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Rain halts Ireland's winning run
Ian Callender (Belast Telegraph)
Rain ended their game against Scotland which was abandoned just nine balls short of a result
Leinster name U15 training squad

CL Youth    A training squad has been selected for winter coaching sessions currently being held at North County cricket club.

Happy Birthday Keith Bailey
54 today

It's many happy returns for former YMCA and Ireland wicket-keeper Keith Bailey.

He played 11 times between his debut in 1985 against Sussex at Hove and his final match at Usk against Wales in 1991.

A fine keeper he took 13 catches, 3 stumpings and one run out.

Barnes confirms YMCA move

CricketEurope    Opening bowler Jarred Barnes is moving to YMCA from Armagh.

Thompson surprise inclusion as Irish injury niggles mount

CricketEurope    Ireland’s warm-up clash with Scotland fell victim to the weather in Pretoria but the big news was the surprise naming of all-rounder Stuart Thompson on the team sheet.

Scorecard: Ireland XI tour of South Africa - Ireland XI v Scotland XI
View Scorecard Ireland XI v Scotland XI - no result - heavy rain ended the match after 18.3 overs of Scotland innings
It's a wash-out in Pretoria
Ireland's practice match versus Scotland has been abandoned due to rain.
Heavy rain has halted the Scottish reply in Pretoria
Things not looking ready for a resumption just yet.
Myburgh blow for Netherlands

CricketEurope    The Netherlands World Cup Qualification hopes have been dealt a severe blow with the news that opener Stephan Myburgh has been ruled out of the tournament.

Ireland post 259/8 versus Scots in practice match
Runs for Kevin O'Brien (62), Andrew Balbirnie (44), and Simi Singh (35).
James Cameron-Dow returning to CIYMS

CricketEurope    James Cameron-Dow is returning to Belmont for the 2018 season after two years back in his native South Africa.

John Mooney and Phil Simmons
It was a successful start for John Mooney and Phil Simmons as Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe 4-1 in the ODI series. (Jace Simmons)
Pete Johnston
Belated birthday wishes to Ireland Academy Manager Pete Johnston who was assistant coach at Ireland's three World Cups (CricketEurope)
Willie McBrine
Happy Birthday to Donemana spinner Willie McBrine who has played in all of their six winning cup finals. (CricketEurope)
Tom (London)
Is Barry McCarthy injured? I quite like Peter Chase as a bowling option, but surely Barry has done enough to get the nod.
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Leinster continue link with South African schools

CL Youth    The successful venture has seen over 60 players making the trek to South Africa including Barry McCarthy and George Dockrell.

Wilson fluent as impressive Ireland win again

Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)    Andrew Balbirnie fell just three short of his century and, even more impressively, Gary Wilson ran out of runs, rather than time, dismissed for 89 with just four needed for victory.

Warriors adopting softly softly approach

CricketEurope    The North West Warriors are back in pre-season mode with Ian McGregor's charges currently undergoing their Strength & Conditioning programme ahead of what will be an extremely busy summer.

Campbell happy despite Dutch defeat

CricketEurope    Netherlands Head Coach Ryan Campbell saw enough to be happy with parts of his side's performance against Ireland where they were competitive despite showing signs of rustiness after two months on the sidelines. He praised Ireland who he described as a very professional outfit.

Rockin Rankin got rhythm

CricketEurope    Boyd Rankin has got his mojo back and that spells good news for Ireland's World Cup Qualifier chances.

Tector skippers Randwick Petersham to victory

CricketEurope    Jack Tector became the second Irishman to skipper Randwick Petersham following in the footsteps of Dale McDonough.

Ireland to play Sussex

CricketEurope    Ireland will play Sussex in a T20 contest at Arundel Castle on Sunday June 24th as part of the Ed Joyce testimonial year.

Time for franchise cricket?

Andrew Blair White (CricketEurope)    Former Irish international player and selector Alan Lewis has called for a radical shake up of the interpro system.

Leinster CC sign Bella Fitzgibbon

CricketEurope    The Women's section at Leinster CC have signed Bella Fitzgibbon to coach their Ladies Thirds and also their youth programmes.

Isobel Joyce five-wicket haul for Tasmania

CricketEurope    Isobel Joyce took five wickets for Tasmania Roar at the weekend but it wasn't enough to prevent her side sliding to defeat.

Confident Ireland win again

CricketEurope    A four-wicket haul for Boyd Rankin coupled with half centuries by Andy Balbirnie and Gary Wilson ensured Ireland continued their winning run under new coach Graham Ford.

Scorecard: Ireland XI in South Africa -Netherlands v Ireland XI
View Scorecard Ireland XI beat Netherlands by 5 wickets
Ireland win by 5 wickets
Runs for Balbirnie and Wilson
Ireland beat The Netherlands by 5 wickets with half centuries for Andy Balbirnie and Gary Wilson.
Boyd Rankin took four wickets
Ireland keep Dutch to 264 for 7

Boyd Rankin was the pick of the Irish attack, taking 4 for 39 as the Netherlands scored 264 for 7 in Pretoria.

Irish bowling figures in full were Murtagh 10-0-62-1; Rankin 10-2-39-4; Dockrell 10-0-42-0; Chase 10-0-62-0; McBrine 10-0-57-2.

CricketEurope
Netherlands score 264
Warm up game in Pretoria

The Dutch have scored 264 for 7 in their warm-up game against Ireland in Pretoria.

There were half centuries for Ben Cooper (73) and Roelof van der Merwe (63).

It's an uncapped 12 v 12 game with Kevin O'Brien batting only, and Tim Murtagh bowling only.

It's just not cricket
Teams have their own routines

On the subject of warm-ups, I once witnessed two teams while waiting for the ground to dry before starting, play rugby, soccer, Gaelic, hurling and tennis!

You will not be surprised to learn that the umpires called the game off because conditions were dangerous!!

Warm-up sporting routines
Anything but cricket
Ireland Under 19 international Jamie Grassi questions the use of other sports to warm up before a cricket match.
Mitchell Thompson in the runs
Century in South Africa
The runs continue to flow for Mitchell Thompson who made another century this winter.
Courses available ahead of new season
CricketEurope
Ahead of the start of the NCU campaign, there are three courses available to all clubs.
Stirling service for Ireland
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
Just 17 days out from Ireland’s first match at the World Cup qualifying tournament, Paul Stirling posted his second highest score for the Irish as they enjoyed a convincing victory against a Northern/Easterns franchise.
Scorecard: Ireland XI in South Africa - Eastern/Northerns v Ireland XI
View Scorecard Ireland XI beat Easterns/ Northerns by 96 runs (DLS)
Busy summer lined up for Ireland Women

CricketEurope    New Zealand and Bangladesh heading to Ireland plus crucial T20 World Cup Qualifiers.

Death of Johnnie Hunter

CricketEurope    The North West was mourning the loss of another of its very popular figures on Thursday with the untimely death of Limavady CC stalwart, Johnnie Hunter.

Belfast Blaster fires Ireland to thumping win

CricketEurope    Paul Stirling hits 156 as Ireland open South African tour with 91-run win.

Stirling on fire
Belfast Blaster
Paul Stirling thumped 156 as Ireland got their World Cup Qualifiers preparations off to a positive start.
UAE claim WCL2 Title with a 7 run win over Nepal
UAE are the fifth side in Ireland's group.

A hard hitting century by Nepal captain Paras Khadka was not enough to get them home in a high scoring final.

Batting first UAE had totalled 277/4 thanks to an opening stand of 109 between Rohan Mustafa (51) and Ashfaq Ahmed who went on to score 114.

Group A : Ireland, Netherlands, PNG, Windies, UAE.

Group B : Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Nepal.

Afghanistan lined up for six match Irish tour

CricketEurope    Ireland are close to finalising a six match series with Afghanistan in August.

Happy Birthday Hamish Marshall
Nearly man of Irish cricket

Hamish Marshall turns 39 today. He played 66 ODI's, 13 Tests and 3 T20I's for New Zealand.

He was an Irish passport holder and wanted to represent Ireland at the 2011 World Cup but unlike Ed Joyce didn't get the special dispensation required and never made it into the green of Ireland.

Joe Curtis/CricketEurope
Ireland set for Lord's Test
Home of cricket in 2021
The ECB have announced the Test venues for the coming years and it looks as if Ireland will be at Lord's in 2021.
UAE and Nepal will go to WC Qualifiers
UAE beat Nambia by 19 runs whilst Nepal go to the last ball for a 1 wicket win over Canada.

With so much at stake it was always going to be tense for all concerned but UAE's victory over Namibia by 19 runs was comfortable in comparison to Nepal's last ball, 1 wicket win with the winning runs bringing up a 50 partnership between the last pair, Lamichhane 5* and Karan 42* whose 3 boundaries and 4 sixes proved decisive.

UAE and Nepal meet in tomorrow's final with the winners joining Ireland's group in Zimbabwe next month.

Ireland Women washed out again
Tour ends with four wash-outs as Zimbabwe claim series 1-0

The 5th and final T20 game in the Women's tour to Zimbabwe went down the river this morning as had the previous four giving Zimbabwe a 1-0 series win.

That 6 wicket success for the hosts came almost a week ago and there has been little respite from the rain since.

Earlier in the Tour the 50 overs matches were shared 1-1, the deciding third game being the first to succumb to the elements.

Attention now turns to the Men and the World Cup Qualifiers with the hope that the weather doesn't become a factor in the event.

Malahide sign Givon Christian

CricketEurope    Malahide have signed overseas professional Givon Christian for the forthcoming season.

Ireland's final WCQ opponents will be decided on Thursday
The Winners of WCL2 will be added to Ireland's group for the Qualifiers which start next month.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) sees the final group matches in the WCL2 competition and the matches on offer are effectively both semi-finals: UAE v Namibia and Canada v Nepal.

The Final takes place on Thursday and will decide into which group the Finalists are placed.

The Winner joins: Ireland, Netherlands, PNG and WIndies while the Runner-up joins Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland and Zimbabwe.

The big prize is however tomorrow when two sides will claim their places in the Qualifiers.

Michael Hingston is new CDM at Malahide
Current CI Coach Education Manager on the move.
All off in Harare
No chance of play at all today.

So with matches 2,3 and 4 washed out as have been the attempts at rescheduling the situation is simplified.

Going into the final tour match tomorrow Zimbabwe lead the T20 series 1-0 after their 6 wicket win in Match1.

All off in Harare
No chance of play at all today.

So with matches 2,3 and 4 washed out as have been the attempts at rescheduling the situation is simplified.

Going into the final tour match tomorrow Zimbabwe lead the T20 series 1-0 after their 6 wicket win in Match1.

4th Women's T20 called off
There may be a chance of playing some cricket later today but hopes not high.

This morning's scheduled 4th T20 between Zimbabwe Women and Ireland Women has been abandoned. Tomorrow (Wed) sees the fifth and final scheduled match. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th games have all not started and it's been a frustrating time for all concerned with attempts to reschedule proving fruitless, so if there is a game arranged for this afternoon some consideration might have to be given to what number we call it!

Alan (Belfast)
No real surprise that it's wet in Harare, the official wet season is November to mid March and we do call it WET not just RAINY. I'm really worried about the World Cup Qualifiers now weather patterns are less reliable that ever. Are there rain days built into the schedule?
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Making the most of it
Another washout in Harare so it's indoor training again.
Magee makes Beechgrove switch

CricketEurope    Kyle Magee has confirmed his switch to Brigade where Johnny Thompson says he's staying put.

Rainy season in Zimbabwe?
Weather preventing all attempts to get onto the pitch

A rescheduled match today has also fallen to the weather and there are now plans to play two games tomorrow (Tue) as well as the scheduled game on Wednesday. Flexibility is the name of the game as both sides try to get some game time.