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Losing start in Afghan Premier League for O'Brien and Stirling Losing start in Afghan Premier League for O'Brien and Stirling ZZZZ9:21 pmZZZZ
Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling's Kandahar Knights team have lost both of their opening matches at the Afghan T20 Premier League in Sharjah.
New Kids on the Block New Kids on the Block ZZZZ9:15 pmZZZZ
Who are the players next in line for elevation to the senior ranks? We take a look at how some of the young guns waiting in the wings performed at youth, Academy and Wolves level this season.
O'Brien and Stirling tie up for APL T20 O'Brien and Stirling tie up for APL T20 ZZZZ2:28 amZZZZ
Irish internationals Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling look ahead to new but distinctly differing challenges on the eve of joining the Kandahar Knights, a franchise team established for the inaugural year of the Afghanistan Premier League T20 competition.
Smith among the wickets in Australia Smith among the wickets in Australia ZZZZ3:31 amZZZZ
Nathan Smith took four wickets in his first appearance of the season for Northern Districts in the Sydney Premier League.
Tector scores ton for Randwick Petersham Tector scores ton for Randwick Petersham ZZZZ2:23 amZZZZ
Ireland U19 skipper Harry Tector scored 118 for Randwick Petersham in their ongoing Second Grade match against the University of New South Wales.
Ireland wicketkeeper Isaac Jaffey Ireland wicketkeeper Isaac Jaffey ZZZZ1:02 amZZZZ
At Lord's in 1953 he stumped John Manners (now 104), the oldest living first-class cricketer and the longest lived ever.
Johnston appointed Director of Coaching at Greenvale Johnston appointed Director of Coaching at Greenvale ZZZZ4:17 amZZZZ
Former Irish international Trent Johnston has been appointed Director of Coaching at Greenvale Kangaroos, a Premier club in Victoria.
O'Brien lands Afghan role O'Brien lands Afghan role ZZZZ4:01 amZZZZ
Niall O'Brien has been appointed batting coach for Kandahar Knights in the upcoming Afghanistan T20 Premier League.
Munster grounds for optimism Munster grounds for optimism ZZZZ10:14 pmZZZZ
Forget this 100-ball nonsense and imagine a new format of cricket in which nobody bothered counting runs, instead a panel of aesthetes could award points based on the beauty of the grounds. Munster would challenge for the world title, let alone the interprovincial one, every year.
Kane and Tector inaugural recipients of the EJSP Kane and Tector inaugural recipients of the EJSP ZZZZ4:02 amZZZZ
Tyrone Kane and Jack Tector as the inaugural recipients of the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme –a programme Ed launched for young players to develop their skills overseas in the winter, as he did early in his career.
The anguish of a first-class debut The anguish of a first-class debut ZZZZ8:41 amZZZZ
CSNI and Northern Knights batsman Marc Ellison reflects on the next stage of his cricketing career, and how his first-class debut became a nightmare.
Umpires riding the roller coaster too Umpires riding the roller coaster too ZZZZ7:40 pmZZZZ
As Irish cricket steps into the Test era, the white coat brigade has also had to up its game, says Paul Reynolds, a member of the ICC International Panel.
Karl McDermott appointed head groundsman at Lord's Karl McDermott appointed head groundsman at Lord's ZZZZ5:45 amZZZZ
Karl McDermott has been appointed as the new Head Groundsman at Lord’s.
Irish players migrating for the winter Irish players migrating for the winter ZZZZ12:40 amZZZZ
A number of Irish players will be heading for sunnier climes over the coming months.
Tectors chasing the dream Tectors chasing the dream ZZZZ8:25 pmZZZZ
Cricket is passed down the generations, so it sometimes seems if youngsters inherit caps from their fathers. Four of the Ireland squad that took on Afghanistan recently are sons of ex-internationals, while three have had brothers and another an uncle who wore the shamrock.
Clubs remain beating heart of Irish cricket Clubs remain beating heart of Irish cricket ZZZZ2:02 amZZZZ
No matter how far Irish cricket travels in this world, and they’ve circled the globe many times this past decade, it will still always be about the club. The lowest unit of the game is feeling pretty neglected these days, seeing little of benefit to it in Test cricket or the glittering occasions when Virat Kohli comes to town.
Irishman makes Test debut Irishman makes Test debut ZZZZ6:26 pmZZZZ
Three months after Ireland played its first Test match, another Irishman will make his five-day debut at the Ageas Bowl – and will be just as nervous as any player. Karl McDermott, formerly of Clontarf CC, is head groundsman at the Southampton ground.
Winner Simmons still has golden touch Winner Simmons still has golden touch ZZZZ6:26 pmZZZZ
It is almost three and a half years since Phil Simmons left the head coach role with Ireland for the only job that would have tempted him away and everything he has touched continues to turn to gold.
Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme ZZZZ7:53 pmZZZZ
As a legacy to his commitment to the game in Ireland over this period, Ed has established the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme (EJSP) for young players to develop their skills overseas in the winter, as he did early in his career.
Northwest cricket is being let down Northwest cricket is being let down ZZZZ11:52 pmZZZZ
The north-west has long been regarded as the poor relation. It hosted its first international in 1934, Ireland’s 144th game, and they didn’t return for 30 years. The West Indies game was the last at Sion. Since Zimbabwe, in 2003, no Test nation visited the region before Afghanistan this week.
Fulfilling a childhood dream Fulfilling a childhood dream ZZZZ2:35 amZZZZ
CSNI and Northern Knights cricketer Marc Ellison on his journey to becoming a first-class cricketer.
War to end all wars changed cricket in Ireland utterly War to end all wars changed cricket in Ireland utterly ZZZZ12:22 amZZZZ
One hundred years ago none of these sides were vying for honours, because the summer of 1918 was the last one without a competitive structure in the province, mainly because Irishmen of all hues and origins were fighting in khaki in the battlefields of Europe.
Cricketers can learn from Olympic athletes Cricketers can learn from Olympic athletes ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
Irish cricketers “can learn from and create synergy” with Olympic athletes at their new training campus at Abbotstown, according to Cricket Ireland's high performance director Richard Holdsworth.
Ireland open new HPC in Dublin Ireland open new HPC in Dublin ZZZZ8:35 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland has officially opened Phase One of a world-class high performance training centre at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in west Dublin.
One size fits all One size fits all ZZZZ1:26 amZZZZ
One of the greatest attractions of cricket is that size, shape and even fitness need not deter one from playing the game.
Ireland refuse to rest on laurels Ireland refuse to rest on laurels ZZZZ2:24 amZZZZ
CRICKET Ireland are refusing to rest on their laurels after what has already been described as a “successful” first season as a Full Member of the ICC.
Ulster Cup scrapped Ulster Cup scrapped ZZZZ1:40 amZZZZ
The plug has been pulled on this year’s Ulster Cup because there is no sponsor and fixture pressure.
Porterfield calls for more interpro cricket Porterfield calls for more interpro cricket ZZZZ12:35 amZZZZ
If Ireland are to be competitive on the world stage the best players here must play more cricket, insists Porterfield.
Sean Terry calls time on career Sean Terry calls time on career ZZZZ7:28 amZZZZ
Sean Terry, the Southampton-born and Australian-raised top order batsman who made his debut for Ireland in 2016, has decided to call time on his international and domestic cricket career with immediate effect.
O'Brien stars on Canadian T20 debut O'Brien stars on Canadian T20 debut ZZZZ10:35 pmZZZZ
Kevin O'Brien thumped five sixes in a rapid 49 on his debut for Edmonton Royals in the Canadian T20 league but it wasn't enough to prevent them being beaten by West Indies B.
Reynolds gains promotion Reynolds gains promotion ZZZZ5:06 amZZZZ
Reynolds joins Mark Hawthorne, Alan Neill and Roland Black as Cricket Ireland’s four representatives. All four umpires will be in action this week in the India T20I series at Malahide.
Irish Universities beat Cambridge Irish Universities beat Cambridge ZZZZ7:57 pmZZZZ
Irish Universities secured a superb four-wicket win against Cambridge in their annual match at Fenners as part of the Hone-McGregor tournament thanks to a fine all-round display.
Irish Universities name strong squad Irish Universities name strong squad ZZZZ10:24 pmZZZZ
Irish Universities will once again take part in the annual Hone-McGregor Tri Series this week at Fenner’s in Cambridge.
Stormont in line for Test match Stormont in line for Test match ZZZZ12:51 amZZZZ
STORMONT could host a Test match as early as next year with the Belfast venue set to become “second choice” to Malahide for the big matches over the next four years.
Aideen Rice part of history Aideen Rice part of history ZZZZ1:07 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland is not just making history on the field this week, it is also breaking new ground in the committee box.
Guerrilla warfare on the airwaves Guerrilla warfare on the airwaves ZZZZ9:53 amZZZZ
It is notorious for its irreverence and anti-establishment stance, not to mention a fair smattering of F-bombs. Henry Blofeld it most definitely is not.
As Test cricket dawns, it's the end of an era (2) As Test cricket dawns, it's the end of an era (2) ZZZZ12:38 amZZZZ
The second part of Odran Flynn's review looks at Ireland's progress from 2005 to 2017.
You can't have your cake and eat it You can't have your cake and eat it ZZZZ10:24 pmZZZZ
Angus Fraser, the Middlesex director of cricket, has backed plans to classify Ireland internationals as overseas players in English domestic cricket from 2019.
As Test cricket dawns, it's the end of an era (1) As Test cricket dawns, it's the end of an era (1) ZZZZ6:44 amZZZZ
With Test cricket on the immediate horizon, it's the end of an era for many of the golden generation. First of a two-part analysis by Odran Fynn.
Fixture bonanza looms for Ireland Fixture bonanza looms for Ireland ZZZZ8:36 amZZZZ
Ireland will have 60-65 home internationals, including 15 Test matches, over the next six years, the Cricket Ireland Annual meeting was told.
Rice makes history Rice makes history ZZZZ1:41 pmZZZZ
History was made at the Cricket Ireland annual meeting today when Aideen Rice became the first female President of Cricket Ireland.
Smith and McCollum impress in latest Test trial Smith and McCollum impress in latest Test trial ZZZZ11:33 pmZZZZ
The Northern Knights duo of Nathan Smith and James McCollum were the players to shine on a bitterly cold day at Sydney Parade.
Smith to the four in Test trial Smith to the four in Test trial ZZZZ11:28 amZZZZ
The Instonians opening bowler forced his way into Ireland consideration with five wickets for the Wolves last year and he took four wickets in the second Test trial game in Dublin.
Day Two washed out at Merrion Day Two washed out at Merrion ZZZZ12:21 amZZZZ
GRAHAM Ford’s hopes of having eight days’ cricket for players and selectors before the squad for the first Test is chosen were dashed on day two when the second day of the trial game was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Balbirnie passes the Test Balbirnie passes the Test ZZZZ11:20 amZZZZ
Andrew Balbirnie scored a hundred in the Test trial, with Tyrone Kane the best of the bowlers taking five of the 13 wickets to fall on a manufactured day.
Umpiring team unveiled for Malahide Umpiring team unveiled for Malahide ZZZZ9:32 amZZZZ
The umpiring team for next month's Test match at Malahide has been confirmed.
Death of Wilson Scott Death of Wilson Scott ZZZZ5:05 amZZZZ
Following the death of Wilson Scott on Wednesday, as a tribute we reproduce his biography by Edward Liddle.
David Kennedy David Kennedy ZZZZ12:09 amZZZZ
On his 45th birthday we take a look at the career of one-cap wonder David Kennedy.
Carson takes five wickets for Sussex Carson takes five wickets for Sussex ZZZZ9:40 pmZZZZ
18 year-old Waringstown teenager Jack Carson has taken a five-wicket haul for Sussex in their second XI match against their Essex counterparts.
Milestone for Murtagh Milestone for Murtagh ZZZZ9:08 pmZZZZ
Tim Murtagh passed the milestone of 700 first-class wickets during Middlesex's County Championship clash with Northants at the weekend.
Noel Cantwell ashes to be scattered at Mardyke Noel Cantwell ashes to be scattered at Mardyke ZZZZ8:48 pmZZZZ
The ashes of Noel Cantwell, one of Cork and Ireland's greatest sportsmen, are to be scattered on the cricket pitch at the famous Mardyke ground.
Arthur E. Newton, Somerset CCC and Cahir CC, Co. Tipperary. Arthur E. Newton, Somerset CCC and Cahir CC, Co. Tipperary. ZZZZ10:24 pmZZZZ
In the late summer of 1893, cricket in Tipperary got a shot in the arm with the appearance of Arthur Edward Newton on the Cahir CC selection.
Botha appointed CEO of Malawi Botha appointed CEO of Malawi ZZZZ8:22 amZZZZ
Former Irish international Andre Botha has been appointed the CEO of Malawi Cricket.
Johnston released by NSW Johnston released by NSW ZZZZ10:46 pmZZZZ
Former Irish international Trent Johnston has been released by New South Wales after three years in charge.
After ball-tampering. Whose spirit? Which rules? After ball-tampering. Whose spirit? Which rules? ZZZZ7:12 amZZZZ
The crystalline outrage that followed footage of members of the Australian Cricket team conspiring to tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town conceals the moral complexity of the situation.
O'Hara honoured by MCC O'Hara honoured by MCC ZZZZ8:47 pmZZZZ
Former Irish umpire Paddy O'Hara has been made a full member of the MCC.
Seven players awarded interpro contracts Seven players awarded interpro contracts ZZZZ6:01 amZZZZ
Five come from the Leinster region, two from the NCU, while the North West based players failed to get any.
Ireland chasing the dream Ireland chasing the dream ZZZZ2:42 amZZZZ
With the 2019 finals to be staged in England, qualification could give Cricket Ireland its best chance to fulfil its aim of growing the game – but failure could set it back years.
Balbirnie determined ahead of crucial qualifiers Balbirnie determined ahead of crucial qualifiers ZZZZ11:57 pmZZZZ
Andrew Balbirnie is determined to give "two fingers" to cricket's global authorities by helping Ireland qualify for next year's World Cup at the expense of one of the game's established powers.
Joyce focused on huge challenge ahead Joyce focused on huge challenge ahead ZZZZ7:49 amZZZZ
We’ve won games at big events in 50-over cricket especially and also come through many qualifying tournaments at associate level.
Malahide about turn makes sense Malahide about turn makes sense ZZZZ5:21 amZZZZ
Irish cricket's governing body previously supported a €6m redevelopment of the members-owned Malahide Cricket Club, which would have included a new pavilion with television and media facilities, and 1,500 permanent seats.
Deutrom explains Malahide rejection Deutrom explains Malahide rejection ZZZZ7:32 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom has outlined the reasons why Malahide has been rejected in favour of Abbotstown as the venue for a new National Stadium.
Ireland plan for new stadium at Abbotstown Ireland plan for new stadium at Abbotstown ZZZZ6:52 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland are performing a u-turn and now are planning to build a new stadium at Abbotstown as opposed to Malahide.
Raman Lamba remembered Raman Lamba remembered ZZZZ11:50 pmZZZZ
On this day twenty years ago in February 1998, the tragic news filtered through that Raman Lamba had been killed after being struck on the head while fielding close in during a league game in Bangladesh.
Lewis calls for franchise cricket Lewis calls for franchise cricket ZZZZ11:44 pmZZZZ
The former Irish captain and more recently chairman of selectors, feels that the interprovincial structure must undergo a shakeup to benefit Irish cricket to its full capacity.
Williamson leading Apex tour to UK Williamson leading Apex tour to UK ZZZZ2:07 amZZZZ
Apex Cricket Academy is embarking on its annual Winter training trip this coming weekend as 17 players aged from 13 to 18 will be immersed in cricket as they spend three days in Cardiff over the mid- term.
Ireland to receive $40 million Ireland to receive $40 million ZZZZ10:06 amZZZZ
The new model will see Ireland and Afghanistan each receiving a percentage of the projected surplus, amounting under current projections to approximately $40m each.


Young back with a bang Young back with a bang ZZZZ8:02 amZZZZ
Craig Young has made a flying start to his spell in South Africa taking four wickets on debut for Old Grey CC in Port Elizabeth.
Tector in the runs in Australia Tector in the runs in Australia ZZZZ4:28 amZZZZ
Former Ireland U19 skipper Jack Tector enjoyed a productive weekend in Sydney playing for Randwick Petersham.
Trevor Henry remembered Trevor Henry remembered ZZZZ1:39 amZZZZ
On the 12th anniversary of the death of Irish international umpire Trevor Henry, we reproduce an interview he did with the site back in 2005.
Time for interpro rethink? Time for interpro rethink? ZZZZ7:52 amZZZZ
Has the Interprovincial competition in its present form run its course?
Thompson South Africa bound Thompson South Africa bound ZZZZ12:44 amZZZZ
Irish all-rounder Stuart Thompson is spending two months in South Africa.
Stirling misses out on IPL contract Stirling misses out on IPL contract ZZZZ7:06 amZZZZ
The wait for an Ireland player to take part in the lucrative Indian Premier League goes on after Paul Stirling became the latest player to be left in the cold in this year's auction.
Galway beat Ulster in high scoring final Galway beat Ulster in high scoring final ZZZZ11:57 amZZZZ
NUI Galway successfully defended their Indoor University crown with a 12-run win over hosts Ulster University in a high scoring final in the superb facility at Jordanstown.
University Indoor Championships University Indoor Championships ZZZZ9:48 amZZZZ
The Irish Universities Indoor Intervarsity competition takes place this weekend at Jordanstown from Friday January 26th to Sunday 28th.
Jersey Under 15's to tour Ireland Jersey Under 15's to tour Ireland ZZZZ4:06 amZZZZ
Jersey Under 15's will travel to Belfast for a three-match tour in July.
Mooney hooks up with former coach Simmons Mooney hooks up with former coach Simmons ZZZZ10:18 amZZZZ
John Mooney has joined Afghanistan as fielding coach ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
Nothing can prepare you for that! Nothing can prepare you for that! ZZZZ4:27 amZZZZ
Every batsman's nightmare - whether they admit it or not.
New coaching regime helping Ireland New coaching regime helping Ireland ZZZZ5:49 amZZZZ
The die was cast for the World Cup Qualifying squad once an inspired Paul Stirling led Ireland to victory against Afghanistan last month in Sharjah.
Singh and Stirling put names forward for IPL Singh and Stirling put names forward for IPL ZZZZ9:06 amZZZZ
Simi Singh and Paul Stirling have put their names forward for inclusion in the 2018 IPL auction.
Death of Davy Holmes Death of Davy Holmes ZZZZ8:47 amZZZZ
Tributes have poured in across the Irish cricketing spectrum following the death of popular cricket correspondent Davy Holmes.
Hawthorne appointed to U19 World Cup Hawthorne appointed to U19 World Cup ZZZZ12:03 amZZZZ
Irish umpire Mark Hawthorne will be officiating at the U19 World Cup in New Zealand later this month.