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12:22 PM
16 December
Joel Garner
Big Bird

Former West Indies great Joel Garner turns 65 today.

He took five wickets to help West Indies win 1979 World Cup final against England.

Known from his accuracy and deadly yorker he holds the record for the most miserly bowler in ODI cricket.

Was part of the most lethal pace attack in the history of cricket. Andy Roberts, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall were among his peers when spin rarely featured in their armoury as they dominated the 70's and early 80's.

He's pictured here with Paul Mooney and Glenn McGrath.

12:08 PM
16 December
Steve Smith
Australian captain Steve Smith was caught by Niall O'Brien off the bowling of Stuart Thompson for just 21when the Aussies played at Stormont in 2015. . How England must have wished for such a failure today as The Ashes slipped from their grasp. (CricketEurope)
8:40 AM
16 December
Eight NCU players named in Academy squads

CricketEurope    Six players from Instonians named out of eight NCU representatives in the Academy squads.

8:33 AM
16 December
Happy Birthday Laura Boylan
26 today

The Hills and Ireland all-rounder Laura Boylan is 26 today.

She has played 12 times for the Girls in Green, including 4 ODI's and 3 T20I's.

Her top score of 25 not out came earlier this year against South Africa when she returned to the side after six years out of contention.

Her best bowling return of 2-37 also came against South Africa.

Rodney Smythe/CricketEurope
7:48 AM
16 December
Paul Stirling
Leading run scorer to date in the T10 league in the UAE (Kerala Kings/Twitter)
4:09 AM
16 December
Stirlo continues to shine
another unbeaten innings
Paul Stirling's recent form continued in the T10 league with 46 not out from 29 balls. It wasn't enough though to save his Kerala Kings team from defeat.
3:53 AM
16 December
Leinster Under 17's
Indoor training at North County
Preparations for next year are already well under way with sessions at Balrothery for the Leinster Under 17 interpro winter training squad.
2:02 PM
15 December
Ireland name Academy squads

CricketEurope    36 players have been named in the latest Ireland Senior and Emerging Academies for the year ahead. 21 of those are in the senior ranks, with five players gaining elevation from last year's Emerging squad.

Bill Carr (Dublin)
Gary Wilson is very lucky to have hung around the Ireland scene as long as he has, one good innings a year. In fairness to him he squeezed every drip out of his ability and has had a decent county career.
4:25 AM
15 December
Derry Midweek League donates to chatities

CricketEurope    The Derry Midweek League has once again donated thousands of pounds to various charities across the North-West.

3:33 AM
15 December
Hamid Shah
New captain of Denmark

The Hills all-rounder Hamid Shah has been appointed the new skipper of Denmark.

The talented Dane replaces Michael Pedersen in the role.

Denmark are of course coached by Jeremy Bray and have used John Mooney as a fielding coach in the past too.

Joe Curtis/CricketEurope
2:36 AM
15 December
Stirling the bedrock on which Ireland are building

CricketEurope    Paul Stirling's four-year deal is great news for Irish cricket as they enter into an historic period.

2:33 AM
15 December
Stella Downes
Happy Birthday to Clontarf and Ireland scorer Stella Downes. (CricketEurope)
2:31 AM
15 December
T10 success for Stirlo
Thumps unbeaten 66
Paul Stirling's T10 adventure got off to a winning start as he blasted 10 fours and 3 sixes in his 66 not out from just 27 balls to lead the Kerala Kings to victory.
6:19 PM
14 December
The runs keep coming for Paul Stirling
Stirlo's quickfire T10 half-century proves a winner for Kerala
4:29 AM
14 December
Eglinton sign Michael Erlank

CricketEurope    Eglinton have confirmed today that they have agreed terms to bring South African batsman Michael Erlank to the North West for the 2018 season.

1:33 PM
13 December
Mark Tonge wins the Find a Fast Bowler award

CL Youth    Leinster CC bowler Mark Tonge (13) has won the 2017 ‘Find a Fast Bowler’ award following several excellent performances with the ball when playing school, club and provincial cricket last summer.

11:43 AM
13 December
Andy White named head of selectors

CricketEurope    Andrew White has been appointed the Chair of National Men’s Selectors as Irish cricket embarks on what is destined to be an historic 2018.

7:41 AM
13 December
Happy Birthday Noel Ward
International umpire

It's a very happy birthday to former NW and international umpire Noel Ward.

A talented all-rounder he had a distinguished career with Ardmore before moving into the umpiring ranks.

He officiated with great distinction in several cup finals and international fixtures.

He's pictured here with his younger brother Derrmot.

6:01 AM
13 December
Irish Senior and National Cup draws made

CricketEurope    The draws have taken place for both the opening rounds of the Irish Senior and National Cups.

5:21 AM
13 December
NW sides handed tough draws as they look to end hoodoo

CricketEurope    NW sides have been ended a tough series of draws as they look to end their recent dismal run in Ireland's premier club cup competition.

4:38 AM
13 December
Ireland set for Test bonanza

CricketEurope    Proposals in the Future Tours Programme would see Ireland playing 16 Test matches in the next cycle.

2:01 AM
13 December
Porterfield praises efforts of Bracewell

Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)    William Porterfield has paid tribute to John Bracewell after leading Ireland to victory over Afghanistan in the New Zealander's last match as coach.

7:23 AM
12 December
Happy Birthday Stephen Bunting
Left-arm seamer for the Northern Knights

It's many happy returns for Instonians and Northern Knights left-arm seamer Stephen Bunting.

He started his career with Woodvale before moving to Shaw's Bridge.

A former Irish youth international, injury has restricted his appearances at inter-pro level.

7:04 AM
12 December
India set for Dublin
Irish Independent
Virat Kohli will be heading to Ireland this summer - probably to Malahide in June - after India announced that they will play two matches against the Boys in Green while in Europe for a Test series against England.
8:10 PM
11 December
Ireland hopes for 2018 boosted by win
Ian Callender (Belast Telegraph)
Ireland's come from behind series win gives Ireland a happy ending to 2017.
5:48 PM
11 December
Scorecard: ODI Series in Sharjah - Afghanistan v Ireland
Ireland won the 3-match series 2-1
View Scorecard Ireland beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets
12:01 PM
11 December
Stirling and Dockrell lead Ireland to series win
David Townsend (Irish Independent)
Paul Stirling struck a commanding century to propel Ireland to a five-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Sharjah and give the Boys in Green a welcome 2-1 success in the best-of-three one-day international series.
9:44 AM
11 December
India to play two matches in Ireland

CricketEurope    Irish cricket received another major boost with the news that India have submitted plans to play two matches here in June next year ahead of their tour of England.

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