2017 was a memorable year for Irish cricket but more for events off the field than on it.

The elevation of Ireland to Full Membership and Test status has the potential to be a real game changer for the sport in 2018, and while there are genuine concerns over the fragility of a side which has seen results declining, it's hoped the renewed optimism will kick-start an Irish revival.

On the field of play Ireland played 27 matches, winning 10, drawing 1 and losing 14.

14 of the 27 games came against one opponent, Afghanistan, with 8 ODI's being shared 4-4, but losses in the ICup and all five T20 internationals.

Ireland's dismal run in T20's saw them slip to the bottom of the ICC rankings in 18th place - the only way is up!

Skipper William Porterfield and Gary Wilson played in all 27 games, with Paul Stirling and George Dockrell featuring in 26, ahead of Kevin O'Brien (22).

In total 22 players featured during the season, with Simi Singh being the sole debutant.

The year ended on a positive note as an inspired Paul Stirling led the team to a 2-1 series victory over the Afghans after they had suffered a humiliation in the opening fixture as teenage spinners Mujeeb Zadran and Rashid Khan skittled them.

Other highlights throughout the season were a battling display in front of 22,000 spectators at Lord's, Andrew Balbirnie's double hundred against The Netherlands and Niall O'Brien reaching the 200 cap milestone and along the way scoring his maiden ODI century, against New Zealand.

The Irish scored six hundreds in the season, with in addition to O'Brien and Balbirnie, William Porterfield hitting three, and Paul Stirling one.

2018 sees Kevin O'Brien four caps away from the 300 cap milestone, while Boyd Rankin's next game will be his 100th in Irish colours.

Ahead of that first Test against Pakistan, Ireland are in the UAE for a series against the hosts and Scotland, before matches in South Africa to warm up for the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March.

It promises to be a baptism of fire for new coach Graham Ford who will have gained an insight into what is required after his watching brief this month.

IRELAND BATTING AVERAGES 2017

# Name Club Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Ave
1 A Balbirnie Ireland 18 20 3 693 205* 40.76 1055 65.69 1 4 2 81 4 40.76
2 WTS Porterfield Ireland 27 29 - 992 119 34.21 1288 77.02 3 3 1 110 10 34.21
3 PR Stirling Ireland 26 27 - 913 101 33.81 924 98.81 1 6 4 97 30 33.81
4 J Anderson Ireland 4 6 1 159 74 31.80 406 39.16 - 2 1 21 - 31.80
5 EC Joyce Ireland 11 13 - 347 55 26.69 568 61.09 - 1 - 38 6 26.69
6 KJ O'Brien Ireland 22 22 3 506 78* 26.63 486 104.12 - 4 - 38 17 26.63
7 SW Poynter Ireland 8 8 2 154 39 25.67 146 105.48 - - - 18 1 25.67
8 GC Wilson Ireland 27 28 4 607 65* 25.29 741 81.92 - 3 2 54 9 25.29
9 NJ O'Brien Ireland 16 16 1 360 109 24.00 572 62.94 1 - - 24 8 24.00
10 GH Dockrell Ireland 26 22 7 298 62* 19.87 403 73.95 - 1 2 27 2 19.87
11 SR Thompson Ireland 12 9 - 163 56 18.11 129 126.36 - 1 - 18 7 18.11
12 AR McBrine Ireland 15 13 3 107 18 10.70 149 71.81 - - 2 14 1

10.70

IRELAND BOWLING AVERAGES

# Name Club Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM Ave
1 WB Rankin Ireland 8 90.1 19 326 20 5-49 16.30 3.62 27.05 1 - 16.30
2 BJ McCarthy Ireland 9 66.2 1 450 19 5-46 23.68 6.78 20.95 1 - 23.68
3 J Mulder Ireland 13 112 10 500 21 4-16 23.81 4.46 32.00 - - 23.81
4 KJ O'Brien Ireland 22 112.1 9 611 24 4-26 25.46 5.45 28.04 - - 25.46
5 AR McBrine Ireland 15 88 10 350 12 3-42 29.17 3.98 44.00 - - 29.17
6 CA Young Ireland 8 42.5 - 300 10 3-48 30.00 7.00 25.70 - - 30.00
7 TJ Murtagh Ireland 16 191 32 705 21 3-28 33.57 3.69 54.57 - - 33.57
8 PKD Chase Ireland 14 168.4 4 986 25 4-52 39.44 5.85 40.48 - - 39.44
9 GH Dockrell Ireland 26 231.4 15 1107 26 4-28 42.58 4.78 53.46 - - 42.58

COMPLETE PLAYER SUMMARY

# Name Club ID Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM Ct St RO
1 J Anderson Ireland   4 6 1 159 74 31.80 406 39.16 - 2 1 21 - 30 4 116 2 2-92 58.00 3.87 90.00 - - 3 - -
2 A Balbirnie Ireland   18 20 3 693 205* 40.76 1055 65.69 1 4 2 81 4 4 2 5 - 0-5 - 1.25 - - - 9 - -
3 PKD Chase Ireland   14 13 5 68 16 8.50 158 43.04 - - 3 7 2 168.4 4 986 25 4-52 39.44 5.85 40.48 - - 3 - 1
4 GH Dockrell Ireland   26 22 7 298 62* 19.87 403 73.95 - 1 2 27 2 231.4 15 1107 26 4-28 42.58 4.78 53.46 - - 17 - 2
5 EC Joyce Ireland   11 13 - 347 55 26.69 568 61.09 - 1 - 38 6 - - - -   - - - - - 5 - -
6 J Little Ireland   2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.4 - 48 2 2-17 24.00 7.20 20.00 - - 1 - 1
7 AR McBrine Ireland   15 13 3 107 18 10.70 149 71.81 - - 2 14 1 88 10 350 12 3-42 29.17 3.98 44.00 - - 6 - 2
8 BJ McCarthy Ireland   9 7 1 43 16* 7.17 77 55.84 - - 2 2 - 66.2 1 450 19 5-46 23.68 6.78 20.95 1 - 3 - 3
9 J Mulder Ireland   13 7 6 60 38* 60.00 43 139.53 - - 1 4 3 112 10 500 21 4-16 23.81 4.46 32.00 - - 3 - -
10 TJ Murtagh Ireland   16 13 2 51 18 4.64 107 47.66 - - 3 6 - 191 32 705 21 3-28 33.57 3.69 54.57 - - 3 - -
11 KJ O'Brien Ireland   22 22 3 506 78* 26.63 486 104.12 - 4 - 38 17 112.1 9 611 24 4-26 25.46 5.45 28.04 - - 12 - 2
12 NJ O'Brien Ireland   16 16 1 360 109 24.00 572 62.94 1 - - 24 8 - - - -   - - - - - 16 5 -
13 WTS Porterfield Ireland   27 29 - 992 119 34.21 1288 77.02 3 3 1 110 10 - - - -   - - - - - 11 - 2
14 SW Poynter Ireland   8 8 2 154 39 25.67 146 105.48 - - - 18 1 - - - -   - - - - - 3 - -
15 WB Rankin Ireland   8 5 1 18 12 4.50 67 26.87 - - - 2 - 90.1 19 326 20 5-49 16.30 3.62 27.05 1 - 4 - 1
16 Simi Singh Ireland   5 7 - 90 59 12.86 207 43.48 - 1 3 5 2 36 7 119 2 2-19 59.50 3.31 108.00 - - 3 - -
17 PR Stirling Ireland   26 27 - 913 101 33.81 924 98.81 1 6 4 97 30 52 1 291 7 6-55 41.57 5.60 44.57 1 - 6 - 2
18 GJ Thompson Ireland   8 7 1 48 17 8.00 67 71.64 - - 2 3 1 - - - -   - - - - - 2 - -
19 SR Thompson Ireland   12 9 - 163 56 18.11 129 126.36 - 1 - 18 7 56.4 - 359 4 1-17 89.75 6.34 85.00 - - 5 - 1
20 L Tucker Ireland   3 3 - 39 16 13.00 33 118.18 - - - 4 1 - - - -   - - - - - 1 - -
21 GC Wilson Ireland   27 28 4 607 65* 25.29 741 81.92 - 3 2 54 9 - - - -   - - - - - 20 1 -
22 CA Young Ireland   8 3 1 6 3* 3.00 9 66.67 - - - - - 42.5 - 300 10 3-48 30.00 7.00 25.70 - - 3 - -

TOP PARTNERSHIPS

# Name Score Name Score Wk Club Date Opposition Ground Grade Runs
1 J Anderson 74 A Balbirnie 205 3 Ireland 15-Aug-2017 Netherlands Malahide 1stClas 183
2 PR Stirling 68 WTS Porterfield 119 2 Ireland 15-Mar-2017 Afghanistan Greater Noida, India ODI 157
3 KJ O'Brien 69 WTS Porterfield 100 4 Ireland 02-Mar-2017 UAE ICC Academy, Dubai ODI 124
4 A Balbirnie 62 EC Joyce 45 2 Ireland 28-Mar-2017 Afghanistan Greater Noida, India 1stClas 117
5 WTS Porterfield 47 PR Stirling 82 1 Ireland 07-Dec-2017 Afghanistan Sharjah Cricket Associat ODI 115
6 EC Joyce 55 PR Stirling 95 1 Ireland 17-Mar-2017 Afghanistan Greater Noida, India ODI 113
7 A Balbirnie 50 WTS Porterfield 108 2 Ireland 15-Aug-2017 Netherlands Malahide 1stClas 113