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Chelmsford, 27 May.
Essex 343 (71.5 overs: Robin Das 132, George Dockrell 74, Mark Adair 64; Tom Mayes 4-68) and 59-2 (15 overs; Robin Das 27*; Graham Hume 2-14)
Ireland 419 (87.5 overs: Paul Stirling 107, Lorcan Tucker 97, Andy McBrine 67; Jamal Richards 5-96)
Paul Stirling made a century on the second day against Essex (Ray Lawrence)
Andy McBrine after the second day.
CL T20 Cup
Final: Balbriggan beat The Hills by 54 runs.
Sydney Parade, 27 May.
Balbriggan 161-7 (20 overs; C Fletcher 42, M Pollard 42, C Rowe 30; J Tall 2-21, N Laegsgaard 2-24)
The Hills 107 (17 overs; A Kavanagh 34; S Willemse 3-25, D Lues 2-14, M Pollard 2-19, F Nasr 2-28)
Alan Murray T20 cup winners Balbriggan (Balbriggan CC)
Matthew Pollard produced a Man-of-the-Match performance as Balbriggan created history by winning the Alan Murray T20 Cup, beating nearby rivals The Hills by 54 runs in the showdown at Sydney Parade. Pollard thumped five sixes in his 42 from only 22 balls to get Balbriggan up to 161 for 7 - around 20 more than looked likely for the majority of their innings. Conor Fletcher's good T20 form continued at the top of the order as he too made 42 (4 fours, 2 sixes), while Cameron Rowe made a steady 30 after the innings had faltered - two wickets apiece for Jonathan Tall and Nicolaj Laegsgaard. The Hills hopes for a repeat of Laegsgaard's semi-final heroics were quickly dashed, bowled for just two in the second over by Sam Willemse. When Murray Commins fell, it sparked a flurry of wickets - four for just four runs - and at 41 for 5 the contest was effectively over. Andrew Kavanagh (34) ensured they got over 100, but it was a small consolation in a game where Balbriggan were dominant. Left-armer Sam Willemse took 3 for 25, while there were two apiece for Dylan Lues, Matt Pollard and Farooq Nasr. Another year, another trophy for Balbriggan, who on this form will be maybe right in the mix for the biggest trophy of them all - the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. They will of course get a chance too at being All-Ireland T20 champions, representing Leinster in the four-team competition in August.
CL T20 Cup
Semi-Final: The Hills beat Merrion by 9 wickets.
Anglesea Road, 27 May.
Merrion 166-6 (20 overs; Stephen Doheny 65, Jack Carty 23, Sam Harbinson 23; Tomas Rooney Murphy 3-31, Jonathan Tall 2-27)
The Hills 170-1 (16 overs; Nicolaj Laegsgaard 100, Cormac Mcloughlin-Gavin 44*)
Nicolaj Laegsgaard hit 15 sixes and 2 fours in 100 from just 37 balls (Rodney Smythe)
Nicolaj Laegsgaard produced one of, if not the most destructive innings in the history of T20 cricket as The Hills powered past Merrion to reach the Alan Murray final. Chasing Merrion's 166 for 6, the Danish international hit a barely believable 15 sixes and 2 fours in his unbeaten 100 which took only 37 balls. He shared an opening stand of 134 in 10.3 overs with Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin as a shell-shocked home attack were battered into submission. McLoughlin-Gavin made an unbeaten 44 (5 fours, 1 six) as the Milverton side cruised to the 9-wicket win. Earlier Stephen Doheny's hard-hit 65 from 39 balls (10 fours, 1 six) was the highlight of the home side's innings, sharing stands of 56 and 52 for the first two wickets with Jack Carty and Sam Harbinson - both of whom made 23. The innings lost its way somewhat as Tomas Rooney-Murphy and Jonathan Tall took a combined five wickets to apply the brakes. Sean Stanton and Max Sorensen struck a few lusty blows as 30 came in the last three overs. It looked a challenging total but Laegsgaard's boundary blitz - 98 of the 100 came in boundaries - made it look woefully inadequate.
CL T20 Cup
Semi-Final: Balbriggan beat Railway Union by 6 wickets.
Sydney Parade, 27 May.
Railway Union 171-9 (20 overs; Riley Mudford 101, Liam McCarthy 28; Dylan Lues 4-24, Farooq Nasr 3-9)
Balbriggan 173-4 (18.5 overs; Farooq Nasr 56, Greg Ford 41*, Conor Fletcher 25, Cameron Rowe 22, Chris de Freitas 21)
Samuel Willemse of Balbriggan (Rodney Smythe)
Balbriggan reached the final with a fine batting effort which once again showcased the depth and quality of the squad that Andre Botha has assembled. Railway had started well and with Riley Mudford hitting 9 sixes and 6 fours in a brilliant 101, the prospect of Balbriggan featuring in the decider looked a remote one. Mudford shared a fourth wicket stand of 104 in just 10 overs with Liam McCarthy (28) and at that stage, 200 was on the cards. However, 'spin to win' saw Dylan Lues and Farooq Nasr share seven wickets, and while a total of 171 for 9 was a good one, they hadn't batted Balbriggan out of the game. Farooq Nasr got the chase off to an excellent start, as he hit 5 fours and 2 sixes in his 56 from 33 balls, sharing half century stands with Conor Fletcher (25) and Cameron Rowe (22). Chris De Freitas also chipped in with 21, while skipper Greg Ford brought his side home with a hard-hit 41 from only 18 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes) as they clinched the win with seven balls to spare.
NCU Challenge Cup
Round 1: Woodvale lost to CSNI in a Superover.
Ballygomartin Road, 27 May.
Woodvale 272/7 (50 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 80, Aditya Adey 72*, James Hall 27, Euan Scott 23; Finn Lutton 2-53, Adam Leckey 2-55)
CSNI 272 (50 overs: Marc Ellison 46, Stuart Thompson 46, Ryan Hunter 35, Ryan Harrison 30; Stephen Bunting 2-44, Carl Robinson 2-45, Ludwig Kaestner 2-56)
Ruhan Pretorius bowling (CricketEurope)
After nearly eight hours of play a titanic struggle came down to a Superover as CSNI tied Woodvale's challenging 272 in 'normal' time. CSNI had started their chase slowly but were favourites going into the final three overs needing only a run-a-ball. With 6 required off the final over the scores were tied from the fourth delivery, but Bunting bowled Lutton with the fifth, and Yeates was run out off the sixth to leave the scores tied. Superover - Bunting to Thompson in Superover - 4, 4, 6, dot , lb, Ryan Harrison facing - 4nb, 6 = 26 / Ryan Harrison to Kaestner - 1, Pretorius facing - W(bowled), Hall facing - 1, Kaestner - 1, Hall - 2, nb+1 , Kaestner - 6 = 13
NCU Challenge Cup
Round 1: Muckamore beat Cregagh by 5 wickets
Moylena, 27 May.
Cregagh 105 (38.4 overs: Jay Hunter 32, Noah Kelly 27; Neil Gill 5-15, Ewan Wilson 2-23)
Muckamore 107/5 (24.4 overs: Kyllin Vardhan 55, Satish Suresh 20; Adam McCormick 3-32)
Neil Gill on his way to five wickets (CricketEurope)
Muckamore captain Neil Gill was in scintillating form after asking Cregagh to bat first claiming a five wicket haul as the visitors were dumped out for 105. Muckamore opener Kyllin Vardhan with 55 saw the host through to the next round, Adam McCormick with three wickets for the visitors.
NCU Challenge Cup
Round 1: Armagh lost to Waringstown by 195 runs
The Mall, 27 May.
Waringstown 325/7 (50 overs: Morgan Topping 83, Greg Thompson 76, James Cameron-Dow 67, Rory Bessell 37, Ben Snell 31; Harry Doyle 3-68)
Armagh 130 (30.4 overs: Matthew Stenson 41, Brynn Cleaver 25; Pat Botha 5-11, Ben Snell 2-31)
Pat Botha took five wickets (CricketEurope)
Three hundred seemed a long way off when Waringstown were 9/3 and with Lee Nelson retired hurt into the bargain! But with Morgan Topping continuing a golden run of form 142 were added for the fourth wicket in a partnership with skipper Greg Thompson and there were runs for everyone down the order as the Villagers piled up the runs. The chase never got going, Matthew Steenson and Brynn Cleaver the only players to get past 20 before Pat Botha's off-spin accounted for the tail.
NCU Challenge Cup
Round 1: Dundrum lost to CIYMS by 302 runs
The Meadow, 27 May.
CIYMS 382 (47.1 overs: Ross Adair 184, Tyron Koen 102, Chris Dougherty 27, Carson McCullough 26; Stiaan Swanepol 4-60, Ged Donnell 3-70)
Dundrum 80 (29.2 overs: Stiaan Swanepol 25; John Matchett 4-7, Adam Kennedy 2-8, Allen Coulter 2-25)
Ross Adair scored 184 (CricketEurope)
A 'Big Ton' from Ross Adair who hit 23x4 & 10x6 in his 184 meant this tie was well and truly over by the change of innings. With a better than a run-a-ball century from Tyron Koen (6x4, 6x6) adding to Dundrum's woes as they conceded 382 but had the satisfaction of bowling out their visitors, Stiaan Swanepol taking four wickets and Ged Donnell three. After Allen Coulter and Adam Kennedy had taken two wickets each at the top of the reply CIYMS skipper John Matchett chose his moment to slip himself on and wrap things up taking 4-7 in 4.2 overs.
NCU Challenge Cup
Round 1: Cliftonville Academy lost to Lisburn by 6 runs
Castle Grounds, 27 May.
Lisburn 162 (48.4 overs: Jonathan Waite 46, James Hunter 45, Faiz Fazal 27; Ben Kane 5-25, Richard Hood 2-32)
Cliftonville Academy 156/9 (20 overs: Jared Wilson 55, Robbie Moffett 25; Mark Berry 3-19, Matthew Humphreys 2-30, Neil Whitworth 2-31)
Ben Kane (CricketEurope)
An amazing over from Cliftonville Academy's left-arm spinner Ben Kane which saw him dismiss Waite, Jones, Whiteworth and Berry without conceding a run meant that the visitors could only total a vulnerable 162. But Matthew Humphreys dismissed Max Burton and David Reid in the third over of the chase and it took a half century from Jared Wilson to keep the hosts in with a chance, but the return of Mark Berry who claimed three wickets ensured that Lisburn squeezed home by 6 runs.
NCU Challenge Cup
Round 1: North Down lost to Derriaghy by 3 wickets
Comber, 27 May.
North Down 268/7 (50 overs: Ani Chore 88, Peter Eakin 82*, Ally Shields 52; Craig Lewis 3-50)
Derriaghy 272/7 (49.1 overs: Patrick Kruger 76*, Jordan Wade 64, Jamie Magowan 42; Naushad Shaikh 2-50, Peter Davison 2-37)
Patrick Kruger (CricketEurope)
Derriaghy caused the shock of the round as they chased 268 to beat North Down in a high quality contest at The Green. Half centuries from Ani Chore (88), Peter Eakin (82*) and Ally Shields (52) looked to have put the Comber side well on top at the halfway stage but Derriaghy had other ideas. Jordan Wade (64) and Jamie Magowan (42) ensured they were always in contention, while professional Patrick Kruger's unbeaten 76 stered them into the last eight and secured a famous win for the Queensway side.
NCU Challenge Cup
Round 1: Instonians beat Ballymena by 9 wickets
Shaw's Bridge, 27 May.
Ballymena 156 (43.3 overs: John Glass 54, Glen Adams 24, Sam Glass 21; Shane Dadswell 5-31, James Magee 2-23, Cian Robertson 2-29)
Instonians 157/1 (16.5 overs: Robert McKinley 67*, Nikolai Smith 41, Cade Carmichael 33*)
Shane Dadswell took five wickets (Pacemaker Press)
A five wicket haul for professional Shane Dadswell and an unbeaten 67 from Robert McKinley were the highlights of Instonians' emphatic 9-wickets win over Ballymena. South African professional Dadswell took 5-31, while there were two wickets apiece for James Magee and Cian Robertson as the Eaton Park side were dismissed for 156 - John Glass making 54. The modest target was knocked off with little trouble inside 17 overs, with Robert McKinley hitting ten boundaries in his unbeaten 67, sharing stands of 78 with Nikola Smith (41) and 79 with Cade Carmichael (33*).
NCU Challenge Cup
Round 1: Templepatrick lost to Carrickfergus by 25 runs
The Cloghan, 27 May.
Carrickfergus 232/8 (50 overs: Craig Averil 113, Michael Rippon 45, Levi Cave 20; Bradley Munro 4-16, Ross Bryans 2-35)
Templepatrick 207 (47.3 overs: Bradley Munro 111*, Robert Smith 28, Michael Stewart 21, Ross Bryans 20; Michael Rippon 3-19, Jake Egan 2-43)
Successful appeal for Munro (CricketEurope)
Templepatrick came close to causing the second big upset of the day, with Bradley Munro posting a century, but they lost their last 5 wickets for only 2 runs, as 206/5 turned into 207 all out, Michael Rippon mesmerising the tail, coupled with two panicked run outs enough to save the Cowboys' blushes. Earlier Craig Averill had scored a century in a Carrickfergus innings that stuttered with Munro claiming four wickets before late runs from Rippon gave them just enough to make it to the next round.
NW Premiership
Glendermott lost to Killyclooney by 9 wickets
The Rectory, 27 May.
Glendermott 218 (36.3 overs; Gihahn Cloete 139*, Leyland McElwee 51; Tim Dougherty 3-41, Mark Gordon 2-17, Matthew Campbell 2-32)
Killyclooney 221/1 (28.2 overs; Blayde Capell 135*, Kenzie Hall 78*)
Thumbs up from Blayde Capell whose unbeaten 135 led Killyclooney to a 9-wickets win over Glendermott (CricketEurope)
It was a tale of two centuries at The Rectory as Killyclooney made light work of a 219-run target to win by 9 wickets. A second wicket stand of 116 between Leyland McElwee (51) and Gihan Cloete put Glendermott in a strong position as they reached 122 for 1. Cloete went on to make his third century of the season as he hit 20 fours and 6 sixes in his 139 not out - the home side making 218. William Finlay went early in the reply, but that was to be the end of success for the home side, South African professional Blayde Capell hit 12 fours and 10 sixes in an unbeaten 135 from only 83 balls. He found a willing partner in teenager Kenzie Hall, who hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in his 78 not out - the duo sharing an unbroken second wicket stand of 212 in 27 overs sealing a 9-wickets win.
NW Premiership
Ballyspallen lost to Strabane by 196 runs
Ballyspallen, 27 May.
Strabane 323/3 (40 overs; Nasir Nawaz 121, Aaron Gillespie 83, Ryan Gallagher 71*, Rhys Logue 21*; Demith Perera 2-43)
Ballyspallen 127 (24.5 overs; Stephen Kennedy 44; Rhys Logue 4-23, Vadivel Moorthy 4-24, Ryan Gallagher 2-14)
Strabane bounced back from last week's National Cup mauling in Dublin to inflict similar punishment on Ballyspallen. A second wicket stand of 167 in 21 overs between prolific Pakistan professional Nasir Nawaz and Aaron Gillespie laid the basis for a huge total. Nawaz top-scored with 121 from 78 balls, hitting 16 fours and 5 sixes. Gillespie hit 7 fours and 4 sixes in his 83 from 74 deliveries, while Ryan Gallagher dominated a fourth wicket stand of 80 in 10 overs with Rhys Logue. Gallagher made an unbeaten 71 from 61 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes) as the Tyrone side posted 323 for 3. The Ballyspallen chase never got going as they were dismissed for 127 - Stephen Kennedy making 44. There were four wickets apiece for Rhys Logue and Vadivel Moorthy, while Ryan Gallagher took two in the 196-run win.
NW Premiership
Burndennett lost to St Johnston by 1 wicket
Burndennett, 27 May.
Burndennett 205/8 (40 overs; Andy Barr 66, Derek Curry 33*, Corey Roulston 31; Jacob Maroske 3-30, Nathan Cole 3-48)
St Johnston 208/9 (38.5 overs; Graeme McCarter 124*, Nathan Cole 32; Ross McCay 3-20, Mark Pollock 3-26, John McGettigan 2-42)
Graeme McCarter (CricketEurope)
St Johnston Head Coach Graeme McCarter helped the Donegal side to an amazing last-gasp win over Burndennett. Chasing 206 the Saints looked down and out as three wickets for Mark Pollock and Ross McCay saw them slump to 67 for 7. However McCarter and Nathan Cole (32) added 74 for the 8th wicket to give them an outside chance. However, when the 9th wicket fell, 65 were still required from 7 overs. McCarter though was the hero as the former Irish international hit 11 fours and 10 sixes - four of them in the penultimate over to seal a famous win.
NW Premiership
Eglinton lost to Fox Lodge by 26 runs
Eglinton, 27 May.
Fox Lodge 200 (39.2 overs; Craig Doherty 59, Johnny Robinson 58, Aaron Heywood 28; Lee Ritchie 3-26, Andy Millar 3-36, Jamie Millar 3-44)
Eglinton 174 (37.4 overs; Andy Millar 60, Ramey Harpur 2-19, Aaron Heywood 2-28, Gayan Maneeshan 2-28)
Fox Lodge returned to the scene of their most famous win, as they beat Eglinton by 26 runs. Half centuries for Craig Doherty (59) and Johnny Robinson (58) rescued the Ballymagorry side from a precarious 43 to 4. The pair shared a 5th wicket stand of 97 as Fox Lodge made 200 - three wickets for Lee Ritchie, Andy and Jamie Millar. Eglinton were always playing catch up in the chase despite 60 from Andy Millar (5 fours, 3 sixes). Two wickets apiece for Ramey Harpur, Aaron Heywood and Gayan Maneeshan seeing the villagers 174 all out - Jonny Robinson taking off the pads to claim the last wicket.
NW Premiership
Brigade beat Donemana by 10 runs
Beechgrove, 27 May.
Brigade 240/6 (40 overs; Adam McDaid 72, Scott Macbeth 65*, Ifty Hussain 56, Ryan Macbeth 22*; Kyle Dougherty 4-50)
Donemana 230/9 (40 overs; Geeth Kumara 96, William McClintock 58; Andy Britton 4-45, Scott Macbeth 2-42, Ryan Macbeth 2-46)
Andy Britton traps Dwayne McGerrigle lbw. (CricketEurope)
The clash between league leaders Donemana and Brigade lived up to its billing as game of the day. A second wicket stand of 128 in 26 overs between Adam McDaid (72) and Ifty Hussain (56) laid the platform for a strong finish. Scott Macbeth thumped 6 sixes and 2 fours in an unbeaten 65 from just 33 balls, sharing a 7th wicket stand of 72 in just 6 overs with elder brother Ryan as Brigade made 240 for 6. Donemana were in early trouble at 32 for 3, but a fourth wicket partnership of 100 between Sri Lankan professional Geeth Kumara and William McClintock left the contest in the balance. McClintock fell for 58, but with Kumara closing in on a century, the required target was 18 off 8 balls. The decisive moment came when Kumara was caught on the boundary for 96 - Brigade going on to win by 10 runs with skipper Andy Britton taking four wickets.
Brigade captain Andy Britton after his side beat Donemana by 10 runs
NW Premiership
Bready v Ardmore. Match postponed due to Ardmore travelling to Cork.
Magheramason, 27 May.
NW Premiership
Newbuildings lost to Coleraine by 1 wicket
Foyleview Arena, 27 May.
Newbuildings 273/6 (40 overs; Mark Hanna 90, Ross Dougherty 45, Hanu Viljoen 40, Ryan Hunter 24; Matthew Hutchinson 2-52)
Coleraine 276/9 (38.4 overs; Marcus Poskitt 123, Matthew Smyth 43, Matthew Hutchinson 34, Rory Knox 21, Rav Karunaratne 20; Ross HUnter 3-42, Ross Dougherty 2-9)
Marcus Poskitt (CricketEurope)
Defending champions Newbuildings lost a thriller in controversial circumstances at home to Coleraine. Chasing 274, the Bannsiders required 18 off the last two overs with the last pair at the crease. However, the umpires penalised Newbuildings 12 runs for slow over-rate reducing the target to just six. Patrick Carson then struck two boundaries to win the game with eight balls to spare. Marcus Poskitt's brilliant 123 from just 83 balls (19 fours, 5 sixes) spearheaded the chase sharing stands of 88 and 80 with Matthew Smyth (43) and Matthew Hutchinson (34). Earlier, Newbuildings opener Mark Hanna hit 13 fours and 4 sixes in 90 from just 58 balls, dominating an opening stand of 90 with Jason Dunn. Ross Dougherty (45) and Hanu Viljoen (40) were also in the runs as the hosts looked to have posted a winning total of 273 for 6 - former Irish youth international Poskitt had other ideas though!
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Irish International
Paul Stirling made a century on the second day against Essex (Ray Lawrence)
Paul Stirling made a century on the second day against Essex (Ray Lawrence) ©CE
Stirling century puts Ireland on top ZZZZ12:09 amZZZZ
A hard-fought century to Paul Stirling, a sparkling 97 from Lorcan Tucker and an entertaining 67 from Andy McBrine saw Ireland fightback from a precarious 65-5 to end Day 2 leading Essex by 17 runs.
Mayes and Dockrell give Irish selectors a nudge ZZZZ8:51 pmZZZZ
GEORGE DOCKRELL and Tom Mayes gave the Ireland selectors a nudge ahead of next week’s Test match at Lord’s with solid performances on the first day of a warm-up game against Essex at Chelmsford.
Ireland made to battle against Essex ZZZZ1:08 pmZZZZ
It was a tough day at the office for the Ireland team but not all of the visiting players as they began their match preparation for next week’s Lord’s Test at Chelmsford.
Nathan Hauritz back in Australia ZZZZ8:53 amZZZZ
Ireland has confirmed it has granted Nathan Hauritz, National Spin Bowling Coach, compassionate leave for personal family reasons.
Four Ireland players in Essex team for warm-up game ZZZZ8:19 amZZZZ
With Essex having a lot of county cricket and a number of injuries, it has also been agreed that the four players not selected in the Ireland team will play for Essex.
Stirling to play against Essex ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
Ireland has confirmed Paul Stirling will join the Ireland squad on Saturday and play Days Two and Three of the match against Essex that precedes the Test Match against England Men that starts next Thursday.
Women's Representative Cricket
Mary-Anne Musonda made 71 (Seb Daly (Sportsfile))
Mary-Anne Musonda made 71 (Seb Daly (Sportsfile)) ©CE
Double delight for Dragons ZZZZ8:26 amZZZZ
Dragons completed back to back wins in the Super T20 Trophy, following up their success against champions Scorchers with an exciting five wickets victory over Typhoons at Oak Hill yesterday.
Sargent bowls Typhoons to victory ZZZZ9:06 pmZZZZ
Four wickets for Freya Sargent led Typhoons to a surprisingly easy eight-wickets win over defending champions Scorchers at Anglesea Road.
Prendergast and Paul star as Dragons surprise Scorchers ZZZZ8:32 pmZZZZ
Irish internationals Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast and Arlene Kelly starred as the Dragons shocked defending champions Scorchers in a T20 match at Merrion.
Dragons lose both Super Series games at Lisburn ZZZZ2:58 amZZZZ
The Dragons batting failed to fire as they were beaten comfortable in their Super Series double-header at Wallace Park.
Musonda leads Scorchers to victory in Super Series ZZZZ11:56 amZZZZ
Zimbabwean Mary-Anne Musonda led Scorchers to a five-wicket win in the opening match of the Super Series at Malahide.
Irish Interprovincial
Ross Adair acknowledges the applause for his half century. (CricketEurope)
Ross Adair acknowledges the applause for his half century. (CricketEurope) ©CE
Getkate leads Warriors home ZZZZ8:22 amZZZZ
Shane Getkate stepped up in his role as stand-in captain of North West Warriors to take them to a three wickets victory and inflict a first defeat of the season on Northern Knights.
Warriors join Knights at top of table ZZZZ8:21 pmZZZZ
The North West Warriors joined the Northern Knights at the top of the Interpo 50-overs Cup table after winning an exciting last-over tussle at Bready.
Warriors fail to beat severely depleted Lightning ZZZZ9:34 amZZZZ
North West Warriors failed to take advantage of a weakened Leinster Lightning side and went down by three wickets in their inter-provincial Cup match at Bready yesterday.
Knights name squad for Warriors trip ZZZZ1:42 pmZZZZ
The Northern Knights have named a squad of 12 to play the North West Warriors in the Interprovincial 50-overs Cup at Bready on Thursday.
Knights Topping Table ZZZZ1:28 amZZZZ
Morgan Topping may have fallen eight runs short of a deserved century but he ensured Northern Knights made it two wins out of two in this year’s inter-provincial Cup, with victory over defending champions Munster Reds at Stormont.
All Ireland Cups
Levi Kerr is bowled by Sean McNicholl (CricketEurope)
Levi Kerr is bowled by Sean McNicholl (CricketEurope) ©CE
Irish Senior Cup second round draw ZZZZ12:47 amZZZZ
The draw for the second round of the Irish Senior Cup has been released, with holders CIYMS facinga tough away trip to Leinster, while six-times winners Waringstown have been drawn at home to Clontarf in two of the ties of the round.
North County face Rush in National Cup ZZZZ12:30 amZZZZ
Holders North County have been drawn home to three times winners Rush in the second round of the National Cup.
Waringstown brush aside the North west Champions ZZZZ8:29 amZZZZ
Waringstown, the most successful team in the Irish Senior Cup, made light of their opening assignment in pursuit of their seventh trophy, with a resounding victory over North West Premiership champions Newbuildings.
Slaughter of the innocents as NW sides massacred again in Irish Cup ZZZZ4:08 amZZZZ
The North West side again found the going tough in the Irish Cup as the 19-year drought shows no signs of ending anytime soon..
Rush justify National Cup favourites tag ZZZZ3:58 amZZZZ
Three times winners Rush thump Strabane, while there are also wins for Muckamore, Civil Service, Killyclooney, Burndennett, Cregagh, Cliftonville Academy, Derriaghy, Knockharley, and North Kildare.
Neil Gill on his way to five wickets (CricketEurope)
Neil Gill on his way to five wickets (CricketEurope) ©CricketEurope
Day of thrills and spills in NCU Challenge Cup ZZZZ1:01 amZZZZ
There was a first with a Super Over required to separate CSNI and Woodvale, while Derriaghy caused the shock of the day beating North Down. There were also five wicket hauls for Ben Kane, Shane Dadswell, Pat Botha and Neil Gill.
Can Armagh topple NCU cricketing royalty? ZZZZ8:35 amZZZZ
THE King was in Armagh yesterday and although he didn’t make it to The Mall, cricket royalty will be playing at the picturesque venue tomorrow when the Section One club host Waringstown in the second round of the  Challenge Cup.
Waringstown depth to be tested in Irish Cup clash ZZZZ1:15 pmZZZZ
Injuries to James McCollum and Lee Nelson plus Cricket Ireland's instruction for Graham Hume to sit out the game will make it a test of Waringstown's depth.
Waringstown join CIYMS at top of the table ZZZZ11:12 amZZZZ
Waringstown joined CIYMS at the top of the Premier League table after a 34 runs victory at The Lawn over previously unbeaten North Down.
Nicolaj Laegsgaard hit 15 sixes and 2 fours in 100 from just 37 balls (Rodney Smythe)
Nicolaj Laegsgaard hit 15 sixes and 2 fours in 100 from just 37 balls (Rodney Smythe) ©CE
Balbriggan win Alan Murray T20 Cup ZZZZ12:00 amZZZZ
Matthew Pollard produced a Man-of-the-Match performance as Balbriggan created history by winning the Alan Murray T20 Cup, beating nearby rivals The Hills by 54 runs in the showdown at Sydney Parade.
Donegan making his mark ZZZZ2:11 amZZZZ
It’s been a memorable month for Mark Donegan on and off the field.
World Cup heroes to do battle on T20 finals day ZZZZ5:49 pmZZZZ
Three of the four sides are coached by former Irish internationals, with Jeremy Bray, Kevin O’Brien and Andre Botha all part of the ‘class of 2007’ that heralded Ireland’s arrival on the world stage in the West Indies.
Four Dublin sides in Irish University semi-finals ZZZZ2:30 pmZZZZ
There will be four Dublin sides in the Irish Universities outdoor tournament following Dublin University's 108-run win over UCC at The Mardyke.
North West
Andy Britton traps Dwayne McGerrigle lbw. (CricketEurope)
Andy Britton traps Dwayne McGerrigle lbw. (CricketEurope) ©CE
Day of close finishes in North West ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
Brigade edged out Donemana in the game of the day, while Graeme McCarter and Marcus Poskitt scored hundreds in one-wicket wins for St Johnston and Coleraine. There were also wins for Fox Lodge, Killyclooney and Strabane.
Big Two clash at Beechgrove ZZZZ8:26 amZZZZ
It's the fixture that always leaps out when the season’s schedule is published and this year it’s the only time that Brigade and Donemana will meet in the NW Premiership.
Making his mark for Burndennett ZZZZ1:14 pmZZZZ
It’s been a superb start to the season for Burndennett top-order batsman Mark Pollock, who was yet again amongst the runs in their Irish National Cup win over Laois.
Donemana professional luck to change? ZZZZ1:08 pmZZZZ
They hope to have clinched a short-term deal for Sri Lankan all-rounder Geeth Kumara, who was instrumental in securing a historic first Senior Cup triumph for Fox Lodge last year, as they stunned favourites Newbuildings.
The View
Andrew Nixon: 11 May ZZZZ2:28 amZZZZ
A look at the recent news of the ICC's revenue split.
Mike Halliday: 1 May ZZZZ8:36 amZZZZ
Ireland's bowling struggles in Asian conditions.
Barry Chambers: 23 April ZZZZ7:41 amZZZZ
Fresh challenges as a new season dawns, a fixture for Ireland Wolves, sweet charity, and you say it best when you say nothing at all.
Barry Chambers: 9 April ZZZZ6:17 amZZZZ
In at the deep end, golfing matters, squad rotation and sing when you're winning. Thoughts from Ireland's tour of Bangladesh.
CricketEurope International
Scotland WCQ games confirmed ZZZZ3:01 amZZZZ
Scotland will face great rivals Ireland and 1996 World Cup winners Sri Lanka in Group B of the ICC Men’s World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in June.
WCQ schedule released ZZZZ2:58 amZZZZ
The schedule for the World Cup Qualifier has been released, following the confirmation of the 10 teams that will feature at the event hosted in Zimbabwe from 18 June – 9 July 2023.
Scotland name squad for World Cup Qualifier ZZZZ9:18 amZZZZ
The Scotland squad has been confirmed today ahead of the ICC  World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, which runs from June 18 until July 9.
Cricket gold again for Cambodia at South East Asian Games ZZZZ4:23 amZZZZ
Another win over Malaysia, this time in the men's T20, secures another gold. Meanwhile, Indonesia take gold in the women's sixes.
Scotand announce player contracts ZZZZ9:06 amZZZZ
In total, fourteen men’s contracts and nine women’s contracts have been issued for the current season, with varying bands recognising the needs of players and organisation.
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MCC prove too strong for Irish Universities ZZZZ7:54 pmZZZZ
MCC ran out convincing winners at College Park thanks to 99 from Oliver Martyn-Hempell, plus a fine all-round display by Gavin Hoey who followed up his 66 with four wickets.
Emphatic win for Cork County ZZZZ3:13 amZZZZ
Cork County produced a fine display as they beat Midleton by 10 wickets at Towns Park
Ireland Development squad to play in European Championships ZZZZ11:56 amZZZZ
Ireland will once again be sending a development squad to the 2023 European Cricket Championships in Spain this October as part of the pan-European competition.
Life begins at 40 for Ireland ZZZZ1:28 amZZZZ
Ireland Over 40’s will take on England in an inaugural clash between the two veteran sides ahead of the Lord’s Test.
Ehtesham Ahmed and James Newland in MCC squad for Belize ZZZZ3:36 amZZZZ
YMCA all-rounder Ehtesham Ahmed and Malahide's James Newland are part of the MCC squad that is embarking on a tour of Belize.
Munster double at Ireland Awards ZZZZ2:42 amZZZZ
Munster picked up two Cricket Ireland awards with Cork Harlequins winning the Club of the Year and Limerick's Declan Nearly winning Club Official of the Year.
Death of Peter Thomas ZZZZ10:18 amZZZZ
THE death has taken place of former Munster and Waterford all-rounder Peter Thomas, aged 78. The ex-professional footballer died after a long illness.
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 Brigade captain Andy Britton after his side beat Donemana by 10 runs
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