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Test Match
Scorecard Ireland lost to Pakistan by 5 wickets, 11 May.
World Cup Qualifier
Super Six
                            P    W    T   NR    L  Pts     NRR
West Indies                 5    4    0    0    1    8    0.472
Afghanistan                 5    3    0    0    2    6    0.302
Zimbabwe                    5    2    1    0    2    5    0.420
Scotland                    5    2    1    0    2    5    0.243
Ireland                     5    2    0    0    3    4    0.346
UAE                         5    1    0    0    4    2   -1.950
Scorecard Ireland lost to Afghanistan by 5 wickets with 5 balls remaining , 23 March.
Scorecard Ireland (2) beat Scotland (0) by 25 runs, 18 March.
Scorecard Zimbabwe (2) beat Ireland (0) by 107 runs, 16 March.
Group A
                            P    W    T   NR    L  Pts     NRR
West Indies                 4    4    0    0    0    8    1.171
Ireland                     4    3    0    0    1    6    1.479
UAE                         4    2    0    0    2    4   -1.177
Netherlands                 4    1    0    0    3    2   -0.709
Papua New Guinea            4    0    0    0    4    0   -0.865
Scorecard Ireland (2) beat UAE (0) by 226 runs (DLS), 12 March.
Scorecard West Indies (2) beat Ireland (0) by 52 runs, 10 March.
Scorecard Ireland (2) beat Papua New Guinea (0) by 4 wickets, 6 March.
Scorecard Ireland (2) beat Netherlands (0) by 93 runs (DLS), 4 March.
One Day Internationals
Scorecard Ireland lost to Afghanistan by 8 wickets, 31 August.
Scorecard Ireland beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets, 29 August.
Scorecard Ireland lost to Afghanistan by 29 runs, 27 August.
Scorecard Ireland beat Scotland by 24 runs, 18 January.
Scorecard Ireland beat Scotland by 6 wickets, 16 January.
Scorecard UAE lost to Ireland by 67 runs, 13 January.
Scorecard UAE lost to Ireland by 4 wickets, 11 January.
Netherlands T20 Tri-series
               P   W   T  NR   L    Pts
Scotland       4   2   1   0   1     5
Netherlands    4   2   0   0   2     4
Ireland        4   1   1   0   2     3
  • Twenty20
    Netherlands (0) lost to Scotland (2) by 7 wickets.
    Amstleveen, 19 June.
    Netherlands 160-6 (20.0 overs, W Barresi 53*, M O'Dowd 31, A Evans 2-32)
    Scotland 161-3 (17.4 overs, R Berrington 49*, G Munsey 46, K Coetzer 42)
  • Twenty20
    Netherlands (0) lost to Scotland (2) by 115 runs.
    Amstelveen, 19 June.
    Scotland 221-3 (20.0 overs, G Munsey 71, R Berrington 64*, M Cross 50)
    Netherlands 106 (14.0 overs, S Edwards 31*, HAmza Tahir 3-26)
  • Twenty20
    Ireland (1) tied with Scotland (1).
    Deventer, 17 June.
    Scotland 185-4 (20.0 overs, K Coetzer 54, G Munsey 46, C MacLeod 46*)
    Ireland 185-6 (20.0 overs, P Stirling 81, K O'Brien 28, Simi Singh 26, S Sharif 2-31, S Whittingham 2-33)
    Scorecard
  • Twenty20
    Ireland (2) beat Scotland (0) by 46 runs.
    Deventer, 16 June.
    Ireland 205-5 (20.0 overs, A Balbirnie 74, G Wilson 58, P Stirling 56)
    Scotland 159-5 (20.0 overs, G Munsey 41, K Coetzer 33, G Dockrell 2-15)
    Scorecard Report
  • Twenty20
    Netherlands (2) beat Ireland (0) by 4 wickets.
    Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 13 June.
    Ireland 158-6 (20.0 overs, G Wilson 45*, J Shannon 31, P Stirling 25, R van der Merwe 2-24)
    Netherlands 159-6 (19.0 overs, M O'Dowd 39, R van der Merwe 37, T Visee 25, G Dockrell 2-30)
    Scorecard Report
  • Twenty20
    Netherlands (2) beat Ireland (0) by 4 runs.
    Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 12 June.
    Netherlands 144 (19.5 overs, P Seelaar 36, B de Leede 33, Simi Singh 3-23, B McCarthy 3-26)
    Ireland 140-8 (20.0 overs, Simi Singh 57*, P Seelaar 3-25, S Snater 2-25)
    Scorecard
T20 Internationals
Scorecard Ireland lost to Afghanistan by 81 runs, 22 August.
Scorecard Ireland lost to Afghanistan by 16 runs, 20 August.
Scorecard Ireland lost to India by 143 runs, 29 June.
Scorecard Ireland lost to India by 76 runs, 27 June.
Ireland XI Matches
Scorecard Sussex lost to Ireland XI by 6 wickets, 24 June.
Scorecard Somerset XI drew with Ireland XI, 6 April.
Scorecard Ireland beat Scotland by 2 wickets, 1 March.
Scorecard Ireland XI beat Hong Kong XI by 3 runs (DLS), 23 February.
Scorecard Ireland XI v Scotland XI - no result, 20 February.
Scorecard Netherlands lost to Ireland XI by 5 wickets, 18 February.
Scorecard Easterns/Northerns lost to Ireland XI by 96 runs (DLS), 15 February.
Reports & Articles
Testing times for Ireland
As 2018 draws to a close Irish cricket as it always seems to be, is at a crossroads. However in contrast to many previous years as an Associate, Full membership ensures a varied and full fixture calendar for 2019.
19 men's central contracts finalised
Contracts agreed for 16 full-time, with three players on part-time contracts as they are still playing English County cricket.
Shannon targets Ireland place
James Shannon may not know who he will be playing his club cricket for next year but there is no doubt what his main objective is for 2019 - a regular place in the Ireland team across all three formats.
Change of Test date for Ireland?
Afghanistan are said to be pushing for a change in the date for their Test match against Ireland next year to the start of the tour rather than the end.
Strydom retires from cricket
Former Irish international Reinhardt Strydom has called time on his cricket career after 18 seasons in Ireland.
Festival time for T20 interpros?
Cricket Ireland chiefs are to consider a proposal to host as many as three T20 interpro festivals next year as part of their plans to attempt to improve Irish rankings in the format.
West Indies and Bangladesh to play Ireland
West Indies will take part in a one-day international tri-series with Ireland and Bangladesh, as part of a major international men’s schedule that will see 16 international fixtures being played around Ireland in 2019.
Ireland U13 winter training squad
The Ireland Cubs squad dominated by players from the Leinster and NCU areas.
Ireland tour schedule against Afghanistan
Twelve years to the day since Ireland announced their arrival on the world stage, they will play their second Test match.
Kane returns to Ireland
Tyrone Kane has returned to Ireland from his club cricket stint in Australia to receive treatment for ongoing injury problems.
Ireland's Afghanistan tour itinerary dates finalised
Afghanistan series a major step forward for Irish cricket," says Balbirnie as tour dates in India confirmed.
Under-19s Boys winter training squad announced
Jonathan Garth and Neil Rock who played in the last World Cup will look to play a major role in guiding this year’s team to another World Cup appearance.
Under-17s Boys winter training squad announced
The coaching group and Irish youth selectors believe they have selected an exciting group of players who will benefit greatly from an intensive winter programme.
Senior places up for grabs
The Wolves squad which heads to Sri Lanka at the end of next month will be playing for a handful of places in the senior squad which will face Afghanistan in February and March.
Tector to captain Wolves in Sri Lanka
Harry Tector will captain the Ireland Wolves on their eight-match tour to Sri Lanka in January.
Ireland set for Oman Quadrangular
Ireland have 'tentatively agreed' a quadrangular tournament in Oman next February, alongside the hosts, Scotland and The Netherlands.
Mulder released from contract
Leg spinner Jacob Mulder has been released from his contract by the governing body by mutual consent.
Ireland Wolves to play Bangladesh
Ireland Wolves will play Bangladesh at The Hills ahead of the tourists tri-series against Ireland and Afghanistan.
Ireland set for Tri-Series with Afghanistan and Bangladesh
Ireland have been handed a fixtures boost with the news that both Bangladesh and Afghanistan will travel here ahead of the World Cup next summer.
Who will win men's international player of the year?
The jury have met and whittled the selection down to three candidates, Paul Stirling, Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin.
Ireland announce two training camps
Cricket Ireland has announced two specialist high-performance training camps on two different continents aimed at acclimatising players ahead of their major tour to the subcontinent in February/March 2019.
Singh keen to expand his armoury
Ireland all-rounder Simi Singh is going back to his childhood to try and expand his cricketing repertoire.
Stirling snapped up for SA T20 tournament
Paul Stirling has been signed up by Paarl Rocks for the South African T20 tournament which gets under way next month.
No regrets for O'Brien after retirement
Niall O'Brien will be missed - there's no doubting that. Not only for his match-winning efforts, like the iconic 72 against Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup when Ireland first bounded onto the global stage.
Niall O'Brien retires
O’Brien appeared 216 times for the national side, leaving the game as Ireland’s most successful wicketkeeper with 241 international dismissals to his name.
Porterfield banned by Cricket Ireland
Ireland captain William Porterfield has been handed a one-match ban by Cricket Ireland. In total, the disciplinary committee handed out three bans and five warnings in the eight cases that came to their attention this season.
Singh seeking new challenge
Irish international Simi Singh confirms he's leaving YMCA, and is on the look-out for a new club next season.
Tough 2018 for Ireland
Ireland’s ODI series defeat against Afghanistan brought an end to Ireland’s white ball summer which saw little in the way of either an improvement in results or an introduction of new players to the team.
Anderson calls time on representative career
John Anderson has confirmed his retirement from International and Inter-Provincial cricket.
McCarthy keeping options open
Barry McCarthy is keeping his options open after his release by Durham was confirmed this week.
2018 Hong Kong Sixes scrapped
Ireland had been invited to take part in the 2018 Hong Kong Sixes but the competition has been scrapped due to funding shortfalls.
Gary Wilson returns to CSNI
Gary Wilson has left Derbyshire by mutual consent and will return to Ireland to play for CSNI and the Northern Knights.
ICC releases latest version of DLS system
The update has been carried out after analysing 700 ODIs and 428 T20Is played during the past four years, which comprise over 240,000 outcomes of individual deliveries.
Declining numbers of Irish players in county cricket
Irish cricketers’ involvement in county cricket has fallen away as the ‘golden generation’ aged and Test status made hiring an Irish player less attractive to counties.
Malahide to host England again
Cricket Ireland has confirmed that Malahide will host the one-day international against England in May 2019.
Stirling to lead Ireland at Hong Kong Sixes
Seven-man squad announced for the upcoming Hong Kong Sixes tournament at Kowloon Cricket Club from 26 to 28 October.
McCarthy treatment by Ireland baffling
I’m fascinated by the Ireland selectors refusal to pick Barry McCarthy, favouring instead club bowlers who sparkle a little at interprovincial level.
No birthday joy for McCarthy after Durham release
There's no happy 26th birthday today for Barry McCarthy as his departure from Durham is confirmed.
Five star Kane puts Ireland A in control
A five-wicket haul by Tyrone Kane has given Ireland A control of their match against Gloucestershire Seconds in Bristol.
Stirling delight at Afghan Premier League signing
While there may have been disappointment for a number of Irish players at missing out on the draft for the inaugural Afghan Premier League, Paul Stirling has been snapped up by Kandahar.
Three Ireland players in APL draft
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie and Kevin O'Brien are among 350 players who have registered for the draft process of the Afghanistan Premier League.
Ford defends Ireland selection policy
Head Coach Graham Ford has defended Ireland’s selection policy after the same familiar faces lost back to back series against Afghanistan.
Porterfield blasts used pitches decision
IRELAND captain William Porterfield launched a scathing attack on Cricket Ireland for telling the Stormont groundsman he needed to provide only two used pitches for the three-match series which Afghanistan.
Awful Ireland slump to series loss
Ireland were totally outplayed by Afghanistan, losing the series decider by eight wickets at Stormont.
Murtagh and Balbirnie set up series decider
For the fourth successive one-day international series between Ireland and Afghanistan, it all comes down to the last match after Ireland bounced back with a three wickets victory at Stormont.
Ireland level series with three wicket win
Tim Murtagh starred with the ball and hit the winning runs as Ireland levelled the series with a nervy three-wicket win over Afghanistan in the second ODI.
Little called in for injured Delany
Josh Little, the 18-year old left-arm paceman, has been called up into the Ireland ODI squad after David Delany was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Ireland to visit Oman in February?
A senior board member of Oman Cricket has let it be known that Ireland will be their likely opponents in an ICC sanctioned two or three match series scheduled for February next year.
Ireland goes down in ODI opener - again!
Another opening game of a series and another Ireland defeat. Yet again, Ireland must come from behind after Afghanistan won the first of three ODIs at Stormont by 29 runs.
Ireland lose first ODI
Ireland fought hard to restrict a rampant Afghanistan batting attack, but a lack of substantial partnerships and world-class bowling saw the visiting side prevail in the first one-day international at Stormont.
Shannon hopeful of getting the nod
IT was a frustrating time for James Shannon in the North West and now he is dependent on the Ireland coach and captain giving him the nod for this week’s one-day international series against Afghanistan at Stormont.
Ireland may experiment in final T20
TWENTY20 captain Gary Wilson hinted that Ireland could experiment in the final game of the series against Afghanistan in Bready today (4pm) as they look for a consolation victory.
Final T20 a wash-out
HEAVY rain ended any hope of play in the final Twenty20 international between Ireland and Afghanistan, leaving Gary Wilson’s side with a six months wait to arrest their slump in their shortest format.
Afghanistan clinch T20 series
Boyd Rankin was the star turn with the ball for Ireland on his club ground at Bready but the big man from Co Tyrone could not prevent Afghanistan easing to a second victory by 81 runs.
Ireland look to tame Rashid
The Irish cricket team know all there is to know about Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan wrist spinner ranked the No 1 T20 bowler in world cricket.
Wilson backs Ireland to bounce back
GARY Wilson believes that Ireland can not only end their losing streak in Twenty20 internationals against Afghanistan today (4pm) but go on to win the three-match series in Bready.
Ireland getting closer but Afghans still victorious
IRELAND are getting closer, thanks to a tremendous bowling performance in the second half of the innings, but it could not prevent Afghanistan from completing a sixth straight Twenty20 win over the men in green in the first of three internationals at Bready.
Too Little too late as Ireland lose again
Josh Little took his first T20 international wickets in Bready last night and was the shining light for Ireland as the home side slipped to a disappointing 16-run defeat against Afghanistan in the opening game of a best-of-three series in Co Tyrone.
Ireland horror run continues
Ireland have now lost their last six T20 matches against Afghanistan, with their last victory coming in November 2013.
Lack of county cricket will damage Ireland
Phil Simmons, the Afghanistan head coach, believes Irish cricketers could struggle to develop in future outside the traditional finishing school of English county cricket.
Afghanistan win T20 opener
Ireland dragged back an opening blitz from the visitors but in the end came up 16 runs short in the rain shortened oper of the series.
Rankin hoping for home comforts
FIFTEEN years after his debut, Boyd Rankin will finally get the chance to play an international on his home ground.
The Good Old Days
IT was just like the good old days at Bready yesterday with Phil Simmons, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien and William Porterfield in conversation and preparing for another international.
Ireland opt for tried and trusted
Cricket Ireland has announced its squads for the back-to-back T20I series and ODI series against Afghanistan starting on Monday.
Ford and Simmons anticipate highly competitive series
A modern-day sporting rivalry is set to re-ignite in Northern Ireland next week as Ireland and Afghanistan cricket teams begin a six-match series, which both head coaches anticipate will be a tight encounter and a spectacle for cricket fans.
Afghan series is a Cricket Ireland secret
You probably wouldn't know it but next Monday sees the first of three T20 full Internationals between Ireland and Afghanistan at Bready.
Can Ireland Women match the hockey heroics?
I must confess that having watched them play New Zealand, I feared for the chances of the Ireland Women's team in their quest to qualify for the World T20 Cup.
Time for a rethink on Malahide?
While I understand that Cricket Ireland believes that there are compelling reasons to move to Abbottstown it will deprive Ireland of an iconic venue.
Ireland accept Hong Kong Sixes invitation
Ireland has accepted an invitation to send a team to the 2018 Hong Kong Sixes competition to be held at the Kowloon Cricket Club from 26 to 28 October 2018.
ECB keep their promise to Ireland
THE England and Wales Cricket Board have kept their verbal promise and Ireland’s third Test match will be at Lord’s next July.
Test at Lord's dream come true for Porterfield
WILLIAM Porterfield has described the announcement of next year’s Test match between Ireland and England at Lord’s as a dream come true.
Irish set for four day Lord's Test
Holdsworth suggests the ECB were initially reluctant to sanction a four-day Test match in the wake of sustained criticism over “The Hundred”, their proposed 100-ball-a-side, eight-team domestic tournament, which is due to begin in July 2020.
Irish second-class citizens
IRELAND celebrated the announcement of an historic first Test match at Lord’s next season despite clearly being treated as second-class citizens by England who have deigned to play the game over four days in London.
Confirmation of Lord’s Test for Ireland in 2019
Historic first four-day Test match between Ireland and England to be played at Lord’s from 24-27 July 2019.
Test match to be preceded by a one-day international in Ireland on 3 May 2019.
Indian mauling ruins Ireland party
Imagine you organise an inch-perfect party – great venue, perfect weather, nothing spared on catering and everyone you invite turns up, including the boss and all his mates. And then it all goes horribly wrong – the kids start acting up, one of the uncles throws up in a flower pot and Auntie Mabel falls asleep in the apple pie.
Ireland capitulate without any fight
IRELAND captain Gary Wilson had asked for an improvement from Wednesday’s 76 runs defeat to India in the second match of the Twenty20 series in Malahide but the only team that improved were the classy visitors.
Gulf in class cruelly exposed
The gulf between the new boys at the top table of world cricket and the most powerful T20 side on the planet was cruelly exposed at Malahide as India scorched to a 143-run victory over Ireland and a 2-0 series victory.
India came, saw and conquered
As expected, India came, saw and conquered on their first visit to Ireland for 11 years but James Shannon and Peter Chase ensured the third best T20 side in the world did not have it all their own way at a sun-kissed Malahide.
India canter to victory
India cantered to a 76-run victory over Ireland in Wednesday's Twenty20 international at Malahide Cricket Club.
Chase and Shannon impress in Irish loss
Peter Chase took four wickets on his way to his best T20 international figures but it was in a losing cause as Ireland went down to a powerful Indian line-up by 76 runs.
Ireland plan to tackle India head on
GARY Wilson has promised that Ireland will go toe-to-toe with India in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Malahide
O'Brien to play in Nepal T20 tournament
Kevin O'Brien has been signed by Kathmandu Kings to play in the TVS Everest Premier League T20 competition in Nepal.
Wilson whips Sussex
A lightning, unbeaten 55 by skipper Gary Wilson, from just 20 balls which included four consecutive sixes off Will Beer, hurried the Ireland XI to victory with no fewer than five and a half overs to spare.
Thompson relishing India challenge
The last time Ireland played India was at the World Cup finals in 2015 when Stuart Thompson took the only two wickets as the defending World Champions eased to victory in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Wilson stars as Ireland beat Sussex
Gary Wilson smashed an 18-ball half century as Ireland beat Sussex by six wickets in the Ed Joyce testimonial match at Arundel.
Ireland upbeat ahead of Indian challenge
Like Malahide, it is built on the estate of a Norman castle, but with respect to the picturesque Dublin village, Arundel is in a different league.
Ireland's T20 squad v India
The selectors have named a 14-man squad to take on India in the two-match series in Dublin on 27 and 29 June.
Life in the fast lane
Life in the fast lane for Cricket Ireland took on a whole new meaning yesterday when their programme of fixtures for the next five years was released.
Graeme Ford talks Twenty20
Ireland in search of a winning combination.
Ireland enters a new cricketing era
The ICC's Future Tours Programme for 2018-2023 has been released – the first time Ireland has been included in this important schedule for world cricket.
Little and McBrine return to Ireland squad
Pembroke left-arm seamer Josh Little and Donemana all-rounder Andy McBrine have been named in the Ireland squad for this Sunday's T20 match against Sussex Sharks.
Stirling pyrotechnics earns Irish tie
PAUL Stirling’s highest T20 score was not enough to take Ireland to a second successive Twenty20 success against Scotland but Stuart Thompson hit the last ball of the match for two to earn a tie.
Ireland and Scotland tie in T20
Ireland and Scotland played out a thrilling high-scoring tie in the second T20 International between the sides in two days – the first tied match in T20 Internationals since 2015.
Ireland beat Scotland in batting bonanza
IT’S not been a good fortnight for Cricket Ireland, as the senior sides clocked up six heavy defeats, but they had some respite with a 46-run win over Scotland in Deventer.
Batting fires as Ireland beat Scotland
Three of Ireland’s batsmen hit rapid-fire half-centuries in a 46-run win over Scotland in their T20I– only the third time in T20 history that three batsmen had passed 50 in the same innings.
Wilson leads Ireland to victory
IRELAND’S Call rang out from the dressing room for the first time in a Twenty20 international since January 2017 as Gary Wilson recorded his first win at T20 captain.
Ford insists Ireland have T20 talent
GRAHAM Ford believes there is enough talent in the Ireland squad to move up the world Twenty20 rankings – and in time to qualify for the next global finals.
van der Merwe inspired Netherlands inflict consecutive defeats on Ireland
Five in a row for the Netherlands as Ireland lose again in Rotterdam.
Ireland lose again to Netherlands in Rotterdam
Ireland went down to their sixth successive Twenty20 defeat and a fifth in a row to the Netherlands.
No quick fix for Irish T20 woes
THERE will be no quick fix to Ireland’s woes in Twenty20 cricket despite losing the first match of the Tri-Series in Holland by just four runs.
Singh heroics in vain as Netherlands win
Simi Singh’s heroics weren’t enough to prevent The Netherlands from securing another win over Ireland in their T20I clash in Rotterdam.
T20 tri-series stepping stone to World Cup
The squad will play four T20I matches as part a Tri-Series tournament being held in the Netherlands between Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands.
Porterfield steps down as Ireland T20 skipper
GARY Wilson is the new Ireland T20 captain after William Porterfield stepped down ahead of next week’s Tri-Series in the Netherlands.
Wilson replaces Porterfield as T20 captain
There are returns to the fold for George Dockrell, Peter Chase and the Durham pairing of Barry McCarthy and Stuart Poynter.
Ford keen to increase talent pool
Graham Ford, the Ireland head coach, says that he hopes to increase Irish cricket’s talent pool by “luring” young athletes away from rugby, football and Gaelic games.
Only way is up for Ireland T20 side
EXACTLY a month after the heady excitement of the inaugural Test match, the Ireland squad will be in T20 mode when they take on Netherlands and Scotland in a Tri-Series in Holland next week. And the only way is up.
Ireland set for Lord's Test?
Ireland and England in discussions over Test Match at Lord's in 2019.
End of a legend as Joyce retires
Back in the late 1980s a few of us who had been in college together used meet up every Sunday night. The weekends would be autopsied – the gigs we’d enjoyed, the matches we’d played or watched.
End of an era as Joyce retires
That push to leg at Malahide, the optimistic call and those 39-year-old legs just unable to beat the direct hit proved to be the end and means the first Test match for Ireland’s greatest batsman will also be his last.
Joyce confirms retirement
Ed Joyce has announced his retirement from playing all forms of international and domestic cricket. He will take up a new role overseeing leadership development and as a batting coach in the Irish performance system.
Tributes pour in for Joyce
TRIBUTES poured in for Ed Joyce, Ireland’s greatest batsman, who has announced his retirement from all cricket, just eight days after completing his dream of becoming a Test match player.
No Test bonanza for Ireland
It was an extraordinary match, one that showed why the five-day format is venerated by lovers of the game above the overs versions.
Eye on future for T20 squad
Head coach Graham Ford was at Stormont on Friday night as the countdown to the next Ireland squad announcement got under way.
Route 66 for O'Brien
KEVIN O’Brien has broken into the Test match batting rankings at No 66 in the world after his second innings century in Ireland’s debut against Pakistan.
No fairytale ending for Ireland
THERE was no miracle in Malahide as Ireland’s dream of becoming only the second team to win their first Test match was ended 10 minutes before tea.
Ireland pass the Test
It was a privilege to be at this beautiful ground to witness an event that a few years ago I would never have dreamt was possible.
No Miracle of Malahide
The Miracle of Malahide did not materialise on the final day of Ireland's first Test match but the new boys gave Pakistan a mighty scare and pushed the visitors all the way before succumbing to a respectable five-wicket defeat shortly before tea.
O'Brien the hero as Ireland dare to dream
IT was just after 6.15pm that Kevin O’Brien pushed a ball from Mohammad Amir through the covers for runs that made him a national hero, for the second time in his career.
O'Brien takes centre stage
Niall O'Brien was the hero when Ireland beat Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup, scoring a calm and assured 72 amid all the madness as Trent Johnston's team of part-timers shocked the world of cricket at Sabina Park, Kingston.
O'Brien century has Ireland in dreamland
Kevin O'Brien wrote himself into the record books again at Malahide by scoring Ireland's first Test century, an epic knock that allowed the new boys to dream of a comeback victory over Pakistan that would match any of the storylines in the game's rich history.
Ireland show great character
But as anyone who has ever suffered a hangover knows, though the morning may be bad, and the afternoon even worse, by evening time, you can often feel back to your best and ready for any challenge.
Ireland fightback after Pakistan reality check
Ed Joyce gave shell-shocked Ireland a glimmer of hope in Malahide by adding an unbeaten 64 with fellow opener William Porterfield after the Test match new boys were shot out for 130 and asked to follow on 180 runs behind.
Resilient Ireland have hope after Pakistan blitz
Day 3 of Ireland's first ever Test is one that few will forget after William Porterfield's side were forced to follow-on after a dominant bowling display from Pakistan.
Proud day for Irish cricket
The new cap ceremony is always a proud moment as a young man or woman is welcomed into the elite circle. Yesterday in Malahide it was a bit different, as there were eleven players lined up to collect their two caps – one for wearing on the field and a golden, betassled one for the mantelpiece.
Pakistan fightback leaves Ireland in trouble
The cliché has it that football is a game of two halves, but Test cricket is a game of four quarters, with each innings obeying different laws of dynamics.
Ireland pass Pakistan Test
Pakistan were 159-6, the sun was shining, the 5,000-strong crowd at Malahide Cricket Club were cheering every delivery, and Ireland's first full day of Test cricket was promising to be one of the great days of Irish sport.
Ireland take financial hit
Cricket Ireland is set to lose around £65,000 after their first day of Test cricket was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Ireland ready for Test debut
It is a pinch-me moment for everyone connected with Irish cricket as Ireland becomes the 11th Test nation, the first to play a debut Test since 2000.
Test ahead for McBrine
The five-day contest will be the most viewed sporting event ever to take place in Ireland, and for North West born Boyd Rankin, William Porterfield, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young and Andy McBrine, it will be one of the most memorable weeks of their lives.
From three lions to three shamrocks
When the teams line up for the anthems ahead of Ireland's inaugural Test match against Pakistan at Malahide Cricket Club, two cricketers will look down at the three shamrocks on their shirt with particular pride.
Heroes aplenty on road to Tests
It's been some journey. When the teams line up on Friday morning at Malahide for Ireland's first Test match - yes, Test match - those of us lucky enough to have enjoyed the ride will have a quiet smile as we recall the bumps in the road as well as the triumphs along the way.
Stirling fit and raring to go
Paul Stirling dispelled any doubts about his fitness and is excited about playing his part in Ireland’s inaugural Test, against Pakistan, at Malahide.
Ford in two minds ahead of Pakistan Test
Ireland coach Graham Ford has admitted he is caught between using his experienced players in this week's inaugural Test match and planning for the future.
Young replaces Smith in Test squad
Nathan Smith has been withdrawn from the Test Match squad, and Ireland have called up Craig Young as cover ahead of Friday’s Test Match.
Smith delighted at Ireland call-up
NATHAN Smith sat out Instonians’ opening T20 Cup match as he begins the countdown to what could be a memorable Ireland debut on Friday – in the first men’s Test match against Pakistan at Malahide.
Ford explains McCarthy omission
Ireland Head Coach Graham Ford explains the reasons Durham seamer Barry McCarthy missed out on a place in the Test squad.
Rankin relishing second chance
AS the Ireland squad look forward to their first Test match on Friday, one player can’t wait to play his second and, this time, he hopes to take in the magnitude of the occasion.
Stirling injury doubt ahead of Pakistan clash
Paul Stirling is an injury doubt before this week’s Test match after being rested for Middlesex’s ongoing County Championship match against Sussex.
New era for Irish cricket
THE new era in Irish cricket has started earlier than expected with three surprises and a new cap in the expanded squad of 14 named for next week’s historic first Test match against Pakistan.
Shock selections in Ireland squad
Ireland's selectors have pulled a few surprises out of the hat for their maiden Test against Pakistan next week. Tyrone Kane and Nathan Smith preferred instead of Barry McCarthy, Craig Young and Peter Chase.
Test places still up for grabs
Graham Ford insists there are still places available in next week’s Test match squad when Lightning and Warriors square up at Pembroke over the next three days in the opening first class match of the season.
Who does best for Ireland in red-ball cricket?
However, there have been six first-class red-ball contests between Ireland and the ‘A’ sides of the test-playing nations, plus Jamaica, in the last eight years which are worth considering.
Malahide in top condition ahead of Test
Despite the recent poor weather, groundsman Philip Frost says "it's shaping up very nicely" for the five-day game against Pakistan which starts on May 11th.
26 players named for Test trial
Ireland have announced the Intra-Squad teams that will play two 2-day warm-up games in late April.
When Northern Ireland beat Bangladesh
A hugely talented team with a great blend of youth and experience. We let South Africa get off the hook and despite being the lowest ranked team made the others take notice, including a famous win against Bangladesh who would be made a Test nation shortly afterwards.
Pakistan name experimental squad
Pakistan have named a much changed experimental squad for their forthcoming Test tour of Ireland and England.
Who cuts the mustard against the big boys?
With Ireland’s accession into men’s Test cricket, there has been lots of speculation and comment on who may or not be able to make the ‘step up’ to the toughest form of the game.
Kane keen for second chance
Tyrone Kane is staying loyal to Merrion and Leinster Lightning despite another bitter blow as he was excluded from the 2018 Cricket Ireland contracts list for both the senior squad and interpros.
End of the Golden Generation
Ireland’s recent failure to qualify for the 2019 World Cup is undoubtedly a sad way for a number of the ‘Golden Generation’ of experienced Irish players to finish their tournament experience for the national team.
Time against Ireland after Taunton horror show
If there was any doubt about the size of Ireland’s task in their inaugural Test match next month, it was exposed for all to see at Taunton over the weekend - and time is suddenly against them.
Rain saves Ireland as final day washed out
The fourth and final day at Taunton was washed out to enable Ireland to salvage a draw against Somerset in a game when little went right for the Irish.
Little to cheer in Ireland performance
Ian Callender's report on the third and what proved to be the final day of Ireland's match with Somerset.
Davey and Trescothick pile on the agony
Ireland's troubles continued on Sunday as they were left totally outclassed by Somerset on a day to forget.
Ireland struggles continue at Somerset
Rain meant just 30 overs were possible on the second day of Ireland's four-day friendly against Somerset at Taunton.
Tector impresses in Taunton
Ireland’s first Test match may come too early for Jack Tector but the 21-year-old opening batsman will almost certainly become a mainstay of the newest Full Member nation.
Tector shades Shannon in Test battle
A top order batting slot could open up for the May 11 showpiece and coach Graham Ford turned it into a head-to-head contest between rookie Jack Tector and previously-tried and discarded James Shannon.
Ireland suffer chastening first day at Taunton
Ireland suffered a chastening day in the field as Somerset racked up 342 for 5 after being put in by stand-in skipper Gary Wilson on a green pitch at Taunton.
Tough day in the field for Ireland
Ian Callender reports on Day 1 of Ireland's match versus Somerset in Taunton.
Young raring to go as Ireland face Somerset
Ireland return to red-ball cricket on Friday when they take on Somerset in a four-day clash at Taunton.
Wilson looking for competitive edge against Somerset
Gary Wilson wants to keep a competitive edge to Ireland’s four-day game against Somerset, despite the game, which starts this morning at Taunton, not being given first-class status.
Ireland to play Scotland and Netherlands in T20 tri series
Ireland, Scotland and The Netherlands will play a T20 tri-series in June.
Porterfield faces anxious wait on knee injury
He will see a specialist in the next week to determine the extent of the problem and, with the first Test match just six weeks away, must hope it is nothing serious.
Young replaces Murtagh in Ireland squad
Craig Young has been called up to the Ireland squad to replace Tim Murtagh for next week's match against Somerset.
Wilson to skipper Ireland in Porterfield absence
Gary Wilson will skipper Ireland in their four-day clash with Somerset which starts next Friday at the County Ground in Taunton.
Richardson offers hope for 2023 World Cup
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has pleaded for next year's 10-team World Cup to "be given a chance" but said that although committed to the same format in 2023, that it can be "looked at".
Ireland averages from the WCQ
Ireland's hopes for a World Cup slot ultimately ended in failure as they lost to Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and West Indies to finish fifth.
Ireland failed to fire
For the first time since 2001, Ireland failed to punch above their weight at a global event and as a result, missed out on a ninth successive World Cup.
Tector to lead Ireland Wolves
Jack Tector will skipper Ireland Wolves on a short tour to play Bath and Gloucestershire Seconds.
Change needed for Ireland
Ireland's hopes of a fourth successive Cricket World Cup came to a halt on Friday when the Afghans found just a little bit more steel, craft and nerve in a battle worthy of the millions at stake.
Porterfield blasts ICC
WILLIAM Porterfield insists that Ireland would have again made the headlines if they had qualified for next year’s World Cup finals in England.
Determined Afghanistan oust Ireland
THE Ireland squad head home with a first Test match to look forward to, but they will not be playing in next year’s World Cup in England.
Ireland heartbreak
ASGHAR STANIKZAI provided a stitch in time for Afghanistan while breaking Ireland hearts as the Boys in Green were beaten by five wickets and missed their chance to gatecrash next year’s World Cup.
Ireland handed World Cup lifeline
Ireland have been handed an unlikely World Cup lifeline after 10/1 outsiders UAE stunned hosts Zimbabwe in a rain affected encounter in Harare.
Irish fate in hands of UAE and weather
IRELAND will learn their World Cup fate in the next 48 hours after Scotland saw their bid to reach next year’s finals cruelly ended by an umpiring decision and torrential rain as they lost to the West Indies by 5 runs.
Balbirnie silences the doubters
Andy Balbirnie silenced his doubters with a composed century as Ireland kept alive their faint hopes of reaching next year's World Cup with a comfortable 25-run victory over Scotland in the Super Sixes.
Ireland keep faint hopes alive
It was not the complete performance but Ireland's hopes of reaching next year's World Cup finals are alive and hopeful - for another couple of days at least.
Balbirnie delivers to keep Ireland alive
Andrew Balbirnie stroked a career-best century and also became the seventh Ireland batsman to complete 1,000 ODI runs as the 2009 champions defeated traditional rivals and reigning champions Scotland by 25 runs.
World Cup fate out of Irish control
ITS now out of Ireland’s hands, but to retain those last lingering hopes of the 2019 World Cup they must first beat Scotland in Harare.
Ireland on the brink after Zimbabwe horror show
Ireland will be playing for little more than pride against Scotland tomorrow after seeing their hopes of a fourth successive appearance in the World Cup all but dashed by a crushing 107-run defeat by Zimbabwe yesterday at the Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe loom large for Ireland
Ireland's pathway to next year's World Cup finals in England should be a little clearer after the first Super Sixes matches but amid all the various permutations one thing is clear: the Boys in Green must beat Zimbabwe tomorrow at the Harare Sports Club.
Ford looking to drive Ireland forward
GRAHAM Ford may have lost his unbeaten record as Ireland coach but insists his side are in a good place going into the two most crucial games Ireland have played in a decade.
One down, three to go
Paul Stirling smashed a century and Boyd Rankin ripped out four wickets in 10 balls as Ireland crushed the UAE by 226 runs and charged into the Super Sixes with two points and a much improved run-rate.
Ireland beat UAE to advance to Super Sixes
IRELAND’S progress to the Super Six stage was even easier than expected as UAE again proved canon-fodder for William Porterfield’s side whose 226 runs (DLS) victory was their biggest in a one-day international.
Small margins cost Ireland dearly
BASEBALL is defined as a game of ‘small failures’; its trans-Atlantic cousin can also be like that. It was certainly the case for Ireland in Harare.
Unlucky 13 for Ireland
It proved to be unlucky 13 for Ireland as their 12-match winning run was ended by West Indies who progressed to the Super Six stage of the World Cup qualifying tournament with a 52 runs victory at the Harare Sports Club.
Missed chances leave Ireland in last chance saloon
Ireland face a must-win game against the UAE in Harare to keep alive their World Cup hopes after a 52-run loss to the West Indies on Saturday.
Ireland beaten by West Indies
Ireland battled hard, and looked the better side early on, but ultimately fell short of the target against the West Indies losing by 52 runs in Harare.
Familiar foe awaits Ireland
Ireland’s World Cup qualification hopes could well be determined over the next 72 hours as they face crucial encounters against tournament favourites West Indies and one of the surprise packages UAE.
McBrine hoping for West Indies opportunity
The North West Warriors captain recorded his most economical 10-over spell at the 2015 World Cup in Nelson and is desperate for the chance to bowl to Chris Gayle et al in Ireland’s next game on Saturday.
Porterfield ton saves the day
An 11th one-day international century from William Porterfield eased Ireland to victory in Harare, despite a remarkable ton of his own by the Papua New Guinea opening batsman Tony Ura.
PNG push Ireland all the way
It was a lot closer than expected - or envisaged after an hour's play - but Ireland secured two more valuable points and moved into top place in Group A after a second win at the World Cup qualifying tournament.
Porterfield leads Ireland to victory
William Porterfield struck his eighteenth international century as Ireland completed a second victory in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers, beating Papua New Guinea by four wickets with five balls to spare.
11 wins in a row for rampant Irish
AN 11TH straight win from 11 players at the top of their game gave Ireland the perfect start in their quest to reach a fourth successive World Cup finals.
Balbirnie helps Ireland get off to flier
Andy Balbirnie stroked a half-century of high quality in Harare to help beat the Netherlands by 93 runs (D/L method) and get Ireland off to the best possible start in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers.
Perfect start for Ireland
A near flawless team effort saw Ireland begin the World Cup Qualifier tournament with a commanding victory over the Netherlands in a rain-affected match by 93 runs (DLS) in Harare.
Ireland keep winning run going
IRELAND go into the World Cup qualifying tournament on a winning run of 10 games but they will hope there are no finishes as close as in the final warm-up in Bulawayo, if only to keep the heart-rate steady.
Shannon prepared to play the waiting game
It can’t be fun travelling with a squad knowing you are the “spare batsman” but James Shannon is in for the long haul at the start of an exciting new era for Irish cricket.
Rankin lifts Ireland ahead of Dutch test
Boyd Rankin took five wickets in Bulawayo and then came to Ireland's rescue with the bat as the Boys in Green squeezed to a two-wicket victory over Scotland off the last ball of their final warm-up match
Dockrell delight as Ireland seal late win
George Dockrell gives his reaction as he sealed a last gasp win for Ireland, striking the final delivery to the boundary to clinch the two wicket win against Scotland.
Weather puts dampener on Ireland's preparations
There was more than a hint of irony that, after Ireland's game against Zimbabwe had been abandoned without a ball bowled, the groundstaff were watering the square under the afternoon sun.
Stirling plans to keep foot on the gas
It may not be the most important match in the greater scheme of things, but Paul Stirling is hoping that Ireland can continue their winning momentum in warm-up games.
Super Stirling soars as Ireland win
PAUL STIRLING scored 156 for the second consecutive match to lead Ireland to a nail-biting three runs win (DLS) against Hong Kong in a rain-affected contest in Pretoria.
Rain halts Ireland's winning run
Rain ended their game against Scotland which was abandoned just nine balls short of a result.
Thompson surprise inclusion as Irish injury niggles mount
Ireland’s warm-up clash with Scotland fell victim to the weather in Pretoria but the big news was the surprise naming of all-rounder Stuart Thompson on the team sheet.
Rockin Rankin got rhythm
Boyd Rankin has got his mojo back and that spells good news for Ireland's World Cup Qualifier chances.
Wilson fluent as Ireland win
Andrew Balbirnie fell just three short of his century and, even more impressively, Gary Wilson ran out of runs, rather than time, dismissed for 89 with just four needed for victory.
Ireland to play Sussex in Ed Joyce testimonial match
Ireland will play Sussex in a T20 contest at Arundel Castle on Sunday June 24th.
Confident Ireland win again
A four-wicket haul for Boyd Rankin coupled with half centuries by Andy Balbirnie and Gary Wilson ensured Ireland continued their winning run under new coach Graham Ford.
Stirling service for Ireland
JUST 17 days out from Ireland’s first match at the World Cup qualifying tournament, Paul Stirling posted his second highest score for the Irish as they enjoyed a convincing victory against a Northern/Easterns franchise.
Stirling fires Ireland to thumping win
Paul Stirling thumped 156 to get Ireland off to a winning start on the first match of their South African tour.
Lord's Test for Ireland in 2021?
IRELAND could be in line to play England in a Test match at Lord’s in 2021.
Afghanistan pencilled in for Irish tour
Afghanistan are being lined up for a six match Irish tour later this summer.
ECB set to announce home Test versus Ireland
Ireland’s first Test match in England is set to be announced by the ECB on Wednesday, when they reveal the venues for every home Test from 2020-24.
Joyce relishing Test chance
As the Artic wind penetrated the January air, and Malahide Castle and Gardens was littered with woollen-dressed walkers, the idea of Test match cricket and a bright new dawn could not have felt any further away.
Ireland to play four games in South Africa
Ireland have confirmed four matches in South Africa as part of their preparation for the World Cup Qualifying competition.
Shannon earns WCQ call-up
James Shannon has been recalled to the Ireland squad for the World Cup Qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe.
O'Brien delight at joining the 300 club
Kevin O'Brien celebrated his 300th appearance for Ireland with a win over Celtic rivals Scotland that clinched the Desert Tri-Series.
Ford looking to fine-tune Ireland
New Ireland head coach Graham Ford believes his side have “good momentum” going into the “cut-throat” World Cup Qualifier.
Ireland win on red letter day
On the day Kevin O’Brien played his 300th international and Paul Stirling scored his 3,000th one-day international run, Ireland posted their joint highest ODI total in Dubai, which proved just enough to complete a clean sweep of the Tri-Series.
Ireland beat Scotland to clinch tri-series
Ireland clinched the Desert Tri-Series with a 24-run win over Scotland in a high scoring encounter in Dubai.
Ireland too strong for Scotland
IRELAND confirmed their superiority over Scotland with an emphatic six wickets victory in the third match of the Tri-Series in Dubai.
Balbirnie blast powers Ireland to win
ANDREW BALBIRNIE'S rapid half century propelled Ireland to a convincing six-wicket win over rivals Scotland with more than 15 overs to spare in their first ODI in Dubai.
Larkin makes double hundred
Former Irish international Nick Larkin was once again amongst the runs at the weekend as he scored an impressive 246 from 276 deliveres while skippering Sydney University against Mosman.
Porterfield and Balbirnie lead Ireland to win
Centuries from William Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie steered Ireland to a 67-run win over hosts UAE in the second ODI of their tri-series in Dubai.
Ireland to play Somerset
Ireland have confirmed a four-day match against Somerset from April 6-9 in Taunton.
Joyce the saviour as Ireland wobble
It is only 33 days since Ireland beat Afghanistan in the UAE to win the three-match series, but the interval proved too long for the batsmen to retain their form when they return to the middle in Dubai
Cool head Joyce leads Ireland to victory
Ed Joyce kept a cool head to record an unbeaten century and steer Ireland to a four-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates in Dubai as the Boys in Green ensured new coach Graham Ford got off to a winning start.
Joyce century leads Ireland to win over UAE
ED JOYCE scored an unbeaten century to get new Ireland coach Graham Ford’s reign off to a successful start with a four-wicket win over the UAE in Dubai.
Ireland confirm India matches
Ireland will play India in two T20 internationals in Dublin in June. Both games will be held at Malahide, with the first encounter scheduled for Wednesday June 27 and the second match two days later on Friday June 29.
Photographs
Ireland v Afghanistan, 3rd ODI - Gallery 2 (31 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 3rd ODI - Gallery 1 (31 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 2nd ODI - Gallery 2 (29 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 2nd ODI - Gallery 1 (29 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 1st ODI - Gallery 2 (27 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 1st ODI - Gallery 1 (27 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 3rd T20I (24 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 2nd T20I, Gallery 2 (22 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 2nd T20I, Gallery 1 (22 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 1st T20I, Gallery 2 (20 August)
Ireland v Afghanistan, 1st T20I, Gallery 1 (20 August)
Ireland v India - 2nd T20 (29 June)
Ireland v India - 1st T20 (27 June)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 5 (3) (15 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 4 (3) (14 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 5 (2) (15 May)
Ireland v Pakistan, Day 5 (1) (15 May)
Ireland v Pakistan, Day 4 (2) (14 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 4 (1) (14 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 3 (3) (13 May)
Past players at the game (13 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 3 (2) (13 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 3 (1) (13 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 2 (3) (12 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 2 (2) (12 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 2 (1) (12 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Day 1 (11 May)
Ireland v Pakistan Test build up (10 May)
Test Trial Match 2 at Pembroke (26 April)
Test Trial Match 1 at Merrion (23 April)
Northern Ireland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games (16 April)
Ireland v Afghanistan (23 March)
Zimbabwe v Ireland (16 March)
Ireland v UAE (12 March)
Ireland v West Indies (10 March)
Ireland v Papua New Guinea (6 March)
Ireland v The Netherlands (4 March)
Ireland v Scotland (1 March)
Ireland training in Bulawayo (28 February)
Ireland announce World Cup Qualifier squad (25 January)