It was a mixed decade for the men, with two World Cup appearances and a Test debut the highlights, but coupled with a failure to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England.

The side played 275 times during the decade, winning 118 and losing 115 games. Arguably their greatest win of all time came against England in the 2011 World Cup in Bangalore, and they followed it up by beating West Indies in Nelson in the 2015 edition.

An inaugural Test against Pakistan in Dublin in 2017, and a day to remember as a Tim Murtagh inspired bowling display saw England skittled for 85 at Lord's.

There were bad days too, with the T20 side experiencing an alarming slump down the rankings, with a loss to Oman in the 2016 T20 World Cup amongst the worst, and that incredible loss to the Netherlands in the 2014 tournament perhaps was the beginning of the end in the format.

Coaches Phil Simmons, John Bracewell and Graham Ford used 53 different players across the formats, with two teenagers when the decade began leading the batting and bowling.

Paul Stirling was the leading run scorer with 7776 runs at 32.13. He and William Porterfield both made 11 hundreds, with Ed Joyce (8) and Andy Balbirnie (7) others who shone.

George Dockrell was far and away the leading wicket taker in the period, with his haul of 287 wickets, while next were Kevin O'Brien (219), Boyd Rankin (158) and Tim Murtagh (142).

The decade ends with Ireland in a delicate position, with the financial benefits of Full Membership not materializing.

This cash shortage has seen them cancel a home Test against Bangladesh and a T20I series against Afghanistan. The news that the Test against Sri Lanka was also falling by the wayside was another blow, and while there is supposedly a Test against Zimbabwe in April, the longer format seems to be reduced to third choice for the powers that be.

The description by CEO Warren Deutrom of Test cricket without context as 'a friendly' wasn't the wisest choice of words, and having fought so hard to get first-class and Test cricket - called 'the Holy Grail', it seems a shame to cast it adrift so quickly.

It's not all doom and gloom on the fixture front, with plenty of white-ball action, starting next month in the West Indies with six matches, and with the ODI league, and the T20 World Cup, there's plenty to look forward to over the next year and decade under the stewardship of new skipper Andrew Balbirnie.

IRELAND BATTING 2010-2019

Top Run Aggregates

# Name Club Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Runs
1 PR Stirling Ireland 241 250 8 7776 177 32.13 8130 95.65 11 48 25 924 181 7776
2 WTS Porterfield Ireland 213 221 11 6281 186 29.91 8379 74.96 11 28 15 675 92 6281
3 KJ O'Brien Ireland 263 259 38 6139 124 27.78 6738 91.11 3 27 17 587 159 6139
4 GC Wilson Ireland 229 216 34 4803 113 26.39 6362 75.50 1 23 10 439 54 4803
5 EC Joyce Ireland 101 105 13 3915 231 42.55 5182 75.55 8 17 5 388 42 3915
6 A Balbirnie Ireland 123 123 10 3662 205* 32.41 4582 79.92 7 17 9 428 45 3662
7 NJ O'Brien Ireland 137 140 12 3566 126 27.86 5001 71.31 2 21 6 310 47 3566
8 JF Mooney Ireland 125 111 32 2024 107 25.62 2684 75.41 1 9 8 210 28 2024
9 AR White Ireland 82 69 15 1694 144 31.37 2832 59.82 3 8 7 176 2 1694
10 AR Cusack Ireland 113 83 18 1337 81 20.57 1997 66.95 - 6 11 127 14 1337
11 GH Dockrell Ireland 220 128 51 1266 62* 16.44 2002 63.24 - 3 15 103 16 1266
12 DT Johnston Ireland 98 73 24 956 63* 19.51 984 97.15 - 2 4 74 26 956
13 SW Poynter Ireland 60 56 12 897 125 20.39 1082 82.90 2 1 6 98 8 897
14 J Anderson Ireland 26 32 2 873 127 29.10 1926 45.33 1 6 1 94 1 873
15 SR Thompson Ireland 83 66 12 871 56 16.13 1129 77.15 - 3 4 79 21 871
16 AD Poynter Ireland 50 42 5 727 77 19.65 987 73.66 - 5 5 56 22 727
17 AR McBrine Ireland 75 53 16 543 79 14.68 813 66.79 - 1 3 48 7 543
18 Simi Singh Ireland 35 35 3 438 59 13.69 645 67.91 - 2 8 28 12 438
19 TJ Murtagh Ireland 97 58 18 399 54* 9.98 602 66.28 - 1 9 40 5 399
20 AC Botha Ireland 28 26 2 361 61 15.04 529 68.24 - 1 4 50 2 361
21 MC Sorensen Ireland 68 36 13 348 31 15.13 443 78.56 - - 4 28 8 348
22 JNK Shannon Ireland 19 19 - 343 60 18.05 539 63.64 - 2 2 36 11 343
23 GJ Delany Ireland 17 15 3 314 89* 26.17 206 152.43 - 2 - 28 12 314
24 MR Adair Ireland 27 24 6 280 38 15.56 243 115.23 - - 1 17 13 280
25 JA McCollum Ireland 10 12 - 238 73 19.83 416 57.21 - 2 1 32 1 238
26 HT Tector Ireland 14 12 3 233 60 25.89 176 132.39 - 1 - 18 5 233
27 LJ Tucker Ireland 19 16 2 196 56 14.00 202 97.03 - 1 2 19 1 196
28 NG Jones Ireland 32 22 7 195 30 13.00 266 73.31 - - 4 6 4 195
29 WB Rankin Ireland 109 53 26 190 18* 7.04 361 52.63 - - 7 13 5 190
30 BJ McCarthy Ireland 34 22 6 138 18 8.62 220 62.73 - - 4 9 2 138
31 GJ Thompson Ireland 11 9 1 124 44 15.50 129 96.12 - - 2 15 1 124
32 SC Getkate Ireland 17 14 3 110 24 10.00 96 114.58 - - 1 8 5 110
33 PKD Chase Ireland 43 29 15 103 22* 7.36 227 45.37 - - 8 11 2 103
34 A van der Merwe Ireland 21 16 6 73 20 7.30 170 42.94 - - 3 4 2 73
35 CA Young Ireland 53 22 9 68 26 5.23 114 59.65 - - 5 7 1 68
36 RD McCann Ireland 16 11 2 63 18 7.00 136 46.32 - - 2 4 - 63
37 J Mulder Ireland 14 8 6 61 38* 30.50 48 127.08 - - 1 4 3 61
38 PC Connell Ireland 19 10 4 55 18 9.17 103 53.40 - - 3 9 - 55
39 TE Kane Ireland 10 5 1 50 26* 12.50 121 41.32 - - 1 6 - 50
40 DA Rankin Ireland 2 2 - 48 33 24.00 54 88.89 - - - 3 2 48

IRELAND BOWLING 2010-2019

Top Wicket Takers
 
# Name Club Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM wds nbs Wkts
1 GH Dockrell Ireland 220 1740.2 193 7648 287 6-39 26.65 4.39 36.38 3 - 120 - 287
2 KJ O'Brien Ireland 263 1121.3 95 5642 219 5-39 25.76 5.03 30.73 1 - 145 13 219
3 WB Rankin Ireland 109 770 68 3722 158 5-49 23.56 4.83 29.24 1 - 140 14 158
4 TJ Murtagh Ireland 97 916.5 139 3627 142 5-13 25.54 3.96 38.74 2 - 52 3 142
5 DT Johnston Ireland 98 729.5 97 3041 127 5-23 23.94 4.17 34.48 1 - 76 22 127
6 AR Cusack Ireland 113 500.5 37 2641 116 5-20 22.77 5.27 25.91 1 - 60 8 116
7 JF Mooney Ireland 125 601.3 61 2765 108 5-36 25.60 4.60 33.42 2 1 54 10 108
8 PR Stirling Ireland 241 751.5 54 3491 100 6-55 34.91 4.64 45.11 1 - 75 2 100
9 MC Sorensen Ireland 68 409.5 47 1915 95 5-37 20.16 4.67 25.88 2 - 64 13 95
10 CA Young Ireland 53 423.4 46 2153 87 5-46 24.75 5.08 29.22 1 - 73 8 87
11 AR McBrine Ireland 75 563.5 53 2435 65 3-38 37.46 4.32 52.05 - - 17 - 65
12 BJ McCarthy Ireland 34 261.3 8 1647 63 5-46 26.14 6.30 24.90 1 - 55 3 63
13 PKD Chase Ireland 43 364.3 11 2314 60 4-35 38.57 6.35 36.45 - - 73 25 60
14 SR Thompson Ireland 83 379.5 33 1960 59 4-18 33.22 5.16 38.63 - - 84 21 59
15 MR Adair Ireland 27 171.1 13 1020 48 4-19 21.25 5.96 21.40 - - 36 6 48
16 A van der Merwe Ireland 21 240.2 33 902 40 6-27 22.55 3.75 36.05 4 1 1 - 40
17 AC Botha Ireland 28 149.1 14 693 33 3-14 21.00 4.65 27.12 - - 10 2 33
18 Simi Singh Ireland 35 159.2 10 767 29 3-15 26.45 4.81 32.97 - - 10 - 29
19 AR White Ireland 82 217.5 24 861 29 4-44 29.69 3.95 45.07 - - 11 2 29
20 PC Connell Ireland 19 118.3 14 669 27 4-14 24.78 5.65 26.33 - - 17 1 27
21 J Mulder Ireland 14 116 10 525 22 4-16 23.86 4.53 31.64 - - 7 - 22
22 GJ Delany Ireland 17 53 1 391 16 2-23 24.44 7.38 19.88 - - 9 - 16
23 NG Jones Ireland 32 111.5 6 508 16 2-19 31.75 4.54 41.94 - - 9 - 16
24 SC Getkate Ireland 17 62 2 444 14 2-15 31.71 7.16 26.57 - - 9 2 14
25 J Little Ireland 16 79.4 - 646 14 4-45 46.14 8.11 34.14 - - 20 3 14
26 TE Kane Ireland 10 48.2 3 297 10 3-19 29.70 6.14 29.00 - - 9 1 10
27 A Eastwood Ireland 3 81 11 292 9 4-62 32.44 3.60 54.00 - - 6 8 9
28 GE Kidd Ireland 7 71 10 365 9 3-102 40.56 5.14 47.33 - - - 3 9
29 PS Eaglestone Ireland 7 76.2 9 379 9 3-48 42.11 4.97 50.89 - - 5 5 9
30 DCA Delany Ireland 8 28.3 - 222 8 2-12 27.75 7.79 21.38 - - 9 - 8
31 J Cameron-Dow Ireland 5 54.5 - 269 8 3-32 33.62 4.91 41.12 - - 5 1 8
32 EJ Richardson Ireland 4 31 - 198 7 5-61 28.29 6.39 26.57 1 - 4 - 7
33 GJ McCarter Ireland 7 59 12 250 7 3-13 35.71 4.24 50.57 - - 2 1 7
34 J Anderson Ireland 26 64 5 259 5 2-92 51.80 4.05 76.80 - - 1 - 5
35 A Balbirnie Ireland 123 29 4 138 4 1-5 34.50 4.76 43.50 - - - - 4
36 AD Poynter Ireland 50 5 - 43 3 2-11 14.33 8.60 10.00 - - 2 - 3
37 JNK Shannon Ireland 19 1.1 - 11 1 1-0 11.00 9.43 7.00 - - - - 1
38 NJ O'Brien Ireland 137 1.3 - 12 1 1-12 12.00 8.00 9.00 - - - - 1
39 WTS Porterfield Ireland 213 7 1 32 1 1-29 32.00 4.57 42.00 - - - - 1
40 GC Wilson Ireland 229 2 - 2 - 0-2 - 1.00 - - - - - 0
 
COMPLETE PLAYER SUMMARY 2010-2019
 
# Name Club ID Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM Ct St RO
1 MR Adair Ireland   27 24 6 280 38 15.56 243 115.23 - - 1 17 13 171.1 13 1020 48 4-19 21.25 5.96 21.40 - - 6 - 5
2 J Anderson Ireland   26 32 2 873 127 29.10 1926 45.33 1 6 1 94 1 64 5 259 5 2-92 51.80 4.05 76.80 - - 9 - -
3 A Balbirnie Ireland   123 123 10 3662 205* 32.41 4582 79.92 7 17 9 428 45 29 4 138 4 1-5 34.50 4.76 43.50 - - 51 - 4
4 AC Botha Ireland   28 26 2 361 61 15.04 529 68.24 - 1 4 50 2 149.1 14 693 33 3-14 21.00 4.65 27.12 - - 14 - 2
5 SA Britton Ireland   1 1 - - - - 12 - - - 1 - - 13.3 4 50 - 0-50 - 3.70 - - - 2 - -
6 J Cameron-Dow Ireland   5 3 2 48 32* 48.00 80 60.00 - - - 6 - 54.5 - 269 8 3-32 33.62 4.91 41.12 - - 4 - -
7 PKD Chase Ireland   43 29 15 103 22* 7.36 227 45.37 - - 8 11 2 364.3 11 2314 60 4-35 38.57 6.35 36.45 - - 13 - 1
8 PC Connell Ireland   19 10 4 55 18 9.17 103 53.40 - - 3 9 - 118.3 14 669 27 4-14 24.78 5.65 26.33 - - 5 - -
9 AR Cusack Ireland   113 83 18 1337 81 20.57 1997 66.95 - 6 11 127 14 500.5 37 2641 116 5-20 22.77 5.27 25.91 1 - 37 - 1
10 DCA Delany Ireland   8 2 - 7 7 3.50 6 116.67 - - 1 - - 28.3 - 222 8 2-12 27.75 7.79 21.38 - - - - 2
11 GJ Delany Ireland   17 15 3 314 89* 26.17 206 152.43 - 2 - 28 12 53 1 391 16 2-23 24.44 7.38 19.88 - - 5 - -
12 GH Dockrell Ireland   220 128 51 1266 62* 16.44 2002 63.24 - 3 15 103 16 1740.2 193 7648 287 6-39 26.65 4.39 36.38 3 - 104 - 25
13 C Dougherty Ireland   1 1 - 13 13 13.00 19 68.42 - - - 2 - - - - -   - - - - - - - -
14 PS Eaglestone Ireland   7 5 2 8 4 2.67 49 16.33 - - 1 - - 76.2 9 379 9 3-48 42.11 4.97 50.89 - - 1 - -
15 A Eastwood Ireland   3 3 1 17 9 8.50 51 33.33 - - 1 3 - 81 11 292 9 4-62 32.44 3.60 54.00 - - - - -
16 SC Getkate Ireland   17 14 3 110 24 10.00 96 114.58 - - 1 8 5 62 2 444 14 2-15 31.71 7.16 26.57 - - 4 - 4
17 JD Hall Ireland   4 4 - 35 15 8.75 98 35.71 - - - 4 - - - - -   - - - - - 1 - -
18 DT Johnston Ireland   98 73 24 956 63* 19.51 984 97.15 - 2 4 74 26 729.5 97 3041 127 5-23 23.94 4.17 34.48 1 - 37 - 8
19 NG Jones Ireland   32 22 7 195 30 13.00 266 73.31 - - 4 6 4 111.5 6 508 16 2-19 31.75 4.54 41.94 - - 13 - 4
20 EC Joyce Ireland   101 105 13 3915 231 42.55 5182 75.55 8 17 5 388 42 - - - -   - - - - - 44 - 5
21 TE Kane Ireland   10 5 1 50 26* 12.50 121 41.32 - - 1 6 - 48.2 3 297 10 3-19 29.70 6.14 29.00 - - 1 - -
22 GE Kidd Ireland   7 5 1 7 4 1.75 36 19.44 - - 1 - - 71 10 365 9 3-102 40.56 5.14 47.33 - - 4 - 1
23 NCR Larkin Ireland   2 2 - 16 16 8.00 24 66.67 - - 1 2 - - - - -   - - - - - - - -
24 J Little Ireland   16 8 2 27 9 4.50 24 112.50 - - 3 5 - 79.4 - 646 14 4-45 46.14 8.11 34.14 - - 3 - 2
25 AR McBrine Ireland   75 53 16 543 79 14.68 813 66.79 - 1 3 48 7 563.5 53 2435 65 3-38 37.46 4.32 52.05 - - 35 - 8
26 RD McCann Ireland   16 11 2 63 18 7.00 136 46.32 - - 2 4 - - - - -   - - - - - 24 2 3
27 GJ McCarter Ireland   7 3 1 18 10 9.00 37 48.65 - - - 3 - 59 12 250 7 3-13 35.71 4.24 50.57 - - - - -
28 BJ McCarthy Ireland   34 22 6 138 18 8.62 220 62.73 - - 4 9 2 261.3 8 1647 63 5-46 26.14 6.30 24.90 1 - 9 - 3
29 JA McCollum Ireland   10 12 - 238 73 19.83 416 57.21 - 2 1 32 1 - - - -   - - - - - 3 - -
30 JF Mooney Ireland   125 111 32 2024 107 25.62 2684 75.41 1 9 8 210 28 601.3 61 2765 108 5-36 25.60 4.60 33.42 2 1 52 - 13
31 J Mulder Ireland   14 8 6 61 38* 30.50 48 127.08 - - 1 4 3 116 10 525 22 4-16 23.86 4.53 31.64 - - 3 - -
32 TJ Murtagh Ireland   97 58 18 399 54* 9.98 602 66.28 - 1 9 40 5 916.5 139 3627 142 5-13 25.54 3.96 38.74 2 - 28 - 4
33 KJ O'Brien Ireland   263 259 38 6139 124 27.78 6738 91.11 3 27 17 587 159 1121.3 95 5642 219 5-39 25.76 5.03 30.73 1 - 123 - 17
34 NJ O'Brien Ireland   137 140 12 3566 126 27.86 5001 71.31 2 21 6 310 47 1.3 - 12 1 1-12 12.00 8.00 9.00 - - 124 23 19
35 WTS Porterfield Ireland   213 221 11 6281 186 29.91 8379 74.96 11 28 15 675 92 7 1 32 1 1-29 32.00 4.57 42.00 - - 98 - 15
36 AD Poynter Ireland   50 42 5 727 77 19.65 987 73.66 - 5 5 56 22 5 - 43 3 2-11 14.33 8.60 10.00 - - 18 - 2
37 SW Poynter Ireland   60 56 12 897 125 20.39 1082 82.90 2 1 6 98 8 - - - -   - - - - - 56 6 4
38 DA Rankin Ireland   2 2 - 48 33 24.00 54 88.89 - - - 3 2 - - - -   - - - - - - - -
39 WB Rankin Ireland   109 53 26 190 18* 7.04 361 52.63 - - 7 13 5 770 68 3722 158 5-49 23.56 4.83 29.24 1 - 32 - 2
40 EJ Richardson Ireland   4 3 1 40 27 20.00 45 88.89 - - - 6 - 31 - 198 7 5-61 28.29 6.39 26.57 1 - - - -
41 JNK Shannon Ireland   19 19 - 343 60 18.05 539 63.64 - 2 2 36 11 1.1 - 11 1 1-0 11.00 9.43 7.00 - - 8 - 1
42 Simi Singh Ireland   35 35 3 438 59 13.69 645 67.91 - 2 8 28 12 159.2 10 767 29 3-15 26.45 4.81 32.97 - - 17 - 2
43 MC Sorensen Ireland   68 36 13 348 31 15.13 443 78.56 - - 4 28 8 409.5 47 1915 95 5-37 20.16 4.67 25.88 2 - 22 - 3
44 PR Stirling Ireland   241 250 8 7776 177 32.13 8130 95.65 11 48 25 924 181 751.5 54 3491 100 6-55 34.91 4.64 45.11 1 - 89 - 12
45 HT Tector Ireland   14 12 3 233 60 25.89 176 132.39 - 1 - 18 5 - - - -   - - - - - 8 - 3
46 SP Terry Ireland   6 6 - 36 16 6.00 74 48.65 - - 1 3 - - - - -   - - - - - 3 - -
47 GJ Thompson Ireland   11 9 1 124 44 15.50 129 96.12 - - 2 15 1 - - - -   - - - - - 3 - 1
48 SR Thompson Ireland   83 66 12 871 56 16.13 1129 77.15 - 3 4 79 21 379.5 33 1960 59 4-18 33.22 5.16 38.63 - - 40 - 4
49 LJ Tucker Ireland   19 16 2 196 56 14.00 202 97.03 - 1 2 19 1 - - - -   - - - - - 17 1 1
50 A van der Merwe Ireland   21 16 6 73 20 7.30 170 42.94 - - 3 4 2 240.2 33 902 40 6-27 22.55 3.75 36.05 4 1 8 - -
51 AR White Ireland   82 69 15 1694 144 31.37 2832 59.82 3 8 7 176 2 217.5 24 861 29 4-44 29.69 3.95 45.07 - - 33 - 7
52 GC Wilson Ireland   229 216 34 4803 113 26.39 6362 75.50 1 23 10 439 54 2 - 2 - 0-2 - 1.00 - - - 167 23 24
53 CA Young Ireland   53 22 9 68 26 5.23 114 59.65 - - 5 7 1 423.4 46 2153 87 5-46 24.75 5.08 29.22 1 - 15 - -