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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.
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”.
Joyce struggling to hang for Test cricket Joyce struggling to hang for Test cricket ZZZZ6:35 amZZZZ
Now he is the figurehead for Ireland’s unlikely elevation to the elite of world cricket, the trailblazer for a whole generation of Irish cricketers, including England’s current one-day captain, Dubliner Eoin Morgan.
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.
Balbirnie to lead Ireland Wolves Balbirnie to lead Ireland Wolves ZZZZ12:51 amZZZZ
Andrew Balbirnie will lead Ireland Wolves in their trio of three-day games next month against Gloucestershire II, Scotland A, and MCC YC.
Bready begin Ulster Plate defence Bready begin Ulster Plate defence ZZZZ9:29 amZZZZ
Bready II start the defence of the Ulster Plate on Sunday with a home game against Carrickfergus II as North West clubs aim to continue their domination of the competition.
Irish Universities do the double Irish Universities do the double ZZZZ10:18 amZZZZ
A 43 run win over hosts Cambridge University today means that Ireland retain the Hone-MacGregor Trophy.
Irish Universities retain Celtic Cup Irish Universities retain Celtic Cup ZZZZ9:33 amZZZZ
The Irish Universities recorded a 38 run win over their Scottish counterparts in the Tri-Series encounter.
Irish Universities play in Fenners tournament Irish Universities play in Fenners tournament ZZZZ9:16 amZZZZ
Irish Universities will again take part in the annual Hone McGregor Tri Series in Cambridge.
Ireland series against Afghanistan called off Ireland series against Afghanistan called off ZZZZ9:04 amZZZZ
CRICKET IRELAND has confirmed that the proposed One-Day International series against Afghanistan next month will not now go ahead.
Gilly gunning for National Cup glory Gilly gunning for National Cup glory ZZZZ1:57 amZZZZ
Aaron Gillespie has shown a positive reaction to his winter in Australia and the Strabane all-rounder was at the top of his game as his side booked their place in the next round of the National Cup with a win over Cregagh.
Strabane face Cregagh in National Cup Strabane face Cregagh in National Cup ZZZZ7:31 amZZZZ
THE first game in the second round of the National Cup takes place on Sunday, a week before the rest of the matches when Strabane host Cregagh.
DIT and Ulster to meet in final DIT and Ulster to meet in final ZZZZ6:04 pmZZZZ
The Irish Universities final will be a repeat of last year's showpiece decider after DIT produced a stunning run chase to beat favourites Dublin University, while Ulster University thumped NUI Galway by 133 runs.
Ireland and Scotland receive boost with Bangladesh win Ireland and Scotland receive boost with Bangladesh win ZZZZ7:50 pmZZZZ
Although Ireland lost all three completed games in the one-day international Tri-series, they received a boost In the final match, in Clontarf, when Bangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets.
Rush given home draw in National Cup Rush given home draw in National Cup ZZZZ3:00 amZZZZ
In the National Cup, winners in the past two seasons Rush have been handed a home tie against Killyclooney, who were runners-up in 2014.
Vincent stars as U19s beat Warriors XI Vincent stars as U19s beat Warriors XI ZZZZ2:03 amZZZZ
As part of their preparations for the Under 19 World Cup European Qualifier in Jersey at the end of July, Ireland's Under 19s played a North West Warriors XI at Beechgrove on Sunday.
Disappointment for James McCollum as Eddie Richardson claims his wicket in the Knights v Lightning T20 match
Disappointment for James McCollum as Eddie Richardson claims his wicket in the Knights v Lightning T20 match ©CricketEurope
Provincial News
Northern
Applause for Ally Shields who hit unbeaten 98 as North Down beat Instonians.
Premier League round-up Premier League round-up ZZZZ2:41 pmZZZZ
Top three all win as bottom of the table Lisburn are blown away by CIYMS for only 64.
Double headers beckon for Instonians Double headers beckon for Instonians ZZZZ12:19 amZZZZ
Two teams face massive weekends as the Gardiner Brothers Premier League takes centre stage. For Carrickfergus and Instonians who meet on Sunday it is almost polar opposites.
Chase burst ends Knights' hopes Chase burst ends Knights' hopes ZZZZ2:44 amZZZZ
Peter Chase took four wickets to deny Northern Knights what looked certain victory in their IPT20 clash with Leinster Lightning.
Friendly fixture for NCU Women at Carrickfergus Friendly fixture for NCU Women at Carrickfergus ZZZZ2:08 amZZZZ
Hannah Grieve will Captain the team to play against a Carrickfergus Select XI.
NCU U17 squad selected for England tour NCU U17 squad selected for England tour ZZZZ1:50 amZZZZ
U17s will play four Twenty20 matches in the prestigious St. Albans Cricket Festival.
Cups galore! Cups galore! ZZZZ2:42 amZZZZ
A round-up of the latest news from all the various schools' competitions.
Well done Inst … and why I wasn't there Well done Inst … and why I wasn't there ZZZZ2:34 amZZZZ
Chris Harte reflects on the Schools Cup and a special reunion on the day of the Final.
Veteran Coetzee returns for one last hurrah with CSNI Veteran Coetzee returns for one last hurrah with CSNI ZZZZ4:25 amZZZZ
They say you should never come back – or it was much better in our days – but a quartet of former Ireland internationals proved otherwise last weekend.
T20 Trophy semi-final slot up for grabs T20 Trophy semi-final slot up for grabs ZZZZ9:24 amZZZZ
THE last semi-finalist in the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Trophy will be decided when Armagh host Cliftonville, the holders of the Twenty20 Shield. The winners will be at home to Bangor.
Knights name T20 squad for Lightning clash Knights name T20 squad for Lightning clash ZZZZ9:03 amZZZZ
The Northern Knights squad for the IP20 fixture against Leinster Lightning, at Shaws Bridge on Friday has been announced.
Battlers Instonians progress Battlers Instonians progress ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
Instonians reach the semi-final with tense win over North Down while CIYMS prove too strong for CSNI.
Muckamore and Lisburn stroll into semi finals Muckamore and Lisburn stroll into semi finals ZZZZ5:23 amZZZZ
In both other ties, it went pretty much according to the form book with premier league sides, minus their professionals, maintaining their status with wins over Section One rivals.
Cup semi-finalists decided Cup semi-finalists decided ZZZZ3:47 amZZZZ
Quarter-final matches reviewed and draw for the semi-finals made as the sun shines at last.
Grieve captains NCU Women Grieve captains NCU Women ZZZZ8:33 amZZZZ
The NCU has named a strong Women’s team to play against North West Warriors Women at Fox Lodge on Sunday June 11th.
Muckamore reach semi-finals Muckamore reach semi-finals ZZZZ10:31 pmZZZZ
Muckamore are the first side through to the semi-finals of the LVS T20 Cup after completing an 8-wicket win against CSNI.
Junior Cup resumes Junior Cup resumes ZZZZ7:28 amZZZZ
It is Junior Cup second round day on Saturday but it goes ahead without holders Lisburn II who were knocked out at the first hurdle by Laurelvale.
North Down begin bid to retain Ladies Cup North Down begin bid to retain Ladies Cup ZZZZ5:54 pmZZZZ
A look at this week's fixtures in the Ladies Cup as North Down start their title defence.
Muckamore march to T20 Trophy triumph Muckamore march to T20 Trophy triumph ZZZZ2:04 pmZZZZ
Half centuries from Craig Drummond and Ryan Haire led Muckamore to victory in the T20 Trophy final carried over from last season.
North West
Rameez Alam who scored 150 for Ardmore
Leaders win again as table takes shape Leaders win again as table takes shape ZZZZ11:16 pmZZZZ
It was to be a fairly familiar story in the Long's SuperValu Premier Division as after a few hairy moments in the big games, there was little change at either end of the table in the final reckoning.
League action returns this weekend League action returns this weekend ZZZZ12:58 amZZZZ
There's a little respite for some teams this weekend after a really intense few weeks on the cup front, as the focus switches back now to matters in hand at both ends of the Long's SuperValu Premier Division.
Praise for Newbuildings Praise for Newbuildings ZZZZ1:02 amZZZZ
The sun shone on the wonderful facility, which is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the progressive club, and although they may have lost the match, the club won many plaudits for their efforts.
Warriors face uphill task Warriors face uphill task ZZZZ11:17 amZZZZ
NORTH West Warriors will have to bat until well into the final session if they are to avoid a likely defeat in the Inter-provincial Championship game at Oakhill, as Leinster Lightning continue to hold all the aces.
NW Under 13 squad NW Under 13 squad ZZZZ11:08 amZZZZ
The NW have selected the following Under 13 match for a game against the U17 girls at Burndennett.
Crucial clashes in the Championship Crucial clashes in the Championship ZZZZ5:16 amZZZZ
There's a welcome return to league action this coming weekend as matters at the top and bottom of the Long's SuperValu Championship take centre stage.
Away day win sends Killyclooney clear at the top Away day win sends Killyclooney clear at the top ZZZZ5:12 amZZZZ
Momentum can be a huge thing in sport and Killyclooney have it in spades at the moment as Darren Moan's side moved a massive 66 points clear at the top of the Championship table with a fifth consecutive win.
Lightning dominate Warriors on opening day Lightning dominate Warriors on opening day ZZZZ11:08 amZZZZ
ED JOYCE'S unbeaten 49 cemented Leinster Lightning's strong position after the first day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship clash with NW Warriors at Oak Hill.
Burndennett and Bready register cup wins Burndennett and Bready register cup wins ZZZZ9:59 amZZZZ
Julie Logue makes unbeaten 44 as Burndennett beat Killyclooney to reach semi-finals, while Bready are in the final after a tense win against Fox Lodge.
Dominant Donemana holming in on six Dominant Donemana holming in on six ZZZZ12:09 amZZZZ
The semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland NW Senior cup will feature Donemana, Bready, Fox Lodge and Ballyspallen.
Acid test awaits pace-setting Bannsiders Acid test awaits pace-setting Bannsiders ZZZZ5:32 amZZZZ
It is quarter-finals day in the Bank of Ireland senior cup on Saturday at the start of yet another busy weekend for several of the clubs involved.
Bready and Fox Lodge reach cup semi-finals Bready and Fox Lodge reach cup semi-finals ZZZZ5:23 amZZZZ
The postponed games from the first round of the North West Ladies Cup took place with wins for Bready and Fox Lodge.
Qualifying leagues taking shape Qualifying leagues taking shape ZZZZ8:12 amZZZZ
Bready are the clear leaders in Q1 after two convincing wins at the weekend.
Tough day as Eglinton Seconds skittled for just five Tough day as Eglinton Seconds skittled for just five ZZZZ1:59 amZZZZ
The vagaries of life in the North West Qualifying divisions were cruelly exposed when Eglinton 2nds were all out for just 5 runs against Bready in a re-arranged league game.
U15's finish Jersey tour with win U15's finish Jersey tour with win ZZZZ5:51 pmZZZZ
The North West under-15 Development Squad ended their short but enjoyable tour to Jersey with a nail-biting 1-wicket win over the hosts at the picturesque FB fields in the island's St Clement district.
Under 11 Summer League fixtures Under 11 Summer League fixtures ZZZZ8:09 pmZZZZ
The fixtures for the NW Under 11 league have been released.
T20 semi-finalists confirmed T20 semi-finalists confirmed ZZZZ8:34 pmZZZZ
Ardmore, Donemana, Burndennett and St Johnston progress.
T20 semi-final slots up for grabs. T20 semi-final slots up for grabs. ZZZZ10:05 pmZZZZ
The remaining semi-finalists will be decided when the final round of games get under way on Tuesday.
Leinster
Andrew Poynter scored a century as Clontarf beat Terenure
Southern U15 squad confirmed Southern U15 squad confirmed ZZZZ2:25 amZZZZ
The Southern squad to play in the U15 interpros has been named.
Leinster U15 squad selected Leinster U15 squad selected ZZZZ2:11 amZZZZ
The Leinster Under 15 side to play in the interpros next week has been selected.
Pembroke thump Cork County Pembroke thump Cork County ZZZZ9:35 amZZZZ
Pembroke climbed out of the relegation zone with a crushing 106 run win in their re-arranged league match against Cork County.
Good day for Leinster sides Good day for Leinster sides ZZZZ7:21 amZZZZ
The Hills and Pembroke record easy wins in a strong showing by Leinster sides.
Merrion and Clontarf reach semi-finals Merrion and Clontarf reach semi-finals ZZZZ11:37 pmZZZZ
Emphatic wins for Merrion and Clontarf.
The Hills and YMCA make semi-finals The Hills and YMCA make semi-finals ZZZZ8:18 amZZZZ
Katie Gurrey's brilliant unbeaten 84 inspired The Hills Women to a shock 13-run win against holders Merrion in the Leinster Senior Cup.
Quarter-final cup draws made Quarter-final cup draws made ZZZZ8:17 amZZZZ
Holders YMCA given tough tie away at The Hills.
Merrion beat Leinster in controversial clash Merrion beat Leinster in controversial clash ZZZZ9:36 amZZZZ
Just one game beat the weather in the Kidds Insurances Women's League, but it ended in controversial circumstances after the umpires called off play for bad light.
Munster
Murtaza Siddique (Limerick) who scored 150 off 65 on Sunday last in MCU Senior T20
Munster name squad for Warriors trek Munster name squad for Warriors trek ZZZZ4:53 amZZZZ
The Munster Reds have made one change to their squad from last week’s defeat against the Leinster Lightning, ahead the long trip to Eglinton to take on the North-West Warriors.
Record breaker Murtaza Sidiqi Record breaker Murtaza Sidiqi ZZZZ7:17 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.
Co Kerry reach the National Cup Quarter Finals again Co Kerry reach the National Cup Quarter Finals again ZZZZ2:29 amZZZZ
Co Kerry reached the National Cup Quarter Finals again on Sunday last, thanks to a convincing win over North Kildare in their 2nd round match by 78 runs (DLS) at the Oyster Oval.
Bauer and Delany drafted in for Warriors clash Bauer and Delany drafted in for Warriors clash ZZZZ4:37 amZZZZ
Morne Bauer and David Delany named in Munster Reds squad for T20 game against North-West Warriors.
Big weekend as top two meet Big weekend as top two meet ZZZZ12:42 amZZZZ
After the build up and excitement of the return to Inter-Provincial cricket to Munster on Friday night the top two in the Premier Division meet on Sunday.
Division Two round-up Division Two round-up ZZZZ11:10 amZZZZ
Limerick go joint top after emphatic win over Waterford & District.
Opening day defeat for Cork County Opening day defeat for Cork County ZZZZ9:30 amZZZZ
Cork County lost to Leinster by 7 wickets in the opening round of Leinster Division 1 fixtures.
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Interprovincials 2017
Chase denies Knights while McBrine leads Warriors to victory Chase denies Knights while McBrine leads Warriors to victory ZZZZ1:15 pmZZZZ
Peter Chase took four wickets to deny Northern Knights what looked certain victory in their IPT20 clash with Leinster Lightning, while Andy McBrine's 52 helped Warriors overcome Munster.
O'Brien and Lazars deny Lightning O'Brien and Lazars deny Lightning ZZZZ12:07 amZZZZ
Niall O'Brien and Steve Lazars dogged resistance denied Leinster Lightning victory on the final day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship game at Oak Hill.
Warriors name squad for Munster clash Warriors name squad for Munster clash ZZZZ6:00 amZZZZ
Ricky-Lee Dougherty, Andy Britton and William McClintock are named in the Warriors squad that will play Munster Reds at Eglinton.
Lightning select squads for Knights clashes Lightning select squads for Knights clashes ZZZZ8:17 amZZZZ
Lightning name strong squads for Knights matches.
Scanlon's turn to hog the limelight Scanlon's turn to hog the limelight ZZZZ6:40 amZZZZ
It was David Scanlon’s turn to hog the limelight as the North West Warriors put themselves in pole position to win the first domestic first-class fixture in Ireland.
Slaughter of the innocents Slaughter of the innocents ZZZZ12:45 amZZZZ
The North West’s involvement in the Irish Cup ended in comprehensive fashion as all three survivors were knocked out of the competition before the quarter-final stage.
Waringstown set up Merrion clash Waringstown set up Merrion clash ZZZZ7:27 amZZZZ
Waringstown set up a repeat of last year’s Irish Cup final at the quarter-final stage when they ended North West interest in this year’s competition with a emphatic eight wickets victory over Coleraine.
Bad day for NW sides as quarter-finalists confirmed Bad day for NW sides as quarter-finalists confirmed ZZZZ12:15 amZZZZ
It was a bad for NW sides in the second round replays of the Irish Senior Cup, with all three teams in action crashing out. That means there will be four NCU and four Leinster sides contesting the quarter-finals.
Weather Gods kind to NCU sides Weather Gods kind to NCU sides ZZZZ9:26 amZZZZ
Cricket can be a cruel game and so can Mother Nature. At Belmont both conspired to prevent an enthralling clash reach a natural climax.
Irish Senior and National Cup draws Irish Senior and National Cup draws ZZZZ8:42 pmZZZZ
The draws have been made for the quarter-finals of both the Irish Senior and National Cups and there are some mouth-watering clashes in store next month.
Another big hit from Donemana
Another big hit from Donemana's Gary McClintock during his match-winning century against Clontarf. ©Deryck Vincent/CricketEurope
Women's Cricket
Opportunity knocks as financial windfall beckons Opportunity knocks as financial windfall beckons ZZZZ8:04 pmZZZZ
CRICKET Ireland are in line for a financial windfall if, as expected, the international team are promoted to Full Membership — and that could be a particular boon for women’s cricket here.
Delany hits unbeaten 75 in losing cause Delany hits unbeaten 75 in losing cause ZZZZ5:04 amZZZZ
Laura Delany's unbeaten 75 was in a losing cause as her Typhoons side slid to a 60-run (DLS) defeat by the Scorchers in their Toyota Super 3 Series clash at Sydney Parade.
Hamilton signs new three-year deal Hamilton signs new three-year deal ZZZZ1:45 amZZZZ
Aaron Hamilton has signed a new three-year deal with Cricket Ireland having taken the role as full-time women’s head coach in 2015.
Super 3 series preview Super 3 series preview ZZZZ10:32 amZZZZ
The opening game will be played at Lisburn Cricket Club (NCU) where the Typhoons and the Scorchers will set off on their quest for glory.
Ireland beat Zimbabwe Ireland beat Zimbabwe ZZZZ9:29 amZZZZ
Half centuries from skipper Laura Delany and Shauna Kavanagh, backed up by Aoife Beggs' five-wicket haul saw Ireland Women beat Zimabwe by 19 runs to clinch third place.
Ireland up their game Ireland up their game ZZZZ12:59 amZZZZ
Ireland produced their highest score in the tournament against India or South Africa, but it was not enough to prevent a 120 run defeat.
Action from the Scorchers v Typhoons
Action from the Scorchers v Typhoons ©Rodney Smythe/CricketEurope
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