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Ireland News 2017
Stirling leads Kerala Kings to victory
Paul Stirling and Eoin Morgan shared a century stand as Kerala Kings beat Punjabi Legends by 8 wickets to clinch the T10 crown.
Ireland name Academy squads
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.
Andrew White appointed head of selectors
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.
Ireland international Robin Waters has died
Edward Liddle looks back on the career of Robin Waters who was capped 11 times for Ireland
Cricket gets boost with Sports Capital grants
12 cricket clubs scattered throughout the South have received a funding boost from the Irish government.
Ireland to lobby ICC over World Cup numbers
Cricket Ireland [CI] will lobby the International Cricket Council to re-examine their decision to limit the World Cup to 10 teams at the next ICC board meeting in March 2018.
Youth takes centre stage in Dublin
AS Cricket Ireland steps up into a new era, it was the younger generation of players who went home with the big prizes from Friday night’s Awards ceremony in Dublin.
Life in the old dogs yet
It was a night to remember for two former Irish internationals from the NCU who showed they still have plenty to offer both on and off the field of play.
Lewis and Stirling scoop top awards
Paul Stirling and Gaby Lewis were rewarded for excellent seasons in the green jersey after scooping the top prizes at the Cricket Ireland Awards.
Zimbabwe major doubt as host for WCQ
Zimbabwe is now a major doubt to host the World Cup Qualifiers following the military take-over in the country overnight.
Derek Scott and John Wright to be remembered
There will be fitting tributes to Derek Scott and John Wright at the Cricket Ireland Awards this year when their names will be associated with two of the most prestigious awards of the evening.
Glass half full or half empty?
Charles Dickens words from A Tale of Two Cities to a large extent encapsulate what has happened in 2017 in relation to Ireland cricket on the international stage.
Irish Cricketers Association formed
The professionalisation of the game in Ireland took another step forward last week with the formation of the Irish Cricketers Association.
Porterfield joins Formby
Ireland captain William Porterfield has joined Formby CC as player/coach for the 2018 season.
Testing times - an Irishman's diary on cricket
I first watched cricket properly on the day of the Miami Showband massacre, on July 31st, 1975.
Poynter signs contract extension with Durham
Stuart Poynter has signed a contract extension with Durham which will keep him at the county until 2019.
2019 World Cup Qualifier date switch
That is much better than the originally planned tournament date of July which would have taken the Ireland squad out of county and club cricket for five weeks at the height of our season.
Numbers Racket No 9
And so, the first season of the new, enhanced Hanley Energy Championship draws to a close with an all-too-predictable champion.
Who will win the cups?
CricketEurope spoke with local cricket players and doyens of the game to get their view on who will lift the Bob Kerr trophy as well as the National Cup.
All roads lead to Bready
All roads lead to Bready this week, especially the one from Dublin as Leinster sides are involved in five consecutive days’ cricket.
The Numbers Racket (8)
Andrew Balbirnie is the first man to score a double century and a fifty in the same game for Ireland, but he fell just short of the record match aggregate.
Clontarf delight at T20 glory
Joe Morrissey, John Mooney and Andrew Poynter on Clontarf's All-Ireland T20 glory.
Gayle named in Windies squad to face Ireland
West Indies have named Chris Gayle in their ODI squad to face Ireland in Belfast next month.
Clontarf crowned Ireland T20 champions
Clontarf were crowned the inaugural All-Ireland T20 champions after a 10-run victory against Waringstown in a thrilling encounter at the Lawn.
All-Ireland T20 crown up for grabs
Another first for Irish cricket on Sunday at The Lawn as the inaugural National T20 Cup champions will be crowned.
The Numbers Racket (7)
Ger Siggins' latest look at some Irish statistics - This summer's Irish centurions and the Irish Senior Cup
John Mooney talks about his recent decision
John Mooney, the Ireland all-rounder, says he has come out of international retirement because he fears “living with the regret” that he did not play Test cricket.
Sangakkara possible wild card for Irish job?
Kumar Sangakkara is one possibility for the position as Cricket Ireland Head Coach.
Zimbabwe confirmed as WCQ venue
Reports in Zimbabwe say the country has been chosen as the venue for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.
Numbers Racket (6)
The ICup will soon be no more, at least as far as Ireland is concerned. It has been a fantastically successful competition for the national side, with four of the six stagings ending with the trophy jetting back to CI HQ.
The Great War and Irish cricket
At the onset of centenary commemorations to mark various anniversaries of the Great War, I initially wondered as to how many men died who had a connection with the game in Tipperary.
The Numbers Racket (5)
Salute Stephan Grobler, whose unbeaten 206 helped Cork County past Midleton in the Munster Senior Cup last week.
The Numbers Racket (4)
The highest innings recorded in Ireland was the 313 not out made by Capt William Oates of the Munster Fusiliers in a military match at the Curragh in 1895.
Fingal set for T20 franchise inclusion?
A ‘franchise’ style T20 championship involving sides representing Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Derry and Fingal is just one of the proposals to be considered by Cricket Ireland as part of a revamp for the Interprovincial series.
The Numbers Racket (3)
Jack Tector’s century for Ireland Wolves against Scotland A last week was cheered on by a larger than usual contingent of friends, teammates and family as it was scored at his home ground of Claremont Road.
Merchant's Tale
WHILE last week’s Ireland Wolves match was going on at Claremont Road, in the nets at the YMCA ground in Dublin the next generation of Ireland cricketers was being coach by Kamal Merchant.
The Numbers Racket (2)
Congrats – and commiserations – to Simi Singh on his brilliant batting feats for Ireland Wolves against Gloucestershire 2s last week.
The Numbers Racket (1)
A new feature sees Ger Siggins take a look at the leading first-class wicket takers in Ireland and the players with the most hundreds.
All-Ireland T20 finals day
The first All-Ireland finals day is on Sunday August 20 at Waringstown when the T20 winners from the four unions will face off in two semi-finals followed by a final.
Deutrom keen to get maiden Test timing right
There is a pad on Warren Deutrom’s desk and under the figures 26/6/2017, written in capital letters, are the words “WE ARE A TEST NATION”.
Will Test status lead to Test matches?
Although Ireland’s recent elevation to Full Membership as well as Test Cricket is testament to over a decade’s success both on and off the field, it would appear that some considerable challenges await Cricket Ireland over the coming years.
Better late than never as Ireland get their reward
In an era when Irish sports administration and the word ‘scandal’ have all too often appeared in the same sentence, it was good to hear this week of a genuine good news story.
Only the start for ambitious Deutrom
Deutrom’s main achievement was convincing Irish cricket it could achieve something it hadn’t even dreamt about.
Ireland plan for €6 million stadium
Cricket Ireland intends lobbying the government for €3 million to help build a national cricket stadium in Malahide in the aftermath of the ICC’s decision to award Ireland full member status.
Zimbabwe likely to host WCQ
All the signals are that Zimbabwe will get the nod when the final decision is made in the next couple of months.
McCollum over the moon as Ireland hit the big time
“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”.
The Promised Land and the Shashank Redemption
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
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.
Ireland awarded Full Membership and Test status
Irish cricket has received a tremendous boost after receiving confirmation from ICC of their successful application to be awarded Full Membership and Test status.
Ireland journey ends in success
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.
T20 record for Sidiqi?
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.
Ireland to hold talks on Bracewell future
Cricket Ireland will sit down with National Coach John Bracewell to discuss his future, once the International Cricket Council has given its decision on Ireland’s application for Full Membership.
"It's life Jim, but not as we know it!"
Some thoughts from close to home in what is scheduled to be a momentous week in Irish Cricket.
Death of Fred Cogley
The former RTE head of sport, Fred Cogley, died last week aged 82. There were many tributes to a kind, gentle and entertaining man whose distinctive voice called the commentary on rugby internationals for a quarter of a century.
Cricket Ireland Board meeting
The Cricket Ireland Board met this week in Merrion Cricket Club in Dublin where a wide range of issues were discussed with the following outcomes.
Topping stars as Ireland Academy beat Cambridge
Morgan Topping scored 66 and took three wickets as Ireland Academy beat Cambridge University by 28 runs in a hard-fought encounter at Phoenix Park.
Getkate aims for the top
His high-profile moves, first from Dublin to Belfast and, this season, from Civil Service North to Instonians were public pronouncements that he won’t stop until he gets there.
Johnston signs two-year deal with NSW
Cricket New South Wales has reappointed Trent Johnston coach of the Blues for another two seasons.
Home from home for Stirling
It was as far removed from Lord’s as it was possible to be – but Paul Stirling was home. It was the wide-open spaces of the Mallusk Playing Fields.
Time to say goodbye?
Odran Flynn: the facts and figures both suggest change has to come in the top positions in Irish Cricket.
Joyce has the perfect words for Irish
AFTER a one-day international Tri-Series to forget for Ireland, the best news of the week came when Ed Joyce announced he was retiring from county cricket.
O'Brien to tour Germany with MCC
Niall O'Brien is named in a 14-man MCC squad that will tour Germany.
Bracewell fails to bridge generation gap
Ireland have won just 21 of their 62 completed matches since New Zealander John Bracewell replaced Phil Simmons as head coach in April 2015.
Joyce calls time on Sussex career
Ed Joyce has retired from county cricket with immediate effect.
Anderson and Joyce still in honeymoon phase
It was Irish cricket’s equivalent of a royal wedding – the 24 caps of John Anderson joining the 147 of Isobel Joyce on the most glittering newly-wed mantelpiece in the sport.
Little big man
Irish Cricket should now be recognized as producing cricketers at the very young age at the international level.
Deutrom leads Ireland to cusp of Promised Land
AFTER more than ten years running Irish cricket and pushing its case in powerful international circles, Warren Deutrom has become adept at juggling.
Ireland on path to Test status
Ireland could make their Test cricket debut as early as next year, after the ICC approved a new constitution that outlines a Test pathway for associate teams.
Ireland hopeful of Lord's Test by 2019
During last Friday's Citizenship Ceremony, Judge Bryan McMahon, the Presiding Officer, urged the Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans among the 3,000 proud new Irish men and women at Dublin's Convention Centre “to bring your bats and your wickets as we have a great, emerging, cricket team”.
Walsh takes Presidency role
Brian Walsh was formally confirmed as President of Cricket Ireland this week, replacing Henry Tighe who filled the role superbly this past 12 months.
D-Day looms for Ireland in Test quest
Ireland will find out on Thursday or Friday if they are to become the 11th Test match nation.
Don't write off Ireland
For eight years, dating back to Afghanistan’s shock victory in the World Cup qualifiers in 2009, Afghanistan and Ireland have been adversaries on the pitch but allies off it.
Woman President call heeded
Ger Siggins called for a Cricket Ireland President this time last year. It seems that the powers that be heeded his cry, and Aideen Rice will take the prestigious position in 2018.
Ireland Board Meeting outcomes
The Cricket Ireland Board met recently in The Bishops Gate Hotel in Derry City where a wide range of issues were discussed with the following outcomes.
County Extra: No.1
THE county championship kicks off today, and for the first time in many years there’s a decidedly thin Irish contingent in action.
New Zealand badly weakened for Irish tour
New Zealand have named a new-look squad for their Irish tri-series, badly hampered by no fewer than ten of their players involved in the IPL tournament.
Munster will play in T20 Interpros
MUNSTER REDS participation in the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy has been confirmed by Cricket Ireland at their Board meeting in Derry today.
End of an era
Sitting side by side staring forlornly into the middle distance, John Bracewell and William Porterfield had the look of men who realised that the light at the end of the tunnel really was a high speed express train hurtling straight for them.
Porterfield insists Ireland ready for Test cricket
CAPTAIN William Porterfield insists Ireland are ready for Test match cricket, despite losing their position at the top of the Intercontinental Cup table after last week’s record defeat by Afghanistan.
What's gone wrong with Ireland?
Ger Siggins discusses with Grant Cameron just what's happened with Ireland as they tumble down the rankings.
Bracewell has full support of Cricket Ireland
As his line manager, CI High Performance manager Richard Holdsworth said yesterday: “He has my full support but results are results and there haven’t been some good results and therefore this summer is very important for that.”
Holdsworth upbeat despite Ireland horror show
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth remained upbeat about Irish prospects of Test status despite their timid capitulation to Afghanistan.
Death of Alan Johnston
Alan Johnston was a very good right arm opening bowler, who - particularly in his younger days - was a distinctly unpleasant proposition for opening batsmen to cope.
Stuart Thompson back in the fold
Break from the game allows Thompson to rediscover his love for the game.
Famous Irish Cricketers - George Morgan
George Morgan, still remembered by Irish rugby followers as one of the greatest scrum halves to have pulled on the green jersey, was also a distinctly useful cricketer.
England stars to miss Ireland clashes
BEN Stokes is one of several England players who will miss the one-day internationals against Ireland in May after he was bought at the Indian Premier League auction.
Famous Irish cricketers: Chris Harte
Chris Harte, a very good batsman, often to be found opening the innings, but equally at home in the middle order, was also a capable wicket keeper, and, in his own words, "a latent leggie."
Ireland targets 2018 Test match
Ireland are hoping to play their first Test match as early as 2018.
O'Brien signs for Nantwich
Irish international Niall O'Brien has signed for Nantwich in the Cheshire Premier League.
Munster decision put back until April
The Cricket Ireland Board met earlier this week in The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast where a wide range of issues were discussed with the following outcomes.
Apex tours Glamorgan and Gloucestershire
Apex Cricket, a new venture from Ted Williamson, is taking 18 young players from Munster over to Wales and England on a three-day cricket tour over the mid term break.
Johnston appointed Academy Manager
Peter Johnston has been confirmed as Cricket Ireland's new permanent National Academy and Performance Manager, with Scott Irvine succeeding him as full-time Performance Analyst.
Senator calls for State to fund cricket stadium
A member of the government party in the Republic has urged the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, to support the efforts of Cricket Ireland to build a permanent stadium in Malahide.
Ireland look forward to life in the fast lane
CRICKET Ireland plan to hit the ground running if, as expected, they are granted Test status at the International Cricket Council’s Annual meeting in June.
Ireland's Field of Dreams
THERE’S a brilliant short story by the Canadian writer WP Kinsella which was made into a less-brilliant movie called Field of Dreams. ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa’ is about a farmer who hears voices telling him to build a baseball field so the ghosts of a long-dead team can come play for him.
Door opens on Test status for Ireland?
IRELAND have been given a tantalising glimpse of joining the top table of world cricket after this week’s ICC meetings broke up in Dubai,
Ireland’s Test cricket ambitions could be realised under proposed changes
ICC look set to radically overhaul international game from 2019.
Death of Stuart Pollock
One of Ireland's greatest cricketers, Stuart Pollock, has died at the age of 96.
Munster seeking coach
There was good news for Munster cricket this week with the news that the region were seeking a coach for their proposed inter-pro team the Munster Reds.
Death of Jack Glenn
Irish and NW cricket followers were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Jack Glenn.
Simmons takes Afghanistan role
Former Ireland coach Phil Simmons has accepted a consultancy role with the Afghanistan National team.
NUI Galway clinch indoor title
NUI Galway were crowned Irish Universities Indoor champions with a series of convincing displays over the weekend.
Northern Ireland clubs facing professional problem
There could be major problems brewing for Northern Ireland clubs with their choice of overseas professionals for the forthcoming season.
Ted Williamson delighted at gaining Level 4
Ted Williamson has gained his Level Four ECB/UK Coaching qualification.
Gary Kidd
Gary Kidd, younger brother of Stuart, is another in the impressive chain of slow left armers who have graced NCU cricket, tantalising their opponents over the years.
Clear and present danger
Live in the moment - beware the dangers of living in the past or dreaming your life away.
Antipodean Dirty Dozen doing Ireland proud
THERE have also been up to a dozen young Irishmen playing club cricket around the Antipodes.
Larkin and McCarter star Down Under
WHILE the Australian domestic season has still a bit to run, most of the big name Ireland players have drifted away – the men to UAE for the Desert T20, while the women are off to Sri Lanka shortly for the 50 over World Cup qualifiers.
Ulster Plate draw
Holders Bready have been given a home tie against Carrickfergus in the draw for the 2017 Ulster Plate.