Ed Joyce playing for IrelandAfter his 75 runs off 122 balls in England's win over Kenya it seems certain that England opener Ed Joyce will again play against Ireland in the 2007 World Cup Super8 match on Friday 30 March in Guyana.

So Joyce will be playing against Ireland for which he gained 50 caps scoring 1637 runs averaging 37.20. This will be his third match against Ireland  - he also played in a C&G fixture in 2006 for Middlesex scoring 95.

Playing for and against Ireland: is this unique? Strangely enough, no. Ed Joyce is not the first and certainly will not be the last player to have played both for and against Ireland. Indeed there are now almost 30 players in this select list.

The Hon F Ponsonby was the first, playing for Ireland in their first two matches and then for the Gentlemen of England against Ireland in Ireland's fourth fixture.

In the early years there were many others who qualified for the list after playing for I Zingari and Ireland. And in more recent times many have qualified after representing both Ireland and the MCC.  Waringstown's Garfield Harrison (118 Ireland caps) and Stephen Warke (114 Ireland Caps) both qualified through this route.  

Ed Joyce batting for England against Ireland June 2006Other recent entries include Cliftonville's Andy Patterson (MCC) and Gerard Brophy (Northamptonshire), Gary Kidd from Waringstown for MCC, Derek Heasley of Lisburn for MCC and  Niall O'Brien of Railway Union for Kent. 

Notable international players included in the list are Raman Lamba (India) who died tragically after being hit by a ball whilst fielding in a match in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1998, Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Mark Waugh (MCC and Australia), Neil Johnston (Zimbabwe) and Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan but played against Ireland for Surrey).

What is unique, however, is that Ed Joyce played for Ireland in the qualifying tournament (ICC Trophy 2005) for the World Cup 2007 and then qualified to play for England in 2006. His debut ODI for England was Ireland's first ODI at Stormont on the 13 June 2006.