Ger Siggins, Sunday Tribune
Jason Molins wants to 'do a job' for Ireland and still believes he can do so. The former Ireland captain says he will commit to play until the next ICC Trophy in 2009 and hopes his form in the Middlesex league will win him a recall.
'I rang Phil Simmons in May when I heard he had said I was playing in a weak league. I told him the league was a far higher standard than Irish cricket and he told me he'd keep an eye on my scores and get his contacts in London to keep him informed. I was disappointed not to make any of the squads, or ‘A' squads this summer.
'The four A games would have been ideal for Phil to check me out - there were guys in that team who will never play for Ireland. I don't think playing in London makes much difference. Gary Wilson's not playing Irish cricket, neither are Gary Kidd or William Porterfield. 'Obviously I'm keen to play for myself but I'm also passionate to see Irish cricket do well. I was delighted to see the guys do so well at the World Cup but it was a weird experience watching it as the captain that led them there.'
Molins was annoyed by Trent Johnston's comments in this column last weekend and described them as 'absolute rubbish'. 'I can't understand how TJ can say the team is being picked on merit. The last game I played for Ireland I scored 50, I topped the averages for the ‘A' team last year.
'It can't be cricketing reasons why I'm being left out. All year we've been struggling for runs at the top of the order and I haven't got a look in. So it's either personal or political why I've been omitted.
'It suited Adi and, in a way, Trent, to keep me out in the run up to the World Cup. I can understand that, too, but it could have been handled better. It's difficult for a captain to have his predecessor in the dressing room and I'm sure Trent felt threatened. But surely after the World Cup Trent can't feel like that?
'I haven't seen TJ for a while but I have no problem with him at all. We go back a long way. But captains don't have to be best friends with their team. We're just there for a common aim, to see Irish cricket advance. I just want to play cricket.'
Molins plays for Brondesbury in the quarter-final of the Evening Standard Cup today, two steps away from a final at the Oval.
Jerry O'Sullivan worked as hard as anyone to get the story of the World Cup back from Jamaica and Guyana last March. The Newstalk sports editor was on the air around the clock and, it seemed, only got a chance to sleep while he was asking his famously lengthy questions at press conferences.
He compiled an excellent 90-minute documentary of the campaign which went out on the station last Sunday night. O'Sullivan's mixture of interviews, commentary, music and atmosphere vividly brought listeners back to those heady days in the Caribbean and anyone who missed it can catch the repeat tomorrow night. The programme goes out during the Off The Ball show which runs from 7pm to 10pm.
Another week, another European title secured as the Under-15s won their eighth in a row. It's been a long time since any Ireland side failed to win one of these, and without putting the mockers on next week's Under-13s in Denmark, or Under-17s in Scotland, it could yet again be a year of clean sweeping.
One man who is building up a fine collection of medals is Shane Getkate of Malahide, who at 15 has already won six European championships, including this year's Under-19s. He was to the fore for the Under-15s, too, scoring Ireland's only 50, against Scotland, and taking 3-5 against the Danes as the team led by Niall Delaney won all three games.
Getkate was born in Durban but moved here with his parents Barry, a South African, and Nora, a Dubliner, five years ago. He has been burning a trail through schoolboy and junior cricket ever since and last year played a full season on Malahide's first XI.
With two more years to go in CUS, Getkate has his eye on a career in cricket and has joined the Warwickshire Academy. He has played three times for the county this year and has done well.
Leinster CDO Bríain O'Rourke has spearheaded the integration of the Irish language with cricket, organising schools games through the teanga. O'Rourke is himself a fluent Irish speaker and has been known to use the cúpla focail on the field to disguise his tactics.
However, the first rule of war is know your enemy and O'Rourke fell foul of it recently. In a recent match versus Railway Union, he called out as gaeilge to wicketkeeper Fintan McAllister as to how the incoming batsman - a buachaill óg - could be easily dismissed. However, the batsman Andrew O'Neill had just sat his Leaving Cert at Coláiste Eoin, the all-Irish school in Booterstown, and was well up to Brían's mutterings.
Pity poor Ireland A player Johnny Thompson who broke his arm while going for a catch in the North West cup final on Friday evening. Thompson had topscored for Glendermott with 34 but Limavady led by 182 runs on first innings.