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Ireland v The Netherlands (Close of Play)
Ireland 477-6 dec (131.0 overs)
The Netherlands 375 all out (113.5 overs)
Ireland 167-4 (41.0 overs)
The Netherlands

Latest Score: Under 17 International

Scotland v Ireland
Ireland beat Scotland by 9 wickets
All over in Cork - Ireland cruise to victory in Celtic Cup encounter.
Scotland 99 (31.1 overs)  A Guy 20, J Little 4-26, H Tector 3-13, V Chopra 2-21.
Ireland 103-1 (22.5 overs)  M Poskitt 40, A Vincent 40*
7:33 PM
17 August
Boyd Rankin on his 5-49 1st innings performance

6:29 PM
17 August
NCU U11s retain Interprovincial title with two wins out of two
NCU chased down the North West's 93/5 to win by 9 wickets and retain their Interpro crown.

Photo copyright - Stephen Dyer
5:11 PM
17 August
U11 Floodlight failure!
Correction to previous post.

It's actually the North West who have posted 93 fo 5 off their 18 overs. The chase is on!

4:46 PM
17 August
Final U11 Interprovincial
NCU U11 post 93/5 off their 18 overs

Will the rain hold off - will the floodlights fail?

4:41 PM
17 August
Ireland U15s go down fighting
West Indies win by 6 wickets with two overs to spare.

Ireland made a real go of defending their total of 186 in 40 overs but the power of the WIndies told in the end.

Ireland will be heartened by this performance and all the players will have gained valuable experience for the sort of encounters that await them in the future.

4:28 PM
17 August
John Mooney talks about his 'second coming'
Nick Royle
John Mooney talks to Nick Royle about his recent decision to come out of international retirement.
Aaron (Ballymena)
Tom regarding those absentee landlords.
I know a local reporter who likes to joke, "...strengthened by the absence of..." when talking about team selections.
Maybe it's a case of small mercies.
3:37 PM
17 August
U11 Interpro under way.
North West are batting against the NCU in the final match of the Interpro series.

For the second day it's a game on a 3G surface - this time outdoors at the Foyle Arena.

Wonder who will pay the bill if the floodlights are needed later tonight?

3:31 PM
17 August
U15s fighting hard versus West Indies
West Indies are 106 for 3 after 21 overs.

Mitchell Thompson has taken the second and third West Indies wickets - they're going hard and no doubt will continue to do so. Looks like Ireland are going to have to bowl them out to win this one.

Brian (Dublin)
Thinking about going to the U19 World Cup in New Zealand and I've had a look at Google Maps!
Whangerai not exactly the 'go to' destination in the country. Pity the ICC didn't consider putting us near some of the Irish hot-spots.
But maybe they know what they're doing. Maybe Whangerai is full of Sri Lankans, Pakistanis and Afghans and they'll get a big turnout at the games.
Any Cricket Ireland plans for supporters travel?
Tom (Dublin)
Great to see Cricket Ireland representatives at the U11 interpros in Ringcommons. Oh wait, they weren't there at all. It is supposed Cricket Ireland Youth Inter Provincial Series, and no one is bothering showing up. Just because the I-Cup and U17 are on. Wise up Cricket Ireland, this is where the future is.
2:53 PM
17 August
West Indies make a fast start in pursuit of 187
West Indies are 52 for the loss of 1 wicket in 10 overs.

Fast start to the West Indies reply - both openers left-handed and causing Ireland bowlers some problems.

Gavin Hoey with the one wicket to fall so far.

2:13 PM
17 August
Ireland U15 recover to post 186 versus West Indies
Runs from Tector, Thompson and Doak put Ireland back in the game.

From a precarious 68/5 off the first 20 overs Ireland added a further 118 in their second 20 to finish 186/9 in the 40 over clash at Merchant Taylor's School.

The 12 a-side 11 batting/fielding format helped Ireland to a defendable total - let's hope the bowlers can do the job and allow Ireland to claim a memorable victory.

2:05 PM
17 August
U11 Interpro goes all weather for decider
Game ruled out at Glendermott so play has moved to the Foyle Arena
1:57 PM
17 August
Latest Scores
Celtic Cup - U17

Scotland v Ireland
Good first half by Ireland - bowlers never let Scotland off the hook after the initial Josh Little blast.
Scotland 99 (31.1 overs)  A Guy 20, J Little 4-26, H Tector 3-13, V Chopra 2-21.
Ireland 0-0 (0 overs)  
1:44 PM
17 August
Photos: Ireland U17 v Scotland U17-15 August

Josh Little - one of Deryck Vincent's pics from Tuesday's game.

1:18 PM
17 August
Delayed start in final U11 Interprovincial match
NWCU v NCU faces a delay at Glendermott as rain returns.

With drying and mopping up complete there were hopes of there being only a short delay to the final vital match in the U11 Interprovincial Tournament.

But the rain has returned and a further delay is now inevitable.

The match is being reduced and in the last resort a bowl-up will decide the winners and the ultimate destination of the U11 Trophy.

12:46 PM
17 August
Little blast rocks Scots U17
Josh Little took the first 4 Scottish wickets to fall.

Little's opening spell returned 4-26 off 7 overs as Ireland seemed to be gaining the upper hand in the Celtic Cup clash in Cork.

Presently the Scots are 81/6 off 20 overs.

12:39 PM
17 August
U15s in trouble after confident start
Ireland 106/7 at 25 overs half way stage.

After the early loss of Olly Metcalfe who mistimed a pull to be caught and bowled Archie Johnston and Kyle Magee combined well to take the Irish lads to 41/1 off the first 10 overs.

But no one could play a substantial innings and wickets fell regularly. The YMCA pairing of Mitchell Thompson and Tim Tector are at the wicket and with the game being 12-a-side with 11 to bat/field there should be enough left to raise the score further.


11:24 AM
17 August
More on U19 World Cup plans
More details of Ireland's plans and comments from Captain and Coach.
11:12 AM
17 August
Under 15 and Under 17 sides both in action today
Ireland Under 17s are playing Scotland in Cork while the Under 15s face the West Indies in England.

Scotland have won the toss and are batting at the Mardyke while Ireland U15s have lost Opener Olly Metcalfe in the first few overs of their match at Merchant Taylor's School.

9:27 AM
17 August
Under 19 World Cup Groups announced by ICC
Ireland paired with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan in Group D

Ireland will face tough opposition in the early stages of the U19 World Cup.

Warm-up matches versus Engand and Canada in Christchurch will be followed by the group matches in Whangerai in the north of the North Island.

First warm-up v England is on the 9th January and the group matches are scheduled for 14/16/20th with  10.30 starts. (dates and times local)

9:01 AM
17 August
North West unveil Hilton Tour squad
The NWCU has named the squad who will take part in the 'Newcastle Gateshead Hilton Challenge Series'.
8:53 AM
17 August
North West Cup Action this weekend
Ian Callender (Belast Telegraph)
The Finals of both the Sam Jeffrey and Qualifying 2 Cups take place this weekend.
8:45 AM
17 August
Final two Cups up for grabs
Ian Callender (Belast Telegraph)
Lindsay (Minor) and Minor Qualifying Cups to be decided this weekend.
8:39 AM
17 August
Future of Ulster Shield in doubt
Ian Callender (Belast Telegraph)
The future of the Ulster Shield is in doubt following the apathy of clubs last week to take part in last Sunday’s Finals Day.
8:36 PM
16 August
...and Balbirnie makes three.
Andrew Balbirnie has joined Eoin Morgan and Ed Joyce in the exclusive club of Irish double centurions.
8:08 PM
16 August
Andrew Balbirnie & Jacob Mulder at close of Day 2

7:58 PM
16 August
Ireland U15s lose to Hertfordshire U16s in T20 action
Ireland suffered two close defeats in two T20 matches versus the Hertfordshire U16s at Merchant Taylor's School
5:10 PM
16 August
NCU v Leinster U11 Interprovincial Tournament
NCU U11 - 140/5 (25 overs; Ryan Hunter 94*, Srihan Karpe 2-19)
LCU U11 - 74/10 (17.3 overs; Donncha Tucker 20*, Shane Butterly 20, Harry Dyer 4-12, Adam Leckey 2-3, Angus Carson 2-26)
A 66 run win by the NCU means that victory tomorrow against the North West will see them crowned U11 Interprovincial champions in successive seasons. Matches can be reduced and there is provision for a bowl out if play is impossible. Let's hope it doesn't come down to that. Congratulations to all today for ensuring that cricket was played and creating a 'first' with an Indoor game.
3:29 PM
16 August
Now this really would have been a first!
Ryan Hunter finishes 98* in an NCU 25 over total of 140/5.

Ryan Hunter who almost became the first 'indoor' centurion in the U11 interpro versus Leinster at UU Jordanstown.

2:54 PM
16 August
Under 11 Inter-pro goes 'Indoor'
It's a first as NCU take on Leinster indoors.

The weather hasn't stopped play between the NCU and Leinster U11s today. When weather made play outside a non-starter the fixture was moved to the spacious 3G area at Ulster University in Jordanstown.

12:17 PM
16 August
Master blaster Stuart Poynter
On fire for Durham
Stuart Poynter smashed 61 from 32 balls for Durham in the T20.
10:56 AM
16 August
Limavady and Ardmore to contest Q2 final

CricketEurope    Holders Ardmore to meet Limavady in the Q2 final starting on Friday at Donemana.

9:24 AM
16 August
Leinster win U11 interpro
Half centuries from Srihan Karpe and Macdara Cosgrove see Leinster Under 11's beat the NW in the interpro opener at Balbriggan.
9:07 AM
16 August
Stirlo says hi
Meets Ireland Under 15 side
Paul Stirling took time out after helping Middlesex win their T20 game to meet the Ireland Under 15 side who are on a tour of the UK.
9:00 AM
16 August
Ireland U17's lose thriller to Scotland

CricketEurope    Andrew Vincent's half-century and four wickets from Josh Little aren't enough as Scotland edge past Ireland by one wicket at The Mardyke.

8:45 AM
16 August
There's only two J Mulders
Bonds Glen's Jacques Mulder

Bonds Glen got a welcome win to move off the foot of the Championship table with Jacques Mulder playing a prominent role.

8:41 AM
16 August
Photos: Ireland v The Netherlands (3)

8:37 AM
16 August
Photos: Ireland v The Netherlands (2)

8:34 AM
16 August
Photos: Ireland v The Netherlands (1)

8:32 AM
16 August
Bonds Glen beat Glendermott
Bonds Glen move off the bottom with five-wicket win against Glendermott at The Rectory.
8:30 AM
16 August
Donemana Ladies beat Killyclooney
Rachel McBrine
Second win of the season for Donemana.
7:40 PM
15 August
Balbirnie century puts Ireland in command

CricketEurope    Ireland dominate first day to finish on 292 for 2 against The Netherlands.

7:37 PM
15 August
Ireland centurion Andrew Balbirnie

An unbeaten 130 from Andrew Balbirnie has put Ireland in a position of strength after the first day's play.

11:18 AM
15 August
Stirling absence shows Test focus could prove costly
Nick Royle (Times Ireland)
Paul Stirling playing T20 for Middlesex is perhaps a worrying sign of things to come.
6:31 AM
15 August
White hopes for speedy recovery
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
X-rays show that Andrew White finger injury is dislocation rather than break as feared.
6:29 AM
15 August
Carlsberg weekend for Waringstown
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
Back-to-back wins sees Waringstown reach the Irish Cup final and win the Ulster Cup.
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