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Stirling to play Bangladesh Premier League
Paul Stirling has been picked up by the Bangladesh Premier League franchise Khulna Titans ahead of the 2019 BPL T20 tournament, starting on 5 January.
First class Ireland
Ireland Wolves will play two first-class games on their upcoming tour to Sri Lanka, adding to the rich tapestry of Irish cricketers who have played in foreign parts.
Women and Men Down Under (8)
An end of term feeling to this week’s column, as the various leagues wind down for a 2 week Christmas break.
O'Brien stars again to lead Kathmandu into qualifiers
Kevin O'Brien won yet another Man of the Match award to lead his Kathmandu Kings side into the last four of the Everest Premier League in Nepal.
Women and Men Down Under (7)
A number of regular names missing this week, as some players return to the Northern Hemisphere, but still plenty of players in action this week down under.
King O'Brien leads Kathmandu to two wins
It was an excellent 48 hours for Kevin O'Brien as he powered his Kathmandu Kings side to back-to-back wins in the Everest Nepal T20 tournament.
Birrell appointed Hampshire manager
Hampshire Cricket have announced former Ireland Coach Adi Birrell as First Team Manager.
Cricket Ireland Board Meeting outcomes
Cricket Ireland has endorsed recommendations and funding for the development of a new strategy for girl’s and women’s cricket in Ireland and an increase in white-ball fixtures in the Inter-Provincial Series in 2019.
Women and Men Down Under (6)
Performance of the week must surely belong to Nathan Smith, who took a 7-26 in the first innings of Northern Districts 1st Grade game against Blacktown.
Women and Men Down Under (5)
There was a clash of Irish internationals in Perth, as Andy McBrine’s Midland-Guildford side played day one of their 1st grade game against Sean Terry’s Melville.
15 young cricketers announced for Ireland Men’s Academy
Neil Rock and JJ Garth elevated from last year’s Emerging squad and joined by Gareth Delany and Aaron Gillespie in the Senior Academy.
Women and Men Down Under (4)
Stuart Thompson led the way for the Irish abroad this weekend as his 87 helped his Wanneroo side to a first-innings win against Joondalup.
Stirling soars as T10 league makes explosive start
Paul Stirling was in imperious form as the T10 league got under way in dramatic fashion in Sharjah.
Women and Men Down Under (3)
Shane Getkate takes the honours in the latest round-up of the action from Irish players in action this weekend.
Women and Men Down Under (2)
It is becoming an eventful November for Irish cricketers in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With places for the Wolves tour to Sri Lanka up for grabs, a number did their prospects no harm at all this week.
Board confirms interpro review
The Board of Cricket Ireland has called for an immediate review of the Inter-Provincial Series to consider the current structure and whether improvements can be made ahead of the 2019 season.
Munster set to continue in 2019 interpro series
Cricket Ireland have refuted suggestions that Munster's participation in the 2019 interpro series is in doubt.
Players honoured at Irish awards
The Ireland squad took a break on Friday night, although their first game in the World Twenty20 in Guyana is just seven days away. The excuse was to toast their captain, Laura Delany, who was named Female Player of the Year at the Cricket Ireland awards in Dublin.
Women and Men (Down Under)
The title of our column is tweaked this week, as we have the first details regarding an Irish women’s player playing in Australia in the 2018/9 season.
Murtagh and Delany take top prizes
Tim Murtagh and Laura Delany have been awarded the International Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year, respectively, at the 7th Annual Cricket Ireland Awards.
When your best just isn't good enough.
Marc Ellison looks back at his NCU Cup Final appearances and reflects on the classic that was played out in 2018.
Who will scoop interpro honours?
It promises to be a fierce contest for the interpro and Super 3 players of the year, with William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie and George Dockrell in the men's category, while Lara Maritz and the Joyce twins battle for the women's prize.
Tough competition for club player of the year
It promises to be a keenly fought contest between Murtaza Sidiqi, Adam Dennison and John Anderson to be crowned the Club Player of the Year on Friday night.
Power to the people
Dr Murray Power will be recognised with a Special Award - Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket , in honour of John Wright - at the Cricket Ireland Awards on Friday.
Waringstown, Templepatrick and Bready vie for Club of the Year award
Waringstown, Templepatrick and Bready have been shortlisted for the prestigious Club of the Year Award.
Award nominees unveiled
Cricket Ireland unveils its winners at the Awards on Friday night with an unusual mixture of emotions swilling around.
Men at Work (2)
Welcome to week two of our Down Under round-up.
Cricket Ireland drop development bombshell
In devastating news for the game, Cricket Ireland are planning to make all their Development Officers redundant.
Men at Work (1)
Welcome to a (hopefully regular) round up of Irish performances down under this year.
Worth waiting for - Marc Ellison
The pressure was building and time was running out. At 31 years of age, you only get so many opportunities before it’s time for the selectors to try someone else, preferably younger with a long career ahead of them.
Kane follows in Joyce footsteps
Tyrone Kane has followed in the footsteps of Ed Joyce after making his debut for the University of Western Australia.
Losing start in Afghan Premier League for O'Brien and Stirling
Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling's Kandahar Knights team have lost both of their opening matches at the Afghan T20 Premier League in Sharjah.
New Kids on the Block
Who are the players next in line for elevation to the senior ranks? We take a look at how some of the young guns waiting in the wings performed at youth, Academy and Wolves level this season.
O'Brien and Stirling tie up for APL T20
Irish internationals Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling look ahead to new but distinctly differing challenges on the eve of joining the Kandahar Knights, a franchise team established for the inaugural year of the Afghanistan Premier League T20 competition.
Smith among the wickets in Australia
Nathan Smith took four wickets in his first appearance of the season for Northern Districts in the Sydney Premier League.
Tector scores ton for Randwick Petersham
Ireland U19 skipper Harry Tector scored 118 for Randwick Petersham in their ongoing Second Grade match against the University of New South Wales.
Ireland wicketkeeper Isaac Jaffey
At Lord's in 1953 he stumped John Manners (now 104), the oldest living first-class cricketer and the longest lived ever.
Johnston appointed Director of Coaching at Greenvale
Former Irish international Trent Johnston has been appointed Director of Coaching at Greenvale Kangaroos, a Premier club in Victoria.
O'Brien lands Afghan role
Niall O'Brien has been appointed batting coach for Kandahar Knights in the upcoming Afghanistan T20 Premier League.
Munster grounds for optimism
Forget this 100-ball nonsense and imagine a new format of cricket in which nobody bothered counting runs, instead a panel of aesthetes could award points based on the beauty of the grounds. Munster would challenge for the world title, let alone the interprovincial one, every year.
Kane and Tector inaugural recipients of the EJSP
Tyrone Kane and Jack Tector as the inaugural recipients of the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme –a programme Ed launched for young players to develop their skills overseas in the winter, as he did early in his career.
The anguish of a first-class debut
CSNI and Northern Knights batsman Marc Ellison reflects on the next stage of his cricketing career, and how his first-class debut became a nightmare.
Umpires riding the roller coaster too
As Irish cricket steps into the Test era, the white coat brigade has also had to up its game, says Paul Reynolds, a member of the ICC International Panel.
Karl McDermott appointed head groundsman at Lord's
Karl McDermott has been appointed as the new Head Groundsman at Lord’s.
Irish players migrating for the winter
A number of Irish players will be heading for sunnier climes over the coming months.
Tectors chasing the dream
Cricket is passed down the generations, so it sometimes seems if youngsters inherit caps from their fathers. Four of the Ireland squad that took on Afghanistan recently are sons of ex-internationals, while three have had brothers and another an uncle who wore the shamrock.
Clubs remain beating heart of Irish cricket
No matter how far Irish cricket travels in this world, and they’ve circled the globe many times this past decade, it will still always be about the club. The lowest unit of the game is feeling pretty neglected these days, seeing little of benefit to it in Test cricket or the glittering occasions when Virat Kohli comes to town.
Irishman makes Test debut
Three months after Ireland played its first Test match, another Irishman will make his five-day debut at the Ageas Bowl – and will be just as nervous as any player. Karl McDermott, formerly of Clontarf CC, is head groundsman at the Southampton ground.
Winner Simmons still has golden touch
It is almost three and a half years since Phil Simmons left the head coach role with Ireland for the only job that would have tempted him away and everything he has touched continues to turn to gold.
Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme
As a legacy to his commitment to the game in Ireland over this period, Ed has established the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme (EJSP) for young players to develop their skills overseas in the winter, as he did early in his career.
Northwest cricket is being let down
The north-west has long been regarded as the poor relation. It hosted its first international in 1934, Ireland’s 144th game, and they didn’t return for 30 years. The West Indies game was the last at Sion. Since Zimbabwe, in 2003, no Test nation visited the region before Afghanistan this week.
Fulfilling a childhood dream
CSNI and Northern Knights cricketer Marc Ellison on his journey to becoming a first-class cricketer.
War to end all wars changed cricket in Ireland utterly
One hundred years ago none of these sides were vying for honours, because the summer of 1918 was the last one without a competitive structure in the province, mainly because Irishmen of all hues and origins were fighting in khaki in the battlefields of Europe.
Cricketers can learn from Olympic athletes
Irish cricketers “can learn from and create synergy” with Olympic athletes at their new training campus at Abbotstown, according to Cricket Ireland's high performance director Richard Holdsworth.
Ireland open new HPC in Dublin
Cricket Ireland has officially opened Phase One of a world-class high performance training centre at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in west Dublin.
One size fits all
One of the greatest attractions of cricket is that size, shape and even fitness need not deter one from playing the game.
Ireland refuse to rest on laurels
CRICKET Ireland are refusing to rest on their laurels after what has already been described as a “successful” first season as a Full Member of the ICC.
Ulster Cup scrapped
The plug has been pulled on this year’s Ulster Cup because there is no sponsor and fixture pressure.
Porterfield calls for more interpro cricket
If Ireland are to be competitive on the world stage the best players here must play more cricket, insists Porterfield.
Sean Terry calls time on career
Sean Terry, the Southampton-born and Australian-raised top order batsman who made his debut for Ireland in 2016, has decided to call time on his international and domestic cricket career with immediate effect.
O'Brien stars on Canadian T20 debut
Kevin O'Brien thumped five sixes in a rapid 49 on his debut for Edmonton Royals in the Canadian T20 league but it wasn't enough to prevent them being beaten by West Indies B.
Reynolds gains promotion
Reynolds joins Mark Hawthorne, Alan Neill and Roland Black as Cricket Ireland’s four representatives. All four umpires will be in action this week in the India T20I series at Malahide.
Irish Universities beat Cambridge
Irish Universities secured a superb four-wicket win against Cambridge in their annual match at Fenners as part of the Hone-McGregor tournament thanks to a fine all-round display.
Irish Universities name strong squad
Irish Universities will once again take part in the annual Hone-McGregor Tri Series this week at Fenner’s in Cambridge.
Stormont in line for Test match
STORMONT could host a Test match as early as next year with the Belfast venue set to become “second choice” to Malahide for the big matches over the next four years.
Aideen Rice part of history
Cricket Ireland is not just making history on the field this week, it is also breaking new ground in the committee box.
Guerrilla warfare on the airwaves
It is notorious for its irreverence and anti-establishment stance, not to mention a fair smattering of F-bombs. Henry Blofeld it most definitely is not.
As Test cricket dawns, it's the end of an era (2)
The second part of Odran Flynn's review looks at Ireland's progress from 2005 to 2017.
You can't have your cake and eat it
Angus Fraser, the Middlesex director of cricket, has backed plans to classify Ireland internationals as overseas players in English domestic cricket from 2019.
As Test cricket dawns, it's the end of an era (1)
With Test cricket on the immediate horizon, it's the end of an era for many of the golden generation. First of a two-part analysis by Odran Fynn.
Fixture bonanza looms for Ireland
Ireland will have 60-65 home internationals, including 15 Test matches, over the next six years, the Cricket Ireland Annual meeting was told.
Rice makes history
History was made at the Cricket Ireland annual meeting today when Aideen Rice became the first female President of Cricket Ireland.
Smith and McCollum impress in latest Test trial
The Northern Knights duo of Nathan Smith and James McCollum were the players to shine on a bitterly cold day at Sydney Parade.
Smith to the four in Test trial
The Instonians opening bowler forced his way into Ireland consideration with five wickets for the Wolves last year and he took four wickets in the second Test trial game in Dublin.
Day Two washed out at Merrion
GRAHAM Ford’s hopes of having eight days’ cricket for players and selectors before the squad for the first Test is chosen were dashed on day two when the second day of the trial game was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Balbirnie passes the Test
Andrew Balbirnie scored a hundred in the Test trial, with Tyrone Kane the best of the bowlers taking five of the 13 wickets to fall on a manufactured day.
Umpiring team unveiled for Malahide
The umpiring team for next month's Test match at Malahide has been confirmed.
Death of Wilson Scott
Following the death of Wilson Scott on Wednesday, as a tribute we reproduce his biography by Edward Liddle.
David Kennedy
On his 45th birthday we take a look at the career of one-cap wonder David Kennedy.
Carson takes five wickets for Sussex
18 year-old Waringstown teenager Jack Carson has taken a five-wicket haul for Sussex in their second XI match against their Essex counterparts.
Milestone for Murtagh
Tim Murtagh passed the milestone of 700 first-class wickets during Middlesex's County Championship clash with Northants at the weekend.
Noel Cantwell ashes to be scattered at Mardyke
The ashes of Noel Cantwell, one of Cork and Ireland's greatest sportsmen, are to be scattered on the cricket pitch at the famous Mardyke ground.
Arthur E. Newton, Somerset CCC and Cahir CC, Co. Tipperary.
In the late summer of 1893, cricket in Tipperary got a shot in the arm with the appearance of Arthur Edward Newton on the Cahir CC selection.
Botha appointed CEO of Malawi
Former Irish international Andre Botha has been appointed the CEO of Malawi Cricket.
Johnston released by NSW
Former Irish international Trent Johnston has been released by New South Wales after three years in charge.
After ball-tampering. Whose spirit? Which rules?
The crystalline outrage that followed footage of members of the Australian Cricket team conspiring to tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town conceals the moral complexity of the situation.
O'Hara honoured by MCC
Former Irish umpire Paddy O'Hara has been made a full member of the MCC.
Seven players awarded interpro contracts
Five come from the Leinster region, two from the NCU, while the North West based players failed to get any.
Ireland chasing the dream
With the 2019 finals to be staged in England, qualification could give Cricket Ireland its best chance to fulfil its aim of growing the game – but failure could set it back years.
Balbirnie determined ahead of crucial qualifiers
Andrew Balbirnie is determined to give "two fingers" to cricket's global authorities by helping Ireland qualify for next year's World Cup at the expense of one of the game's established powers.
Joyce focused on huge challenge ahead
We’ve won games at big events in 50-over cricket especially and also come through many qualifying tournaments at associate level.
Malahide about turn makes sense
Irish cricket's governing body previously supported a €6m redevelopment of the members-owned Malahide Cricket Club, which would have included a new pavilion with television and media facilities, and 1,500 permanent seats.
Deutrom explains Malahide rejection
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom has outlined the reasons why Malahide has been rejected in favour of Abbotstown as the venue for a new National Stadium.
Ireland plan for new stadium at Abbotstown
Cricket Ireland are performing a u-turn and now are planning to build a new stadium at Abbotstown as opposed to Malahide.
Raman Lamba remembered
On this day twenty years ago in February 1998, the tragic news filtered through that Raman Lamba had been killed after being struck on the head while fielding close in during a league game in Bangladesh.
Lewis calls for franchise cricket
The former Irish captain and more recently chairman of selectors, feels that the interprovincial structure must undergo a shakeup to benefit Irish cricket to its full capacity.
Williamson leading Apex tour to UK
Apex Cricket Academy is embarking on its annual Winter training trip this coming weekend as 17 players aged from 13 to 18 will be immersed in cricket as they spend three days in Cardiff over the mid- term.
Ireland to receive $40 million
The new model will see Ireland and Afghanistan each receiving a percentage of the projected surplus, amounting under current projections to approximately $40m each.

Young back with a bang
Craig Young has made a flying start to his spell in South Africa taking four wickets on debut for Old Grey CC in Port Elizabeth.
Tector in the runs in Australia
Former Ireland U19 skipper Jack Tector enjoyed a productive weekend in Sydney playing for Randwick Petersham.
Trevor Henry remembered
On the 12th anniversary of the death of Irish international umpire Trevor Henry, we reproduce an interview he did with the site back in 2005.
Time for interpro rethink?
Has the Interprovincial competition in its present form run its course?
Thompson South Africa bound
Irish all-rounder Stuart Thompson is spending two months in South Africa.
Stirling misses out on IPL contract
The wait for an Ireland player to take part in the lucrative Indian Premier League goes on after Paul Stirling became the latest player to be left in the cold in this year's auction.
Galway beat Ulster in high scoring final
NUI Galway successfully defended their Indoor University crown with a 12-run win over hosts Ulster University in a high scoring final in the superb facility at Jordanstown.
University Indoor Championships
The Irish Universities Indoor Intervarsity competition takes place this weekend at Jordanstown from Friday January 26th to Sunday 28th.
Jersey Under 15's to tour Ireland
Jersey Under 15's will travel to Belfast for a three-match tour in July.
Mooney hooks up with former coach Simmons
John Mooney has joined Afghanistan as fielding coach ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
Nothing can prepare you for that!
Every batsman's nightmare - whether they admit it or not.
New coaching regime helping Ireland
The die was cast for the World Cup Qualifying squad once an inspired Paul Stirling led Ireland to victory against Afghanistan last month in Sharjah.
Singh and Stirling put names forward for IPL
Simi Singh and Paul Stirling have put their names forward for inclusion in the 2018 IPL auction.
Death of Davy Holmes
Tributes have poured in across the Irish cricketing spectrum following the death of popular cricket correspondent Davy Holmes.
Hawthorne appointed to U19 World Cup
Irish umpire Mark Hawthorne will be officiating at the U19 World Cup in New Zealand later this month.
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