Ireland News 2017
Testing times - an Irishman's diary on cricket Testing times - an Irishman's diary on cricket ( ) ZZZZ8:09 pmZZZZ
I first watched cricket properly on the day of the Miami Showband massacre, on July 31st, 1975.
Poynter signs contract extension with Durham Poynter signs contract extension with Durham ( ) ZZZZ3:20 amZZZZ
Stuart Poynter has signed a contract extension with Durham which will keep him at the county until 2019.
2019 World Cup Qualifier date switch 2019 World Cup Qualifier date switch ( ) ZZZZ8:02 amZZZZ
That is much better than the originally planned tournament date of July which would have taken the Ireland squad out of county and club cricket for five weeks at the height of our season.
Numbers Racket No 9 Numbers Racket No 9 ( ) ZZZZ1:44 amZZZZ
And so, the first season of the new, enhanced Hanley Energy Championship draws to a close with an all-too-predictable champion.
Who will win the cups? Who will win the cups? ( ) ZZZZ1:53 amZZZZ
CricketEurope spoke with local cricket players and doyens of the game to get their view on who will lift the Bob Kerr trophy as well as the National Cup.
All roads lead to Bready All roads lead to Bready ( ) ZZZZ1:34 amZZZZ
All roads lead to Bready this week, especially the one from Dublin as Leinster sides are involved in five consecutive days’ cricket.
The Numbers Racket (8) The Numbers Racket (8) ( ) ZZZZ5:07 amZZZZ
Andrew Balbirnie is the first man to score a double century and a fifty in the same game for Ireland, but he fell just short of the record match aggregate.
Clontarf delight at T20 glory Clontarf delight at T20 glory ( ) ZZZZ3:25 amZZZZ
Joe Morrissey, John Mooney and Andrew Poynter on Clontarf's All-Ireland T20 glory.
Gayle named in Windies squad to face Ireland Gayle named in Windies squad to face Ireland ( ) ZZZZ9:49 amZZZZ
West Indies have named Chris Gayle in their ODI squad to face Ireland in Belfast next month.
Clontarf crowned Ireland T20 champions Clontarf crowned Ireland T20 champions ( ) ZZZZ12:58 amZZZZ
Clontarf were crowned the inaugural All-Ireland T20 champions after a 10-run victory against Waringstown in a thrilling encounter at the Lawn.
All-Ireland T20 crown up for grabs All-Ireland T20 crown up for grabs ( ) ZZZZ12:41 amZZZZ
Another first for Irish cricket on Sunday at The Lawn as the inaugural National T20 Cup champions will be crowned.
The Numbers Racket (7) The Numbers Racket (7) ( ) ZZZZ5:33 amZZZZ
Ger Siggins' latest look at some Irish statistics - This summer's Irish centurions and the Irish Senior Cup
John Mooney talks about his recent decision John Mooney talks about his recent decision ( ) ZZZZ1:21 amZZZZ
John Mooney, the Ireland all-rounder, says he has come out of international retirement because he fears “living with the regret” that he did not play Test cricket.
Sangakkara possible wild card for Irish job? Sangakkara possible wild card for Irish job? ( ) ZZZZ5:52 amZZZZ
Kumar Sangakkara is one possibility for the position as Cricket Ireland Head Coach.
Zimbabwe confirmed as WCQ venue Zimbabwe confirmed as WCQ venue ( ) ZZZZ5:24 amZZZZ
Reports in Zimbabwe say the country has been chosen as the venue for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.
Numbers Racket (6) Numbers Racket (6) ( ) ZZZZ2:12 amZZZZ
The ICup will soon be no more, at least as far as Ireland is concerned. It has been a fantastically successful competition for the national side, with four of the six stagings ending with the trophy jetting back to CI HQ.
The Great War and Irish cricket The Great War and Irish cricket ( ) ZZZZ4:06 amZZZZ
At the onset of centenary commemorations to mark various anniversaries of the Great War, I initially wondered as to how many men died who had a connection with the game in Tipperary.
The Numbers Racket (5) The Numbers Racket (5) ( ) ZZZZ12:11 amZZZZ
Salute Stephan Grobler, whose unbeaten 206 helped Cork County past Midleton in the Munster Senior Cup last week.
The Numbers Racket (4) The Numbers Racket (4) ( ) ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
The highest innings recorded in Ireland was the 313 not out made by Capt William Oates of the Munster Fusiliers in a military match at the Curragh in 1895.
Fingal set for T20 franchise inclusion? Fingal set for T20 franchise inclusion? ( ) ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
A ‘franchise’ style T20 championship involving sides representing Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Derry and Fingal is just one of the proposals to be considered by Cricket Ireland as part of a revamp for the Interprovincial series.
The Numbers Racket (3) The Numbers Racket (3) ( ) ZZZZ1:10 amZZZZ
Jack Tector’s century for Ireland Wolves against Scotland A last week was cheered on by a larger than usual contingent of friends, teammates and family as it was scored at his home ground of Claremont Road.
Merchant's Tale Merchant's Tale ( ) ZZZZ3:22 pmZZZZ
WHILE last week’s Ireland Wolves match was going on at Claremont Road, in the nets at the YMCA ground in Dublin the next generation of Ireland cricketers was being coach by Kamal Merchant.
The Numbers Racket (2) The Numbers Racket (2) ( ) ZZZZ12:41 amZZZZ
Congrats – and commiserations – to Simi Singh on his brilliant batting feats for Ireland Wolves against Gloucestershire 2s last week.
The Numbers Racket (1) The Numbers Racket (1) ( ) ZZZZ11:35 pmZZZZ
A new feature sees Ger Siggins take a look at the leading first-class wicket takers in Ireland and the players with the most hundreds.
All-Ireland T20 finals day All-Ireland T20 finals day ( ) ZZZZ12:26 amZZZZ
The first All-Ireland finals day is on Sunday August 20 at Waringstown when the T20 winners from the four unions will face off in two semi-finals followed by a final.
Deutrom keen to get maiden Test timing right Deutrom keen to get maiden Test timing right ( ) ZZZZ1:52 amZZZZ
There is a pad on Warren Deutrom’s desk and under the figures 26/6/2017, written in capital letters, are the words “WE ARE A TEST NATION”.
Will Test status lead to Test matches? Will Test status lead to Test matches? ( ) ZZZZ10:38 pmZZZZ
Although Ireland’s recent elevation to Full Membership as well as Test Cricket is testament to over a decade’s success both on and off the field, it would appear that some considerable challenges await Cricket Ireland over the coming years.
Better late than never as Ireland get their reward Better late than never as Ireland get their reward ( ) ZZZZ2:52 amZZZZ
In an era when Irish sports administration and the word ‘scandal’ have all too often appeared in the same sentence, it was good to hear this week of a genuine good news story.
Only the start for ambitious Deutrom Only the start for ambitious Deutrom ( ) ZZZZ11:40 pmZZZZ
Deutrom’s main achievement was convincing Irish cricket it could achieve something it hadn’t even dreamt about.
Ireland plan for €6 million stadium Ireland plan for €6 million stadium ( ) ZZZZ8:27 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland intends lobbying the government for €3 million to help build a national cricket stadium in Malahide in the aftermath of the ICC’s decision to award Ireland full member status.
Zimbabwe likely to host WCQ Zimbabwe likely to host WCQ ( ) ZZZZ2:32 amZZZZ
All the signals are that Zimbabwe will get the nod when the final decision is made in the next couple of months.
McCollum over the moon as Ireland hit the big time McCollum over the moon as Ireland hit the big time ( ) ZZZZ11:55 pmZZZZ
“Over the moon” was the reaction of a relieved CI chairman Ross McCollum, while skipper William Porterfield said it was “wonderful news for all of Irish cricket”.
The Promised Land and the Shashank Redemption The Promised Land and the Shashank Redemption ( ) ZZZZ12:35 amZZZZ
This is a day that few people, even a decade ago, could ever have envisaged. Ireland has become the eleventh Test Nation.
Irish cricket needs Government support Irish cricket needs Government support ( ) ZZZZ12:24 amZZZZ
Welcoming the announcement that Irish cricket has been elevated to test match status, Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond has stated that this achievement must now be matched by Government support.
Ireland awarded Full Membership and Test status Ireland awarded Full Membership and Test status ( ) ZZZZ8:27 amZZZZ
Irish cricket has received a tremendous boost after receiving confirmation from ICC of their successful application to be awarded Full Membership and Test status.
Ireland journey ends in success Ireland journey ends in success ( ) ZZZZ5:18 amZZZZ
A journey that began in the corridor of a Belfast pavilion more than 22 years ago was completed when Ireland were elevated to Full Members of the ICC and awarded Test Match status with immediate effect.
T20 record for Sidiqi? T20 record for Sidiqi? ( ) ZZZZ5:52 amZZZZ
Hats off to Murtaza Sidiqi, who may well have scored the highest T20 innings in Ireland last weekend – although he ended up on the losing side.
Ireland to hold talks on Bracewell future Ireland to hold talks on Bracewell future ( ) ZZZZ5:29 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland will sit down with National Coach John Bracewell to discuss his future, once the International Cricket Council has given its decision on Ireland’s application for Full Membership.
"It's life Jim, but not as we know it!" "It's life Jim, but not as we know it!" ( ) ZZZZ4:46 amZZZZ
Some thoughts from close to home in what is scheduled to be a momentous week in Irish Cricket.
Death of Fred Cogley Death of Fred Cogley ( ) ZZZZ4:12 amZZZZ
The former RTE head of sport, Fred Cogley, died last week aged 82. There were many tributes to a kind, gentle and entertaining man whose distinctive voice called the commentary on rugby internationals for a quarter of a century.
Cricket Ireland Board meeting Cricket Ireland Board meeting ( ) ZZZZ5:43 amZZZZ
The Cricket Ireland Board met this week in Merrion Cricket Club in Dublin where a wide range of issues were discussed with the following outcomes.
Topping stars as Ireland Academy beat Cambridge Topping stars as Ireland Academy beat Cambridge ( ) ZZZZ10:55 pmZZZZ
Morgan Topping scored 66 and took three wickets as Ireland Academy beat Cambridge University by 28 runs in a hard-fought encounter at Phoenix Park.
Getkate aims for the top Getkate aims for the top ( ) ZZZZ12:10 amZZZZ
His high-profile moves, first from Dublin to Belfast and, this season, from Civil Service North to Instonians were public pronouncements that he won’t stop until he gets there.
Johnston signs two-year deal with NSW Johnston signs two-year deal with NSW ( ) ZZZZ11:19 pmZZZZ
Cricket New South Wales has reappointed Trent Johnston coach of the Blues for another two seasons.
Home from home for Stirling Home from home for Stirling ( ) ZZZZ7:09 amZZZZ
It was as far removed from Lord’s as it was possible to be – but Paul Stirling was home. It was the wide-open spaces of the Mallusk Playing Fields.
Time to say goodbye? Time to say goodbye? ( ) ZZZZ3:17 amZZZZ
Odran Flynn: the facts and figures both suggest change has to come in the top positions in Irish Cricket.
Joyce has the perfect words for Irish Joyce has the perfect words for Irish ( ) ZZZZ7:29 pmZZZZ
AFTER a one-day international Tri-Series to forget for Ireland, the best news of the week came when Ed Joyce announced he was retiring from county cricket.
O'Brien to tour Germany with MCC O'Brien to tour Germany with MCC ( ) ZZZZ5:01 amZZZZ
Niall O'Brien is named in a 14-man MCC squad that will tour Germany.
Bracewell fails to bridge generation gap Bracewell fails to bridge generation gap ( ) ZZZZ1:46 amZZZZ
Ireland have won just 21 of their 62 completed matches since New Zealander John Bracewell replaced Phil Simmons as head coach in April 2015.
Joyce calls time on Sussex career Joyce calls time on Sussex career ( ) ZZZZ2:33 amZZZZ
Ed Joyce has retired from county cricket with immediate effect.
Anderson and Joyce still in honeymoon phase Anderson and Joyce still in honeymoon phase ( ) ZZZZ6:53 amZZZZ
It was Irish cricket’s equivalent of a royal wedding – the 24 caps of John Anderson joining the 147 of Isobel Joyce on the most glittering newly-wed mantelpiece in the sport.
Little big man Little big man ( ) ZZZZ11:04 pmZZZZ
Irish Cricket should now be recognized as producing cricketers at the very young age at the international level.
Deutrom leads Ireland to cusp of Promised Land Deutrom leads Ireland to cusp of Promised Land ( ) ZZZZ12:47 amZZZZ
AFTER more than ten years running Irish cricket and pushing its case in powerful international circles, Warren Deutrom has become adept at juggling.
Ireland on path to Test status Ireland on path to Test status ( ) ZZZZ1:42 pmZZZZ
Ireland could make their Test cricket debut as early as next year, after the ICC approved a new constitution that outlines a Test pathway for associate teams.
Ireland hopeful of Lord's Test by 2019 Ireland hopeful of Lord's Test by 2019 ( ) ZZZZ2:15 amZZZZ
During last Friday's Citizenship Ceremony, Judge Bryan McMahon, the Presiding Officer, urged the Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans among the 3,000 proud new Irish men and women at Dublin's Convention Centre “to bring your bats and your wickets as we have a great, emerging, cricket team”.
Walsh takes Presidency role Walsh takes Presidency role ( ) ZZZZ9:53 pmZZZZ
Brian Walsh was formally confirmed as President of Cricket Ireland this week, replacing Henry Tighe who filled the role superbly this past 12 months.
D-Day looms for Ireland in Test quest D-Day looms for Ireland in Test quest ( ) ZZZZ5:21 amZZZZ
Ireland will find out on Thursday or Friday if they are to become the 11th Test match nation.
Don't write off Ireland Don't write off Ireland ( ) ZZZZ10:12 amZZZZ
For eight years, dating back to Afghanistan’s shock victory in the World Cup qualifiers in 2009, Afghanistan and Ireland have been adversaries on the pitch but allies off it.
Woman President call heeded Woman President call heeded ( ) ZZZZ4:38 amZZZZ
Ger Siggins called for a Cricket Ireland President this time last year. It seems that the powers that be heeded his cry, and Aideen Rice will take the prestigious position in 2018.
Ireland Board Meeting outcomes Ireland Board Meeting outcomes ( ) ZZZZ4:35 amZZZZ
The Cricket Ireland Board met recently in The Bishops Gate Hotel in Derry City where a wide range of issues were discussed with the following outcomes.
County Extra: No.1 County Extra: No.1 ( ) ZZZZ6:58 amZZZZ
THE county championship kicks off today, and for the first time in many years there’s a decidedly thin Irish contingent in action.
New Zealand badly weakened for Irish tour New Zealand badly weakened for Irish tour ( ) ZZZZ9:16 pmZZZZ
New Zealand have named a new-look squad for their Irish tri-series, badly hampered by no fewer than ten of their players involved in the IPL tournament.
Munster will play in T20 Interpros Munster will play in T20 Interpros ( ) ZZZZ9:05 amZZZZ
MUNSTER REDS participation in the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy has been confirmed by Cricket Ireland at their Board meeting in Derry today.
End of an era End of an era ( ) ZZZZ8:33 amZZZZ
Sitting side by side staring forlornly into the middle distance, John Bracewell and William Porterfield had the look of men who realised that the light at the end of the tunnel really was a high speed express train hurtling straight for them.
Porterfield insists Ireland ready for Test cricket Porterfield insists Ireland ready for Test cricket ( ) ZZZZ8:17 amZZZZ
CAPTAIN William Porterfield insists Ireland are ready for Test match cricket, despite losing their position at the top of the Intercontinental Cup table after last week’s record defeat by Afghanistan.
What's gone wrong with Ireland? What's gone wrong with Ireland? ( ) ZZZZ1:23 amZZZZ
Ger Siggins discusses with Grant Cameron just what's happened with Ireland as they tumble down the rankings.
Bracewell has full support of Cricket Ireland Bracewell has full support of Cricket Ireland ( ) ZZZZ5:02 amZZZZ
As his line manager, CI High Performance manager Richard Holdsworth said yesterday: “He has my full support but results are results and there haven’t been some good results and therefore this summer is very important for that.”
Holdsworth upbeat despite Ireland horror show Holdsworth upbeat despite Ireland horror show ( ) ZZZZ7:57 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth remained upbeat about Irish prospects of Test status despite their timid capitulation to Afghanistan.
Death of Alan Johnston Death of Alan Johnston ( ) ZZZZ2:12 amZZZZ
Alan Johnston was a very good right arm opening bowler, who - particularly in his younger days - was a distinctly unpleasant proposition for opening batsmen to cope.
Stuart Thompson back in the fold Stuart Thompson back in the fold ( ) ZZZZ10:58 amZZZZ
Break from the game allows Thompson to rediscover his love for the game.
Famous Irish Cricketers - George Morgan Famous Irish Cricketers - George Morgan ( ) ZZZZ10:16 amZZZZ
George Morgan, still remembered by Irish rugby followers as one of the greatest scrum halves to have pulled on the green jersey, was also a distinctly useful cricketer.
England stars to miss Ireland clashes England stars to miss Ireland clashes ( ) ZZZZ2:28 amZZZZ
BEN Stokes is one of several England players who will miss the one-day internationals against Ireland in May after he was bought at the Indian Premier League auction.
Famous Irish cricketers: Chris Harte Famous Irish cricketers: Chris Harte ( ) ZZZZ8:48 pmZZZZ
Chris Harte, a very good batsman, often to be found opening the innings, but equally at home in the middle order, was also a capable wicket keeper, and, in his own words, "a latent leggie."
Ireland targets 2018 Test match Ireland targets 2018 Test match ( ) ZZZZ8:30 pmZZZZ
Ireland are hoping to play their first Test match as early as 2018.
O'Brien signs for Nantwich O'Brien signs for Nantwich ( ) ZZZZ7:15 pmZZZZ
Irish international Niall O'Brien has signed for Nantwich in the Cheshire Premier League.
Munster decision put back until April Munster decision put back until April ( ) ZZZZ1:04 amZZZZ
The Cricket Ireland Board met earlier this week in The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast where a wide range of issues were discussed with the following outcomes.
Apex tours Glamorgan and Gloucestershire Apex tours Glamorgan and Gloucestershire ( ) ZZZZ5:22 amZZZZ
Apex Cricket, a new venture from Ted Williamson, is taking 18 young players from Munster over to Wales and England on a three-day cricket tour over the mid term break.
Johnston appointed Academy Manager Johnston appointed Academy Manager ( ) ZZZZ5:59 amZZZZ
Peter Johnston has been confirmed as Cricket Ireland's new permanent National Academy and Performance Manager, with Scott Irvine succeeding him as full-time Performance Analyst.
Senator calls for State to fund cricket stadium Senator calls for State to fund cricket stadium ( ) ZZZZ5:28 pmZZZZ
A member of the government party in the Republic has urged the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, to support the efforts of Cricket Ireland to build a permanent stadium in Malahide.
Ireland look forward to life in the fast lane Ireland look forward to life in the fast lane ( ) ZZZZ7:53 pmZZZZ
CRICKET Ireland plan to hit the ground running if, as expected, they are granted Test status at the International Cricket Council’s Annual meeting in June.
Ireland's Field of Dreams Ireland's Field of Dreams ( ) ZZZZ7:16 amZZZZ
THERE’S a brilliant short story by the Canadian writer WP Kinsella which was made into a less-brilliant movie called Field of Dreams. ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa’ is about a farmer who hears voices telling him to build a baseball field so the ghosts of a long-dead team can come play for him.
Door opens on Test status for Ireland? Door opens on Test status for Ireland? ( ) ZZZZ9:32 pmZZZZ
IRELAND have been given a tantalising glimpse of joining the top table of world cricket after this week’s ICC meetings broke up in Dubai,
Ireland’s Test cricket ambitions could be realised under proposed changes Ireland’s Test cricket ambitions could be realised under proposed changes ( ) ZZZZ6:13 pmZZZZ
ICC look set to radically overhaul international game from 2019.
Death of Stuart Pollock Death of Stuart Pollock ( ) ZZZZ1:38 amZZZZ
One of Ireland's greatest cricketers, Stuart Pollock, has died at the age of 96.
Munster seeking coach Munster seeking coach ( ) ZZZZ1:15 amZZZZ
There was good news for Munster cricket this week with the news that the region were seeking a coach for their proposed inter-pro team the Munster Reds.
Death of Jack Glenn Death of Jack Glenn ( ) ZZZZ12:35 amZZZZ
Irish and NW cricket followers were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Jack Glenn.
Simmons takes Afghanistan role Simmons takes Afghanistan role ( ) ZZZZ1:03 amZZZZ
Former Ireland coach Phil Simmons has accepted a consultancy role with the Afghanistan National team.
NUI Galway clinch indoor title NUI Galway clinch indoor title ( ) ZZZZ10:43 pmZZZZ
NUI Galway were crowned Irish Universities Indoor champions with a series of convincing displays over the weekend.
Northern Ireland clubs facing professional problem Northern Ireland clubs facing professional problem ( ) ZZZZ4:08 amZZZZ
There could be major problems brewing for Northern Ireland clubs with their choice of overseas professionals for the forthcoming season.
Ted Williamson delighted at gaining Level 4 Ted Williamson delighted at gaining Level 4 ( ) ZZZZ10:01 amZZZZ
Ted Williamson has gained his Level Four ECB/UK Coaching qualification.
Gary Kidd Gary Kidd ( ) ZZZZ5:47 amZZZZ
Gary Kidd, younger brother of Stuart, is another in the impressive chain of slow left armers who have graced NCU cricket, tantalising their opponents over the years.
Clear and present danger Clear and present danger ( ) ZZZZ2:25 amZZZZ
Live in the moment - beware the dangers of living in the past or dreaming your life away.
Antipodean Dirty Dozen doing Ireland proud Antipodean Dirty Dozen doing Ireland proud ( ) ZZZZ12:42 amZZZZ
THERE have also been up to a dozen young Irishmen playing club cricket around the Antipodes.
Larkin and McCarter star Down Under Larkin and McCarter star Down Under ( ) ZZZZ1:42 amZZZZ
WHILE the Australian domestic season has still a bit to run, most of the big name Ireland players have drifted away – the men to UAE for the Desert T20, while the women are off to Sri Lanka shortly for the 50 over World Cup qualifiers.