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Date: 21/11/2018
Author: John
Can anyone advise whether any dates have been set for the Afghanistan v Ireland Test match and if so where will it be played? Thank you.

Ed's Note: Tbc but last I heard the Test match and white-ball series will take place against Afghanistan next March. The test is scheduled to take place at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Dehradun.
Date: 20/11/2018
Author: BN
Of course Amateur players sacrifice. They aren’t paid and yes they love the sport and it is a choice but they do have to sacrifice other things in their lives to play Cricket for Ireland at a high level. Different for professionals as Cricket is their job. These amateur players should be commended for pushing themselves each day not drawn over the coals.
Date: 20/11/2018
Author: Andy Kennedy
Totally agree with Stevie B - ‘sacrifice’ was recognised on 11th November - not for playing sport.
Date: 20/11/2018
Author: Albert Ward
I see censorship is alive and well on here- a number of my totally non controversial posts never appeared. Very strange.

Ed's Note: Sorry Albert, tried contacting you at the email address provided but all bounced back.
Date: 20/11/2018
Author: Mark
Jim McCall
Sad news too on the death yesterday of Jim McCall, one of the best and nicest umpires you could meet.
Great man.
Date: 20/11/2018
Author: Barry Chambers
Jim McGranaghan
Just heard the sad news of the death of Jim McGranagahan, who played with Sion Mills for so many years, and this year with GroveHill in the Derry Midweek League.
To his wife Wendy, their two children, and all the family circle, our deepest sympathies.
Date: 19/11/2018
Author: Paul
I suppose that's one way not to give the women players contracts. Don't schedule any games!
Date: 19/11/2018
Author: John Cahill
Re: the women's cricket team and " Ed's Note: No fixtures scheduled for the next 10 months at the minute. "

Are they all with child!!!
Date: 19/11/2018
Author: Mark
Re BOB

Just saying how i see it - yes they earned the right to participate at the world cup but the performances have been poor - as they say you need to walk before you can run and unfortunately they are still learning how to walk...need to start putting in some big performances against the lower teams to gain confidence and hence winning will come.

In regards to coaching staff after most cup competitions if the teams has performed badly a change of personnel would give fresh ideas etc to the team plus the need to develop certain aspects of the game need to be developed and currently I dont think the current set up is right - learning how to rotate the strike better and shot selection needs to be addressed for starters.

I am not attacking the ladies personally but when you have a look at the batters for example I think no one even averages 28/29 within the squad
Date: 19/11/2018
Author: timmyj
"Team USA" advances to D2 and ICC/USACricket celebrating.
I'm not. The game's going down the same path it did with
the Dainty administration: EVERYTHING for the national teams,
NOTHING for everyone else. All resources
are just benefiting some 40 players, NOTHING for the domestic
game, promoting the game to mainstream Americans, etc. ICC/USACricket (the two are, right now, synonymous) are putting all their eggs in
one basket, betting the success of the national team is what's going to jump start the game in America. Its the same
strategy they tried in Canada and we all know it totally
failed.
Date: 19/11/2018
Author: Bob Spencer
RE: Mark

I feel you are a bit harsh on the Ladies playing and the coaching staff. A simple fact is there aren't that many women playing the game.
The womens team unfortunately are at a stage that the mens team were in back in 2003, namely amateurs playing against professionals.
For womens cricket to get better here it needs at least each top division club in all the unions to have at least 1 womens team and in my opinion a big recruitment drive targeting kids, hockey and Camogie players as those skills are transferable to cricket.
Date: 19/11/2018
Author: Ian Muldoon
WOMEN AND MEN DOWN UNDER (3)

I found another match of interest. In Victoria, Preston were struggling after losing three early wickets, including Eoghan Delany for 18. Fionn Hand was in next, and he scored 51 in a century stand for the fourth wicket. His side finally reached 210. Then Fionn opened the bowling. He finished with 3 for 44, and help dismiss opponents Croydon for 117.
Date: 19/11/2018
Author: Steve B
I see two stories on the Cricket Ireland site this morning which describe the four women who have retired as "legends". That word is so overused nowadays that I think it has lost all meaning. Good players by Irish standards, certainly, but in no way "legends".

Likewise, players nowadays always seem to make "sacrifices" as though they have in some way been forced to play the game rather than do something else. They only do it because they love playing the game, so it is in no way a "sacrifice" but rather a "pleasure".

#bringBackProperUseofLanguage
Date: 19/11/2018
Author: Artie Fitzimmons
Mark:
Have to agree regarding women’s matches. €500k spent last year and little to show for it.
Maybe if we spent €1 million we’d get a few shots on the off side of the wicket as the wagon-wheels from the World Cup only have one spoke!
Date: 18/11/2018
Author: Mark
I think the Irish ladies team need a break and possibly focus on playing against the weaker sides in womens world cricket for a while as their performances have been quite poor and sometimes embarrassing over the past 12-15 months - hammered in this world cup and some of the performances against NZ not so long ago were abysmal.

I would also suggest time to replace the coaching staff.

Ed's Note: No fixtures scheduled for the next 10 months at the minute.