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Close Test on cards ZZZZ1:33 amZZZZ
ONLY two Test matches— of more than 2,500 played - have been tied but it wouldn’t be the biggest shock if Ireland and Zimbabwe produced a really close result over the next five days in Belfast. 
Home-Town Stirling ZZZZ12:52 amZZZZ
PAUL STIRLING is planning a home-town celebration or two this week — on and off the field — when Ireland host Zimbabwe in an historic first Test match in Belfast, starting on Thursday.
Balbirnie relishing Test home comforts ZZZZ2:15 amZZZZ
ANDY BALBIRNIE is getting ready to don the whites again on Thursday and captain Ireland in their first Test match in Belfast, against Zimbabwe, in what he happily admits is his favourite form of the game.
Hoey in Test squad ZZZZ10:33 pmZZZZ
GAVIN HOEY has been named in a 14-strong squad for Ireland’s one-off Test match against Zimbabwe in Belfast next week, following in the family tradition of his leg-spinning father Conor who played the last of his 42 internationals nearly three decades ago.
Humphreys and Hoey included in Ireland Test squad ZZZZ4:30 amZZZZ
Ireland have named a 14-man squad for their upcoming Test against Zimbabwe in Belfast next week.
Fringe players get chance to audition for Test ZZZZ12:43 amZZZZ
The fringe players in the Ireland men’s squad have a final chance to stake a claim for a place in the Test match against Zimbabwe at Stormont.
Humphreys inspires Ireland to 10-wicket win ZZZZ12:36 amZZZZ
Matthew Humphreys put himself front and centre for a Test place against Zimbabwe with another five wicket haul to record match figures of 10-101 as Ireland beat the West Indies Academy by 10 wickets. 
Ireland stay in control against West Indies ZZZZ12:25 amZZZZ
Half centuries from Andy Balbirnie, Andy McBrine and Fionn Hand continued Ireland's dominance over the West Indies on the second day of their game at Stormont. 
Five-star Humphreys puts Ireland in charge against West Indies Academy ZZZZ12:29 amZZZZ
Matthew Humphreys five-wicket haul has put the Lisburn left-arm spinner in contention for his second Test appearance after a fine all-round effort by Ireland against the West Indies at Stormont.
Dice rolls against Ireland at crapshoot tournament ZZZZ8:23 pmZZZZ
Does blame at Irish woes lie with the lack of player adaptability or the ICC's inability to provide top of the range playing conditions?
Carmichael and McCarthy put Ireland Academy on top ZZZZ2:26 pmZZZZ
Cade Carmichael's 92 and a fine bowling fightback late in the day saw Emerging Ireland close in on victory going into the final day of their four-day match with West Indies Academy at Comber.
World Cup to forget for Ireland ZZZZ12:20 amZZZZ
Paul Stirling will not look back on his first major tournament in charge with many fond memories but the Ireland captain will know that a winless campaign and bottom place in Group A of the T20 World Cup is not as bad as it sounds.
De Freitas stars on opening day for Academy ZZZZ9:02 pmZZZZ
Chris De Freitas top-scored with 88 for Ireland Academy on a truncated opening day of their match against the West Indies Under 23's at Comber.
Ireland show fight but beaten by Pakistan ZZZZ11:45 pmZZZZ
Barry McCarthy finally restored some pride for a beleaguered Ireland, but they still lost to Pakistan by three wickets to finish bottom of their T20 World Cup Group.
Ireland at the crossroads yet again ZZZZ12:23 amZZZZ
Both sides are packed and ready to leave, the taxis for Miami airport idling outside the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground preparing for a hasty exit this afternoon.
Where now for Ireland ZZZZ12:22 amZZZZ
Neither side wants to be there, and neither will mourn if the rainwaters that have pounded Broward County these past six days get their way once again today.
Rain ends Ireland campaign ZZZZ12:49 amZZZZ
The last faint hope of Ireland progressing to the next stage of the T20 World Cup was extinguished by the rain in Florida yesterday as a soggy outfield at Lauderhill led to an abandoned game and sent the USA through to the Super Eight.
Ain't no sunshine when Ireland's gone ZZZZ11:08 pmZZZZ
THE Sunshine State they call it. But it was more Mops and Bucket than Tubbs and Crockett as Ireland tumbled out of the Men’s T20 World Cup in rain-soaked Lauderhill, just north of Miami, yesterday.
Clean sweep for Ireland Academy ZZZZ1:36 amZZZZ
While Ireland's T20 World Cup campaign was ending in a sodden mess in Florida, the sun was shining on the Academy at Bready as they completed a 3-0 series clean sweep over their West Indian counterparts.
Ireland one eye on the skies ahead of USA clash ZZZZ8:00 amZZZZ
‘Scattered thunderstorms with a 78% chance of rain’ is the forecast of the weather boffins in Broward County, south-east Florida. Should they be right, Ireland’s stuttering T20 World Cup campaign will be put to bed today when they are due to play the United States in a crunch Group A game in Lauderhill.
The sum of Irish hopes ZZZZ7:57 amZZZZ
If one of the 14 support staff with the Ireland squad knows how to use a calculator, skipper Paul Stirling will already be aware of the size of the challenge that lies ahead this weekend in Florida as his side try to qualify for the Super Eight of the T20 World Cup.
No dancing pandas at Bready ZZZZ6:39 amZZZZ
It was a day to remember at Bready. I arrived late but didn't miss much and opted against leaving early, in the process seeing one of those games that usually only happen about once a year.
Can Ireland turn around their fortunes? ZZZZ6:22 amZZZZ
Ireland hoping for a dramatic u-turn after New York nightmare.
Ireland get no favours ZZZZ6:20 amZZZZ
IF IRELAND were hoping India would do them a big favour in New York yesterday it didn’t happen but the T20 World Cup favourites did just scrape past the USA by seven wickets to keep Group A alive for all five teams.
Ireland up for it ahead of weekend destiny dates ZZZZ2:06 amZZZZ
The Irish cricketers are ‘up for it’ in this weekend’s crucial T20 World Cup games, says all-rounder Curtis Campher. ‘We’re used to fighting uphill battles,’ he added, as the squad got down to business in Florida after a three-day break.
All eyes on New York ZZZZ2:04 amZZZZ
WHILE they swelter in the heat of Florida, the Ireland squad will have one eye on the weather 1300 miles up the east coast today, knowing that rain in New York could spell the end of their spluttering T20 World Cup campaign.
Topping top of the class as Ireland beat West Indies ZZZZ1:42 amZZZZ
Morgan Topping's unbeaten 66 guided Ireland Academy to a six-wicket win over their West Indies counterparts in the opening match of their three-game 50 overs series in the North West region this week.
Stirling remains upbeat about Ireland chances ZZZZ8:49 pmZZZZ
PAUL STIRLING has been predictably upbeat about Ireland’s chances of making the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup despite losing their first two Group A matches to India and Canada in New York.
Ireland hoping change of venue brings change of fortunes ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
IRELAND’S cricketers dusted themselves down and got out of Gotham City as quick as they could yesterday, the LCD Soundsystem song ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ on everyone’s lips.
Things can only get better for Ireland ZZZZ8:48 pmZZZZ
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. When the Ireland squad flew out of New York on Friday evening for their three-hour flight to the Sunshine state, they had expected to be halfway to the Super Eights stage of the T20 World Cup.
Ireland all but out after loss to Canada ZZZZ9:42 pmZZZZ
Ireland will be heading home from the T20 World Cup after next weekend with tails between legs after suffering a second chastening Group A defeat in 48 hours at the Nassau County International Stadium - losing to Canada by 12 runs.
Ireland stunned by Canada ZZZZ2:24 pmZZZZ
SHELL-shocked Ireland depart the Big Apple this weekend with little hope of making the Super Eights at the Men’s T20 World Cup. A poor overall performance allowed associate side Canada to triumph by 12 runs, meaning Paul Stirling’s side will have to beat the US and Pakistan in Florida next weekend, and still require snookers to progress.
Welcome to cricket's culture of incompetence ZZZZ1:28 amZZZZ
This T20 World Cup has featured logistical issues that should render the poor quality of the pitch for India vs Ireland as no surprise.
Ireland facing pitch battle ZZZZ1:06 amZZZZ
The most important play of Ireland’s second T20 World Cup match against Canada in New York today is likely to come 30 minutes before the start of the Group A game when skipper Paul Stirling walks out to the middle for the toss.
Ireland keen to bounce back ZZZZ1:04 pmZZZZ
IRELAND will be eager to bounce back from the heavy defeat to India when they face Canada today in their second game at the T20 World Cup.
Ireland thumped by India in T20 World Cup opener ZZZZ12:38 amZZZZ
There was no fairytale in New York for Ireland as their T20 World Cup hopes were dealt a heavy blow by an eight-wicket loss to India on a brute of a pitch at the pop-up Nassau County International Stadium.
Ireland well beaten by India ZZZZ9:37 amZZZZ
Ireland went down to a thumping eight-wicket defeat to India in their opening game at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in New York yesterday. Losing was no shock, but while the margin was unflattering, it was a game ruined by a pitch totally unsuited to a global showpiece.
Ireland face daunting Indian challenge ZZZZ8:33 amZZZZ
IRELAND kick off their T20 World Cup campaign today in Nassau County, New York. A public park in Long Island has been transformed into a 38,000 stadium at a cost of $30million.
Ireland announce player contracts ZZZZ1:44 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland announced 25 player contracts for their men's squad, with Ross Adair, Matthew Foster, and PJ Moor all getting deals, while losing out are Murray Commins, Simi Singh, Tyrone Kane, Conor Olphert and Theo van Woerkom.
Can Ireland shock India? ZZZZ1:39 amZZZZ
WHAT chance do Ireland have of upsetting India in New York today and sending a shockwave through international cricket?
Stirling frustrated ahead of World Cup opener ZZZZ10:51 pmZZZZ
Paul Stirling is frustrated that Ireland will not get a chance to view the New York venue for their first T20 World Cup match before they take on India in Group A tomorrow.
SuperMac ZZZZ6:19 amZZZZ
IT’S not hard to work out why Barry McCarthy is one of the most popular of Ireland’s small band of professional cricketers.
Ireland T20 World Cup squad pen pics ZZZZ5:49 amZZZZ
Ger Siggins takes a look at the 15 players who will represent Ireland at this week's T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies.
Ireland's first T20 International ZZZZ5:34 amZZZZ
IT is less than 16 years since Ireland first played a twenty20 international, but it feels an awful lot longer. The difference between a wet weekend in Stormont in 2008 and the Indian Premier League is akin to that between Richmond Park and the Camp Nou.
Good call by O'Brien ZZZZ5:21 amZZZZ
SHARP-eared TV viewers will notice a Dublin accent among the commentary team at the Cricket World T20 Cup starting this week in the USA and West Indies. 
More, more, more. How do you like it? ZZZZ5:16 amZZZZ
HERE we go again. Cricket really does itself no favours with the frequency of its global events. A 50-over World Cup every four years – like other major sports – is about right, but when it comes to twenty20, cricket goes all Andrea True Connection.
Little joy for Josh ZZZZ12:00 amZZZZ
Josh Little made an eye-catching return to the international arena in Florida as Ireland completed their preparations for the T20 World Cup with a 41-run defeat by Sri Lanka in a 12-a-side practice match.
Malan signs contract extension ZZZZ3:44 amZZZZ
Heinrich Malan has agreed a two-year contract extension that will take him up until mid-2027.
Ireland win another thriller ZZZZ4:12 amZZZZ
Ireland will fly off to the T20 World Cup next week in fine fettle after another heart-stopping victory over the Netherlands in The Hague yesterday.
Ireland clinch tri-series ZZZZ11:22 pmZZZZ
Lorcan Tucker continued his run of form with the bat yesterday, notching a third half-century in four innings as Ireland beat Scotland by five wickets to clinch the T20 international tri-series with a game still to play in The Hague.
Adair downs the Dutch ZZZZ11:25 pmZZZZ
MARK ADAIR showed both sides of his all-round game in The Hague yesterday and kept his nerve in a thrilling finish as Ireland squeezed past the Netherlands by one run in their first match of the T20 tri-nations series.
Hume misses tri-series due to visa issues ZZZZ3:32 pmZZZZ
Waringstown all-rounder Graham Hume will miss the tri-series in the Netherlands due to visa issues and has been replaced by Fionn Hand.
Brutal Pakistan clinch series ZZZZ1:44 amZZZZ
Lorcan Tucker lit up his first game as Ireland captain with a sparkling half-century - his second in successive innings - but was again on the losing side at Clontarf yesterday as Pakistan eased home by six wickets to claim the T20 international series 2-1.
Ireland set for series in Pakistan ZZZZ6:28 amZZZZ
Ireland are set to tour Pakistan for a series next year.
Pakistan level series ZZZZ6:27 amZZZZ
LORCAN TUCKER top scored with 51 in another impressive batting display by Ireland at Clontarf yesterday but it wasn’t enough to prevent Pakistan winning by seven wickets and levelling the three-match T20 international series.
Balbirnie stars in famous win over Pakistan ZZZZ9:56 pmZZZZ
Andy Balbirnie scored a superb 77 from 55 balls to set up a stunning five-wicket victory over Pakistan at Clontarf last night that gives Ireland a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three T20 international series.
Ireland hopeful ahead of Pakistan series ZZZZ1:20 amZZZZ
Paul Stirling will be taking the chance to fine tune his seam bowling options for next month’s T20 World Cup when Ireland take on Pakistan at Clontarf in the first of a three-match series.
Little to miss Pakistan series ZZZZ11:02 pmZZZZ
JOSH LITTLE will miss the three-match T20 international series against Pakistan that starts at Clontarf on Friday and Ireland will also be without their star paceman for the tri-series featuring Scotland and the Netherlands that follows in The Hague.
All systems go for Test ZZZZ1:37 amZZZZ
Ireland will play their first Test match on home soil for more than six years this summer after the confirmation yesterday that a five-day match against Zimbabwe will go ahead in Belfast on July 25-29.
Belfast Test against Zimbabwe confirmed. ZZZZ10:14 amZZZZ
Ireland's Test against Zimbabwe this summer has been confirmed for Belfast in July, but six planned white-ball matches against the same opponents have been scrapped.
Academy beaten by Guernsey in series opener ZZZZ12:55 amZZZZ
Ireland Academy lost the opening match of their three-game series against Guernsey by 63 runs at KGV on Friday.
Ireland give green light to Test ZZZZ11:45 amZZZZ
There was good news for fans of red-ball cricket as the Cricket Ireland Board gave the go-ahead for the first Test to be staged in Northern Ireland in July.
Ireland name Academy squad to play Guernsey ZZZZ6:02 amZZZZ
Olly Riley will captain the Ireland Academy squad in three matches against the Guernsey senior side on Friday and Saturday.
Explained: Where are this year's player contracts? ZZZZ4:17 amZZZZ
Nearly two months after the 2023 deals expired, Cricket Ireland has yet to agree to terms with its players for the upcoming summer
Guernsey name squad for Ireland Academy games ZZZZ11:28 amZZZZ
Guernsey have named a strong side for their three games against the Ireland Academy this weekend.
Doheny and Humphreys stars of Wolves tour ZZZZ2:39 amZZZZ
A look at the averages for what has been a successful tour for the Ireland Wolves, who won five and lost three games of their eight-matches.
Doheny icing on successful tour ZZZZ1:16 amZZZZ
Stephen Doheny signed off with a century in Kathmandu yesterday as the Ireland Wolves beat Nepal A by 69 runs to complete a 3-0 whitewash in their 50-overs series and end a successful two-week tour on a high.
Mark Adair short-listed for ICC Award ZZZZ3:12 amZZZZ
Mark Adair has his maiden nomination for the ICC Player of the Month award after spearheading Ireland’s Test win over Afghanistan as well as contributing in the shorter formats.
Five-star Humphreys bowls Wolves to victory ZZZZ3:06 amZZZZ
MATTHEW HUMPHREYS and Liam McCarthy bowled Ireland Wolves to an unlikely 21-run victory over Nepal A in Kathmandu in the first of three 50-over matches.
Nepal A edge out Wolves in thriller ZZZZ5:12 amZZZZ
Nepal A gained a consolation win, beating Ireland Wolves by three runs in a contest that ebbed and flowed throughout in Kathmandu.
Stay of execution for Test? ZZZZ4:35 amZZZZ
The Board of Cricket Ireland shied away from cancelling this summer’s proposed Test match against Zimbabwe in Belfast at their meeting on Tuesday but will re-visit the thorny issue next month.
D-Day for Test as Ireland Board meets in Dublin ZZZZ2:40 amZZZZ
There are no easy answers, but one cost-cutting alternative that could be discussed at today’s CI board meeting is cancelling the two white-ball ‘home’ series against South Africa scheduled for Abu Dhabi at the end of September.
Ireland Wolves well beaten by Nepal ZZZZ9:21 amZZZZ
Ireland Wolves return from their self-imposed two-year exile ended in a convincing six-wicket loss against Nepal after a rusty batting display saw them dismissed for just 121.
Ireland tour averages ZZZZ3:26 amZZZZ
A look at how the Irish players did in the recent series against Afghanistan.
More fixture woe for Ireland? ZZZZ8:21 amZZZZ
Ireland's Test match against Zimbabwe, pencilled in for Stormont in late July, is reportedly being scrapped as the beleaguered Board are yet again struggling with their finances.
Ireland Academy to play Guernsey ZZZZ10:26 amZZZZ
The Irish Academy squad will play three matches on the Channel Island in April.
Ireland well beaten by Afghanistan ZZZZ10:24 pmZZZZ
Paul Stirlinghad to settle for second best against Afghanistan in Sharjah as Ireland were comprehensively outplayed in the final T20 international, losing it by 57 runs and the hard-fought series 2-1.
Ireland beaten in second T20I ZZZZ9:40 pmZZZZ
IRELAND will face a decider against Afghanistan on Monday after spurning a couple of gilt-edged chances to wrap up their three-match T20 international series in Sharjah.
Superb Tector sets up T20 win ZZZZ10:42 pmZZZZ
Harry Tector rescued Ireland from another middle order stumble in Sharjah with his commanding unbeaten half-century setting up a 38-run victory over Afghanistan in the first of a three-match T20 international series.
Ireland crumble to Nabi ZZZZ3:14 amZZZZ
The rest of the batting was abysmal and for the second game in succession nine Ireland players failed to reach double figures.
Tector century in vain ZZZZ1:45 amZZZZ
Harry Tector scored his fifth one-day international century for Ireland in Sharjah last night but once again found himself on the losing side as Afghanistan eased to victory by 35 runs in the first game of a three-match series.
Malan ready to be tested again ZZZZ9:03 amZZZZ
Heinrich Malan is preparing to be tested again by Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates this week after the celebrations and euphoria of Ireland’s first Test match victory in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Test cricket remains the pinnacle for players ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
The players must get huge credit for a thoroughly committed performance but this was not a victory that Irish cricket as a whole deserved.
Mixed news for Ireland on fixtures front ZZZZ6:22 amZZZZ
The euphoria following Friday's maiden Test win is still fresh in the mind, but there has been mixed news emerging on the fixtures front this year.
Wolves end exile with Nepal tour ZZZZ5:23 amZZZZ
Ireland Wolves will emerge from their two-year hibernation with an eight match white-ball tour of Nepal.
Balbirnie and Trott sum up the contest ZZZZ2:28 amZZZZ
Andy Balbirnie described Ireland’s first Test victory as “kind of overwhelming” after emotional scenes greeted their six-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.
History made as Ireland emerge victorious ZZZZ2:18 amZZZZ
Andy Balbirnie showed a captain’s composure to lead Ireland to an historic first Test match win in Abu Dhabi yesterday,
Test in the Bal-ance ZZZZ11:04 pmZZZZ
Andy Balbirnie was left wondering what might have been in Abu Dhabi last night as Afghanistan fought back to parity against Ireland on the second day of the one-off Test at the Tolerance Oval.
Adair provides Ireland spark ZZZZ10:39 pmZZZZ
MARK ADAIR led a superb seam bowling display that dismissed hosts Afghanistan for 155 yesterday and put Ireland in a strong position after the first day of the one-off Test at the Tolerance Oval.
Can Ireland gain maiden Test win? ZZZZ11:07 pmZZZZ
IF IRELAND can end their losing streak and win a Test match for the first time at the eighth attempt this week in Abu Dhabi it is perhaps inevitable that the victory should come against Afghanistan.
Campher relishing Test challenge ZZZZ1:44 amZZZZ
CURTIS CAMPHER is looking forward to his fifth taste of Test cricket in Abu Dhabi tomorrow and hoping for a first win when Ireland take on Afghanistan at the start of a three-week multi-format tour of the United Arab Emirates.
Patience the key for McCollum ZZZZ5:43 amZZZZ
James McCollum will be hungrier than most for runs in next week's one-off Test against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.
Stormont to host Ireland Test ZZZZ2:18 amZZZZ
Six years on, mainly due to the cost of Ireland hosting a multi-day international, the wait for another home Test will end with the Belfast venue to be given its biggest ever game.
Young poised for Ireland Test debut ZZZZ8:24 amZZZZ
Craig Young is set to make his Test match debut when Ireland play their next multi-day match at the end of the month against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.
Rock to skipper Ireland Wolves in Nepal ZZZZ10:25 amZZZZ
Neil Rock will lead Ireland Wolves when they end their two-year exile with a trip to Nepal next month.
Ireland name squads for Afghanistan series ZZZZ9:45 amZZZZ
The absence of Josh Little from the Test and ODI squads is the main talking point from the squads announced by Ireland for their multi-format series against Afghanistan that gets underway later this month.
ACB confirm Ireland tour dates ZZZZ1:19 amZZZZ
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed on Monday the dates for their Test match, three ODI's, and three T20I's against Ireland starting at the end of next month.
Ireland in 2023 - a stats review ZZZZ4:47 amZZZZ
A look back at how Ireland Men performed during the last year, with the high point qualification for the T20 World Cup, and the nadir the abject failure to make it to the 50 overs event in India.
Ireland Wolves to face Nepal? ZZZZ10:48 amZZZZ
Ireland Wolves look set to end their self-imposed two-year exile with eight matches against Nepal in March.
Ireland learn T20 World Cup opponents ZZZZ10:06 amZZZZ
Ireland have been drawn in the same group as India, Pakistan, hosts USA and Canada in the T20 World Cup.
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