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Ireland: International Tournaments
2017 Desert T20
United Arab Emirates
Glass half full or half empty?
Was the Desert T20 campaign a case for optimism or one for wailing and gnashing of teeth?
Bridge too far as Ireland slaughtered in final
THE Desert T20 final proved a game too far as Ireland followed their biggest victory, in the semi-final against Scotland, with their first ever 10-wicket defeat, to Afghanistan.
Desert T20 underlines Scotlandís progress
At a time in which meaningful fixtures for all but a few Associate nations are in short supply the inaugural Desert T20 Challenge provided a much-needed shot in the arm.
Ireland mauled by Afghanistan
Ireland slumped to 71 all out to lose the Desert T20 final to Afghanistan by ten wickets in Dubai.
Impressive Ireland crush Scotland
Half centuries from Gary Wilson and Paul Stirling, followed up by a combined seven-wicket haul from spinners Jacob Mulder and George Dockrell propelled Ireland to an emphatic 98-run win against Celtic rivals Scotland.
Ireland face Scotland for final slot
IRELAND will meet Scotland in the second semi-final of the Desert T20 tournament (10.30 GMT) after Afghanistan confirmed top place in Group A with a 54-run victory against Namibia.
Scotland win Group B
In the final group-stage match of the Desert T20 Challenge Scotland confirmed their position as winners of Group B after victory over second-place Oman to set up a semi-final clash with Ireland.
Dutch postmortem after crushing defeat
Netherlands captain Peter Borren cut a disconsolate figure after his side collapsed to a humiliating 91 run loss to Hong Kong.
Rath and Khans send the Dutch on voyage home
A rapid 59 from Hong Kong's Nizakat Khan and and impressive all-round display from Anshuman Rath sent the Netherlands crashing out of the Desert T20.
O'Brien delighted with all-round Ireland
Ireland top scorer Kevin O'Brien was delighted with the performance of the Irish and feels they may be coming into form at exactly the right time.
Bowlers take Ireland to semifinals
The perfect bowling performance ensured Ireland qualified for the semi-finals with a comfortable 24 runs victory over UAE.
Ireland beat UAE to secure semi-final berth
Ireland qualified for the semi-finals with a comfortable 24 run win against hosts UAE at the Dubai International Stadium.
Adams and Borren pay tribute to Scottish resilience
Netherlands coach Chris Adams paid tribute to Scotland's fighting qualities as they recovered twice in the game to pull off a thrilling seven run win.
Dutch fall short in tense chase against Scotland
Scotland held their nerve to close out a comeback seven run win over the Netherlands in a knife-edge Desert T20 encounter.
Wilson delight as Irish hold nerve
Gary Wilson's unbeaten 38 helped Ireland secure their first win of the Desert T20 as they chased down Namibia's total of 146/9 to win in the final over.
Ireland beat Namibia to keep qualification hopes alive
Ireland kept alive their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Desert T20 with a hard-fought five wicket win over Namibia in Abu Dhabi.
It'll be all White on the night
NOT for the first time in the last couple of years, Ireland are in must-win territory to keep alive their hopes of progressing in a tournament.
Coetzer praises his sideís performance
Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer was quick to praise his sideís performance as he reflected on a second tournament win after they had defeated the Netherlands by seven runs in a nail-biting finish.
Van der Merwe seals Dutch win over Oman
Roelof van der Merwe struck a breakneck 35 off 15 balls to see the Netherlands to a hard-fought victory over Oman in their opening Desert T20 match.
Bradburn delight as Scotland shake off the cobwebs
Scotland coach Grant Bradburn was clearly delighted as his Scottish charges shook off the winter cobwebs with a convincing win over Hong Kong in their Desert T20 opener.
Borren backs Van Meekeren to lead Dutch to glory
Netherlands captain Peter Borren has backed fast bowling prodigy Paul van Meekeren to be the star performer in this week's Desert T20 after their win against Oman.
Mulder impresses as Ireland disappoint
Jacob Mulder continues to impress in an Ireland shirt with the CIYMS leg spinner, in only his second international, the star performer in the five wickets defeat to Afghanistan.
Impressive Scotland begin desert campaign with Hong Kong victory
Scotland kicked off the Desert T20 in style as they completed a comfortable victory over Hong Kong at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi
Ireland beaten by Afghanistan in T20 opener
Ireland's T20 troubles continued as they were beaten by Afghanistan by five wickets in their opening Desert T20 match in Abu Dhabi.
Rankin aiming to get back into his stride
When Cricket Ireland agreed to Boyd Rankin staying with his county Warwickshire last July, they did not expect to be without him for the next seven months.
Berrington and MacLeod lead Scotland to victory
Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod's record partnership propelled Scotland to a fully deserved 24 run win over Hong Kong in the Desert T20 opener in Abu Dhabi.
A tasty treat in the desert
With eight nations competing itís a rare feast of quality cricket over an all too brief one week period.
Rankin grounded as Ireland look to hit the heights
The Ireland squad travelled to Abu Dhabi today for an afternoon net session ahead of their opening game tomorrow in the Desert T20 tournament, under the lights of the Shekh Zayed Stadium.
Double injury blow for Ireland
IRELAND have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of their opening Desert T20 international clash with Afghanistan tomorrow (SAT) in Abu Dhabi.
Berrington blitz leads Scotland to victory
Richie Berrington's blistering innings helped Scotland to a comfortable 36 run win against local opposition in a warm-up game ahead of the Desert T20 which gets under way this weekend.
O'Brien hits ground running as Ireland win warm-up
Kevin O'Brien impresses as Ireland win warm-up game ahead of the Desert T20 tournament.
Porterfield hoping to bring back the good times
Ireland captain William Porterfield is hoping that the good pitches in the UAE will ensure a promising start to 2017.
Netherlands draw Oman, Scotland and Hong Kong in the UAE
The Dutch will be reasonably content with the draw they have received for next month's Desert Twenty20 tournament.
Desert T20 schedule finally released
Eight of the top Associates in Cricket collaborate to bring the inaugural Desert T20 tournament to the United Arab Emirates.
Coetzer to captain Scotland
Kyle Coetzer will captain the Scotland squad when they travel to the United Arab Emirates for the newly announced Desert T20, which will take place in January 2017.
O'Brien axed as Balbirnie returns
Andy Balbirnie is back in the Ireland squad for the Desert T20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates next month and is set to resume his middle order role after being sidelined for nearly a year after hip surgery.