Ireland International Cricket 2019
Wilson reflects on T20 World Cup qualification Wilson reflects on T20 World Cup qualification ( ) ZZZZ6:51 pmZZZZ
It was very much a case of mission accomplished as Gary Wilson’s side picked up four wins in their six group matches to secure an automatic spot at the showpiece event next year.
Bangladesh boost for Bready Bangladesh boost for Bready ( ) ZZZZ6:06 pmZZZZ
There's a further boost for the NW region with the news that Bready will be hosting Bangladesh in May, as part of their white-ball Irish tour.
Mooney living the dream Mooney living the dream ( ) ZZZZ5:38 pmZZZZ
John Mooney has once again teamed up with his former playing coach Phil Simmons, who last month took over the reins of the West Indies for the second time.
William Porterfield - end of an era William Porterfield - end of an era ( ) ZZZZ7:39 amZZZZ
William Porterfield steps down as Ireland captain after 253 games in charge.
Balbirnie appointed new Ireland Test and One-Day captain as Porterfield steps down Balbirnie appointed new Ireland Test and One-Day captain as Porterfield steps down ( ) ZZZZ5:58 amZZZZ
Praise for William Porterfield as Ireland’s longest-serving current national team sports captain steps down.
Ireland Men's Review of the Year Ireland Men's Review of the Year ( ) ZZZZ1:31 amZZZZ
It was once again a mixed bag of results, with highs and lows, but with a T20 World Cup slot obtained and one of the truly great days in Irish sport at Lord's, there are reasons to be more optimistic than 2018.
Ireland miss out on ultimate goal Ireland miss out on ultimate goal ( ) ZZZZ1:04 amZZZZ
IRELAND achieved one goal but not the other as they finished in third place at the T20 World Cup qualifiers after a 27 runs victory over Namibia in the Dubai International Stadium.
Ireland to open World T20 preliminary phase Ireland to open World T20 preliminary phase ( ) ZZZZ10:01 amZZZZ
Ireland will play Sri Lanka in the opening match of the preliminary qualifier of the T20 World Cup next year.
Stirling keen for Euro Slam to get green light Stirling keen for Euro Slam to get green light ( ) ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
ON the eve of Ireland’s T20 World Cup qualifying semi-final against Netherlands in Dubai, Paul Stirling has stressed the importance of the Euro T20 Slam going ahead next summer.
Frustrated Young keen to make up for lost time Frustrated Young keen to make up for lost time ( ) ZZZZ2:49 amZZZZ
Craig Young has spoken about the frustrations of being out of the side and then the satisfaction of being recalled to play a match-winning role in helping Ireland qualify for the T20 World Cup.
20 thoughts as Ireland qualify for T20 World Cup 20 thoughts as Ireland qualify for T20 World Cup ( ) ZZZZ1:41 amZZZZ
Ireland secured their place at next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia on Sunday after finishing top of Group B at the qualifying event in the United Arab Emirates.
Tim Murtagh will opt for Middlesex next season Tim Murtagh will opt for Middlesex next season ( ) ZZZZ5:19 amZZZZ
Tim Murtagh, Ireland’s most experienced bowler, is set to follow Stuart Poynter into the international wilderness next year.
Poynter ends international career with Ireland Poynter ends international career with Ireland ( ) ZZZZ9:18 amZZZZ
Stuart Poynter has signed a new two-year contract with Durham, making the decision to bring his international career to an end.
Ireland top brass in Pakistan to discuss fixtures Ireland top brass in Pakistan to discuss fixtures ( ) ZZZZ9:04 amZZZZ
CRICKET Ireland officials have arrived in Pakistan to discuss the possibility of future games between the teams, in the country.
O'Brien joins select group O'Brien joins select group ( ) ZZZZ11:50 amZZZZ
Ireland's Kevin O'Brien has become the 14th cricketer to score a century in all three formats of the game.
Century treble for O'Brien Century treble for O'Brien ( ) ZZZZ2:12 amZZZZ
Kevin O'Bren struck a magnificent 124 from 62 balls in Muscat yesterday to complete a unique treble of centuries.
Maiden T20I century for O'Brien Maiden T20I century for O'Brien ( ) ZZZZ2:08 amZZZZ
Kevin O'Brien's maiden Twenty20 century ensured a comfortable win for Ireland in their penultimate game at the pentangular tournament in Oman.
New Zealand Bready bound New Zealand Bready bound ( ) ZZZZ1:46 amZZZZ
The NW region has been handed a significant boost by the news that New Zealand will be playing there next June.
Ireland set for Pakistan clashes Ireland set for Pakistan clashes ( ) ZZZZ1:39 amZZZZ
Ireland will play Pakistan in two T20 International games next July.
Smale joins Sydney CC Smale joins Sydney CC ( ) ZZZZ4:26 amZZZZ
Irish Under 19 international Will Smale will be playing cricket in Australia during the close season as he joins Sydney Cricket Club.
Ireland West Indies bound Ireland West Indies bound ( ) ZZZZ9:30 pmZZZZ
IRELAND will go island hopping at the start of next year when they travel to West Indies for a six-match white ball series.
Ireland announce West Indies dates Ireland announce West Indies dates ( ) ZZZZ1:27 amZZZZ
Ireland will play West Indies in three ODI and T20I's next January.
Delany in demand Delany in demand ( ) ZZZZ6:13 amZZZZ
IT hasn’t taken long for David Delany to become a vital player in Ireland’s T20 squad. The delay in naming Ireland’s 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament next month was ensuring the availability of the 21-year-old student.
Vote of confidence for Wilson Vote of confidence for Wilson ( ) ZZZZ3:28 amZZZZ
GARY WILSON has been given a vote of confidence to lead Ireland into next month’s T20 World Cup qualifiers in the UAE with selectors weighing the 33-year-old skipper’s experience as more important than his recent lack of runs.
Ireland stick with winning squad Ireland stick with winning squad ( ) ZZZZ8:27 amZZZZ
THE Ireland selectors have backed the 15 players who won the Tri-Series in Malahide last week to take them to T20 World Cup finals in Australia next year.
Wilson an issue as Ireland gear up for quaifiers Wilson an issue as Ireland gear up for quaifiers ( ) ZZZZ4:19 amZZZZ
Now he doesn’t need to be dropped, perhaps his role could be flexible, batting down at 9 in a big scoring game while being moved up in low-scoring situations or to steady chases.
Ireland confirm T20 WCQ squad Ireland confirm T20 WCQ squad ( ) ZZZZ1:37 amZZZZ
Simi Singh replaces injured Jacob Mulder in the only change to the squad which won the T20 tri-series in Dublin last week.
Ford flattered by England link Ford flattered by England link ( ) ZZZZ1:24 amZZZZ
GRAHAM Ford has admitted that if he was approached about the England coaching post, he would have to consider it.
Getkate keeps cool as Ireland beat Scotland Getkate keeps cool as Ireland beat Scotland ( ) ZZZZ7:46 amZZZZ
SHANE GETKATE kept both his head and his nerve during a nail-biting climax to deliver Ireland a one-run victory over Scotland in a pulsating T20 international at Malahide and with it the tri-series trophy.
Ireland edge out Scotland in thriller Ireland edge out Scotland in thriller ( ) ZZZZ1:22 amZZZZ
IRELAND won the first of their two warm-up series ahead of the T20 World Cup qualifiers with a thrilling one run victory over Scotland in the final match of the Tri-Series in Malahide.
Wilson remains positive despite Dutch wobble Wilson remains positive despite Dutch wobble ( ) ZZZZ5:56 amZZZZ
CAPTAIN Gary Wilson insists he has the right squad to get Ireland to the T20 World Cup finals next month, despite Wednesday’s six wickets defeat to Netherlands.
Ireland beaten by Netherlands: 5 talking points Ireland beaten by Netherlands: 5 talking points ( ) ZZZZ10:21 pmZZZZ
Ireland were beaten in the final over by Netherlands in Dublin on Wednesday as half-centuries from Max O’Dowd (68) and Ben Cooper (91*) helped the Dutch secure a six-wicket victory.
Ireland fail to capitalise on fast start Ireland fail to capitalise on fast start ( ) ZZZZ6:55 amZZZZ
IT was in January 2017 that Ireland last won back to back T20 internationals and Netherlands extended that sequence for at least another month after their six wickets victory at Malahide yesterday.
Pressure grows on Wilson Pressure grows on Wilson ( ) ZZZZ2:30 amZZZZ
Harry Tector scored his first international half-century at Malahide yesterday but his efforts were in vain as Ireland wasted a strong start and lost to the Netherlands by six wickets in the T20 tri-series.
Delany leads T20 revolution Delany leads T20 revolution ( ) ZZZZ9:24 amZZZZ
GARETH DELANY gave an exciting glimpse of a T20 revolution in the making with a stunning half-century at Malahide yesterday as Ireland stormed past Scotland by four wickets with a 14 balls to spare in their first action of the tri-series.
A star is born A star is born ( ) ZZZZ1:14 pmZZZZ
IRELAND romped to an impressive four wickets victory over Scotland in their opening game in the T20 Tri-Series in Malahide – and they did it without Paul Stirling.
Doheny to join Randwick Petersham Doheny to join Randwick Petersham ( ) ZZZZ12:35 amZZZZ
Stephen Doheny is flying to Australia for the close season to join Randwick Petersham as the latest recruit on their Programme with Ireland.
Ford favourite for England job? Ford favourite for England job? ( ) ZZZZ12:17 amZZZZ
Graham Ford is reported to be among the favourites to become England Head Coach according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Mulder to miss T20 WCQ Mulder to miss T20 WCQ ( ) ZZZZ12:10 amZZZZ
Irish leg-spinner Jacob Mulder is set to miss the Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates after picking up a stress reaction in his lower back.
Five talking points from Ireland's win over Scotland Five talking points from Ireland's win over Scotland ( ) ZZZZ10:27 pmZZZZ
Blistering half-centuries from Gareth Delany and Andy Balbirnie helped Ireland to a superb four-wicket victory over Scotland in Dublin on Tuesday.
Delany and Tector set for debuts Delany and Tector set for debuts ( ) ZZZZ7:33 amZZZZ
IRELAND are set to give debuts to Harry Tector and David Delany in today’s T20 international against Scotland at Malahide (1.30pm), the second game of the Tri-Series, which got under way a day late yesterday.
Tough call for Stirling Tough call for Stirling ( ) ZZZZ10:25 amZZZZ
DEFINITELY the right decision but extremely difficult was how Paul Stirling has described choosing Ireland ahead of Middlesex for the rest of his career.
Singh replaces Mulder in Ireland squad Singh replaces Mulder in Ireland squad ( ) ZZZZ8:06 amZZZZ
Simi Singh has been drafted in to the Ireland squad as a replacement for Jacob Mulder.
T20 tri-series; Stat attack T20 tri-series; Stat attack ( ) ZZZZ8:15 amZZZZ
While there was much approving comment about the selection for the T20 tri-series this week, there was also surprise in various degrees at the omission of the likes of Greg Thompson – brought in for the Zimbabwe series, batted once and made 32 – Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Josh Little and Barry McCarthy.
Ford agrees contract extension Ford agrees contract extension ( ) ZZZZ4:00 amZZZZ
Ireland Head Coach Graham Ford has signed a two-year extension to his existing contract and will be at the helm until April 2022.
Mulder and Delany named in Ireland squad Mulder and Delany named in Ireland squad ( ) ZZZZ9:43 pmZZZZ
CIYMS leg-spinner Jacob Mulder and Clontarf speedster David Delany have been named in the 15-man squad for the upcoming tri-series in Dublin against Scotland and The Netherlands.
Two uncapped players in Ireland squad Two uncapped players in Ireland squad ( ) ZZZZ1:53 pmZZZZ
IRELAND have named two uncapped players in their 15-man squad for next week’s Tri-Series against Scotland and Netherlands and barring injury will be the panel which will head to the T20 World Cup qualifiers next month.
Ireland squad to be picked this week Ireland squad to be picked this week ( ) ZZZZ1:52 pmZZZZ
THE Ireland squad for the T20 Tri-Series with Netherlands and Scotland will be chosen this week after an intensive five-day training camp in Dublin.
Stirling set for Lord's bow? Stirling set for Lord's bow? ( ) ZZZZ1:49 pmZZZZ
PAUL Stirling has played his last white ball game for Middlesex and now it is up to the county if he is to get a farewell game in the county championship at Lord’s this week.
Battling Academy set for final day push Battling Academy set for final day push ( ) ZZZZ10:25 amZZZZ
Meanwhile, Ireland Academy go into the final day of their four-day game against Gloucestershire II with a lead of 26 but just six second innings wickets standing.
T20 WCQ countdown starts today T20 WCQ countdown starts today ( ) ZZZZ7:40 amZZZZ
THE countdown to the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in UAE next month starts today with 25 players attending an Ireland training camp in Dublin.
Throwing the way to go Throwing the way to go ( ) ZZZZ1:18 amZZZZ
‘Throwing the way to go!’ - a response to the question posed by Paddy O’Hara.
Ireland call up 25 to T20 training camp Ireland call up 25 to T20 training camp ( ) ZZZZ11:08 amZZZZ
Ireland Men’s Head Coach Graham Ford has called up 25 players to participate in a five-day training camp starting this week.
Lord's, UAE and Dundee with Ian Callender Lord's, UAE and Dundee with Ian Callender ( ) ZZZZ9:23 amZZZZ
Ian Callender reflects on Paul Stirling's departure from Middlesex, the T20 schedule in Abu Dhabi and the Women's T20 performance in Scotland.
To throw or not throw? To throw or not throw? ( ) ZZZZ3:13 amZZZZ
How should umpires in Ireland be dealing with bowlers who chuck, or are suspected of chucking?
T20 World Cup Qualfying schedule unveiled T20 World Cup Qualfying schedule unveiled ( ) ZZZZ8:12 amZZZZ
Scotland and the Netherlands, joint winners of the previous qualifying event in 2015, will feature on the opening day of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates from 18 October to 2 November.
Stirling commits to Ireland Stirling commits to Ireland ( ) ZZZZ7:58 amZZZZ
Paul Stirling has informed Middlesex Cricket of his desire to continue to play international cricket for Ireland and not to accept a long-term contract with the club.
Overseas players to the fore in Academy squad Overseas players to the fore in Academy squad ( ) ZZZZ9:31 amZZZZ
Ireland Academy have named a 12-man squad to take on Gloucestershire 2nd XI in a four-day match from 3-6 September at Bristol Cricket Club.
Ireland international Mike Eagar died recently Ireland international Mike Eagar died recently ( ) ZZZZ5:06 amZZZZ
Edward Liddle looks back on the career of Mike Eagar.
T20i Tri-Series announced between Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands T20i Tri-Series announced between Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands ( ) ZZZZ6:20 amZZZZ
A new three-nation T20i series has been announced between Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands to be held in Dublin from 15-20 September.
Ireland await T20 World Cup Qualifiers opponents Ireland await T20 World Cup Qualifiers opponents ( ) ZZZZ7:50 amZZZZ
BERMUDA and Canada have completed the line-up for the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in the UAE in October when Ireland will bid to take one of the six places available and reach next year’s finals in Australia.
England return for Ireland England return for Ireland ( ) ZZZZ12:37 amZZZZ
IRELAND will be back in London next year to face England in a one-day international, but it will be at the Kia Oval rather than Lord’s.
Adair awarded contract by Ireland Adair awarded contract by Ireland ( ) ZZZZ9:45 amZZZZ
Mark Adair has been awarded a central contract by Cricket Ireland, completing a remarkable turnaround for the Belfast cricketer.
England confirm ODI venue for Ireland series England confirm ODI venue for Ireland series ( ) ZZZZ2:10 amZZZZ
Ireland will play three ODI's against England next September.
Scotland and Netherlands set for Ireland tri-series Scotland and Netherlands set for Ireland tri-series ( ) ZZZZ7:05 amZZZZ
IRELAND are lining up a Tri-series with Netherlands and Scotland next month to replace the Euro T20 Slam which was called off last week.
Ireland hopeful of tri-series with Scotland and Netherlands Ireland hopeful of tri-series with Scotland and Netherlands ( ) ZZZZ2:32 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland is hopeful that a tri-series can be organised with Scotland and the Netherlands next month to give its players game time ahead of the World T20 Qualifiers in November.
Wilson in the dark over T20 Slam cancellation Wilson in the dark over T20 Slam cancellation ( ) ZZZZ4:18 amZZZZ
Wilson has still been given no reason for the cancellation of the three-week tournament, so did not want to comment on the decision.
Lack of working capital forced Euro Slam cancellation Lack of working capital forced Euro Slam cancellation ( ) ZZZZ7:43 amZZZZ
THE inaugural Euro T20 Slam was cancelled because of a lack of working capital, it was confirmed last night.
Deutrom disappointment at Euro T20 Slam cancellation Deutrom disappointment at Euro T20 Slam cancellation ( ) ZZZZ4:20 pmZZZZ
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom has spoken of his 'deep disappointment' after Euro T20 Slam organisers cancelled the 2019 tournament just two weeks ahead of its supposed launch.
Ireland to play five-team tournament in Oman Ireland to play five-team tournament in Oman ( ) ZZZZ2:33 pmZZZZ
IRELAND will play in a five-team tournament in Oman in October before they travel to the UAE for the T20 World Cup qualifiers.
Knights in pole position to capture T20 crown Knights in pole position to capture T20 crown ( ) ZZZZ2:26 pmZZZZ
IT’S a scheduled blank Saturday in the Robinson Services Premier League next weekend – certain to be good weather! – because the second inter-provincial T20 festival takes place at Bready.
Winning start for Rankin Winning start for Rankin ( ) ZZZZ9:31 pmZZZZ
Boyd Rankin became the first Ireland-born international to play as an overseas player in county cricket when he made his debut for Derbyshire Falcons in their Vitality Blast T20 game against Northants Steelbacks.
Rankin joins Derbyshire Rankin joins Derbyshire ( ) ZZZZ11:27 amZZZZ
Boyd Rankin will play for Derbyshire for the remainder of the ECB T20 competition.
Rankin still feeling pain after Lord's loss Rankin still feeling pain after Lord's loss ( ) ZZZZ12:20 amZZZZ
IT didn’t feel any better for Boyd Rankin 24 hours after Ireland had crashed to defeat in the Lord’s Test. It will need some time for the whole squad to get over this one.
Post-mortem from Lord's Post-mortem from Lord's ( ) ZZZZ11:13 pmZZZZ
In the end Ireland were awoken from their glorious, even surreal dream to find a pair of monsters standing at the end of the bed about to deliver a fatal savaging.
Perfect storm leaves Ireland exposed Perfect storm leaves Ireland exposed ( ) ZZZZ4:25 amZZZZ
The dream of a stunning first Test victory at Lord's was snatched away in dramatic fashion as a perfect storm of unplayable batting conditions and superb swing and seam bowling hurried England to a 143-run win.
Ireland blown away at Lord's Ireland blown away at Lord's ( ) ZZZZ4:15 amZZZZ
No visiting side has ever won its debut Test match at Lord’s but for a short time yesterday the thousands of Irish supporters here thought their side was about to do so.
Capitulation hurts Porterfield and Ireland Capitulation hurts Porterfield and Ireland ( ) ZZZZ3:40 pmZZZZ
WILLIAM Porterfield admitted his Ireland players were hurting after his side collapsed to a 143 runs defeat in their first Test match at Lord’s yesterday, but insisted there were plenty of positives to take from the experience.
Shellshocked Ireland blown away Shellshocked Ireland blown away ( ) ZZZZ3:36 pmZZZZ
THE sun was blazing down at 3pm yesterday afternoon but it was an hour too late for Ireland, who had failed to survive the morning session on the third day of the Lord’s Test.
Dream turns into nightmare but much still to be proud of Dream turns into nightmare but much still to be proud of ( ) ZZZZ1:36 amZZZZ
It is difficult to know where to start. The euphoria of the first morning seems a lifetime away as Ireland capitulated on a day that had promised so much. It is scarcely believable that Ireland would lose by 143 runs.
Adair shines as Ireland go toe-to-toe with England Adair shines as Ireland go toe-to-toe with England ( ) ZZZZ12:09 amZZZZ
Mark Adair was Ireland's leading light on a stifling day which saw the Irish fight back after a brilliant innings by nightwatchman Jack Leach.
Ireland refuse to buckle under severe pressure Ireland refuse to buckle under severe pressure ( ) ZZZZ4:20 amZZZZ
They were welcome relief to Ireland, who had battled long and hard on the field in a day of unbearable tension for their supporters as they slowly asserted their domination over England.
History within Ireland's grasp History within Ireland's grasp ( ) ZZZZ2:05 amZZZZ
William Porterfield will tell his Ireland team this morning that a fabulous first Test match victory is within their grasp after going toe-to-toe with England for a second day at Lord's and coming out on top.
Adair backing Ireland Adair backing Ireland ( ) ZZZZ1:32 amZZZZ
IRELAND’S dream of a first Test victory at only their third attempt is still alive as England take a lead of 181 into the third day of the Lord’s Test, with just one second-innings wicket standing.
Ireland still dreaming of history Ireland still dreaming of history ( ) ZZZZ1:28 amZZZZ
IRELAND are still in with a chance of claiming a sensational first Test victory after a superb comeback restricted England’s lead to 181 when day two of the Lord’s Test was cut short by 48 minutes by thunder and lightning.
One of the great days in Irish sport One of the great days in Irish sport ( ) ZZZZ12:25 amZZZZ
If Shane Lowry winning the Open championship last Sunday at Royal Portrush was sensational this surely emulates that in the great days of Irish sport.
Murtagh has Ireland in dreamland Murtagh has Ireland in dreamland ( ) ZZZZ6:52 amZZZZ
Tim Murtagh's five wicket haul had Ireland in dreamland after England were skittled for just 85 on the first morning of the Lord's Test.
More to come from Adair More to come from Adair ( ) ZZZZ6:51 amZZZZ
WHEN Mark Adair got up yesterday morning, he probably had just finished dreaming of taking his first Test wicket and scoring a half-century.
Ireland belong on world stage Ireland belong on world stage ( ) ZZZZ6:37 amZZZZ
AT tea-time on Ireland’s first day of Test cricket in England, it looked as if Sabina Park 2007, Bangalore 2011 and Nelson 2015 would be relegated to also-rans in the annals of Irish cricket, to be replaced by Lord’s 2019.
Magic Murtagh on the mark Magic Murtagh on the mark ( ) ZZZZ3:09 amZZZZ
Tim Murtagh would have returned to the Lord's pavilion at lunchtime yesterday tired and bruised - weary from sending down nine overs off the reel for the stunning figures of 5-13 and sore from pinching himself to believe what had just happened.
Truth stranger than fiction at Lord's Truth stranger than fiction at Lord's ( ) ZZZZ3:02 amZZZZ
“You couldn’t get a fantasy writer to come up with this”, grinned one delirious Irish fan as day one of the Ireland v England Test drew to a close. “You’d have to get Salvador Dali to paint it – it’s surreal!”
Root backs Ireland Test elevation Root backs Ireland Test elevation ( ) ZZZZ12:55 amZZZZ
ON the eve of Ireland’s first Test match at Lord’s, England World Cup winner Joe Root has backed Ireland’s elevation to the Test arena.
On a day like this it's good to be alive On a day like this it's good to be alive ( ) ZZZZ6:33 amZZZZ
Samuel Beckett loved his trips to Lord’s, even travelling from his home in France just to catch an Ashes Test. On the first day he would stroll to the ground through sunny Regents Park, bubbling with enthusiasm at the trees, birdsong and the company of friends.
Ireland keep faith with Wilson Ireland keep faith with Wilson ( ) ZZZZ6:28 amZZZZ
Gary Wilson is set to become Ireland's third wicketkeeper in as many Test matches when the historic encounter with England gets under way at Lord's this morning, with Lorcan Tucker on standby.
Stirling facing big decision Stirling facing big decision ( ) ZZZZ12:54 amZZZZ
Paul Stirling has a big decision to make. It’s not one of the ones he makes every day, like whether to go forward or back to the spinner, or whether to hit Jimmy Anderson for four or six when he faces his first ball in Lord’s.
Can Ireland dare to dream? Can Ireland dare to dream? ( ) ZZZZ12:37 amZZZZ
Last Friday I was at Royal Portrush Golf Links to watch the Open Championship and on Wednesday morning I will be at Lords to watch the Test match between England and Ireland.
Porterfield on a high ahead of England clash Porterfield on a high ahead of England clash ( ) ZZZZ6:48 amZZZZ
WILLIAM PORTERFIELD will enjoy one of the high spots of his 11 years as captain when he walks out for the toss with Joe Root ahead of the historic first Test match between England and Ireland at Lord’s.
Ireland all-time Test XI Ireland all-time Test XI ( ) ZZZZ1:55 amZZZZ
A man who has seen Irish cricket teams play more than most over the past 40 years is Belfast Telegraph cricket correspondent Ian Callender. He selects his all-time Ireland Test XI.
Has Test come too late for Irish cricket? Has Test come too late for Irish cricket? ( ) ZZZZ11:58 pmZZZZ
IT WILL be a great occasion: the dark stuff will flow, great swathes of north-west London will turn green for a few days and Larry Leprechaun will be in his pomp. But will the inaugural Test match between England and Ireland at Lord’s this week be anything of a contest?
Ireland reach Promised Land Ireland reach Promised Land ( ) ZZZZ9:54 pmZZZZ
Ireland’s ascent to Test cricket was a lot like one of those mountaineering challenges. Some of the slips could have proved disastrous, even fatal, but on they trudged towards their target.
Ireland face tough Test Ireland face tough Test ( ) ZZZZ11:40 pmZZZZ
While Ben Stokes and Josh Butler have been rested ahead of the Ashes series, Chris Woakes, Johnny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Jason Roy and, of course, Test captain Joe Root have all been included.
The Irish woman who put Brearley in his place The Irish woman who put Brearley in his place ( ) ZZZZ10:14 pmZZZZ
A small, feisty woman from Mullingar looms large in the mythology of Lord’s. Annie Gertrude Doyle, always known as Nancy, was the cook who served the players’ dining room for more than 35 years up to her retirement in 1996.
Inside Lord's Inside Lord's ( ) ZZZZ10:04 pmZZZZ
The honours board, Women and Lord's, The Irish who ran the Home of Cricket and from Clontarf to Kilburn.
Rain ruins Ireland warm-up game Rain ruins Ireland warm-up game ( ) ZZZZ12:15 amZZZZ
Rain reduced play on the second and final day of Ireland's warm-up match against Middlesex 2nd XI yesterday to just two hours and was turned into a middle practice session with no score kept.
Ireland's future stars Ireland's future stars ( ) ZZZZ1:24 amZZZZ
The Lord’s Test will make a glorious full-stop on some fine careers, although others may hang on for the World T20 qualifiers at the end of the year. One way or another, the likes of William Porterfield (34), Kevin O’Brien (35), Gary Wilson (33), Boyd Rankin (35) and Tim Murtagh (37) have little time left in green.
How Lord's got its name How Lord's got its name ( ) ZZZZ1:15 amZZZZ
A common misconception about Lord’s is that the name has a religious, or aristocratic significance.
The Irish at Lord's The Irish at Lord's ( ) ZZZZ4:04 amZZZZ
There’s also a long tradition of Irish cricketers playing there, as MCC Young Cricketers – the game’s apprenticeship scheme – or with Middlesex, the 33rd county of Ireland.
Lord's holds special appeal Lord's holds special appeal ( ) ZZZZ3:54 amZZZZ
It’s not easy to describe the atmosphere of Lord’s and why it holds a special place among the world’s great sporting arenas. That five-and-a-half acres in St John’s Wood has been played upon for 200 years, and all cricket’s greatest exponents have batted and bowled there.
Young stakes Test claim Young stakes Test claim ( ) ZZZZ3:19 amZZZZ
Craig Young has put himself in prime position for a Test berth next week after claiming four wickets on the opening day of Ireland's two-day clash with Middlesex 2nd XI.
McCollum excited by England Test challenge McCollum excited by England Test challenge ( ) ZZZZ5:44 amZZZZ
This is the sort of work that we don’t get to see very often; the sort of work and time dedicated to a craft that often goes unnoticed by many; the sort of work that James McCollum, Ireland’s latest batting sensation, has been putting in for years.
Lord's Test dream come true for McBrine Lord's Test dream come true for McBrine ( ) ZZZZ5:23 amZZZZ
ANDY McBrine has described being named in the Ireland squad ahead of their first Test match against England at Lord’s as ‘a dream come true’.
When Ireland made the front page When Ireland made the front page ( ) ZZZZ2:52 amZZZZ
On July 24th the Irish men’s cricket team will finally play against England in a Test match – the toughest and purest form of the game – at Lord’s in London.
England name squad for Ireland Test England name squad for Ireland Test ( ) ZZZZ1:54 amZZZZ
England National Cricket Selectors have named a 13-strong squad for the Test match against Ireland at Lord’s starting on Wednesday July 24.
Balbirnie fitness boost for Ireland Balbirnie fitness boost for Ireland ( ) ZZZZ1:43 amZZZZ
They leave with fewer injury concerns over front-rank batsman Andrew Balbirnie than appeared likely at the weekend.
Doheny stars but Ireland Academy beaten Doheny stars but Ireland Academy beaten ( ) ZZZZ1:11 amZZZZ
Stephen Doheny top scored with 76 but Ireland Academy lost by five wickets against England Under 19s at Loughborough.
What a difference two days makes What a difference two days makes ( ) ZZZZ11:08 amZZZZ
WHAT a difference two days make. Zimbabwe stormed back from a nine wickets defeat to tie the Twenty20 international series against Ireland with an eight wickets success at Bready.
Zimbabwe thump Ireland to level series Zimbabwe thump Ireland to level series ( ) ZZZZ2:10 pmZZZZ
Craig Ervine survived two early reprieves to share a match winning stand of 111 from just 62 balls with Sean Williams as Zimbabwe levelled the series with an eight-wicket win.
New look Ireland shine at Bready New look Ireland shine at Bready ( ) ZZZZ12:25 amZZZZ
IRELAND’S new T20 side was unveiled before an unsuspecting Bready audience yesterday – and how they enjoyed it.
Stirling soars as Ireland beat Zimbabwe Stirling soars as Ireland beat Zimbabwe ( ) ZZZZ3:41 pmZZZZ
Paul Stirling's brilliant 83 not out powered Ireland to a nine wicket win against Zimbabwe in the second T20 international at Bready.
Uptown top Rankin Uptown top Rankin ( ) ZZZZ2:01 amZZZZ
It’s been a great week for Boyd Rankin, who enjoyed birthday celebrations with his family and got the perfect present with the news he was one of five NW Warriors players in the squad for the historic Test against England at the Home of Cricket in two weeks’ time.
T20 World Cup Qualifier countdown starts T20 World Cup Qualifier countdown starts ( ) ZZZZ10:17 amZZZZ
THE countdown to Ireland’s most important games of the year – the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in October - begins with the first Twenty20 international against Zimbabwe at Stormont.
Debut guaranteed as new faces named Debut guaranteed as new faces named ( ) ZZZZ1:22 amZZZZ
There will be at least one Test debutant when Ireland face England in the four-day match at Lord’s this month after the selectors announced a 14-man squad.
Ireland Test squad for Lords Ireland Test squad for Lords ( ) ZZZZ1:00 pmZZZZ
There are 14 included in the Ireland squad that will play England in an historic Test at Lords later this month.
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An impressive all-round display by Ireland saw them complete a convincing six-wicket win to take the series against Zimbabwe by three games to nil.
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IRELAND may have just won a bilateral series for only the second time in five years but they are fired up to make it a 3-0 clean sweep when they face Zimbabwe again in the final one-day international at Stormont.
Light at the end of the tunnel for Ireland? Light at the end of the tunnel for Ireland? ( ) ZZZZ4:34 amZZZZ
WHISPER it quietly but something special is stirring in Irish cricket with the emergence of a talented trio of youngsters, and more besides, giving rise to the belief that the years of stagnation, decline and even despair in some quarters could be coming to an end.
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Tim Murtagh’s first five-wicket haul for Ireland clinched the three-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe with a game to spare and give William Porterfield’s side back to back wins for the first time in 16 months.
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Tim Murtagh claimed a maiden international five wicket haul to lead Ireland to a dramatic five-run win against Zimbabwe, sealing their first series win against a Full Member.
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Ireland squeaked home by five runs against Zimbabwe at Stormont, but it took a career best from the old man of the side and maiden 50s for the two youngest to seal a 2-0 win in the three-match series.
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It seemed a poisoned chalice when he took on the role in December 2017 with the boys in green, a floundering mix of good players in the twilight of their careers and a young generation not fulfilling their potential.
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PAUL Stirling is backing James McCollum to become an Ireland regular at the top of the order after the Waringstown opening batsman finally got into double figures against Zimbabwe on Monday.
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REVENGE is a dish best served cold and in temperatures significantly lower than at the World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe last year, Ireland took a 1-0 lead in the one-day international series against Zimbabwe.
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Andrew Balbirnie's fifth ODI hundred helped Ireland beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in the first ODI at Bready.
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It’s not been a good week for Zimbabwe cricket. They lost an ODI series 2-0 to Netherlands, who they also lost to and tied with in the T20s. Off the field, their governing body continued to lurch from crisis to crisis, making the FAI look like a model of probity and good governance.
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BOYD Rankin finally gets to play a one-day international on his home ground today when Bready hosts Zimbabwe in the first of the three-game series
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NOTHING is achieved without hard work. For confirmation, just ask Shane Getkate who has made it into the Ireland one-day international squad for the three-match series against Zimbabwe at Bready.
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Greg Thompson is hoping it's a case of third time lucky as he seeks to establish himself in the Ireland T20 side after being discarded twice.
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GREG Thompson and Craig Young have been given the chance to break into the Ireland squad in time for the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament after being named yesterday for the three-match series against Zimbabwe.
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George Dockrell is axed from the ODI squad, while in the T20 line-up, Gareth Delany receives a call-up for the first time to the senior ranks and there's a recall for the in-form Greg Thompson.
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Robin Walsh pays tribute to former Irish international and Cricket Ireland President Alfie Linehan who has died.
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Good morning and welcome to Doritos Lord’s for the World Cup final of 2031. It’s been the shortest, most gripping tournament in years thanks to the novel format with 32 nations lining up in groups of four before the knockout rounds.
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The ICC Cricket World Cup kicked off last weekend with barely a flicker of interest among some followers of the game in Dublin.
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THE Zimbabwe tour to Ireland in July will go ahead in its entirety but only after Cricket Ireland chairman Ross McCollum had to go cap in hand to the ICC.
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The second cash crisis in six months came after the governing body was hit by internet fraudsters and lower ticket sales than expected for the recent series of internationals.
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When you consider the names that were unavailable or didn’t make the 15 involved in the first six games of the season there is plenty of confidence in the camp that Ireland are once again on an upward curve.
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PAUL STIRLING continued a prolific scoring spree with his eleventh half-century in 17 ODI innings against Afghanistan but with little support it wasn’t enough to stop Ireland stumbling to a 126-run defeat.
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Afghanistan head to the World Cup with a confidence boosting 126 run win over Ireland under their belts as Porterfield says: "We got out-disciplined in all three aspects of the game."
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All you can say about this Ireland team at the moment is that they are consistently inconsistent as just two days after skittling Afghanistan inside 37 overs, the visitors became only the second team to score 300 at Stormont.
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For the first time in six bilateral ODI series between the teams, Ireland have won the first match and it will be fascinating to see not just how Ireland follow-up but how Afghanistan, in their last competitive match before the World Cup finals, respond.
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Mark Adair took a career-best 4-19 and Boyd Rankin chipped in with three wickets as a superb bowling display in Belfast enabled Ireland to defend a modest total of 210 and beat Afghanistan by 72 runs in the first of a two-match one-day international series.
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Ireland's season is up and running after they claimed victory at the fifth attempt, to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match one-day international series against Afghanistan at Stormont.
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AT least one Ireland player is looking forward to renewing rivalry with Afghanistan at Stormont because no-one has a better recent record against them than Paul Stirling.
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There were plenty of theories – ticket prices, a workday, school and college exam season and weather being the most plausible. But are there deeper reasons? Has the tide gone out for Irish cricket?
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Tyrone Kane set to make ODI debut and Balbirnie reprimanded for his reaction to 'wrongful dismissal'
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Merrion all-rounder Tyrone Kane replaces Josh Little in the only change to the Ireland squad for the two-match series against Afghanistan which gets underway on Sunday.
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ANDY BALBIRNIE has been disciplined for showing dissent after he was wrongly given out caught behind in Ireland’s one-day international against Bangladesh and has received a demerit point from the ICC.
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Kevin O'Brien, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy and Boyd Rankin have put their names forward for next week's Caribbean Premier League draft.
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PAUL STIRLING scored his eighth one-day international century at Clontarf and William Porterfield returned to form with 94 but it wasn’t enough to prevent Ireland slipping to a six-wicket defeat by Bangladesh in their final tri-series match.
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THE World Cup this summer in England promises to be a runs feast, so maybe it’s just as well Ireland are not involved after their performances in the Tri-Series in Dublin.
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Last Sunday week I went to the wrong match. Instead of watching Ireland being demolished by the West Indies in Clontarf I wish I had carried on northwards to The Hills' lovely ground in Milverton.
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The majority of spectators at Malahide on Saturday had probably never heard of Sunil Ambris never mind seen him play before, but it was the St Vincent batsman's maiden century which ended Ireland's hopes of a first home win against a major Test nation.
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Andy Balbirnie wants Ireland to put in a complete performance in their remaining tri-series one-day international against Bangladesh after seeing his excellent century wasted by a below-par bowling effort in a five-wicket loss to the West Indies.
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IRELAND are still awaiting their first win over a top eight side as West Indies stormed to a five wickets victory in Malahide to book their place in the Tri-Series final on Friday.
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Despite a brilliant century by Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland fell to their second defeat of the Walton Tri-Series at Malahide yesterday. On a pitch that offered nothing to the bowlers the West Indies cruised to victory in a perfectly-paced reply.
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ON this day last year, Ireland were preparing to host their first day of Test match cricket, only for rain to delay the historic occasion by 24 hours.
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The Ireland selectors met last night, as planned, to confirm the 14 players who will be involved in the remaining games of the Tri-Series with the West Indies and Bangladesh.
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Liverpool supporter Andrew Balbirnie was on top of the world yesterday and he hopes to have that winning feeling again at Malahide today when Ireland play their second game in the Tri-series against Bangladesh.
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JAMES McCOLLUM is all but assured of a starting spot in the second tri-series one-day international against Bangladesh, after taking a century off the same opponents for Ireland Wolves on Sunday, but the question is: Who does he replace?
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The ups and downs of watching Ireland. Just 48 hours after reducing England, the world’s No.1-ranked side, to 101-6, the bowlers conceded a world-record 365 for the first wicket as West Indies announced their arrival in Dublin with a record-breaking batting display.
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ANDY BALBIRNIE suffered a second misfortune in three days when he was struck on the helmet and forced to retire hurt at Clontarf, as Ireland slumped to a 196-run loss to the West Indies in the opening tri-series one-day international.
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Ireland must dust themselves down this morning and continue their rebuilding project against West Indies at Clontarf, but the defeat to England on Friday will rankle for a while.
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Mark Adair should have been playing for Ireland Wolves against Bangladesh but instead he will almost certainly be playing his second one-day international, against West Indies at Clontarf (10.45am), the first match of this month’s Tri-series.
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England got a decent pre-World Cup workout at Malahide, but Ireland will be more heartened as they set about building a side to qualify for the next one.
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Josh Little enjoyed a dream ODI debut at Malahide, taking four wickets in his first five overs as Ireland gave England an almighty scare before succumbing to the World Cup favourites by four wickets.
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IRELAND are still awaiting their first win on home soil against England but the world No 1 side got their scare of their lives in Malahide.
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William Porterfield is hoping to catch England cold at Malahide today as Ireland look to exploit a favourable pitch and early-season conditions to claim the scalp of the world's best one-day international team.
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Mark Adair has been called into the Ireland squad for tomorrow's clash with England, replacing Stuart Thompson who injured his shoulder in training on Wednesday.
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BOYD Rankin admits it was a shock to have been left out of Ireland’s second Test match, against Afghanistan in India in March.
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A pair on your Test debut. You grow up dreaming of playing Test cricket. Ireland's maiden Test, in your home city, May 2018. You're the up-and-coming star of the side, aged 27, with two one-day international centuries under your belt that year.
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It is now more than eight years since Ireland shocked the cricket world with victory over England at the World Cup, but as the top ranked one-day team heads to Malahide this week, the current Ireland side will draw inspiration from the heroics of their predecessors.
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Gary Wilson returns to the Ireland squad for the one-day international against England at Malahide on Friday and the first two games of the Tri-Series against West Indies and Bangladesh on Sunday and Thursday next week.
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Josh Little, Gary Wilson and Stuart Thompson have been named in Ireland's ODI squad for the first three matches against England, West Indies and Bangladesh.
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Irish cricket’s supremo Warren Deutrom will be casting nervous glances towards the skies this week as the tail of Storm Hannah makes its way across the country.
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Jack Tector scored an unbeaten 69 as the Ireland Academy completed their tour with an emphatic 9-wicket win against Gloucestershire II.
Archer named in England squad for Ireland ODI Archer named in England squad for Ireland ODI ( ) ZZZZ3:50 amZZZZ
West Indian born Jofra Archer is named in a 14-man squad for England's ODI against Ireland in Malahide next month.
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The West Indies have named their squad for their tri-series against Ireland and Bangladesh, and there is huge disappointment for fans hoping to watch Universe Boss Chris Gayle.
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Ireland Head Coach Graham Ford has backed William Porterfield to remain as captain despite his recent poor form for Ireland.
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Rush wicket-keeper batsman Neil Rock will skipper the Ireland Academy side on their five-day tour of England next month.
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Ireland coach Graham Ford has accepted there are limitations in certain areas of his squad and a greater strength in depth is required if they are to compete at the highest level.
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Ireland must be more ruthless when they get first use of a slow pitch in forthcoming Test matches - so said William Porterfield after his side's seven wickets defeat by Afghanistan in Dehradun.
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Afghanistan duly eased to their first Test victory here yesterday, their seven-wicket win over Ireland another landmark on a remarkable sporting journey.
Unlike most lands where cricket was a legacy of British rule, Afghans only picked up the sport in the refugee camps of Pakistan in the 1990s and their rise since has been rapid.
Unlike most lands where cricket was a legacy of British rule, Afghans only picked up the sport in the refugee camps of Pakistan in the 1990s and their rise since has been rapid.
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William Porterfield could only look back on what might have been after Afghanistan eased to a seven-wicket victory over Ireland to record their first Test win on a drama-free fourth morning in Dehradun, north-east India.
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Ireland skipper William Porterfield reflected on his side's seven wicket loss, ruing their abject batting display in the first innings.
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There was to be no St Patrick’s Day miracle for Ireland but they have taken their first overseas Test match into a fourth day.
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Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien battled to half-centuries on a slow, wearing pitch as Ireland gave themselves a sniff of victory by setting Afghanistan a tricky 147 to win in the one-off Test.
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That St Patrick’s Day 2007 win over Pakistan in Jamaica is half a world from this north Indian venue, but a similar feat of grit and passion will be required to secure a victory over Afghanistan.
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Tim Murtagh delivered the best innings of his long career in north-east India, striking an unbeaten half-century to give Ireland a toehold in their one-off Test match against Afghanistan after the embarrassment of a shambolic collapse.
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It could not have started any better for Ireland with William Porterfield winning the toss but three balls after lunch Ireland were 69-8 and their first overseas Test match was turning into a nightmare.
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It’s been eight years and more than 200 innings since Tim Murtagh scored his last fifty in any form of cricket, but yesterday he picked his moment to show why he was once known as the Lambeth Lara.
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James McCollum was due to make his Test debut against Afghanistan in Dehradun this morning, the climax of a meteoric rise by the 23-year-old Waringstown batsman and a “dream come true”.
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TEN months after their first Test match in Malahide, the Ireland squad chalk up another milestone when they play their first overseas, against Afghanistan in their new home of Dehradun, in the north east of India.
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The Northern Knights duo of James Cameron-Dow and James McCollum are both set to feature in Ireland's first overseas Test which gets under way on Friday morning against Afghanistan in India.
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Ireland's next one-day international will be against England at Malahide in 51 days' time but the encouragement of a 2-2 series draw is unlikely to have any bearing on the game against Eoin Morgan's World No.1 side.
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YOU just never know what you are going to get from this Ireland side. They followed their worst batting performance of the tour with one of the best for a five-wicket win which left the five-match series against Afghanistan all square at 2-2 with one abandoned.
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ANDY BALBIRNIE and Paul Stirling scored half-centuries to make a tricky run chase look simple in Dehradun yesterday as Ireland notched a five-wicket victory over hosts Afghanistan to claim a 2-2 draw in the one-day international series in north-east India.
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BOYD Rankin is still Ireland’s most experienced Test cricketer but on Friday he will be will making his first class debut in India.
All square in Dehradun All square in Dehradun ( ) ZZZZ11:15 amZZZZ
Ireland claimed a five wicket victory and with it a share of the series as Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie mastered the masters of spin chasing down their target with 16 balls to spare after their four man spin attack had restricted Afghanistan to a total of 216.
Testing times ahead for Ireland Testing times ahead for Ireland ( ) ZZZZ8:41 pmZZZZ
But both sides can be forgiven if they are already thinking ahead to the first Test match between the nations, beginning here in Dehradun on Friday.
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Ireland must win the last game of the one-day international series against Afghanistan tomorrow to avoid a 3-1 defeat after a careless batting display condemned them to a 109 runs defeat yesterday.
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Ireland slumped to a hugely disappointing defeat by 109 runs, bowled out inside 36 overs having let Afghanistan off the hook earlier in the day..
200 and still counting 200 and still counting ( ) ZZZZ8:29 amZZZZ
Captain William Porterfield led the tributes to George Dockrell as he prepared to become the eighth international to play 200 games for Ireland.
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GEORGE DOCKRELL will win his 200th cap in Dehradun, north-east India, today and will be looking to make another telling all-round contribution as Ireland take on Afghanistan with their one-day international series tied at 1-1 with two games to play.
Back to winning ways Back to winning ways ( ) ZZZZ12:45 amZZZZ
Six matches and 15 days after arriving in India, Ireland have finally broken their duck with one of their unsung heroes steering his side to victory in the third one-day international against Afghanistan.
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ANDY BALBIRNIE struck a stunning unbeaten century in Dehradun to steer Ireland to a superb four-wicket victory over Afghanistan that levelled the one-day international series at 1-1 with two matches to play.
Centurion Balbirnie squares it Centurion Balbirnie squares it ( ) ZZZZ5:53 amZZZZ
A brilliant 145 not out from Andrew Balbirnie and a half century from George Dockrell sees Ireland to a victory that ties the series.
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Although their batsmen have still to prove themselves against the world class spin attack they are facing in this series, captain William Porterfield believes Ireland are in a “decent space and going in the right direction in the series”.
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On the anniversary of Ireland’s greatest victory, Kevin O’Brien was denied the opportunity of repeating his Bangalore heroics in the 2011 World Cup against England when rain ended the second one-day international against Afghanistan in Dehradrun before the tourists had a chance to bat.
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Rain ruined the second ODI between Ireland and Afghanistan with the contest intriguingly poised after the visitors attack fought back after a strong start by the hosts.
No way back from nightmare start No way back from nightmare start ( ) ZZZZ9:23 amZZZZ
Ireland failed to recover from a nightmare start and duly went one down in the five-match one-day international series against Afghanistan in Dehradun.
Stirling effort but Ireland well beaten by Afghanistan Stirling effort but Ireland well beaten by Afghanistan ( ) ZZZZ11:33 pmZZZZ
PAUL STIRLING opened the innings and was last out in Dehradun but his top score of 89 on a painfully slow pitch was not enough to prevent Afghanistan taking the first of a five-match one-day international series in north-east India by a five-wicket margin.
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James McCollum is set to make his Ireland debut tomorrow when Ireland begin their five match one-day international series against Afghanistan in Dehradun.
With the retirements of Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien last year, the 23-year-old Waringstown batsman seems the perfect fit for the No 4 role in the team.
With the retirements of Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien last year, the 23-year-old Waringstown batsman seems the perfect fit for the No 4 role in the team.
Ireland in danger of missing out on T20 World Cup Ireland in danger of missing out on T20 World Cup ( ) ZZZZ10:42 pmZZZZ
Paul Stirling accepts that Ireland must improve in Twenty20 cricket if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the World Twenty20 Cup in Australia next year.
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It really is an unfair contest when Ireland face Rashid Khan as the world's No 1 spinner made Afghanistan's 3-0 Twenty20 series victory a formality with another remarkable four-over spell.
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The last few days have brought mixed fortunes for Kevin O’Brien - his recent personal achievements in the T20I against Afghanistan have been balanced by the team's defeat in all three matches. However the 34-year old Dubliner is in a contemplative yet optimistic mood.
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There was no redemption for Ireland as Afghanistan made it ten in a row with a 32 run victory that was always on the cards after they had posted a first innings total of 210. A brilliant 81 from Mohammad Nabi and a 5 wicket spell including a hat-trick from Khan ensured a clean sweep in the T20 fixtures.
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A record breaking opening partnership by Afghanistan which built into a record breaking total ensured that the match was all but decided long before the Ireland openers took to the crease and despite a century partnership from Stirling and O'Brien the result was never in doubt.
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A new venue but a familiar result for Ireland. The positive is, at least, they are getting closer.
For the first time in an eight-match losing run against Afghanistan in Twenty20 cricket, the game went to the last over but, defending a below-par 133 - although Ireland took five wickets for 50 - they could not make another breakthrough.
For the first time in an eight-match losing run against Afghanistan in Twenty20 cricket, the game went to the last over but, defending a below-par 133 - although Ireland took five wickets for 50 - they could not make another breakthrough.
Ireland battle but Afghans win Ireland battle but Afghans win ( ) ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
STUART POYNTER continued his form with the bat and Boyd Rankin grabbed two wickets in an over but it wasn’t enough to upset the odds as Afghanistan beat Ireland by five wickets in Dehradun to record an eighth straight T20i victory over the Boys in Green.
The wait goes on The wait goes on ( ) ZZZZ6:36 amZZZZ
Ireland's wait to break Afghanistan's winning sequence against them in T20s goes on as Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran steer their side home with an 86 run unbeaten partnership for the sixth wicket as they chased down Ireland's 132 with 4 balls to spare.
Tough task ahead admits Stirling Tough task ahead admits Stirling ( ) ZZZZ5:15 amZZZZ
Paul Stirling admits the next three games against Afghanistan will be a huge step up in class for an Ireland side still struggling to find a winning formula in Twenty20 cricket.
Underdogs Ireland look to reverse recent history Underdogs Ireland look to reverse recent history ( ) ZZZZ1:52 amZZZZ
Ireland will look to reverse the recent history between them and Afghanistan when their three match T20I series gets underway in India on Thursday.
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Ireland arrived in India ahead of a nine-match series against Afghanistan starting on Thursday. Top-order batter Andrew Balbirnie spoke about the Oman series, Stuart Poynter’s six and feeling old.
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JAMES Shannon will not be joining up with the Ireland squad in India as he still has not recovered from the shoulder injury sustained on the Ireland Wolves tour last month.
Poynter swings it for Ireland Poynter swings it for Ireland ( ) ZZZZ10:28 pmZZZZ
STUART POYNTER produced a dream ending to the Oman T20i quadrangular tournament for Ireland with a mighty last-ball six to mid-wicket that saw the Boys in Green snatch a thrilling one-wicket victory over the Netherlands in Muscat.
Cool Poynter delivers for Ireland Cool Poynter delivers for Ireland ( ) ZZZZ9:11 pmZZZZ
STUART Poynter was the coolest man in the ground after he hit the last ball for six to give Ireland their second victory of the tournament in Oman. The bowler, Paul van Meekeren, lay prostrate on the ground in disbelief.
Miracle in Muscat as Poynter hits six off last ball to win match Miracle in Muscat as Poynter hits six off last ball to win match ( ) ZZZZ2:36 amZZZZ
Ireland’s wicket-keeper Stuart Poynter struck a miraculous six over mid-wicket off the last ball as Ireland won its final encounter of the T20I Quadrangular Tournament against Netherlands.
Scots cruise to victory in Oman Scots cruise to victory in Oman ( ) ZZZZ9:55 amZZZZ
Even a record opening stand of 115 between Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien was not enough to prevent Ireland falling to defeat by Scotland as the Scots replied with a century opening stand of their own in just 8.1 overs, enabling them to coast to a six-wicket win with nine balls to spare.
Scotland pummel Ireland despite record stand Scotland pummel Ireland despite record stand ( ) ZZZZ9:31 pmZZZZ
KEVIN O’BRIEN and Paul Stirling shared a record stand for Ireland in T20 internationals in Muscat but it wasn’t enough to stop Scotland easing to a six-wicket victory that leaves the old rivals level on one win each after two games of the quadrangular tournament.
Scots Wha Hae Scots Wha Hae ( ) ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
Ireland post record breaking first wicket partnership but to no avail as Scotland ease their way to a six wicket victory after their own breakneck start.
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Boyd Rankin is one of Ireland’s lynchpin bowlers, and who will play a pivotal role across all three formats of the game over the next six weeks.
Ireland win Oman opener Ireland win Oman opener ( ) ZZZZ10:58 pmZZZZ
PAUL STIRLING led from the front with a hard-hitting top score of 71 as Ireland opened their T20 quadrangular campaign with a 15-run victory over hosts Oman in Muscat but the win was by no means straightforward.
Stirling shines and Singh settles it Stirling shines and Singh settles it ( ) ZZZZ6:11 amZZZZ
Captain Paul Stirling blasted 71 while Simi Singh claimed 3 wickets in an over as Ireland claimed a 15-run win over Oman in their first match of the T20I Quadrangular Tournament in Oman.
Stirling gets off to winning start Stirling gets off to winning start ( ) ZZZZ1:13 amZZZZ
ON the day that he became Ireland’s leading run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket, Paul Stirling won his first competitive match as Ireland captain.
Now it gets serious Now it gets serious ( ) ZZZZ5:43 amZZZZ
After two warm-up games against an Oman Development XI, Ireland play their first competitive match of the year tomorrow (9.45am GMT) against the senior Oman side, the opening match of a Twenty20 Quadrangular tournament in Al Amarat.
Ireland hope for new dawn in T20 cricket Ireland hope for new dawn in T20 cricket ( ) ZZZZ1:46 amZZZZ
On the eve of the first match of the Quadrangular T20 tournament in Oman, Head Coach Graham Ford and Captain Paul Stirling discuss Ireland’s preparations, the challenge in Oman and the squads future focus.
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The Oman Development XI made it two wins out of two against Ireland, Sandeep Goud's 29 ball 55* trumping Paul Stirling's 78 off 48 in the Ireland innings and seeing the hosts over the line in the final over.
Familiar failings for Ireland in T20 loss Familiar failings for Ireland in T20 loss ( ) ZZZZ5:04 amZZZZ
A new year but a familiar story for Ireland in Twenty20 cricket. Yes, it was the first couple of games after more than five months off but against the weakest opposition they will face all year, Ireland have lost both matches.
Scale of Ford's task clear after defeat. Scale of Ford's task clear after defeat. ( ) ZZZZ5:13 amZZZZ
If Ireland coach Graham Ford had any illusions about the scale of the task facing him in rebuilding the T20 side, he won’t have now. His new-look side, captained by Paul Stirling, yesterday went down to a four-wicket defeat to the Oman Development XI in Muscat.
Ireland fail to fire in warm-up Ireland fail to fire in warm-up ( ) ZZZZ3:00 amZZZZ
Ireland's tour to Oman got off to the worst possible start as they went down to an Oman Development XI by 4 wickets.
Worrying times for Ireland after Omani embarrassment Worrying times for Ireland after Omani embarrassment ( ) ZZZZ2:38 amZZZZ
IRELAND have much work ahead after an unconvincing return to action when an Oman Development XI won a Twenty20 game in Al Amerat by four wickets with 28 balls to spare.
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Ireland flew out from Dublin to compete in a Quadrangular tournament in Oman in February, and play a nine-match, multi-format series against Afghanistan in India. Three players spoke about the tour challenge ahead.
Squads named for Oman and Indian trips Squads named for Oman and Indian trips ( ) ZZZZ8:25 amZZZZ
Paul Stirling is the surprise choice as captain for the upcoming Twenty20 quadrangular tournament and the three T20 internationals which start the tour to India for the nine-match series against Afghanistan.
Stirling steps up as Wolves’ appetites earn rewards Stirling steps up as Wolves’ appetites earn rewards ( ) ZZZZ4:02 amZZZZ
Performances by some of Ireland’s Wolves have earned them promotion to the Senior squads announced for the Quadrangular-series in Oman and the Afghanistan matches in India in February/March with Lorcan Tucker named in all four squads.