County Watch 2015
2015 wasn't the greatest of seasons for the Irish cricketers plying their trade across the pond. George Dockrell and William Porterfield found themselves out of favour, while Peter Chase's injury ruled him out of any possible participation for Durham.
There was good news though with two new debutants in Mark Adair and Barry McCarthy, while Gary Wilson's Surrey were victorious in the second tier of the County Championship.
George Dockrell led the batting averages of the Irish contingent - albeit his 37 came in his sole appearance for Sussex.
Ed Joyce was the top run scorer - albeit with a modest (by his high standards) return of 786 runs at 31.44, which included one hundred.
Barry McCarthy scored 55 runs in his two appearances for Durham - which included a top score of 38 not out, which helped him average 27.50.
Irish skipper William Porterfield hit only 196 runs at 17.82 in six championship games - his highest score being 61. He enjoyed better fortunes in the T20 blast hitting 313 runs at over 44.
Paul Stirling played seven times in the championship, but will be disappointed with his return of 224 runs at just 16 - his top score being only 41.
Like Porterfield, Stirling enjoyed the T20 competition hitting 343 runs at 42.88.
Stirling's championship form was only marginally better than Boyd Rankin (15.50) and Tim Murtagh (15). Hopefully better days will lay ahead for the talented opener in 2016.
Eoin Morgan didn't have a great championship either - averaging just 10.17 in his four games for Middlesex.
In the second division, Gary Wilson had an excellent campaign hitting 811 runs at 47.71, with a highest score of 74 not out. He claimed 40 catches and one stumping as he retained the gloves ahead of Steve Davies.
His rival for the keeping slot in the Ireland team was the top keeper in the division - Niall O'Brien taking 51 catches and four stumpings. He also hit four half centuries on his way to 693 runs at 34.65. O'Brien also hit 149 runs at 42.25 in the T20 blast. He was joined at Leicester in the T20 by his brother Kevin who managed 160 runs at 26.67.
On the bowling front, Boyd Rankin enjoyed a relatively injury free season and managed to take 43 wickets at 26.23. It wasn't enough to impress England and he was left out of their winter plans altogether.
Tim Murtagh claimed 40 wickets at 28.18, while Barry McCarthy managed four wickets at 38.50 - one more than Paul Stirling whose three victims cost 42.33 apiece. Mark Adair took just one wicket at 61 but it was a good one - former England Test star Marcus Trescothick.