it’s due.”

“At 60-4, we were in a bit of a precarious position, but Shane Getkate was outstanding. To see the way he has gone on since the tour of Sri Lanka this winter has been excellent and I’m absolutely over the moon for him. I’ve had a bit of lean run of it myself for a few weeks so nice to get back in the runs and to get the team over the line. We’re now looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully go on and win the series.”

With the three-match 50-over series level at 1-1, the deciding game starts at 11am at the same venue on Friday.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Wolves v Scotland A, 50-over List A match, 6 June 2019, Oak Hill

  Scotland A 242 (44.3 overs; M Leask 110, D Budge 40; G Kennedy 2-16, S Getkate 2-40)
  Ireland Wolves 243-4 (44.4 overs; S Getkate 104*, H Tector 64*; M Leask 2-37)


Ireland Wolves won by 6 wickets

A full scorecard can be found here.

 

 


Doheny injury forces Wolves change

June 5th 2019 | International, Other

Ireland Wolves’ Stephen Doheny sustained a muscle strain while fielding in today’s 50-over match against Scotland A and has been forced to withdraw from the squad immediately.

Doheny suffered the injury while fielding in the Scotland A innings and could not take his place in the top order during the Wolves run chase. While he bravely came out as the last batsman to try help the Wolves figuratively - and literally - limp across the line, his injury has forced his withdrawal from the squad for the rest of the series.

Nathan McGuire, from Rush Cricket Club, has been called up to replace Doheny for the remaining 50-over matches.


Doheny
Image: Stephen Doheny batting at the end of the Wolves innings


Ireland Wolves battle hard but beaten by Scottish captain Budge’s dominant century

June 5th 2019 | International, Youth, Other

Ireland Wolves battle hard but beaten by Scottish captain Budge’s dominant century

The Wolves battled hard but were outdone by a century from Dylan Budge

OAK HILL, Wicklow – A five-wicket haul by Craig Young and a belting half-century by Gareth Delany weren’t enough as the home side succumbed to a Scotland A side well-led by captain and centurion Dylan Budge at Oak Hill Cricket Club today.

After winning the toss, Ireland Wolves captain Harry Tector elected to bowl first. Ireland international Craig Young caused early damage, removing both Scottish openers, before the visiting captain Dylan Budge (132 from 136 balls) settled in to firstly stabilise the innings, then go on to dominate the Irish bowlers. 23-year old Budge, playing in only his second List A match, was dropped first ball – which turned out to be an expensive miss. He hit nine fours and four sixes in his captain’s knock that threatened at times to take the game away from the home side.

Budge received support from his middle-order, including an enterprising 28 from 26 balls by Scottish international Michael Leask, and was eventually out caught in the outfield chasing runs in the final overs.

Craig Young came back to clean up the tail, taking 5-36 from his 9 overs. Fionn Hand claimed two late wickets, finishing with 2-46, and Scotland were dismissed in the 48th over for 252.

 

The Wolves response started well, with James McCollum (33) and Jack Tector (26) putting on 58 for the first wicket. However, a loss of five wickets for just 33 runs saw the home side set back on their heels at 91-5.

From there the Wolves bottom order attempted a big-hitting rearguard action led first by Tyrone Kane (41) and then Gareth Delany (50), ably supported by an unbeaten knock of 20 by Graham Kennedy.

In the end, the loss of early wickets meant the lower order had too much to overcome and the Scots dismissed the Wolves for 227.

One note of concern for the Wolves was an injury in the field to Stephen Doheny. His condition will be assessed overnight.

After losing the first 50-over match of the series due to bad weather yesterday, the two sides agreed to reschedule the match tomorrow, starting at 11am at the same venue, with a third 50-over match scheduled for Friday.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Wolves v Scotland A, 50-over List A match, 5 June 2019, Oak Hill

Scotland A 252 (47.2 overs; D Budge 132, M Leask 28; C Young 5-36)
Ireland Wolves 227 (48.4 overs; G Delany 50*, T Kane 41; G Main 3-40)


Scotland A won by 25 runs

A full scorecard can be found here


Women’s quadrangular tournament announced ahead of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier

June 4th 2019 | International, Women

Women’s quadrangular tournament announced ahead of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier

Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands and Thailand will meet in August prior to the T20 World Cup Qualifier

DUBLIN, EDINBURGH, AMSTERDAM, BANGKOK – A quadrangular T20 International tournament has been announced by Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland, KNCB and the Cricket Association of Thailand for August 2019, which will lead in to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier starting on 31 August.

The tournament, to be played in Netherlands, will see each of the four sides play six T20 matches in seven days, from 8 to 14 August 2019, at Salland Cricket Club in Deventer (www.sallandcc.nl).

The sides will all be featuring in the T20 Women’s World Cup Qualifier tournament that will be held in Scotland in late August – from which the top two teams will progress to the T20 World Cup in Australia in February 2020.

Match Schedule

8 August: 11.00am Netherlands v Ireland; 3.30pm Scotland v Thailand
9 August: 11.00am Netherlands vs Scotland; 3.30pm Ireland vs Thailand
10 August: 11.00am Thailand vs Netherlands; 3.30pm Scotland vs Ireland
11 August: Rest day                            
12 August: 11.00am Thailand vs Scotland; 3.30pm Ireland vs Netherlands
13 August: 11.00am Thailand vs Ireland; 3.30pm Scotland vs Netherlands
14 August: 10.00am Ireland vs Scotland; 2.00pm Netherlands vs Thailand


Garth and Raack
Image: Ireland Women will be looking to continue their build-up to the Qualifier with the six competitive matches in Holland

The reaction

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

“2019 is a big year for women’s cricket in Ireland and we want to provide our squad with the best opportunity to qualify for the T20 Women’s World Cup. As such, this new tournament is timely and the competitiveness of the four teams involved will definitely help with our preparations. With a home series just completed against the West Indies, and a Zimbabwe series to come, the Irish squad will definitely benefit from the volume of international fixtures throughout the summer.”

“We’re early into the new home season, but we’ve already seen some great performances by senior players in the squad like Kim Garth and Mary Waldron, while we’ve also had the opportunity to bring through some emerging players into the international set-up. Qualification for the World Cup in 2020 remains the goal and we will be working hard to achieve that over the coming months.”

Steven Knox, Head Coach of Scotland Women’s cricket team, said:

“It’s great to have the opportunity to play six T20I’s against teams close to us in the world rankings as preparation for the T20 Global Qualifier that we are hosting in late August/early September in Scotland. I’m delighted that the Cricket Scotland board have committed to the Scotland Women’s team participating in this Quadrangular tournament in the Netherlands where conditions will be similar to those we’ll experience a few weeks later in Scotland. As coach, I believe it’s the next step in the team’s evolution from a predominantly UK-based pseudo-English county team to a fully-fledged international team.”

“Six games in seven days will be a tough challenge and will allow us to clarify game plans and strategies that we can use in the Global Qualifier as we look to challenge for a place in the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia. With a guaranteed 15 T20I’s to play over the course of the next three months, there’s never been a more exciting time to be a Wildcat.”

Sean Trouw, Head Coach of KNCB Women’s cricket team, said:

“The series is a great opportunity for the Dutch women’s team to play more competitive cricket and for us to be playing at home is a great chance to show what women’s cricket is all about. This series will be a great opportunity to grow the game locally and hopefully inspire a few more girls to take up the game. Working together with Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland and Thailand Cricket Association to make this happen has been amazing. This is a great initiative for the women’s game and is a real boost to our cricket calendar for this year. If all goes well this series will set us in good stead for the global T20 qualifier to be held in Scotland at the end of August.”

Harshal J Pathak, Head Coach of Thailand Women’s cricket team, said:

“The quadrangular series is timed very well as it gives us valuable tournament matches before the World Cup Qualifiers. I am very sure that the players will benefit a lot to acclimatise, and be better prepared with their game for the World Cup Qualifier.”

 

 


Ireland Wolves squads named for Scotland ‘A’ series

May 31st 2019 | International, Youth, Other

Ireland Wolves squads named for Scotland ‘A’ series

Ireland Wolves in action against Bangladesh A in 2018 at Oak Hill

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today announced squads for the 50-over and T20 matches against Scotland ‘A’ to be played at Oak Hill Cricket Ground in early June 2019.

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

“The Ireland Wolves is about balancing the short-term needs of Irish cricket, while also having an eye on the long term and in that sense, it is not necessarily selected on ‘who the next best eleven is’. In this instance, it is partly a developmental squad but also gives us an opportunity to measure where fringe international players are at. We will certainly be looking for the squad to build on the Wolves’ good performance against Bangladesh and show a consistency of performance at this level.”

“The series is also an opportunity to develop our all-rounder stocks in the white ball formats, particularly in T20s where we are seeking to provide as much opportunity as possible for players to step up a level and show us what they can do in an international environment. In terms of the bowling unit, we are not only providing the likes of Peter Chase and Craig Young the opportunity to get valuable overs under their belts, but also promoting some exciting young talent – such as Graham Kennedy, who has impressed coaching staff with his left arm seam bowling at inter-provincial level over the last 12 months.”

Pete Johnston, Head Coach of the Ireland Wolves, said:

“The Wolves are looking forward to competing in an expanded ‘A’ team series with our close neighbours and rivals Scotland. The selectors have chosen what we feel are two well balanced and exciting squads, with some players who are still in the early stages of their international careers and other young emerging talent.”

“Oliver Metcalfe and Nathan McGuire have worked extremely hard over the winter within the Academy and Under-19 set-ups, and have been rewarded after very positive starts to the season. Both are very clean ball strikers and this experience will no doubt help with their development. The other new face to the Wolves set up is Ross Allen who really impressed with his consistency and control on our pre-season tour with the Academy, showing that his winter playing in Australia has really benefited him.”

Pete Johnston
Image: Head Coach Pete Johnston

The fixtures


50-over series:
  • 4 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland ‘A’ (Oak Hill, start 11am)
  • 5 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland ‘A’ (Oak Hill, start 11am)
  • 7 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland ‘A’ (Oak Hill, start 11am)

T20 series:
  • 9 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland ‘A’ (Oak Hill, start 12pm)
  • 10 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland ‘A’ (Oak Hill, start 12pm)
  • 11 June: Ireland Wolves v Scotland ‘A’ (Oak Hill, start 12pm)

All games will be classified as List A games.

The Ireland Wolves squads

50-over squad: Harry Tector (C), Ross Allen, Peter Chase, Gareth Delany, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, James McCollum, Jack Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

T20 squad: Harry Tector (C), Mark Adair, Ross Allen, Peter Chase, Gareth Delany, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Nathan McGuire, Oliver Metcalfe, Jack Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

 


Ireland shows fight but West Indies take series 3-0

May 29th 2019 | International, Women

Ireland shows fight but West Indies take series 3-0

Hayley Matthews hit 107* off 62 balls

DUBLIN – A maiden T20 international half-century to Mary Waldron and another eye-catching batting performance from stand-in captain Kim Garth weren’t enough to chase down the West Indies, giving the visitors a 3-0 series clean-sweep in the Hanley Energy T20I Series at Pembroke Cricket Club.

After winning the toss, Ireland captain Kim Garth elected to bowl first – however, conditions did not play into Ireland’s favour as an anticipated seamers wicket turned out to be a batters paradise. Led by the Player of the Series Hayley Matthews, the West Indies posted their highest T20 international total of 188-1 from their 20 overs. Matthews hit her maiden T20I century, finishing on 107* from 62 balls – an innings that featured 9 sixes and 7 fours. She was ably supported by Chedean Nation who hit 63* from 46 balls.

With a number of minor breaks in play due to rain showers, the Irish bowlers at times seemed to struggle with a greasy ball, with only Sophie MacMahon taking a wicket – an excellent catch by wicketkeeper Mary Waldron off an under-edge.

In response, the Irish lost Gaby Lewis early for 8, but Waldron (55*) and Garth (45) put on a 94-run stand – not only the highest second-wicket partnership for Ireland Women in T20Is, but the highest T20I partnership for any wicket.

 

Garth holed out from the first ball of the last over, and a wicket off the last ball meant Ireland finished on 116-3 from their 20 overs.

Garth had an exceptional series with the bat registering 46, 51* and 45 from her three innings.

Hayley Matthews was named Player of the Series.

After a break in international matches for June, Ireland Women will be back in action against Zimbabwe in July.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Women v West Indies Women, T20 International, 29 May 2019, Dublin

  West Indies 188-1 (20 overs; H Matthews 107*, C Nation 63*; S MacMahon 1-36)
  Ireland 116-3 (20 overs; M Waldron 55*, K Garth 45; S Taylor 2-19)


West Indies won by 72 runs

A full scorecard can be found here.

 


REPORT: Resolute batting helps North West Warriors salvage Day 1 of match against Northern Knights

May 28th 2019 by Andrew Blair White | International, Other

REPORT: Resolute batting helps North West Warriors salvage Day 1 of match against Northern Knights

Day One saw the game swing from Knights control to Warriors recovery

COMBER - A determined and resolute 8th wicket stand between Graham Kennedy and Graham Hume ensured that the North West Warriors came out of Day One of their Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Championship game against the Northern Knights, with credit on 234-7.

The Warriors, who won the toss and elected to bat first, may have been questioning their decision when some very tight bowling from the Knights attack restricted them to 36-4 after 19 overs. There was a wicket each for Graeme McCarter and Shane Getkate, plus two for Matthew Foster in the opening period of the game. When Harry Tector was introduced into the attack and removed Andy McBrine just before lunch, the Warriors were in big trouble at 52-5.

Steady batting from wicket-keeper Brendan Louw and 17-year old debutant, Kyle Magee took the North West up to 87, before Tector struck again to dismiss Louw for 38. Magee batted with great grit and patience for his 26, but he also fell victim to Tector when his attempted slog sweep found the hands of mid-on. The Warriors were 98-7 and on the brink.

This was when Graham Kennedy and Graham Hume came together and Hume immediately looked to add intent, which had been missing from the Warriors innings so far. He drove and cut well early, and Kennedy followed suit. The latter, who had been very careful early on, branched out his game and start to bat fluently. The two negotiated their side through to the tea break at 129-7.

The final session saw the Warriors finally justify their call to bat first as Kennedy and Hume began to assert against the Northern Knights attack. They both registered their half-centuries during the evening session, with Kennedy finishing the day on 73 not out and Hume concluding on 54 not out. Their side finishing on 234-7 after the first day’s play and will be looking to further enhance that score in the morning. The Knights, however, will be searching for three quick wickets and then go about building their own total during an eagerly anticipated Day Two.

See the scorecard here.


Captain Kim Garth stars in all-round display, but Ireland fall short against West Indies

May 28th 2019 | International, Women

Captain Kim Garth stars in all-round display, but Ireland fall short against West Indies

Kim Garth claims her third wicket of the day

DUBLIN – Ireland’s stand-in captain Kim Garth was the stand out performer in today’s second T20 international against the West Indies, however her heroics were not enough to get Ireland across the line with the visitors now holding a 2-0 lead in the Hanley Energy T20I Series with one match to play.

After winning the toss, West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor elected to bat first – and the visitors got off to a flyer. Hayley Matthews (33), Britney Cooper (20) and Stacy Ann King (34) laid a solid platform for the visiting side, which at one stage threatened to finish northward of 180.

Good fightback bowling led by Garth (3-22 from 4 overs), complemented by single wickets to Celeste Raack (1-26), Sophie MacMahon (1-21) and Lara Maritz (1-35) helped stem the flow of runs in the latter overs, and despite a late flurry of big hitting the West Indies finished on 157-6 from their 20 overs.

The Irish run chase started with positive intent, with Mary Waldron (25) and Gaby Lewis (11) getting away to 24 from the first four overs. However, the removal of both openers set in motion a middle-order collapse, with only Kim Garth (51* from 48 balls) flourishing. Garth’s fifty was her first half-century for Ireland in T20I cricket and the second time in successive matches she had posted her highest score, following her 46 in the last match. Garth has now scored 52% of Ireland’s runs total across the first two matches of the series, showing her good form with the bat.

 

Garth found some late support from MacMahon (11*) and the pair put on an unbeaten 45 for the 7th wicket to see out the innings, with Ireland finishing on 112-6.

The two sides meet again tomorrow in the third and final T20I of the current series, with the match starting at 4pm at Pembroke Cricket Club.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Women v West Indies Women, T20 International, 28 May 2019, Dublin

West Indies 157-6 (20 overs; S King 34, H Matthews 33; K Garth 3-22)
Ireland 112-6 (20 overs; K Garth 51*, M Waldron 25; S King 2-15, A Fletcher 2-20)


West Indies won by 45 runs

A full scorecard can be found here

 

 


Clear Currency National Cup – Second Round Draw

May 28th 2019 | International, Other

The Round 2 draw for the 2019 Clear Currency National Cup has been made. The second round of matches takes place on Sunday 16 June 2019, with any replays to be played on 30 June 2019.

The Draw

 

Download PDF of the full draw.

Match Dates

• Round 2 - Sunday 16 June 2019 (replays Sunday 30 June)
• Quarter-Finals - Sunday 14 July 2019 (replays Sunday 21 July)
• Semi-Finals - Sunday 4 August 2019 (replays Sunday 11 August)
• Final - Sunday 1 September 2019

 

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Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup – Second Round Draw

May 28th 2019 | International, Other

The Round 2 draw for the 2019 Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup has been made. The second round of matches takes place on Sunday 16 June 2019, with any replays to be played on 30 June 2019.

The Draw

 

Download PDF of the full draw.

Match Dates

• Round 2 - Sunday 16 June 2019 (replays Sunday 30 June)
• Quarter-Finals - Sunday 14 July 2019 (replays Sunday 21 July)*
• Semi-Finals - Sunday 4 August 2019 (replays Sunday 11 August)
• Final - Saturday 31 August 2019

    *Advance note for QF - If Bready reach the QFs their match will be played on Sunday 21 July

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PREVIEW: Northern Knights v North West Warriors (IPC)

May 27th 2019 | International, Other

PREVIEW: Northern Knights v North West Warriors (IPC)

The North West Warriors will be looking to get their title defence of the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Championship off to a positive start against the Northern Knights at The Green in Comber, by taking the momentum from their upset win over the Knights in the Inter-Provincial Cup on Monday.

If this match was based on last year’s two Championship encounters between these sides, the Warriors would be roaring favourites, having won both matches in convincing fashion. Indeed, the Warriors claimed a 10-wicket win here at this very venue almost 12 months ago, but today the two sides line up very differently.

Missing from last year’s Warriors line-up is the now retired Niall O’Brien and the injured Stuart Thompson - both men playing important and decisive roles in their teams Championship win.

For the Knights, while the bulk of their squad was indeed playing in last year’s two encounters, there has been a number of tremendous developments within the playing squad in terms of personal achievement and performance in the interim. With a further year under their belts, players like Harry Tector, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair and James McCollum look altogether much more capable prospects. Combined with the new captaincy of Gary Wilson, it is hard to look past the Knights on paper in this match-up.

Of course, that is what many said before yesterday’s 50-over match between the two sides. And we know how that ended up.

Key Players

While a much younger side demographically than the Championship-winning squad of 2018, the North West Warriors will still be looking for their more experienced heads to lead them through this first-class challenge. William Porterfield seems to have struck some white-ball form, and will look to take this into the red-ball arena, while the experienced 34-year old seamer David Scanlon will likely form an important opening bowling duo with Craig Young in Boyd Rankin’s absence. However, look to the 26-year old captain Andy McBrine to step up with both ball and bat. McBrine missed the white-ball encounter on Monday, but will look continue his economical bowling that he displayed during the recent Afghanistan ODI series, and may look to emulate his heroics with the bat here at The Green having struck a patient 77 against the Knights - an innings that lifted the Warriors out of a precarious position to an ultimately match-winning one.

For the Knights, the players will be hurting after letting the Cup match slip on Monday and will look to strike back hard. James McCollum, Harry Tector and captain Wilson will be determined to score big runs, while a bowling attack full of international talent will look to tie the Warriors batting line-up down. Watch for Test spinner James Cameron-Dow to bowl his way back into the national selectors sights after being overlooked during the international white-ball fixtures in May.

Key Battle: The middle-orders

The key to this match may well be whose middle-order contributes the vital partnerships when called upon. Both sides have strong top-orders, but an early wicket or two with either side will expose middle-order batsmen with something to prove. For many within the Knights’ ranks, it will be about establishing their credentials against the red-ball with the Lord’s Test squad in mind in July - and for the Warriors middle-order, it will be more about proving they belong at this level. The talent in both sides is obvious, but which middle-order contributes vital runs when needed may decide the outcome of the match.

The weather forecast

Conditions on Tuesday are expected to be sunny, but periods of light morning rain on Day Two and Day Three will leave damp conditions under foot.

Squads

Northern Knights: G Wilson (c), J McCollum, M Ellison, H Tector, M Commins, N Rock, M Foster, J Mulder, G McCarter, M Adair, S Getkate, J Cameron-Dow.

North West Warriors: A McBrine (c), W Porterfield, D Rankin, D Scanlon, G Hume, A Gillespie, G Kennedy, B Louw, C Young, R Allen, K Magee, A Heywood, G McFaul.

 


Warriors hold their nerve to defeat Knights in rain-affected encounter at Stormont

May 27th 2019 | International, Other

Warriors hold their nerve to defeat Knights in rain-affected encounter at Stormont

William Porterfield's determination with the bat and captaincy in the field helped the young Warriors side to victory

BELFAST - The North West Warriors have taken the points in a close-run, rain-affected encounter against the Northern Knights today, registering their first points in the 2019 Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Cup.

Heading into today’s match, the depleted North West Warriors looked the underdogs on paper, missing captain Andy McBrine, Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson, however they were welcoming William Porterfield back into their ranks after missing the last match through injury.

Alternately, the Knights appeared to be favourites - overflowing with international talent and having convincingly won the last encounter between these two sides in April.

After a delayed start due to a morning shower, the Warriors stand-in captain William Porterfield won the toss and chose to bat first under continually threatening grey skies.

The Knights’ Harry Tector (3-34) managed to claim two early wickets, and the Warriors found themselves on 21-2 after just under nine overs. But a gritty and determined batting display by Porterfield (50 runs from 97 balls) and Aaron Gillespie (54 runs from 97 balls) saw the pair put on 100 runs for the third wicket before Shane Getkate struck twice in two overs removing both batsmen and reducing the steadying Warriors to 129-4 in the 39th over. Getkate, keen to remind the international selectors of his talent, claimed two further wickets and finished with 4-28.

Regular wickets fell in the last 10 overs, and the Warriors were finally dismissed off the last ball of their innings for 188 - losing their last eight wickets for just 67 runs.

 

The response from the Northern Knights was only underway a short time before rain fell, and play was suspended with the Knights on 26-2. Crucially for the Warriors, the visiting side from the North West had removed those two top-order wickets before the rain delay, so when eventually play resumed after a two-hour wait, the Knights were set 85 more to win from 69 balls under DLS calculations.

While seemingly an achievable run-chase with the depth and talent in the Knights’ ranks, the young Warriors outfit bowled a tight line and built up pressure on the batting side. Once Harry Tector fell for 25, with the score at 81-3, the Knights had just 30 to win from 28 balls with 7 wickets in hand. What should have been a reasonably comfortable win turned into a nightmare for the Knights, as five wickets fell in the next four overs, including the crucial wicket of Wilson (40). The Knights eventually ran out of balls and despite a boundary from the last ball of the innings, the home side finished four runs shy of the victory target.

For the Warriors, Gillespie followed up his half-century with the bat by claiming two key wickets of Wilson and the ever-dangerous Neil Rock, while 19-year old left-arm seamer Graham Kennedy claimed a miserly 2-17 from four overs.

Scorecard in brief

Northern Knights v North West Warriors, Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Cup, 27 May 2019, Stormont

  North West Warriors 188 (50 overs; A Gillespie 54, W Porterfield 50; S Getkate 4-28)
  Northern Knights 107-8 (20 overs; G Wilson 40; G Kennedy 2-17, A Gillespie 2-14, G McFaul 2-39)


North West Warriors won by 3 runs (DLS method)

Full scorecard can be found here.

 


Kim Garth elevated to national captaincy in absence of injured Delany

May 27th 2019 | International, Women

Kim Garth elevated to national captaincy in absence of injured Delany

Garth will lead the Irish women's team for the rest of the series

DUBLIN – Ireland’s all-rounder Kim Garth has been announced as caretaker captain of the Ireland Women’s cricket team for the remainder of the West Indies series following an injury to permanent captain Laura Delany that will see her out of the game for up to four weeks.

Dublin-born Garth, 23, is the current national vice-captain, and has led the national side on two previous occasions. Making her debut in 2010, she has 104 caps and was part of the successful Sydney Sixers squad that won the Australian Women’s Big Bash League in 2017 and 2018.

Garth hit her highest T20 international score of 46 in yesterday’s loss to the visiting side, after finishing with an economical 1-19 off four overs with the ball.

She said:

“We are all thinking of Dellers [Laura Delany] at this time. It was an unfortunate but painful injury she sustained and we look forward to seeing her back on the field as soon as she recovers. Despite the circumstances, it’s always a privilege to take on the captaincy of a national side and I look forward to the challenge over the next two matches. The West Indies showed why they are rated one of the world’s best sides, but we know that our squad contains a lot of promise, so it’s a matter of getting back out there and showing the world what we know we can do.”

Garth was one of six players to be awarded a part-time professional contract recently, about which she said:

“It’s obviously hugely exciting for me, and to be a professional cricketer is something I’m very proud of. To have the opportunity to be in a profession I love and I’m passionate about is amazing and I’m looking forward to hopefully making big strides in my game as a result.”

The injury to Laura Delany came late in the West Indies innings. Bowling the last ball of the 18th over, Delany bowled a full length ball to Windies batter Shemaine Campbelle who powered it straight back low and hard at Delany. The ball struck Delany on the inside of her ankle, and despite her best efforts to stand and put pressure on the ankle, she had to be helped from the field and was transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment and a precautionary scan. She will miss up to four weeks as she recuperates from the blow.

Mary Waldron will become the vice-captain for the series, while Anna Kerrison has been called up into the squad as a replacement for Delany.

Ireland v West Indies – T20 International series

Ireland and West Indies meet in two further T20 Internationals:

• Tuesday 28 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)
• Wednesday 29 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)

There is free entry to all matches.

Livestream of the series

In a boost to the profile of Irish women’s cricket to be shown globally, the series is being livestreamed, with details posted on Cricket Ireland social media channels. The livestream will be produced in partnership with HBV Studios.

 


PREVIEW: Northern Knights v North West Warriors (IP50)

May 26th 2019 | International, Other

PREVIEW: Northern Knights v North West Warriors (IP50)

A lot rests on the experienced shoulders of William Porterfield

The North West Warriors will be looking to pick up their first win of the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Cup and avenge their first round loss to the Northern Knights when the two sides meet on Monday at Stormont. The Warriors were well-beaten by Leinster Lightning last week, but welcome national captain William Porterfield back into the side after he missed the last match recovering from an injury.

The Warriors will be without Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson (missing this game through injury), while Skipper Andy McBrine misses the game to attend the funeral of Alan Dunn, who passed away last week. The Knights, on the contrary, will field a strong side with a healthy dose of international talent at their disposal, including Gary Wilson, Mark Adair, James McCollum and James Cameron-Dow to name a few.

When these two sides met in La Manga back in April, the Knights amassed 265-6 from 36 overs in a rain-reduced match, but it wasn’t the internationals that led the charge that day, but open Marc Ellison who hit 87 from 91 balls. That innings, combined with Adair’s 15-ball 44 demonstrated the depth of talent available at the Knights in 2019. The Warriors batting line-up failed to fire in response, and at 78-9 at one stage they looked set to register one of the lowest team totals in the competition’s history. Only a 69-run last wicket stand saved the Warriors blushes.

Worryingly for the Warriors, that side featured the now missing trio of Rankin, Thompson and McBrine, so they will be relying on the experience of Porterfield to lead a young, relatively inexperienced side against an in-form Knights.

Key Players

The North West Warriors will be looking for William Porterfield to continue his good international form, and his opening partner David Rankin to help give the visitors a solid platform. The 22-year old Aaron Gillespie will look forward to the opportunity to display his talent with the bat, while Craig Young will want to prove a point against a solid Knights batting line-up with the ball. The South African-born Graham Hume will also be looking for more wickets after claiming three Lightning wickets in the Warriors last outing.

For the Knights, there is talent and depth to spare, but look for Harry Tector to shine again after hitting 36* and claiming 5-36 in a stellar performance last time these two sides met. Also looking to make an impression will be Shane Getkate who would be seeking to remind the international selectors of his all-round talent.

Key Battle: Warriors top-order vs Knights top-order

The match will likely be more about which sides top-order can provide a solid foundation to build on. The experienced heads of Porterfield and Rankin will be crucial for the Warriors, while the Knights top six could potentially include three current full-internationals, plus Tector and Greg Thompson who has been making big runs at club level of late.

Partnerships will be the key, and it may be more of a grind for batsmen given the variability in scoring rates in the recent international fixtures at the venue, so this battle of the north may be decided by who is the grittiest rather than the prettiest.

Squads

Northern Knights: J McCollum, M Ellison, H Tector, G Wilson, G Thompson, N Rock, M Foster, J Mulder, G McCarter, M Adair, S Getkate, J Cameron-Dow.

North West Warriors: W Porterfield, D Rankin, M Poskitt, G Hume, A Gillespie, G Kennedy, B Louw, C Young, R Allen, A McDaid, K Magee, A Heywood, G McFaul.

 


West Indies’ Taylor dominates the Irish in first T20I of the series

May 26th 2019 | International, Women

West Indies’ Taylor dominates the Irish in first T20I of the series

Sophie MacMahon bowls to Shemaine Campbelle

DUBLIN – West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor led the visiting West Indies side to victory in the first T20 international of the Hanley Energy T20I Series in Dublin today.

After winning the toss, Taylor elected to bat first. Good tight early bowling from Celeste Raack (1-16) and Kim Garth (1-19) restricted the early batting, with Sophie MacMahon (1-20) in her debut T20I chiming in with a promising performance.

However, with the visitors on 53-2 in the 11th over, Taylor opened up and smashed 11 fours and one six on her way to 75 from 53 balls. The late hitting allowed the West Indies to finish on 139-4 from their 20 overs.

One concerning matter for the Irish was the condition of captain Laura Delany, who was struck hard on the ankle when fielding off her own bowling. She was taken to hospital for precautionary scans and was unable to return to complete the game.

In response, tight and quick bowling by the West Indian attack created early in-roads into the Irish side, with only vice-captain Kim Garth (46) – a personal best T20I score - got to grips with the attack.

Regular wickets fell around Garth, and the Irish side eventually succumbed for 75-9 from 18.4 overs – with Delany unable to bat.

 

Kim Garth said after the match:

“It was a bit of a disappointing day. We started really well with the ball, which was a big positive for us, but then we fell away a bit. We’ve trained a lot and practised on hitting an area, and keeping it simple – T20 is such a dynamic game and for us it about keeping it simple, but we failed to do that at times today and that is where the game got away from us.”

“Some very pleasing bowling performances – Sophie [MacMahon] has only played a game or two, and I thought she was brilliant with the ball, Raacky had more of an experienced head, but she was also brilliant, so there are positives to take but overall a very disappointing day.”

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland Women v West Indies Women, T20 International, 26 May 2019, Dublin

  West Indies 139-4 (20 overs; S Taylor 75; C Raack 1-16, K Garth 1-19, S MacMahon 1-20)
  Ireland 75-9 (18.4 overs; K Garth 46; A Fletcher 4-14)


West Indies won by 64 runs

A full scorecard can be found here.

 


Meet Ireland’s leg-spinning wizard Celeste Raack who has set her sights for a big season

May 24th 2019 | International, Women

Meet Ireland’s leg-spinning wizard Celeste Raack who has set her sights for a big season

Celeste Raack is looking ahead to a big year for Ireland Women's cricket team

DUBLIN – Ireland’s leg-spinner Celeste Raack may have only made her international debut for her adopted nation in November 2018, but she has already become an important part of a new-look Irish women’s cricket team that will run out onto the field on Sunday to face the mighty West Indies.

Sydney-born Raack, 25, bowls leg spin and cites compatriot Shane Warne as her cricket idol. She was a rookie with the NSW Breakers before moving to Hobart aged 19 to join the Tasmanian Tigers. In 2018, with the encouragement of retired international Isobel Joyce who played for Tasmania and the Hurricanes in 2017, Raack – who also holds an Irish passport – headed to Dublin to play a season in the Toyota Super 3s. She said:

“I played for the Typhoons in the Super 3’s competition and 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.”

About her Irish heritage, Raack grew up with her late grandmother Brigid living in the family home and her Irish heritage has always been close to her heart. She told cricket.com.au:

“We always had a very strong Irish accent in the house. She’d would have been very happy to hear I was planning on living in Dublin for the future and playing for Ireland.”

In October 2018, Ireland Women’s Head Coach Aaron Hamilton selected Raack in Ireland’s T20 World Cup squad, and she made her subsequent debut against Pakistan in November, almost claiming a wicket with her first ball for Ireland, before going on to take 1-35 in the match.


Raack
Image: Celeste Raack warming up at the T20 World Cup in 2019

In May 2019, Raack was named as one of the inaugural six recipients of professional contracts for women cricketers in Ireland. She said at the time:

“I’ve relocated from Australia to play in Ireland and have put my career as a physiotherapist on hold to play cricket. Receiving a contract enables me to dedicate more of my time to becoming the best player I can be.”

“It is a very exciting time for women’s cricket in Ireland. We have had big changes in personnel this season following the retirement of four of our most successful players of all time. Having contracted players and the access to increased training will provide us with the opportunity to put our best foot forward for the upcoming ICC tournaments. It also allows a younger generation of female cricketers to see that there is an opportunity to earn money as a cricketer in the future.”


Now focussed on the upcoming West Indies series, Raack said:

“It’s going to be a huge summer with a lot of fixtures in the lead up to the World Cup Qualifier in August. I’m really looking forward to starting off against the West Indies and it’ll really help us see what we’re doing well and what we need to work on over the coming months.”

“The squad is looking really strong and we’ve been training hard over the last few months. We had a pre-season camp in La Manga, which was mix of the Academy and the Performance Squad. Our Strength & Conditioning programmes are moving along well and the first two weeks of training for the contracted players has been great.”

“While Ireland hasn’t played much against the West Indies in recent years, I played a few seasons with Hayley Matthews in Australia in the WBBL so I’m looking forward to playing against her.”

 

 

 

Ireland v West Indies – T20 International series

Ireland and West Indies meet in three T20 Internationals:

• Sunday 26 May 2019 (YMCA Cricket Club, starts 2pm)
• Tuesday 28 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)
• Wednesday 29 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)

There is free entry to all matches.


Livestream of the series

In a further boost to the profile and availability of Irish women’s cricket to be shown globally, all three matches will be livestreamed, with details posted on Cricket Ireland social media channels. The livestream will be produced in partnership with HBV Studios.

 


Irish women’s cricket captain Laura Delany on upcoming West Indies series; matches livestreamed

May 24th 2019 | International, Women

Irish women’s cricket captain Laura Delany on upcoming West Indies series; matches livestreamed

Laura Delany is set to lead out a new-look Ireland side

DUBLIN – An Irish cricket international since 2010, and Irish captain since 2016, Laura Delany is about to lead a new-look team out against one of the world’s top sides this Sunday in Dublin and is excited by the prospect.

Dublin-born Delany, 26, has played 123 times for the national side – the 5th most capped international for Ireland Women – and captained the side on 45 occasions. In early May she was announced as one of the inaugural six recipients of professional contracts for women cricketers in Ireland.

Ireland and the West Indies haven’t met on the field since 2011, a game which Delany and two of her current teammates – Kim Garth and Mary Waldron – also featured.

Speaking before a training session in the lead up to the West Indies encounter on 26 May, she said:

“We didn’t play the West Indies at the recent T20 World Cup, but we know their current reputation and approach to the game from analyst footage we have available. They like to play an attacking and aggressive brand of cricket, and when they get in look to be quite destructive. We also know of several of their players from their involvement in the Big Bash in Australia.”

“The Irish squad is very excited about the upcoming series, we know it will be a tough challenge, but it’s one we’re really looking forward to. Having the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the world on home soil in front of our family and friends is always an exciting prospect for us.”

“Most of our squad have had a pretty busy winter - seven players were based out in different parts of Australia focusing on developing different aspects of their game, whilst those that were based in Ireland were training hard out in North County.”

“We have a busy summer of cricket ahead of us at home, then have a quadrangular series to play away, before the T20 World Cup Qualifier which takes place at the end of the August in Scotland.”

Asked about the new contract and the impact of this move, she said:

“I was delighted to have been included in the small pool of players selected for a contract as Cricket Ireland take a big step forward in the women’s game. Personally, there are certain aspects of my game that I’ve have been trying to develop, so hopefully this will allow me to spend more time working and focusing on my game whilst not having to commit to a full-time job.”

“From a captaincy point of view, this means I will have more contact time with players which should have a positive impact on our development as a group.”

 

 

Ireland v West Indies – T20 International series

Ireland and West Indies meet in three T20 Internationals:

• Sunday 26 May 2019 (YMCA Cricket Club, starts 2pm)
• Tuesday 28 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)
• Wednesday 29 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)

There is free entry to all matches.


Livestream of the series

In a further boost to the profile and availability of Irish women’s cricket to be shown globally, all three matches will be livestreamed, with details posted on Cricket Ireland social media channels. The livestream will be produced in partnership with HBV Studios.

 

 

 


MATCH REPORT: Tector and Balbirnie star in dominant Lightning win

May 23rd 2019 by Andrew Blair White | International, Other

MATCH REPORT: Tector and Balbirnie star in dominant Lightning win

Leinster Lightning continue their unbeaten start to the season

BREADY - A century from Jack Tector and 94 from Andrew Balbirnie propelled Leinster Lightning to a convincing 78-run win over the North West Warriors in Bready. The pair shared a mammoth 182-run second wicket stand to take the Lightning to 271-5 from their fifty overs, a score which proved to be far too much for the Warriors.

Having won the toss, Lightning captain George Dockrell elected to bat and despite the early loss of Stephen Doheny for 7, Tector and Balbirnie quickly were into their stride. Tector was initially watchful, but as his innings grew, his range of shots became more and more expansive. His 110 included 13 fours and a big six over long on in his 140-ball stay at the crease. Balbirnie was similar, carrying his international form back into the domestic arena, but was watchful to begin with due to some tight bowling from late North West call-up Graham Hume and captain, Andy McBrine.

Balbirnie was really beginning to kick on when he went after one too many, and found long off’s hands on 94. Lorcan Tucker came and went while playing a breezy and entertaining cameo of 14 before Tector himself fell with three overs left to go. Small late runs from George Dockrell, Simi Singh and Kevin O’Brien got Leinster up to 271, which was probably above par on the Bready pitch.

Lightning’s opening bowling was tight early on, and was rewarded when Tyrone Kane accounted for Marcus Poskitt’s stumps on 10. David Barr and David Rankin then came together and batted carefully. They brought the score to 64, before a sharp piece of fielding led to Barr being run out for 31. This led to a flurry of wickets in the middle order - 70-2 quickly becming 82-5, with Dockrell and Gareth Delany accounting for the majority of the Warriors middle-order.

Rankin survived the wobble and registered a half-century before falling for 56, and paired with Graham Kennedy departing shortly after for 9, left the Warriors 127-7. Late runs from Graham Hume (39*) and Andrew Austin ensured the North West side didn’t go down easily, bringing their total up to 193. However, it was Dockrell who dismissed David Scanlon to seal the Warriors fate, finishing with figures of 4-41, while Delany also picked up 3-47.

  • See full scorecard.

The Lightning’s win continues their unbeaten start to the competition. The next Inter-Provincial Cup match is between Northern Knights and North West Warriors on 27 May 2019 at Stormont.

 

 


Cricket Ireland and The Hope Foundation pad up for a solid partnership

May 23rd 2019 | International, Other

Cricket Ireland and The Hope Foundation pad up for a solid partnership

Charlotte Nagle (Hope Foundation), Ross McCollum (Chair, CI), Tyrone Kane, Mary Waldron, and Nessan Kavanagh (Hope Foundation)

DUBLIN – The Hope Foundation has today been officially announced as the new charity partner of Cricket Ireland.

The Hope Foundation is the renowned Cork-based registered charity working with street and slum children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. The organisation aims to free children and poor families from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness. Primarily working with people living on the streets, including children who are forced to work from as young as five years of age to earn money for food and so cannot go to school, the organisation works to free them from child labour. The Foundation funds and operates over 60 projects.

In 2011, the Ireland Men’s cricket team signed on as Ambassadors for the charity and visited projects in the slums in Kolkata, where they played two matches during the World Cup that year. Furthering their cricket connections, the team from the charity have just returned from being co-participants in the inaugural Street Child Cricket World Cup in London.

Maureen Forrest, Founder of The Hope Foundation, said:

“We are incredibly proud to be chosen as the charity partner with Cricket Ireland for this coming year. The story of Cricket Ireland is an inspirational one. Their passion, determination and commitment are values shared by The Hope Foundation. We are very grateful for their support and solidarity, I am very much looking forward to working with their wonderful team.”

Ross McCollum, Chairman of Cricket Ireland said:

“The Hope Foundation, under Maureen’s leadership, undertakes remarkable work, and like the Irish cricket team have created a cultural and social link between Ireland and India. We are delighted to welcome The Hope Foundation as our official charity partner, and look forward to working with Maureen and her staff in the coming year.”

“Sport has the power to transform and empower people and communities, cutting across boundaries of class and geography. Likewise, the work of The Hope Foundation aims to raise communities out of difficult circumstances and we believe that together we can create an opportunity to use our respective resources to improve the lives of many.”

 



 


INTERVIEW: Mary Waldron on West Indies series

May 23rd 2019 | International, Women

INTERVIEW: Mary Waldron on West Indies series

Waldron marshalling the field during the recent T20 World Cup

DUBLIN – Sunday afternoon sees the start of a new era for the Ireland Women’s cricket team – not only is it the first match of their 2019 international season against one of the world’s leading sides, but the first match since the announcement of the first-ever contracts were awarded for women cricketers. Dual sporting international, Mary Waldron, one of the contract recipients, is looking forward to a big year for women’s cricket in Ireland.

Growing up in Bohernabreena in the Dublin Mountains, Waldron was far more interested in football and started playing at 11 years of age. She was selected for - and went on to captain - the national Under- U16s, U18s & 19s team, and has two senior national women’s caps playing against the Faroe Islands and Switzerland.

In her early 20s Waldron switched to cricket and has since made her way to becoming Ireland’s most successful wicket-keepers and a leader amongst the international squad.

Speaking at a training session at the Sport Ireland Institute ahead of the first international, Waldron said:

“I feel very privileged to have received a part-time contract. It allows us to be able to train more and recover better. I certainly owe a lot to those who have gone before me and their years of playing. That hasn’t gone unnoticed at all. There has been huge commitment from players over the last 15-20 years.”

“The contracts are a huge statement from Cricket Ireland, showing their commitment to women’s cricket and hopefully giving us a chance to progress our sport by lifting the profile or cricket and attracting more players to the game.”

“The upcoming series against the West Indies can’t come quick enough to be honest. We have a huge summer ahead and I think we all just want to get out on the park. It’s the reason we train and it’s exciting to have a team the calibre of the fourth ranked side in the world to start the summer off.”

“I’ve played against the West Indies a few times in 50-over matches, but this will be the first time in T20. It’s another good test for us against a team that won the 2016 T20 World Cup in India and made the semi-finals in the last World Cup last November, losing out to the eventual winners. Their strength and depth is pretty strong having players in the Big Bash, Kia League and most recently the WIPL. We’re up for the fight however, and will look to approach the series positively.”


Asked about expectations of the season ahead, she said:

“I’m looking forward to seeing where this squad can go. We will be missing our four retirees and Lucy but we have the talent to step and it’s exciting to be part of that. Our ultimate goal will be winning the qualifiers and be on that plane to Australia next year.”

Ireland v West Indies – T20 International series


Ireland and West Indies in three T20 Internationals:

• Sunday 26 May 2019 (YMCA Cricket Club, starts 2pm)
• Tuesday 28 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)
• Wednesday 29 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)

There is free entry to all matches.

A livestream will be available, with details posted on Cricket Ireland social media channels.

West Indies


PREVIEW: North West Warriors v Leinster Lightning

May 22nd 2019 by Andrew Blair White | International, Other

PREVIEW: North West Warriors v Leinster Lightning

The Warriors will host the Lightning in the 50-over for the first time in 2019

The North West Warriors will be looking to pick up their first win of the Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Cup when they host Leinster Lightning on Thursday in Bready. The Warriors failed to win in the pre-season trip to La Manga, but their game against the Leinster Lightning was rained off in the Spanish venue.

The Warriors have been dealt a few injury blows to their side, which misses four of their usual side in this game. Ireland captain, William Porterfield and fellow Irish teammates Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson are all missing this game through injury, while Andy Britton misses the game due to work commitments. The Lightning don’t have such issues and have been able to pick an unchanged squad from that La Manga trip, with Josh Little missing out due to injury, which ruled him out of the recent Ireland series vs Afghanistan.

The two sides have not clashed too much recently in this format of the series, with one of two games last year being abandoned due to rain also. The other game of last year’s series ended up being a competition decider in Leinster. On that occasion, the Lightning was able to recover from a nervy start to post 253-8 from their allocation of 50 overs, before the Warriors fell 58 runs short of the target.

Key Players

The North West Warriors will be looking for Andy McBrine to lead the side by example tomorrow as he is the one remaining current Irish squad member left in the side. He will also be buoyed by two good performances with the ball against Afghanistan in his first two international games of the season. Back playing for the North West, McBrine will more likely be seen up the order and will be looking to cash in with runs for the side to add to his bowling. They will also be looking for early wickets from Craig Young, who has become a stalwart wicket-taker for the side in the last few seasons.

Leinster Lightning have six of the squad in the recent Ireland vs Afghanistan series in their side, which is captained by George Dockrell. They will be looking for runs from the in-form Andrew Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien, while Simi Singh, who has been in good touch for his domestic side, Phoenix, will be looking to add with both bat and ball. Youngsters like Fionn Hand, Stephen Doheny, Gareth Delany and Jack Tector will all also look to put their hands up with big performances.

Key Battle: Warriors Bowling vs Lightning Batting

One of the big battles going into tomorrow’s fixture will be how the Warriors’ bowling attack can handle the imposing Lightning’ batting lineup. Craig Young could provide a massive effect with the new ball, but perhaps it might be Graham Kennedy or William McClintock who could prove to be crucial with the ball. The two young players have got vital inter-provincial experience over the last two years and will now be looking to kick on and provide regular wickets and middle order runs for their side. Leinster have got great strength in depth, with Captain George Dockrell only likely to come in during the middle-order. As a side, they have the potential to muster up massive scores this season in all three formats.

Squads

North West Warriors: Andrew McBrine (capt) (Donemana), Craig Young (North Down), Graham Hume (Coleraine), David Rankin (Bready), William McClintock (Donemana), Aaron Gillespie (Strabane), Ross Allen (Brigade), David Scanlon (Bready), Marcus Poskitt (Bready), Andrew Austin (Bready), David Barr (Brigade), Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen)

Leinster Lightning: George Dockrell (Capt) (Leinster), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), Peter Chase (Malahide), Stephen Doheny (Rush), Gareth Delany (Leinster), Fionn Hand (YMCA), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Simi Singh (Phoenix), Jack Tector (YMCA), Lorcan Tucker (Trinity/Pembroke)

 


Afghanistan squares the series after comprehensive win over Ireland in second ODI

May 21st 2019 | International

Afghanistan squares the series after comprehensive win over Ireland in second ODI

Mohammad Shahzad hit his sixth ODI century

BELFAST – A century from opener Mohammad Shahzad and career-best figures from captain Gulbadin Naib saw Afghanistan overrun Ireland in game two of the GS Holdings ODI Challenge at Stormont today, leaving the series result level on one win apiece.

After Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and sent the visitors into bat, the Afghans looked determined to wipe away Sunday’s under-par batting display and struck out from the outset. Mohammad Shahzad (101 from 88 balls) led the charge, with the ever-consistent Rahmat Shah hitting 62. The pair shared a 150-run partnership for the second wicket before Andy McBrine removed both batters within the space of four balls in the 32nd over.

Sensing a way back into the game, the Irish bowlers began to slow the run rate until Hashmatullah Shahidi (47) and Najibullah Zadran (60*) came together and shared a 86-run stand for the 6th wicket in 53 balls.

The Afghans lost two wickets in the final over, however by then the damage was done and the visitors had compiled 305-7 from their 50 overs. This was their third highest team total in one-day internationals.

For the home side, Mark Adair picked up 3-71 and McBrine 2-43.

Ireland’s response started confidently with Paul Stirling hitting two boundaries in the first over, but the loss of James McCollum (3) and Andy Balbirnie (20) set the home side back on its heels. Stirling continued to hit out, bringing up a run-a-ball half-century which included four fours and two sixes, before falling soon after caught on the deep square leg boundary. This was the fourth innings in a row Stirling has passed 50, with 77, 130, 71 and 50 being his last four completed innings. 

After Stirling’s dismissal the run rate dried up and regular wickets fell, with only Gary Wilson (34) and Porterfield (19) looked like getting to grips with the bowling. Ireland eventually succumbed for 179 in the 42nd over, giving Afghanistan a 126-run win and a drawn series result.

For the Afghans, captain Gulbadin Naib claimed career-best figures of 6-43, his first 5-wicket haul in ODI cricket.


Paul Stirling was named Player of the Series for his two half-centuries. Speaking after the game, he said:

“We would have loved to wrapped up the series two-nil, but we had a disappointing batting performance today. Obviously after we won the toss we were hoping to get a couple down early and put the pressure on, but we didn’t manage to do that. They put on a big partnership, and once you got in here you could put on big runs, which they did, and the result was that it was always going to be a tough chase.”

Ireland captain William Porterfield said:

“I think if you look at the game we got our disciplines wrong, all three aspects. At the toss I was a little bit 50-50 as I didn’t mind what we did - we thought there might have been a little there early, but they just got some partnerships together – they strung those partnerships together for longer.”

Looking back over the month of May, he said:

“If you look over the whole month obviously Stirlo [Paul Stirling] has been fantastic, and Balbo [Andrew Balbirnie] has performed well with the bat – and as for the four new lads, there’s been some massive positives. This month has been partly about giving them game time. It would have been nice to have put in a better performance today and win the series, but there has been a lot of good things over the month.”

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland v Afghanistan, one-day international, 21 May 2019, Stormont

  Afghanistan 305-7 (50 overs; M Shahzad 101, R Shah 62; M Adair 3-71, A McBrine 2-43)
  Ireland 179 (41.2 overs; P Stirling 50, G Wilson 34; G Naib 6-43)


Afghanistan won by 126 runs

A full scorecard can be found here

 

 


PREVIEW: Can Ireland claim ODI series win over Afghanistan?

May 20th 2019 | International

PREVIEW: Can Ireland claim ODI series win over Afghanistan?

William Porterfield batting for Ireland

Sunday’s dominant 72-run win over Afghanistan has put a pep in the step of many Irish cricket fans, but Ireland Men’s cricket team remain focussed on the task at hand as they seek a 2-0 victory in the GS Holdings ODI Challenge at Stormont in Belfast tomorrow.

With Afghanistan undertaking their final preparations for the ICC World Cup 2019, they were not looking for a sub-par performance less than two weeks out from their first Cup Stage match against Australia in Bristol. The weather and conditions of Stormont venue has been likened to those the Afghans will face in Bristol, so Graham Ford’s side should feel even more buoyed by their performance against a side that was peaking for a World Cup.

Combined with the announcement that Head Coach Phil Simmons will be stepping down from his role with Afghanistan after the World Cup, the visitors will want to get their campaign preparations back on track and will be in no mood to go down without a fight in the Series decider.

For their part, Ireland can be justifiably pleased with the resilience of their performance, and the players ability to bounce back from an admittedly disappointing Tri-Series in Dublin. The 72-run win was unexpected to most people watching the match after the home side was dismissed for 210, however, an inspired and miserly bowling performance by Tim Murtagh and Andy McBrine not only drew Ireland back into the contest but laid a solid platform for what ended up a comfortable victory.

It seems to ODIs are format that these two sides have shown they are most competitive in, and this competitiveness is set to be on full display in this second encounter.

 

Key battle – Ireland’s frontline bowlers v Afghanistan’s top-order batters

As shown in the first match of the Series, if Ireland’s bowlers can maintain a disciplined line and length, backed up by sharp fielding, the home side can frustrate the visiting batters who will then seek to take risks in the pursuit of runs. Murtagh and McBrine not only kept the Afghan top-order quiet, they built up a level of pressure that later bowlers capitalised on. Murtagh’s 2-12 from 6 overs and McBrine’s incredible 0-17 from 10 overs included six maiden overs between them. The pressure on the batters came through their attempts to hit out against Mark Adair (4-19) and Boyd Rankin (3-40), who ran through the middle and lower order, after nowadays part-time seamer Kevin O’Brien broke the only real threatening partnership of the Afghan innings.


Afghan
Image: Andy McBrine sent down 10 overs, conceding just 17 runs

Ireland’s attack, so effective against England, but inconsistent during the Tri-Series, will look to deliver again at the famous Belfast ground.

For the Afghanistan side, so much is pinned on getting off to positive starts by their top three batters - knowing that they have reliable stalwarts like Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi to come in after to stabilise or resurrect an innings. If the Irish bowlers are a bit off in the second match, watch for the likes of Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad to take the long handle to the attack.

Conditions

As ever, the Stormont surface will offer a slower, more seam-friendly deck than its Dublin-based counterparts. The day is expected to be cool with cloudy conditions, without expectation rain that will cause a loss of overs.

Squads

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Follow the match

Starts: 10.45am, 21 May 2019 (tickets at the gate)
Livestream: Cricket Ireland Youtube
Twitter: Cricket Ireland Twitter


Dragons top the table after opening round of Toyota Super 3s

May 20th 2019 | International, Women

Dragons top the table after opening round of Toyota Super 3s

Rebecca Stokell hits out against the Dragons

The Dragons, the defending champions, got off to a positive start in the Toyota Super 3s for the new season with two solid wins as part of a T20 tripleheader which opened the 2019 campaign.

Match #1: Scorchers v Dragons

The first match of the day saw the Scorchers captain Shauna Kavanagh win the toss and send the Dragons in to bat first. Kavanagh, and her opposite number Kim Garth, were playing their first matches in their respective teams after an off-season exchange of teams.

After losing Mary Waldron, bowled by Lucy O’Reilly on the third ball of the innings, Garth (22) and Kerry Tomlinson (13) calmed early nerves and put on a 39-run stand for the second wicket. Garth’s innings included four boundaries and looked promising captain’s knock until she was dismissed by Hannah Little.

Player/Coach Clare Shillington, the retired Irish international, added 14 runs in the middle overs, but regular wickets fell led by Little (2-20) and Cara Murray (2-14) from four overs respectively. The Dragons ended up 109-9 from their 20 overs.

The Scorchers response got off to a solid start, finding themselves at 41-1 in the 9th over primarily led by a solid opening stand between Rebecca Stokell (25) and Gaby Lewis (12). However the fall of Stokell, captain Kavanagh (6) restricted the scoring and in the 11th over the Scorchers were 52-3, still needing 58 runs from 56 balls.

After a brief partnership between Caoimhe McCann (13) and Sophie MacMahon (15), six wickets then fell for 16 runs, and the Scorchers were eventually dismissed for 92.

Chief destroyer was international Lara Maritz, who claimed 3-9 from 4 overs, aided by two wickets apiece by Rachel Delaney and Ava Canning, with the miserly Garth taking 1-7 from four overs.

The Dragons won by 17 runs (see scorecard)

Typhoons
Image: The Typhoons recorded a solid victory over the Scorchers

 

Match #2: Scorchers v Typhoons

The second match of the day saw the Typhoons under the captaincy of national skipper Laura Delany face the Scorchers, seeking to bounce back from their initial loss.

After reaching 31-2, with Hannah Little (2-20) claiming both early wickets, the Typhoons’ Una Raymond-Hoey (39*) and Delany (34) put on what was to be an important 65-run stand for the third wicket. The captains near run-a-ball innings included five boundaries, but her innings was brought to an end from Lucy O’Reilly’s bowling.

While a further three wickets fell in the late overs, Raymond-Hoey carried her bat through the innings and the Typhoons posted 116-6 from their 20 overs.

Good early bowling from the Typhoons attack, led by Celeste Raack (1-17) and Niamh Walsh (2-10), reduced the Scorchers to 36-4. For the batting side, only Sophie MacMahon (38 runs from 32 balls) seemed to dominate, before Typhoons’ skipper Delany introduced herself into the attack and claimed 3-15 to end any resistance. The Scorchers ended on 95-8 from their 20 overs.

The Typhoons won by 21 runs (see scorecard).

Dragons
Image: The Dragons remain undefeated

 

Match #3: Dragons v Typhoons

The last match of the day saw the Dragons bat first after winning the toss, with both teams looking to finish the day undefeated.

An opening stand of 49 by Mary Waldron (48) and Kerry Tomlinson (14), followed on by a 58-run stand by Waldron and captain Kim Garth (26) saw the Dragons heading to a competitive total, but a loss of three wickets in the space of eight runs restrained the final flourish and the Dragons finished on 112-4 from 20 overs.

While a further three wickets fell in the late overs, Raymond-Hoey carried her bat through the innings and the Typhoons posted 116-6 from their 20 overs. Celeste Raack’s 2-17 provided important interventions removing Waldron and the ever-threatening Clare Shillington (5).

With 113 the target, the Typhoons must have felt they were in with a shout at 52-2, but the loss of Delany for 3 was the start of a minor collapse of 3-10, and the Dragons bowlers dominated from then on, with the Typhoons getting to 88-6 from 20 overs. Kim Garth’s 2-15 and Jane Maguire’s 2-10 were important contributions, while Anna Kerrison’s miserly 1-14 from 4 overs helped restrict the scoring rate.

The Dragons won by 24 runs (see scorecard).

 


INTERVIEW: James McCollum

May 20th 2019 | International, Other

INTERVIEW: James McCollum

McCollum (left) going out to bat against the West indies

BELFAST – Waringstown, Northern Knights and now Ireland – that has been the cricket trajectory of James McCollum, the 23-year old top-order batter who has had an intensely busy six months on and off the cricket field.

Since the end of the last cricket season, one in which his Waringstown side seemed to sweep all before them at local and all-Ireland level, McCollum has had an adventurous cricket journey.

“It’s been a pretty awesome experience and it’s all happened pretty fast. I got my first full-time contract with Cricket Ireland in October, then immediately went out to Australia for a couple of months to my club in Adelaide – it’s been a really good place for me to try and work on my game. Then the Ireland batting unit went on a spin camp to Bangalore, followed by a five week tour to Sri Lanka with the Wolves. That was a long tour, but I think it really gave guys a lot of confidence playing against regular internationals who are playing for Sri Lanka. That tour was then closely followed by the trip to Dehradun for 4.5 weeks for the Afghanistan series, which adds up to a pretty busy winter.”

McCollum was quick to explain the role that the senior players in the squad play during his introduction to international cricket:

“Just being around the senior team for a sustained period of time you can really pick up a lot of knowledge from guys who have been in and around the team for so long and have so much international experience. The last few months have been an opportunity for me to spend time with players I previously hadn’t have much exposure to – and at the Bangalore camp I even met a couple of guys there for the first time.”

“Everyone is very willing to help each other out and it makes it easier for a new player coming into the squad and trying to find their way. Even just having guys like Gary Wilson coming back into the Knights set-up - he has really helped out and making a real positive difference. Even when I wasn’t playing it was about trying to take in as much information as possible in order to learn and feel prepared.”


Ire v Afg

Asked if he had set any goals at the start of the year, McCollum said:

“I used to be really into my goal setting - not only from a personal perspective but from a team perspective in the Inter-Provincials. But it’s hard to set goals like that in international cricket when I have so little experience at this stage - so for me at this stage it’s about learning as much as possible when I get opportunities, and coming to an understanding of what will be required of me in order to succeed should I get more opportunities.”

About featuring as an opener for Ireland in the 50-over format, he said:

“I’m still really starting out in the opener role - I’ve only really been doing it for a year-and-a-half. For me it’s all about assessing conditions - where you’re playing and who you’re playing against - as much as possible and then adjusting accordingly. It’s obviously a different approach needed when facing someone first up in Ireland as opposed to facing someone with a new ball in Dehradun. So it’s about preparation.”

“I usually try to get my preparation done a couple of nights before, studying footage and getting a good idea of what to expect from each bowler. It’s about trying to analyse their style, their best balls and how they may look to get you out - and where you’re likely to score runs off them.”

“For me it’s trying to ensure I feel as prepared as possible before match day. If you fail, you fail, but for me it’s as much about knowing I’ve done all I can to be prepared and that I’ve done all I can to put myself in the best place to succeed.”

GS Holdings ODI Challenge - Ireland v Afghanistan

Ireland and Afghanistan meet for the second of two one-day internationals as part of the GS Holdings ODI Challenge on Tuesday 21 May, starting at 10.45am. Tickets are available at the gate - €15 for adults, under-16s go free.

A livestream will be available, with details posted on Cricket Ireland social media channels.

 


Team effort sees Ireland convincingly defeat Afghanistan in first ODI

May 19th 2019 | International, Other

Team effort sees Ireland convincingly defeat Afghanistan in first ODI

William Porterfield hit his second consecutive half-century

BELFAST – A gritty batting display followed by an exceptional bowling performance by the Ireland men’s cricket team saw the home side convincing winners against Afghanistan in game one of the GS Holdings ODI Challenge at Stormont today.

After Afghan captain Gulbadin Naib won the toss and sent Ireland in to bat, the visitors bowling attacked sought to use the seam-friendly conditions to make early in-roads. The loss of James McCollum and the in-form Andy Balbirnie, both dismissed by Dawlat Zadran for 4, had Ireland set back on their heels at 35-2 in the 9th over.

The experience of Irish batters Paul Stirling and William Porterfield then came to the fore as the pair fought to stabilise the innings and shared a 99-run third wicket partnership. Stirling (71 from 94 balls) continued his rich vein of form this summer, having scored 77 and 130 in his last two innings for the men in green, while captain Porterfield (53 from 83 balls) scored his second consecutive half-century after registering 93 in his last outing against Bangladesh last Wednesday.

With Ireland sitting at 134-2 in the 34th over, the sudden loss of Stirling and Porterfield in the space of eight balls rocked the Irish side and restricted the home sides momentum.

A well-compiled 32 from 44 balls by Kevin O’Brien was the only contribution of note following this, and Ireland was eventually dismissed for 210 from 48.5 overs.

For the Afghans, Dawlat (3-35) and Aftab Alam (3-28) claimed three wickets apiece, as the Irish side looked to have registered a below-par score.

Looking for early wickets, the Irish bowlers led by Tim Murtagh (2-12) and Andy McBrine (0-17) began with an incredible spell of tight bowling. Murtagh claimed two wickets early and the visitors were reeling at 19-2 in the 9th over.

Struggling to break the shackles, pressure built up and further wickets fell with Mark Adair (4-19) picking up where Murtagh left off, removing Hazratullah Zazai for 14 and Hashmutullah Shahidi for 12. A 54-run stand between Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi threatened to get the visitors back into the game, but three wickets to Boyd Rankin (including his 100th wicket in ODI cricket) saw the end of the visiting teams resistance.

Adair came back at the end to clean up the final two wickets, including a spectacular caught-and-bowled effort to finish the innings. Afghanistan were dismissed for 138 runs, with Ireland claiming a convincing 72-run win.

Speaking after the game, Mark Adair said:

“It’s nice to come on when the lads have built a bit of pressure up – Andy [McBrine] and Murts [Tim Murtagh] gave them absolutely nothing and it is something we hadn’t done in the Tri-Series so it was nice to put things right. The lads were great in the field – it was just a good team performance.”

Asked what the view of the team was at the change of innings, Adair said:

“At one point we were looking at 250, but had to reassess when we lost a few wickets. We thought given a chance we could get it up to 220 or 230, but they bowled well and I don’t think it was a pitch that anyone could go in and start very well on. I think the lads who got runs grafted hard and a win’s a win, so we don’t look on it too badly.”

“We were a bit disappointed coming out of the Tri-Series, our bowling in particular – I don’t think we managed to string too many games together where we were putting pressure on or being consistent enough, and I think that’s where Murts and Scra [McBrine] came in today and set the tone perfectly.”


Ireland and Afghanistan will meet again at the same venue on Tuesday, starting at 10.45am. Tickets available at the gate, with children under-16 free entry.

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Ireland v Afghanistan, one-day international, 19 May 2019, Stormont

• Ireland 210 (48.5 overs; P Stirling 71, W Porterfield 53; A Alam 3-28)
• Afghanistan 138 (35.4 overs; A Afghan 29; M Adair 4-19, B Rankin 3-40)


Ireland won by 72 runs

A full scorecard can be found here

 

 


Live-streaming of GS Holdings ODI Challenge

May 18th 2019 | International, Other

Live-streaming of GS Holdings ODI Challenge

The GS Holdings ODI Challenge between Ireland and Afghanistan on 19 and 21 May 2019 will be live-streamed through the Cricket Ireland Youtube Channel.

The live-stream will be delivered through a partnership between Cricket Ireland and HBV Studios.

The Cricket Ireland Youtube Channel is: www.youtube.com/CricketIrelandTV

A direct link will be posted on Cricket Ireland social media channels prior to the game each day.

The scheduled start times for matches is 10.45am (GMT).


Toyota Super 3s season begins with a T20 tripleheader

May 17th 2019 | International, Women

Toyota Super 3s season begins with a T20 tripleheader

Una Raymond-Hoey strikes a ball through the off-side

DUBLIN – The Toyota Super 3s Series – Ireland’s premier women’s domestic competition – will begin this Sunday with a bang, as the sides shape up for a T20 tripleheader at North Kildare Cricket Club.

The matches are:

• Scorchers v Dragons (19 May 2019, starting 10am)
• Typhoons v Scorchers (19 May 2019, starting 1.30pm)
• Dragons v Typhoons (19 May 2019, starting 5pm)

The matches represent the last representative hit-out for the women’s international players before Ireland meets West Indies in three T20Is on 26, 28 and 29 May 2019.

The Dragons are the reigning Toyota Super 3s champions.

Dragons team news

Clare Shillington, Head Coach of the Dragons, said:

“There have been a lot of changes within the Super 3s squads over the winter, including my coaching roll changing from the Typhoons to the Dragons. We have a young but balanced squad with some exciting talent coming through the Irish U15 and U19s winter training programs, mixed with the experience of Mary Waldron, Kim Garth and Kerry Tomlinson. It’s an exciting summer of cricket and we are looking forward to hitting the ground running on Sunday in North Kildare.”

The Dragons have named a 13-player squad for the two matches: Kim Garth (capt), Ava Canning, Rachel Delaney, Anna Kerrison, Jane Maguire, Lara Maritz, Eimear Mullen, Clare Shillington, Jenny Sparrow, Kerry Tomlinson (overseas), Erica Turner, Mary Waldron, Sarah White.

Scorchers team news

Andrew Poynter, Scorchers Head Coach, said:

“The new look Scorchers squad is really looking forward to starting the 2019 season. We have had a couple of good training sessions at the High Performance Centre and the whole squad has been working hard on their game over the winter, either abroad on in North County with various Irish squads. We are looking to start the season well and certainly aiming to get two wins on the board in North Kildare on Sunday to get the season off to a positive start.”

The Scorchers side for Sunday is: Shauna Kavanagh (capt), Gaby Lewis, Rebbeca Stokell, Caoimhe McCann, Sophie MacMahon, Lucy O’Reilly, Cara Murray, Amy Kenealy, Hannah Little, Ali Keenan, Mya Naughton.

Typhoons team news

Tim Simmonite, Head Coach of the Typhoone, said:

“I’m really looking forward to this season’s Super 3s. The Typhoons have a young and exciting squad, we’ve trained well and are now relishing the challenge of pitting our skills against those of the Dragons and the Scorchers.”

The Typhoons’ 12 for the first match v Scorchers is: Laura Delany (capt), Amy Hunter, Naomi Matthews, Celeste Raack, Orla Prendergast, Louise Little, Leah Paul, Una Raymond-Hoey, Niamh Walsh, Cassie Stephens, Robyn Lewis, Maria Kerrison (12th).

The Typhoons’ 12 for the second match v Dragons is: Laura Delany (capt), Amy Hunter, Naomi Matthews, Celeste Raack, Orla Prendergast, Louise Little, Leah Paul, Una Raymond-Hoey, Niamh Walsh, Cassie Stephens, Maria Kerrison, Sarah Condron (12th).

 


INTERVIEW: Gary Wilson

May 17th 2019 | International, Other

INTERVIEW: Gary Wilson

Wilson dives for a catch during the recent ODI against England

BELFAST – Ireland’s T20 International captain Gary Wilson may have made his international debut for Ireland almost 14 years ago, but he is still playing a vital part in the international set-up and is enthused by the talent he sees coming through the system north of the border.

The 33-year old was born in Dundonald and made his international debut just down the road in Bangor in June 2005 against the MCC. After 12 years playing county cricket in England for Surrey and Derbyshire, he decided to return home to Belfast and re-join his former club CSNI.

Wilson looking forward to once again playing in the green in Stormont where Ireland will play two one-day internationals in the GS Holdings ODI Challenge against Afghanistan on 19 and 21 May 2019.

Speaking at training today, he discussed his move back home to Belfast:

“It’s been really good, I’ve really enjoyed my time since I’ve been back here. The family have settled in well and it has been good to be around extended family - having grandparents around for the wee man [Wilson’s son Oliver] has been great.”

“It has also been great to settle into the Northern Knights set-up as well - I really feel I can have a positive influence there and I think we’re seeing some change already, so that’s been brilliant.”

Asked if he had any observations on the emerging talent he sees north of the border, he said:

“With regards to the younger players I’m seeing lots of exciting talent. At the national level we’ve still only got 19 fully contracted players and six part-time after that, so outside of that it’s still about guys trying to find time to train and find good quality facilities to train at.”

“But if you look hard enough you see the talent is coming through. For these lads – if they work hard enough and ask the right questions of the coaching staff and senior players they can go a long way. Hopefully that’s where I can have a positive impact on the other guys around me, the younger players.”

“Obviously in England you’re spoilt for facilities and there’s always an opportunity to hit balls. I think now these guys here [in Ireland] are starting to have that opportunity, so hopefully we’ll see them go from strength to strength.”

Ireland and Afghanistan meet for the first of two one-day internationals as part of the GS Holdings ODI Challenge on Sunday 19 May, starting at 10.45am. Tickets are available at the gate - €15 for adults, under-16s go free.

A live-stream will be available, with details posted on Cricket Ireland social media channels.


Ireland Men’s squad named for GS Holdings ODI Challenge

May 16th 2019 | International, Other

Ireland Men’s squad named for GS Holdings ODI Challenge

William Porterfield will lead the ODI squad against Afghanistan

DUBLIN – Tyrone Kane replaces the rested Josh Little in the 14-man international squad named today for the GS Holdings ODI Challenge - a two-match one-day international series - against Afghanistan.

The squad named is for the following matches:

• Ireland v Afghanistan one-day international (19 May 2019)
• Ireland v Afghanistan one-day international (21 May 2019)

Ireland Men’s squad


William Porterfield (captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson.

What they said…


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

“The first few months of 2019 have shown the talent and potential within Irish cricket, and the emergence of new players on the international stage. Indeed in just the first half of this calendar year we have seen five players make their ODI debuts. With Tyrone [Kane] joining the squad for the Afghanistan series, he is in contention to be a sixth ODI debutant.”

“We have not shied away from the fact that our senior men’s international squad is in a transition period. This is not an overnight process, and it will take time and patience to bring through new players into the international set-up. Given the quality of opposition we have been playing of late – England, West Indies and Bangladesh here at home, and Afghanistan in India – the Selectors have been pleased with the way these younger players have adapted to the challenge and shown a willingness to learn – both skills-wise and mentally.”

“Our objective is to build a squad, and expand the talent pool, that is capable and confident of playing at this level, and we cannot rush this process.”

“We have also been pleased to hear from our recent debutants how invaluable it has been to come into a side with a cohort of experienced professionals to learn from. Through seeking out advice, or simply being able to observe how the senior lads prepare and approach their game, the opportunity to have mentors and role models within the squad is immeasurable.”

“We have recently seen some fantastic batting performances against quality bowlers led by some of the more senior players – including some big centuries which are needed at this level to build competitive totals or to chase down big targets.”

“The bowling unit has shown glimpses of what we are working towards – and feedback from coaching staff is that given we don’t have the out-and-out pace or mystery spin variations of other top sides, we are working very much on the ability of our bowling unit to perform more consistently with a disciplined line day-in and day-out against world-class opposition batters. However, what is most important at this stage is for each player to understand their role in the squad, maximise opportunities to play to their strengths and gain greater confidence through playing more games and being within a supportive environment.”

Looking forward to the second half of the international season, White said:

“Following the Afghanistan series there is a natural break in the international calendar before we take on Zimbabwe in July. During this interim period we will have the chance to not only watch the Inter-Provincial Series, but also watch a competitive six-match series between Ireland Wolves and Scotland A in June. These games are essential in providing players the opportunity to put their hands up through consistent performances with bat or ball.”


About Josh Little’s situation, Mark Rausa (Head of Physiotherapy) said:

“During the Tri-Series Josh reported some minor back pain related to bowling. A precautionary scan showed a small area of bone stress in an area commonly seen in fast bowlers. We take these findings very seriously given the potential for such stress responses to develop into a more serious stress fracture that could put Josh out of action for up to 3 months if he were to continue bowling. We want to rest Josh from bowling for around four weeks and begin rehab immediately in preparation for the Zimbabwe series at the beginning of July.”

Tickets

Patrons can pre-purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster or at the gate. Adults £15, children under-16 go free. Two-match packages are also available for adults at £20.


Ireland v Afghanistan - All you need to know

May 16th 2019 | International, Other

Ireland v Afghanistan - All you need to know

Andy Balbirnie batting against Afghanistan at Stormont in 2018

Come and join us for top-class men’s cricket action when Ireland take on Afghanistan in two one-day internationals at Stormont, Belfast. Here is what you need to know about the series.

The matches

Ireland and Afghanistan meet in two matches:
• Sunday 19 May 2019 (Stormont, starts 10.45am)
• Tuesday 21 May 2019 (Stormont, starts 10.45am)

Tickets

Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the gate:
• Adults £15
• Children under-16: Free

Livestreaming

The matches will be livestreamed with links made available on Cricket Ireland social media channels each day.

Ireland Men’s squad

William Porterfield (captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson. Read the story.

How to get there

You can get to the ground via car (limited parking), taxi or bus.

 


Afghanistan

 

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 into 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.

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

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.

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

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.


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