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Date: 18/11/2019
Author: tony
Hi,
I was at Lords on day 1 and 2 for that historic test match, ok we didn't win, but the atmosphere was brilliant, despite the intense heat. Missed the highlights on TV, do any of you know is it possible to purchase a DVD of the highlights? from anywhere. thanks.
Date: 16/11/2019
Author: John Cahill
Barbados is brilliant in January but not cheap.
It can be done on a budget though.
http://www.shoestringbarbados.com/
And Bajan fishcakes available on street corners everywhere are cheap as chips.
As is the rum.
The Windies are the best place in the works to watch cricket.

Ed's Note: Torrens tours are going. Quite a few of the Blarney Army have signed up.




Date: 15/11/2019
Author: Tom G
WEST INDIES TOUR

For the ODIs I scribbled this down. Also assuming David Delaney will be injured / studying, and Murtagh will be given a swansong.

McCollum
Stirling
Balbirnie
Porterfield
Kev
Tucker
G Delaney
Adair
McCarthy
Murtagh
Rankin

McBrine
H Tector / Simi
Wilson
Kane
Date: 15/11/2019
Author: Ed Wyeth
On hearing the news of his retirement from the Leinster Lightning manager role, I'd like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Mark Jones.

I had the privilege of the opportunity to observe the workings of the Lightning organisation close up for the past seven years and Mark's commitment to the team, the development of the Inter-Pro's and Irish Cricket in general at a High Performance level for no remuneration was exemplary.

The inter-pro structure formed a significant part of Ireland's successful attainment of full-membership status and Mark played a huge role in that regard, while juggling a full time job as well, foregoing most of his annual leave each year etc etc.

The procurement of titles was not what primarily drove Mark, nor was he interested in the politics which all too often surrounds our game, but he took huge joy in seeing the players, the team and the organisation improve year-on-year, an attitude which the National Governing Body would be well-advised to replicate.
Date: 15/11/2019
Author: Peter

Ian Muldoon

My early prediction is that the West Indies tour will be a "blank" for our boys. They have a very settled side with chances of Bravo coming back. Lorcan did not do anything with the bat but considering Wilson doesn't seem like buying a run, Lorcan deserves a go.
Mulder in? Will you drop Dockrell.
Delany injured yes i will say
Murtagh 0 use in windies slow and dead tracks, Murtagh needs juice and overcast conditions
Date: 14/11/2019
Author: Ian Muldoon
WEST INDIES TOUR
This will be challenging. West Indies have just whitewashed Afghanistan in an away ODI series, and today they easily beat them in a T20I.
I think Lorcan Tucker did enough with bat and gloves to start ahead of Gary Wilson in the Caribbean ODIs, but you need two keepers on a tour so both should be in the squad.
We have four overseas tours this winter, so maybe there will be some squad rotation, especially in the pace bowling. I recognise that Tim Murtagh will find the conditions less favourable, but who would you start ahead of him? Do we lack a cutting edge? I assume David Delany will miss out through injury and/or studies. West Indies pitches should certainly give more bounce than the Gulf pitches, so maybe Boyd Rankin and Craig Young will benefit with their extra height. But this may not apply when we move on to South Asia. Not easy to pick the teams. Any ideas, anybody?
p.s. I think Jacob Mulder gives the ball a good rip, and hope he gets his chance.
Date: 13/11/2019
Author: burners
hI'd agree with everything you say there Harlean.
Date: 12/11/2019
Author: PeterA
Murtagh: completely agree. Since Joyce’s heyday, Murtagh has been our most valuable player in the longer formats. A true class act and we are very lucky he showed willing. A pity the route he chose is effectively now shut to others. We could do with a few more like him.
Date: 12/11/2019
Author: Harlean Carpenter
Burners, there are too many on here who would complain about 'x' if he had a Bradman like batting average, and a Tyson type bowling average combined, lol. I only wish I was joking, but sadly, I'm not sure I am?

Wilson is past his time in T20 cricket, and if he cant see that himself (and I'm not convinced he can) then reality needs to kick in!

I would also like to thank William Porterfield for all the years as captain, and hope he can enjoy playing in a less stressful way for Ireland for more time
Date: 12/11/2019
Author: Norman Allen
Dear Ed... What you have stated regarding Bready in the qualifying 3 cup final is factually incorrect we did not play an ineligible player and on the scheduled start day of our final when our team was named our 3rds did not have a game... Also it would be more fitting if your source would front up with these allegations rather than hide behind yourself.
Date: 12/11/2019
Author: burners
Murtagh would have played a dozen tests for England if he'd been about in the 80's or 90's. In the modern era he'd have played tests for any of the test nations except Australia and South Africa, more due to their reliance on genuine pace than any lack of skill.

The man is class, and Ireland are lucky to have had him.
Date: 11/11/2019
Author: Ian M
Comparing the FC stats between Murtagh and Amdersom omits one massive fact.

Jimmy rarely got to play more than a handful of games per season as he was on England duty. Test series, Odis, from a young age. Tim had over a decade of FC cricket under his belt before Ireland came knocking.

If you were to add in the amount of wickets Jimmy would have bagged if he had been available for as many matches as Tim I think ther would be a massive gap in the numbers.

Not anything away from Murgagh but to suggest he is in the same league as Anderson is fanciful.
Date: 11/11/2019
Author: Norman Allen
Hi Matt

With regards to the Qualifying 3 cup final appeal this was through out even though an independent appeal panel accepted that Joubert Pinnear had indeed continued to play in another union within Cricket ireland which is clear breach of North West cricket regulations which states a player shall not be registered or play in another union in Ireland while playing in the North West... I'm still waiting on a proper explanation as to how this verdict was reached but I'll not hold my breath. I may state these are my independent views and not those of my club.

Ed's Note: Heard (unofficially) that the player was properly registered with North Fermanagh in the first instance. He played for Sligo subsequently, but the rules in that Union allow for that. Also that Bready themselves had fielded an ineligible player in the final as well as scratching their 3rd XI on the same day to allow the 4ths to play in the decider. Hope this helps. Cheers.
Date: 11/11/2019
Author: John Glynn
RE: Gary Wilson interview

“I don’t want to harp on about how inexperienced we are but the fact of the matter is we have a lot of young players and with inexperience comes performances being a bit up and down".

Im not sure of the full stats but it seemed some of the more experienced players were as bad or worse than the inexperienced players for inconsistency.

Had to laugh at his quote "Lorcan Tucker was unlucky – he could have played in a couple of games as a batter for sure"
Should have been given an opportunity as a keeper too in my opinion.
Date: 11/11/2019
Author: Albert Ward
William Porterfield

A superb leader for Irish Cricket hope he can contribute for a little while longer as a batsman and a fielder. Still waiting on Wilson to step away from the T20 captaincy...... Ford has to remove him otherwise.

Cant believe users on here have gone out of their way to attempt to diminish the achievements of Tim Murtagh. He has been superb for Ireland and has a record to match any county fast-medium bowler.