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    Can Ireland become a force to be reckoned with in world cricket?

    Most of the threads here have been about Pakistan or individual Irish performances, but many have forgotten the fact that the ICC were heavily criticised for giving Test status to teams like Ireland and Afghanistan.

    We've seen a very impressive debut game by Ireland in Tests. The question is, do they have the ability to be competing with other teams regularly in the future? One major issue they will face is that most of the players who represented them in their inaugural Test will not be available for future Tests.

    Having said that I firmly believe Ireland can definitely challenge teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, especially in Home series.

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    Would be interesting to hear your views on this @Donal Cozzie

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    Only in home conditions. Even then they might be competitive only. In other conditions, they would get flattened.

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    Indeed they can at their home.

    More than anything, Test cricket is all about taking 20 wickets, otherwise one can dominate for 15 sessions, won't win a Test. Like South Asian teams, they have one unique advantage - they have a typical "home wicket", upon which, their attack is quite potent (South Asia excluding PAK, whose home wickets are not the best places for their team's core strength). This Irish attack might get man handled in Asia or AUS, but on their green-tops, those 125km seemers can be as deadly as Ashwin on turners or Rabada on cracked J'burg. AT home, they'll be a good competitor more often than not, for most teams.

    Only concern is that, this was an extremely aged side; don't see most of the players around in a year time, some might not play Test ever. Some of this bunch come with a solid County experience, league cricket experience around England; which makes them very good FC players, decent in Test circuit. But, IRL needs next generation to step up, otherwise they might face the same like Kenya or for that matter WIN. Unlike South Asians, IRL is good in several team games - Rugby, Soccer, their own football, and some individual games as well - Golf, horse racing ....... for a country of less than 5mn population, it's too too good, too many choices. Unless, their own system is developed and next generation is given the exposure like this bunch, without the help of County cricket, they'll struggle in Test circuit, which needs fundamental skills of cricket, and a culture of 2 innings games, without limiting by number of overs.
    @Donal Cozzie can give better insights.

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    They could easily beat sides like Bangladesh

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakSarZameen View Post
    Most of the threads here have been about Pakistan or individual Irish performances, but many have forgotten the fact that the ICC were heavily criticised for giving Test status to teams like Ireland and Afghanistan.
    Who criticzed the ICC for giving them test status? A lot of people wanted that to happen, and want there to be more teams in the world cup.

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    I think they can be competitive on home turf

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Indeed they can at their home.

    More than anything, Test cricket is all about taking 20 wickets, otherwise one can dominate for 15 sessions, won't win a Test. Like South Asian teams, they have one unique advantage - they have a typical "home wicket", upon which, their attack is quite potent (South Asia excluding PAK, whose home wickets are not the best places for their team's core strength). This Irish attack might get man handled in Asia or AUS, but on their green-tops, those 125km seemers can be as deadly as Ashwin on turners or Rabada on cracked J'burg. AT home, they'll be a good competitor more often than not, for most teams.

    Only concern is that, this was an extremely aged side; don't see most of the players around in a year time, some might not play Test ever. Some of this bunch come with a solid County experience, league cricket experience around England; which makes them very good FC players, decent in Test circuit. But, IRL needs next generation to step up, otherwise they might face the same like Kenya or for that matter WIN. Unlike South Asians, IRL is good in several team games - Rugby, Soccer, their own football, and some individual games as well - Golf, horse racing ....... for a country of less than 5mn population, it's too too good, too many choices. Unless, their own system is developed and next generation is given the exposure like this bunch, without the help of County cricket, they'll struggle in Test circuit, which needs fundamental skills of cricket, and a culture of 2 innings games, without limiting by number of overs.
    @Donal Cozzie can give better insights.
    And dominance at home is what most test teams are doing these days

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    Do they have a proper domestic structure? Do they have young players with good potential? Is their board financially strong enough to prevent their star players from migrating to another country which has a better cricketing infrastructure?

    If not, then they simply have no chance to compete against any of the other teams in test areana.
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    I don't think so - the team that played the first test was decent, but that's not going to be the Irish team going forward. They're starting a major rebuild around younger players, they're going to get a lot worse before they get better

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    Ireland cannot compete with the cricketing world.

    Why?

    ANy good player they end up producing, England will have a better contract to offer.

    Yes yes Ireland now has test cricket this and that.

    With England you play more test games, Ashes etc.
    With Ireland, you might get 1 test in a year and thats about it

    For Ireland to be a good competitor they would have to restrict their players in some way which is also not against FICA aswell


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    Could possibly become the next New Zealand in terms of getting a lot of players from countries like South Africa-Zimbabwe-Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Ireland cannot compete with the cricketing world.

    Why?

    ANy good player they end up producing, England will have a better contract to offer.

    Yes yes Ireland now has test cricket this and that.

    With England you play more test games, Ashes etc.
    With Ireland, you might get 1 test in a year and thats about it

    For Ireland to be a good competitor they would have to restrict their players in some way which is also not against FICA aswell
    I'm sure they will get 5 tests a year. Every team touring England would love to play their practice match against Ireland. That aside Ireland will probably play a full series with the likes of Afghanistan annually.

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    They will improve the more tests they play. Also need to find some younger players as the team that played Pakistan had a lot of older players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    They could easily beat sides like Bangladesh
    Relax. If PAK can win by 5 wickets, Bangladesh should be able to go toe to toe with Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakSarZameen View Post
    Would be interesting to hear your views on this @Donal Cozzie
    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Indeed they can at their home.

    More than anything, Test cricket is all about taking 20 wickets, otherwise one can dominate for 15 sessions, won't win a Test. Like South Asian teams, they have one unique advantage - they have a typical "home wicket", upon which, their attack is quite potent (South Asia excluding PAK, whose home wickets are not the best places for their team's core strength). This Irish attack might get man handled in Asia or AUS, but on their green-tops, those 125km seemers can be as deadly as Ashwin on turners or Rabada on cracked J'burg. AT home, they'll be a good competitor more often than not, for most teams.

    Only concern is that, this was an extremely aged side; don't see most of the players around in a year time, some might not play Test ever. Some of this bunch come with a solid County experience, league cricket experience around England; which makes them very good FC players, decent in Test circuit. But, IRL needs next generation to step up, otherwise they might face the same like Kenya or for that matter WIN. Unlike South Asians, IRL is good in several team games - Rugby, Soccer, their own football, and some individual games as well - Golf, horse racing ....... for a country of less than 5mn population, it's too too good, too many choices. Unless, their own system is developed and next generation is given the exposure like this bunch, without the help of County cricket, they'll struggle in Test circuit, which needs fundamental skills of cricket, and a culture of 2 innings games, without limiting by number of overs.
    @Donal Cozzie can give better insights.
    I think MMHS has it fairly spot on. The main reason we struggle is the many sports cricket competes with, but thats also a reason we can progress. Honestly as a small island we have insane sporting talent and a great culture for sport.

    At home I think we can consistently challenge the West Indies, Bangladesh's and maybe Sri Lanka's. Away from home we would be absolutely demolished I reckon though, especially on turning pitches, anywhere aside from Zimbabwe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutdown Corner View Post
    Relax. If PAK can win by 5 wickets, Bangladesh should be able to go toe to toe with Ireland.
    Remember what happened in New Zealand and South Africa? Your batsmen AND bowlers are duds outside the subcontinent.

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    They have a good foundation but won't be competing too much in the near future. No shame in that though. Give them 5-10 years and they will not be classed as minnows.

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    In Rankin and Murtagh(a typical English seamer), add Dockrell and Sorenson/Thompson in Kevin O Brien, they certainly have the attack to take 20 wickets, esp if its green tops.
    In batting, they have one of the best batters of county cricket in last 15 years in Ed Joyce. Gary Wilson is also pretty good. Balbirnie has potential.
    The problem is Joyce and Murtagh are on their last legs. Till they can contribute like they can, Ireland can win a Test or two on their home soil. They have a good chance against Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and West Indies.

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    At home, they can, against the likes of Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Windies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

    So yeah, they'd be a team which can be considered as A TEST team, not just because they've got the consideration but due to their performance.


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    In next couple of years Ireland can beat lowly ranked test teams like SL PAK WI BAN ZIM...But it will take some time to compete with top 4 teams

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    A long way to go for Ireland, but I can still see them giving bottom ranked sides like BD, WI and Pakistan a run for their money (at home). Good luck to the Irish boys.

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    I reckon at home they would push most teams and even challenge some of the better teams if things go their way. For example, they could be playing against India, win the toss, stick India in on a cloudy morning then when it's their turn to bat, pile on the runs. I'm not saying they would beat India etc but they would definitely make them work hard for a win for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    Remember what happened in New Zealand and South Africa? Your batsmen AND bowlers are duds outside the subcontinent.
    In NZ we were playing 8 vs 11 with multiple injuries to the Rahim (bruised fingers), Kayes (severe hamstring strain), Mominul (rib injury). On top of that, the team had a reserve WK in the squad but didn't sub him in for Rahim even though the playing conditions allowed it. Batsmen did manage to pile up 600 vs Boult and Southee on a grassy (yet somehow still flat) wicket.

    SA's second string bowling attack is still much stronger than Ireland's.

    Plus you have to factor in that on average a 5 day Test in Ireland will see 2 days rained off. Even India has never beaten Bangladesh in 3 days.

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    Ireland will do well against any team at home because of how much it rains. They will be able to draw against even the strongest bowling attacks once 6-7 sessions of each Test are washed out. There first 50 Tests will probably see 15-20 draws.

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    They will do well in Ireland against sub continental teams. Wont be surprised if they win a match too.


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    Being brutally honest Ireland can turn over a few sides at home. In those conditions, they have a serviceable attack. I would not be confident of the boys beating them in Ireland. They can also turn over any other Asian side and WI and Zimbabwe. Not always, not even often but regularly enough.

    When we got our Test status, we had nothing. All these guys have seasoned FC careers via the English system and that will aid them immensely.

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    I think people are vastly overrating this Irish bowling attack. On top of that, how long with 35 yo quicks like Ranking and Murtagh keep steaming in? You have to remember Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, and Peter Chase are quite young to just be rolling over Asian Test sides. Then you have the weather. How many sessions will they need to take 20 wickets? 10? 12? 8?

    On recent form, PAK are probably the weakest of the Asian Test sides atm and they got home in the end.

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    Yes they can but need at least ten years to develop. Won't happen before that.


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    BD will easily beat them in BD and will be beaten by them in Ireland. They can beat Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and WI anywhere. Will be competitive in their own backyard with any other team but will not be in away games.

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    It basically comes down to money and the problem they have is that, as the Australia-Bangladesh cancellation showed, the big boys don't care about playing smaller teams. The diddy teams are constantly fighting for table scraps because the international calendar is so ludicrously unbalanced, the rich will get richer and stupid people will wonder why the diddy teams struggle to get better.

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    Bilateral agreements need to be done away with if cricket is to really grow, everybody has to play everybody else otherwise it's all a farce. Doesn't matter what the ICC rankings say or playing ICC championship tests at Lords or whatever other joke ideas people try, none of it matters when half the teams don't want to play the other half.

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    They can easily give a scare or two to lesser teams like Bangladesh and Pakistan. Can defeat Zimbabwe and Afghanistan comfortably. Others, no chance.
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    Bangladesh would most likely lose in Ireland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    It basically comes down to money and the problem they have is that, as the Australia-Bangladesh cancellation showed, the big boys don't care about playing smaller teams. The diddy teams are constantly fighting for table scraps because the international calendar is so ludicrously unbalanced, the rich will get richer and stupid people will wonder why the diddy teams struggle to get better.
    Whilst I agree no one would want to tour Ireland for a full tour, everyone would want to play one of their practice matches against Ireland.

    Likewise, Afghanistan could get a lot of Tests playing those teams who are touring Pakistan in UAE or India in India.

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    Tim Murtagh calls curtains on his Ireland career


    Tim Murtagh, who played 75 games for Ireland across formats, announced his decision to call time on his international career on Friday, 29 November.

    He finishes with an exact 100 international wickets. His last match for Ireland will remain the Test at Lord's where he produced one of his most memorable spells, claiming 5/13 to help bundle England for 85.

    "A Test match at Lord’s against England is a great way to finish my international career and a game I will always cherish," Murtagh said. "I wish the lads all the best for the winter tours and very much hope to help out and be involved in some capacity in the future."

    He made his Ireland debut in 2012 and went on to become one of the team's most reliable players. He missed playing the 2015 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup due to injury but played in three ICC Men's T20 World Cups – in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions.

    The 38-year-old Murtagh, who will continue to play county cricket for Middlesex at least for another two seasons, reflected on his time as an Ireland player. "I've had eight great years playing international cricket and loved every minute of it," he said. "It's sad that it has come to an end but a decision that I have made my peace with."

    "There are many people to thank for helping me on this journey. Firstly, my amazing wife Karina and the whole family who have endured many weeks/months of me away on tour living the dream. All the management and players from Cricket Ireland who have made me feel so welcome from ball one. Also, the management at Middlesex Cricket for encouraging me to play at as high a level as I could."

    Andy Balbirnie, the Ireland Test captain, also paid rich tribute to the retiring Murtagh, underlining his spell at Lord's as the most memorable chapter of the right-arm seamer's career.

    "Standing at slip and watching Murts run in for that first ball somehow gave us a sense of confidence about the day. Saying that, we didn’t expect the morning we had, but his five-wicket haul before lunch is something that is now etched in Irish cricket folklore. Definitely Murts’ reaction when he took his fifth wicket will stay with me forever.

    "In any team you play in, especially as captain, the value of having some experienced heads around the squad is invaluable. While I won’t have Tim to call on going forward, I’ve appreciated his support and advice in the past – and his sense of humour within the camp."

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1507346

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    can pakistam compete?

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    Andrew Balbirnie, who was recently named Ireland captain for all three formats, is set to officially lead them for the first time when Ireland travel to the Caribbean for three one-day internationals and as many T20 internationals in January next year.

    Balbirnie was named in charge of 14-man squads for the two bilateral series, announced on Thursday, 5 December, by Cricket Ireland.

    The 28-year-old opening batsman was handed over the mantle last month, initially assuming charge of the Test and ODI teams in the aftermath of the resignation of former captain William Porterfield, before replacing Gary Wilson as leader of the T20 outfit, too, in late November.

    “The Caribbean tour will be the start of a quite intensive year for the senior men’s team,” Graham Ford, the head coach, said. “We have tours before the start of the home season, hosting several full members in the summer, commence our participation in the ICC World Cup ODI Super League, including playing an ODI series against England, and then head to a T20 World Cup in October. These matches will be the first under Andrew Balbirnie’s leadership, so will be a great first-up challenge for him and one which I know he is looking forward to.”

    Both Porterfield and Wilson remain a part of the squad, however, albeit Porterfield only in ODIs, in keeping with his recent absences from the 20-over outfit. However, there were other changes to both squads. South African-born all-rounder Shane Getkate found himself out of both squads. Getkate received limited opportunities at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in Dubai, but couldn’t make the most of them, with two matches yielding a return of seven runs and zero wickets. He went at an economy rate of 7.80.

    Getkate was one of three changes to the ODI squad, with Tyrone Kane and Tim Murtagh also finding themselves out of the 14-man contingent. In place of the trio came Gareth Delany, Barry McCarthy and Craig Young, while in the T20I squad, Getkate found himself out alongside fast bowler Stuart Thompson, who, too, had endured a poor run at the qualifiers earlier this year, going for 90 runs in his nine overs and returning with a solitary wicket. Josh Little, the Dublin-born all-rounder, was included in their place.

    “The Caribbean tour will be the start of a quite intensive year for the senior men’s team. We have tours before the start of the home season, hosting several full members in the summer, commence our participation in the ICC World Cup ODI Super League, including playing an ODI series against England, and then head to a T20 World Cup in October."
    Graham Ford

    “When you look at the squads selected, the positive for the future is that there is a blend of experience and youth,” Ford said. “While we’ve undergone an evolution in the senior set-up over the last 12 months, I think the squads selected recognise and reward performance, and I’m pleased that the likes of Mark Adair, Gareth Delany and Harry Tector have come into the squad over the last while and look the part. There is a confidence and self-belief around the camp, which comes from recent successes, and we’re looking to build on that in 2020.”

    Ireland’s tour of the West Indies begins with a one-day practice match at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. The international leg will kick off with the three-match ODI series, starting with the first game on 7 January, before the two teams face each other in as many T20Is. Barbados, Grenada and St Kitts will host the games.

    ODI squad: Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

    T20I squad: Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.


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    Ireland vs Netherlands 1st ODI Utrecht

    The match is part ICC WC Super League.

    Netherlands struggling at 73/5 and Little bowling like Wasim Akram.

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    Glover what a bowler. Bowling at 90mph

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    UTRECHT, Netherlands – Ireland Men’s cricket team has been beaten by the barest of margins by Netherlands in the first ODI at SV Kampong in Utrecht today, despite Josh Little’s bowling heroics and a stubborn innings by Paul Stirling.

    After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Dutch side made a solid start with openers Stephen Myburgh and Max O’Dowd finding the boundary with regularity.

    However, with the score at 51-1 after 10 overs, the game’s momentum shifted substantially within the space of seven balls. Captain Andrew Balbirnie made bowling changes at both ends and was immediately rewarded with Simi Singh trapping O’Dowd LBW for 23 off his second ball.

    Then came Josh Little. The left-arm paceman removed Ben Cooper (6) and Pieter Seelaar (0) from his first and third balls in a torrid over for the Dutch batters. Through sheer pace, Little then induced Scott Edwards (1) to play on in the next over, to reduce Netherlands to 53-5.

    Saq Zulfiqar (23) and Bas de Leede (21) attempted to stabilise the innings with a 49-run stand, but both fell in the space of five balls to leave Netherlands at 102-7 in the 33rd over. Zulfiqar will be particularly disappointed, being run out taking a seemingly straightforward single but didn’t ground his bat, and a direct hit from Andy McBrine caught him short.

    Timm van der Gugten (49) and Logan van Beek (29) combined to add what proved to be match-winning late runs, and the Netherlands were all out off the last ball of their innings for 195.

    For Ireland, Josh Little (3-32) made life uncomfortable through pace and bounce, and Craig Young (3-34) delivered a nagging line and length that kept the pressure on. While the spinners played their part, with Simi Singh and Andy McBrine bowled 19 overs between them, conceding just 59 runs and taking a wicket apiece.

    Needing to get off to a positive start, Ireland was soon in trouble losing three wickets in the first three overs – with the tall paceman van Beek following up his good knock claiming two big scalps in William Porterfield (5) and Balbirnie (4).

    Paul Stirling and George Dockrell sought to consolidate the innings and shared a patient 32-run stand, but Dockrell was beaten by pace and low bounce to be bowled for 11. Lorcan Tucker (8) looked to take a positive approach but was trapped LBW by Dutch captain Seelaar – the first of his three wickets.

    At 69-5, Ireland’s innings looked adrift, with all hopes pinned to Stirling – and on someone to stand with him. Simi Singh looked to be that man and the pair put on 76 for the sixth wicket to put Ireland back in the match. Then, when both batters looked in control, it was Stirling who fell for 69 to a low catch at cover by Seelaar.

    Singh and Andy McBrine then combined for a 43-run stand that looked likely to carry Ireland to a win, but Seelaar then brought himself back on and the left-arm spinner snared two vital wickets in the 47th over to swing the game back to the home side.

    Whichever team could hold their nerve would prevail, and it was the Dutch side who – with Ireland needing 12 off the last over to win – stood tall. Logan van Beek displayed adept death bowling and the Irish side fell short by a solitary run.

    Timm van Gugten took Player of the Match for his 49 and 1-25 from 9 overs.

    The two sides will return to the same ground for the second ODI on Friday.

    Andrew Balbirnie said after the game:

    “Losing the three wickets up top didn’t help. We knew it would be a tricky wicket, but we just didn’t apply ourselves as we should have. Similar to Abu Dhabi in January, we just couldn’t get anyone to support Paul. He played another brilliant knock, and we were probably in the drivers seat with 4 or 5 overs to go, and just let it slip.”

    “Josh bowled really well – he’s been bowling well all sumeer since he’s come back from is injury, and to have that left-armer in our armoury is very beneficial. I thought all the bowlers did well in restricting tem to a total we thought we should have chased. For whatever reason, we didn’t do it today, and we’ve fot one day to turn it around and come out again.”

    “With Paul, we just need to back him up and we haven’t been able to for 4 or 5 games now, it’s really frustrating – we’re going to have to find a way to do it. He’s our star player and in great form, but we’re not winning games of cricket while he’s in that form and that’s really frustrating.”

    “The wickets are obviously slow and low, but they are consistent throughout – they were slightly better in the conditions today than we were. We need to be better in the next game.”

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Netherlands Men v Ireland Men, 1st ODI, Utrecht, 2 June 2021

    Netherlands 195 (50 overs; T van der Gugten 49; J Little 3-32, C Young 3-34)
    Ireland 194-9 (50 overs; P Stirling 69, S Singh 45; P Seelaar 3-27)

    Netherlands Men won by 1 run

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    Apparently, it was the first game ever on Dutch television. Great advertisement for cricket.

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    I actully caught the game i started watching around 26th over, of irelands batting reason i watched was i decided to bet on this game online and i took ireland because the odds seemed good, ireland was going along nicely, even when sterling wicket fell , simmy singh was going steering the ship, they were playing cautious cricket but were doing good, some lucky edges going for four and a lot of wides bowled by netherlands in particular bowler by the name of glover you think ireland had the game in the bag.


    18 were needed off 23 at one point and dutch captain seelar came to bowl on who picked up and lbw wicket followed by another wicket which batsman hit straight to the fielder. All of sudden the momentum had switched over and now netherlands were favorites to win, what followed was a simmy singh run-out and you felt it was truly curtains for ireland with 12 need off 6 and 9 wickets down.

    However a couple of doubles and boundary which was hit in a weird way at first glance but on replay was an epic shot meant ireland needed 3 too win off 1 ball. However ireland were not able put bat on ball and lost the game

    Lessons learned from this game

    -never bet on cricket anything can happen
    -more games between smaller nations in cricket need to be played because they produce a cracker of game
    - ODI cricket is epic and super league is an amazing idea

    And finally if your captain you need to step up when your team is down and back your own ability and take risks. Which is what dutch captain Seelar did and was awarded

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    Ireland Vs Netherlands | 1st ODI | Utrecht | 4th June 2021

    For those who want to discuss.

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    I think Ireland should win this one.


    And I get so high.. And I just can't feel it....

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    Series will be 1-1

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    Pacemen Josh Little and Craig Young demolished the Netherlands top order, before Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie led Ireland Men’s cricket team to a professional 8-wicket win over the Netherlands in the second ODI at SV Kampong in Utrecht today.

    After winning the toss and opting to bat for the second game in a row, the Dutch side made a solid start with openers Stephen Myburgh and Max O’Dowd negotiating some uneven bounce early. The pair put on 44 for the first wicket before Josh Little once again changed the fortunes of the game.

    Bowling at a consistent speed of just under 90 miles per hour (144 kmh), Little firstly cramped up Myburgh (11) and induced him to play the ball on, then the next ball had Ben Cooper edging through to the keeper for a first-ball duck. Changing angles and coming around the wicket to O’Dowd (36), Little then beat the Dutch opener for pace and knocked back his off stump.

    After a brief partnership of 27 between captain Pieter Seelaar (11) and Bas de Leede (23), both players found themselves back in the pavilion within the space of four balls and Netherlands found themselves at 85-5 in the 28th over.

    Saq Zulfiqar, taking on a quick single to Harry Tector at mid-wicket, pulled a hamstring in the run and had to retire hurt, while the tail eked out late runs, Netherlands were eventually all out for 157.

    Stuart Barnes, the Irish bowling coach, will be delighted with Ireland’s performance with the ball today, led by Craig Young (4-18) and Josh Little (4-39), well supported by Andy McBrine (1-28) and Barry McCarthy (1-33) who both bowled tight lines and with good control.

    In response, Ireland lost William Porterfield for a duck, but Paul Stirling (52) and Andrew Balbirnie (63*) put on an 82-run stand to put Ireland well and truly in the driver’s seat. The pair looked comfortable at the crease throughout, with the pitch seeming to play with more consistent bounce as the day went on. Stirring brought up his half-century from 61 balls, but fell soon after miscuing a ball to mid-on.

    During today’s innings Stirling became the first batter in world cricket to pass 500 runs in ODI cricket in 2021 - having scored 541 runs since January at an incredible average of 90.16, with three centuries and two fifties.

    Harry Tector (30*) joined Balbirnie and the pair hit an unbeaten 67-run partnership to steer Ireland home for the win – and possibly more importantly, the 10 World Cup Super League points.

    Josh Little was named Player of the Match, and has taken seven wickets at an average of 10.14 this series – and just as impressively at an economy rate of 3.55 runs per over.

    But bowling plaudits in the series have to be shared with the in-form Craig Young. The red-haired paceman has also claimed seven wickets, but at an incredible average of just 7.43. Where Little’s pace and bounce are causing batters trouble, Young’s control and movement has made him near impossible to dominate, and his 4-18 today was his second best return in ODIs following his 5-46 on ODI debut back in 2014.

    The two sides will return to the same ground for the third and final ODI of the series on Monday.

    Josh Little was after the game how he had raised his game up a level from the series against Afghanistan in January:

    “Having a little injury back a few months ago forced a turnaround for me – I had to get back to fitness quickly and I worked a lot with Stuart Barnes over the last couple of months, which has propelled me a bit quicker into the summer than previous years. I’m just happy we got the win today and everything clicked for us.”

    “Since January I’ve lost a bit of weight, and got a bit fitter and stronger – the ball also seems to be coming out a bit quicker which has meant my role has changed to a more aggressive, ‘hit the pitch’ bowler, rather than looking at cutters and tying batters up.”

    “There was obviously huge disappointment the other day – we were all gutted, so we really wanted to come out today and put on a clinical performance. We’ll rest up over the next day, have a good training session on Sunday then hopefully come out again on Monday looking for the win.”

    Andrew Balbirnie said after the game:

    “Having lost the toss, I thought we bowled really well and the chase was a lot more composed than the other day. This time someone was out there to bat with Paul and build a partnership that went a long way to winning the game. The bowlers are in a good spot at the moment, and it was great as a batting group that we could see it over the line today.”

    “We spoke as a batting group that the best way to get going on that wicket was to spend as much time out there as you can. Chasing low totals can give you that extra bit of time, and today it worked for me – I haven’t been in great form over the last few games. But to get in there and support Paul, and get through to the win with Harry there is satisfying – but it’s only one game.”

    “[Paul] is in incredible form – he’s absolutely leading this batting line up. And that’s what has been so disappointing over the last few games, that there hasn’t been anyone there to support him. Fortunately for me, I was there today – hopefully next time it can be someone else. He’s a world class player, and he’s just so important to what we’re trying to do.”

    “We certainly bowled better today. They put a bit of moisture in the wicket and we were unsure if that might play a bit better with the bat or it would do more with the ball. I think both teams were a bit uncertain about how the wicket would play, but we certainly bowled in better areas and got the rewards today. I thought our spinners bowled with great control and we finished it off well at the end. It’s what we didn’t do the other day – so to keep them to less than 160 then chase it with only two down is a fairly complete performance on a very difficult wicket.”

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Netherlands Men v Ireland Men, 2nd ODI, Utrecht, 4 June 2021

    Netherlands 157 (49.2 overs; M O’Dowd 36; C Young 4-18, J Little 4-39)

    Ireland 158-2 (43 overs; A Balbirnie 63*, P Stirling 52; L van Beek 1-34)

    Ireland Men won by 8 wickets



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    IRE 163 (49.2)

    NED 166/6 (45.5)

    Netherlands win by four wickets!

    Stephan Myburgh stars for the hosts with a solid 74 to help his side seal the #NEDvIRE ODI series 2-1 and gain important CWCSL points Clapping hands sign
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    A resurgent Dutch side came back from their eight-wicket mauling in Game 2 to record a comfortable four-wicket win over Ireland in the third and final ODI of the series at SV Kampong in Utrecht today.

    Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie won the toss for the first time in the series, and chose to bat. However, just three overs in and Ireland may have wanted to reconsider their decision, with Kevin O’Brien – recalled to the team in place of William Porterfield – bowled for a duck, and talisman Paul Stirling edging behind for 5. Balbirnie and Harry Tector sought to stabilise the innings, but with the score on 28 it was Balbirnie who lost his wicket, playing back to a ball that kept low and losing his middle stump, out for 13.

    Desperately needing a partnership, Tector and George Dockrell obliged, with the pair putting on 89 for the third wicket – somewhat surprisingly the highest partnership of the series for both teams. The pair played without fuss, turning the strike over regularly, punctuated by periodic boundaries – especially some textbook cover drives from both batters.

    Looking to accelerate the scoring, Dockrell was bowled unluckily for 40 when a ball from Logan van Beek pitched on a good length but virtually ran along the ground, hitting his off stump.

    Harry Tector brought up his maiden ODI half-century from 86 balls – an innings of calm and measured batting, but uncharacteristically his fifty came up by charging the bowler and feathering the ball through to the keeper Scott Edwards. Edwards, however, appeared not to pick the ball up until late and missed what should have been a routine catch with the ball running away to the boundary behind him.

    Tector, though, fell soon after for 58, leaving Ireland at 128-5 in the 37th over. In the final analysis of the match, van Beek’s removal of both Dockrell and Tector dramatically swung the momentum of the match, from which Ireland never recovered.

    Needing a lower order resurgence, the Irish batters suddenly found runs hard to come by and the wicket playing its part with increasingly uneven bounce. They lost their last 6 wickets for just 37 runs, and were all out in the 50th over for 163.

    Requiring early wickets in the return innings, the Irish bowlers watched as the Netherlands batters rode their luck early. A six off the first ball set the tone, as Player of the Match Stephan Myburgh (74) and Max O’Dowd (36) set to work chasing down the target. While the pitch continued to show some inconsistent bounce, the Dutch openers put on 66 for the first wicket to put the home side in charge.

    A switch from the pace bowlers to the spin of Simi Singh produced the first wicket of O’Dowd, followed by Barry McCarthy removing Scott Edwards in the next over, but a 29-run stand for the third wicket settled any possible nerves in the Dutch camp.

    While a four further wickets fell, the Dutch completed the run chase comfortably to win by four wickets with 25 balls to spare.

    In terms of the all-important World Cup Super League, Netherlands take 20 points and Ireland take 10 points away from this series. Ireland’s next World Cup Super League fixtures are against South Africa in July at home.

    Andrew Balbirnie said after the game:

    “The wicket didn’t misbehave as much as we thought it may throughout the day. We got through to a decent period with the bat, and we looked like we could have scored 200+, until the momentum of the match was snatched away from us by Logan van Beek. It’s just really disappointing – there were a lot of big moments throughout the week that we just didn’t win and the Dutch did. Hats off to them, they deserved to win two games out of three, and we go home with 10 points, and that’s the way it is.”

    “[Losing 7-46] was hugely crucial, particularly on a wicket where you had to spend time to get in and scrap your way to a score. We had built a good partnership with George and Harry and were in a commanding position, but when you’re three down for not a lot again, you’re in trouble. It’s been a difficult week for us, we’ve been really disappointed we haven’t adapted to tough conditions, but no excuses there. The Dutch had the same pitch to play on – but that’s challenge with the Super League, we’ve got to go to places where conditions aren’t familiar and learn to adapt, but we didn’t this week.”

    “There’s no excuses from us – we came here to win games of cricket and we didn’t win them. We didn’t win the big moments and dropped a catch in the first 10 overs that may have made a huge difference. We’ll take our 10 points and go with what we have – we’ve two big series coming up at home, so we’ve got to turn it around and put it right. We’re confident we can pick up points but that requires us being more consistent – which we’re not doing.”

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Netherlands Men v Ireland Men, 3rd ODI, Utrecht, 7 June 2021

    Ireland 163 (49.2 overs; H Tector 58, G Dockrell 40; F Klaassen 3-23, L van Beek 3-29)

    Netherlands 166-6 (45.5 overs; S Myburgh 74, M O’Dowd 36; S Singh 3-29)

    Netherlands won by 4 wickets



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    DUBLIN – It has been confirmed that the Ireland Men’s cricket team will play two additional T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe in August, while a change to the playing schedule for the South Africa series will see two fixture dates move.

    The revised fixture schedule for men’s home internationals in 2021 is as follows:


    Ireland v South Africa series


    11 July: Ireland v South Africa, 1st ODI (Malahide)*

    13 July: Ireland v South Africa, 2nd ODI (Malahide)*

    16 July: Ireland v South Africa, 3rd ODI (Malahide)*

    19 July: Ireland v South Africa, 1st T20I (Malahide)

    22 July: Ireland v South Africa, 2nd T20I (Stormont)

    24 July: Ireland v South Africa, 3rd T20I (Stormont)


    Ireland v Zimbabwe series


    6 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI (Stormont)*

    8 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI (Stormont)*

    11 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI (Stormont)*

    15 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe, 1st T20I (Bready)

    17 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I (Bready)

    20 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I (Bready)

    22 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe, 4th T20I (Stormont)

    24 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe, 5th T20I (Stormont


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    DUBLIN - Cricket Ireland today has confirmed that the Zimbabwe Men's tour to Ireland will be rescheduled from its original dates.

    Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said:

    “Following the latest advice for the conditions around which scheduled matches may proceed in Northern Ireland - most notably the stipulations of health authorities around quarantining requirements of the incoming Zimbabwean squad – Cricket Ireland has today confirmed that the Zimbabwe Men's tour to Ireland will be need to be rescheduled.”

    “We recognise that with Zimbabwe being on the UK Red List, but a Category 2 country in the Republic of Ireland classification, approval for the series was always conditional upon the evolving advice of government.”

    “This is a complicated process involving multiple stakeholders, and we are working closely with Sport Ireland, Sport NI, as well as health and sporting bodies in both jurisdictions to arrive at a new programme that will meet the requirements of both jurisdictions as quickly as possible.”

    “It is now anticipated that the series will be held in August-September 2021, but that some venue changes may be required to accommodate the latest advice received.”

    “These changes may have a number of knock-on effects with the broader playing schedule as well, and the outcome of these changes will be communicated in due course.”

    “We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of Zimbabwe Cricket Board and all involved as we work through these latest challenges, and will provide updates as soon as possible.”


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    Ireland are unlikely to become a force anytime soon.

    They will probably stay from #8 to #11.

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    Cricket Ireland has today announced the Ireland Men’s ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming fixtures against Zimbabwe, in addition the Ireland Wolves squad has been named for the one-off match between the two white-ball series.

    The T20Is will be the final home internationals in this format before the squad heads to the UAE for the ICC T20 World Cup in October, while the ODIs are part of the ICC World Cup Super League – part of the qualification pathway to the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.

    The selection for each series is as follows:


    A 16-player squad has been named for the T20I series, of which a 15-player match day squad will be named each day;

    A 15-player squad has been named for the ODI series; and

    An 11-player initial squad has been named for the Wolves match, with two players to be added following the first two T20Is of the Zimbabwe Men’s series.



    THE SQUADS

    Ireland’s T20I squad:


    Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, William McClintock, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.


    Ireland’s ODI squad:


    Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.


    Ireland Wolves squad:


    William Porterfield (Captain), Murray Commins, Stephen Doheny, Matt Ford, Mike Frost, Graham Hume, Graham Kennedy, Jeremy Lawlor, Josh Manley, Neil Rock, Lorcan Tucker (plus two players to be added).




    Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, said regarding the T20I squad:

    “For the T20I series we have selected a squad of 16 for the five-match T20I series, of which it will be narrowed down to 15 each match day. Given the T20 World Cup starting in two months we want to provide as much playing time for the players in this format as possible.”

    “While we have kept faith with the squad that played in the recent South Africa series, we have additionally brought Curtis Campher in for his first call-up for Ireland in the T20 format. Curtis is back bowling following his injury, and will add a dynamic batting and bowling presence to the squad. His inclusion will provide Graham Ford and Andrew Balbirnie with increased flexibility as they look to finalise their plans ahead of the World Cup.”


    Regarding the ODI squad, White said:

    “As we are all aware, there are no longer any meaningless ODIs when it comes to the World Cup Super League, and we have selected a squad that recognises the good performances put in during the recent South Africa series. Again, we welcome the news that Curtis [Campher] is back bowling, having come through last week’s training camp in Somerset with no concerns.”

    “William Porterfield likewise has overcome his finger injury sustained during the South Africa series, and the uncapped Graham Kennedy continued to impress coaches in Somerset last week, and retains his place in the squad with his all-round ability.”


    Regarding the Ireland Wolves squad, White said:

    “The Selectors have been encouraged with the quality and depth of playing talent that is continuing to develop and perform this year.”

    “Murray Commins and Matt Ford make their first appearances in Irish colours at any level. Commins – who is still working through his qualification period - has continued to impress selectors, coaches and fans alike with some great batting performances, while Ford has shown a consistent ability to adapt and read a given game situation, scoring quickly on a consistent basis.”

    “in a similar vein, Graham Hume qualifies in April next year and we are seeking to bolster our bowling stocks ahead of a busy two-years, and gets another opportunity at this level after his performances for the Wolves in Bangladesh earlier this year.”

    “Another player that has continued to display great potential is left-arm spinner Mike Frost. He first appeared for the Wolves in South Africa in early 2020, and will hopefully become a future senior men’s prospect in coming years.”

    “William Porterfield will lead the team in this one-off match, and will utilise the match as an opportunity for getting more game time under his belt ahead of the ODIs.”


    THE FIXTURES

    The schedule for the Zimbabwe tour of Ireland is:

    T20I series:

    27 August: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men - 1st T20I (Clontarf, start 12pm)

    29 August: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 2nd T20I (Clontarf, start 12pm)

    1 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 3rd T20I (Bready, start 3pm)

    2 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 4th T20I (Bready, start 3pm)

    4 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 5th T20I (Bready, start 3pm)


    Wolves match:

    6 September: Ireland Wolves v Zimbabwe XI – ODM (Belmont, start 10.30am)


    World Cup Super League series:

    8 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 1st ODI (Stormont, start 10.30am)

    10 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 2nd ODI (Stormont, start 10.30am)

    13 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 3rd ODI (Stormont, start 10.30am)


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    2nd T20I, Dublin, Aug 29 2021, Zimbabwe tour of Ireland and Scotland

    Unchanged Zimbabwe win the toss and bat first in cloudy Dublin
    Ireland leave out Curtis Campher, bring in Harry Tector


    Craig Ervine opted for first strike after winning the toss in cloudy conditions in Dublin on Sundat in the second of their T20Is against Ireland.

    Zimbabwe were put in to bat on the same ground two days ago, and their bowlers went on to seal victory by three runs - their second-lowest successful defence in T20Is - to take a 1-0 series lead. They made no changes to the XI that won - Brendan Taylor continued to sit out - although there would be pressure on the batting line-up after only one of them, Regis Chakabva, made more than 20 in the series opener.

    Ireland host Zimbabwe with T20 World Cup in mind

    Ireland made one change to the team that lost on Friday. Curtis Campher, who made his debut in that match, was left out in favour of Harry Tector. Mark Adair remained unavailable as he recovered from back spasms, leaving Barry McCarthy, Craig Young and Shane Getkate to do the seam-bowling duties.
    This will be the teams' last outing in southern Ireland. The series moves to Bready for the next three T20Is and the Belfast for the ODI series.

    Ireland: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Kevin O'Brien, 3 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 4 Harry Tector, 5 George Dockrell 6 Neil Rock (wk), 7 Shane Getkate, 8 Simi Singh, 9 Craig Young, 10 Barry McCarthy, 11 Ben White

    Zimbabwe: 1 Wessley Madhevere, 2 Tadiwanashe Marumani, 3 Regis Chakabva (wk), 4 Dion Myers, 5 Craig Ervine (capt), 6 Milton Shumba, 7 Ryan Burl, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Wellington Masakadza, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Richard Ngarava
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    Zim are 152/5 (20 overs) RR 7.60
    Ireland to chase now

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    Ireland steady at 53/0 after 6 overs
    CRR 8.83, RRR 7.14
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    DUBLIN – A sparkling Kevin O’Brien half-century, his first for Ireland in 31 innings and nearly two years, laid the platform for a series-levelling win in the DafaNews T20 series against Zimbabwe at Clontarf.

    The last time he passed fifty in national colours, O’Brien carried onto a magnificent career-best 124 against Hong Kong, and while he didn’t quite match those heights here, this was an innings no less important, faced with a stiff total. Ireland had fallen to a three-run defeat in the opener, with Zimbabwe making 117 on that occasion, but found chasing a target of 153 easier, in large part thanks to O’Brien’s efforts. The first delivery he faced struck him on the wrist and left him requiring treatment from the physios, but he shrugged off the blow to play a match-defining knock.

    At first, however, it was Paul Stirling who did the majority of the scoring, with O’Brien content to turn the strike over to his opening partner. Stirling nudged his second ball fine for the first boundary of the innings, and peppered the boundary thereafter, with a crunching back-foot smash and a lofted off-drive finding the extra-cover rope in contrasting but equally authoritative manners, with a six over the leg-side necessitating the delivery of a new ball.

    O’Brien carved Richard Ngarava over the off-side before swinging Tendai Chatara through leg to prove his own form, but did enjoy one moment of fortune, dropped by Craig Ervine running back from mid-off, with the ball popping out of the Zimbabwe skipper’s grasp and rolling into the rope.

    By the end of the powerplay, Ireland had 53, with Stirling 31 off 27 and O’Brien 15 off 11. Two balls later, six had been added to the total but Stirling had been dismissed, with Ryan Burl dragging one down and punished before finding the inside-edge through to the keeper.

    Andrew Balbirnie joined O’Brien to steady the ship, with their 18-run stand occupying four overs and containing a solitary boundary, O’Brien sweeping Milton Shumba behind square. Balbirnie dragged Burl onto the stumps, but the entrance of George Dockrell injected some spark into the innings, with he and O’Brien running Zimbabwe ragged.

    Their partnership contained five twos and a three, with pressure mounting on the touring side. O’Brien managed to find the boundary regularly too, bringing up a special half-century in perfect style, lofting Wellington Masakadza gloriously over extra-cover for six.

    He fell not long after, caught at mid-off off Shumba, and another tense finish looked on the cards with Harry Tector and Dockrell rotating the strike, and 12 required from the last two overs. But in a flash it was over, with Dockrell finding the fence three times in three deliveries, and victory had been secured with seven wickets and nine balls to spare.

    Earlier, Ireland had begun strongly, pegging Zimbabwe back regularly after a 35-run opening stand between Wessley Madhevere and Tadiwanashe Marumani, only for an unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership to see Zimbabwe claim the ascendancy. Shane Getkate, the pick of the Irish bowlers, made the first breakthrough, Neil Rock settling under a spiralling top-edge from Madhevere, before Tector effected a special run out to see off Marumani. Sprinting in from the boundary as Regis Chakabva hared back for a second, Tector picked up and threw in one fluid motion, nailing the stumps direct to catch the opener short.

    Out of the powerplay, Getkate struck again, bowling Dion Myers with a ball that came back in, and all of a sudden Zimbabwe had lost three wickets for six runs. Ervine briefly threatened to mount a resistance, striking two boundaries in his 12-ball stay, but Ben White removed him, the leg-spinner pinning the Zimbabwe skipper lbw for his maiden international wicket, the perfect gift on his 23rd birthday.

    At the halfway stage, Zimbabwe were 64-4, and one delivery later that became 64-5, a leading edge from Chakabva looping up into the off-side where Stirling took a one-handed catch at full stretch. The grab gave Getkate his third wicket, and he finished with career-best figures of 3-20 - he had never before taken more than two in an innings for Ireland.

    However, having dominated the opening half of the innings, Ireland could find no way through the sixth-wicket stand between Shumba and Burl. After a quiet over from Simi Singh, it was a six off Getkate that got the fightback underway. Burl skipped down the track, launching high and handsome over the straight boundary and into the houses behind.

    Eight runs came in that and each of the following two overs, before another six, slog-swept by Burl off White over deep midwicket helped Zimbabwe accelerate further. However, while the partnership contained a further two sixes, each from the bat of Shumba, the highlights were undoubtedly a pair of reverse-swatted fours, with short balls ‘pulled’ through third man effectively.

    Zimbabwe ended with 152-5, the pair having put on 88 runs in just under 10 overs, and took the momentum into the innings break. But O’Brien would ensure that it was Ireland who claimed victory.

    On a less positive note, Ireland’s medical staff have confirmed Curtis Campher injured his left shoulder in the field in last Friday’s game and was forced to withdraw from the second match. Scans have revealed a sprain of the AC joint with some associated ligament damage. He will miss the rest of the T20I series and see a specialist as a precautionary measure.


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    Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Regis Chakabva(w), Dion Myers, Craig Ervine(c), Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(c), George Dockrell, William McClintock, Shane Getkate, Neil Rock(w), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Benjamin White

    Zimbabwe have won the toss and have opted to field


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    Ireland have declined. They lost to Zimbabwe the other day.


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    Ireland 178/2 at the interval.

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    IRE 178/2 (20)ZIM 138 (18.2)
    Ireland won by 40 runs

    PLAYER OF THE MATCH
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    There are few things Paul Stirling is yet to achieve in an Ireland shirt, and he checked one of the remaining items off the wishlist with his maiden T20I hundred, a knock which drove Ireland to a match-winning total in the third game against Zimbabwe.

    Before today, the hard-hitting opener had brought up his fifty 18 times in the shortest international format without ever bringing up three figures. It was 19th time lucky, with Stirling finishing unbeaten on 115, his 75-ball knock containing eight fours and eight sixes.

    His immense contribution to Irish cricket was also highlighted by his movement up the all-time men’s T20I run charts. Having started the day in ninth position, he overtook Australia’s David Warner and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik during the course of his innings. He rose to seventh place, with England captain Eoin Morgan, 17 runs ahead, next in his sights.

    Stirling took his time to get set and assess the conditions before launching in scintillating style. Though he got off the mark with a slog-swept six from his fourth ball, he was content to wait for his moment, playing out a maiden of Richard Ngarava as he dominated the strike early on - it took until the fourth over for Kevin O’Brien to finally face a ball.

    The 37-year-old came into the game in fine form, having struck 60 in Ireland’s series-levelling win in the second T20I, and he looked determined to make up for lost time, pulling Tendai Chatara for six off his third ball. Stirling added another pulled six in the next over, and the pair looked set for a customary mammoth stand, but O’Brien’s dismissal, caught at mid-off attempting a big shot from the penultimate ball of the powerplay, briefly put the brakes on Ireland’s effort.

    A pair of Stirling boundaries in the next over, Ryan Burl’s first, wrested back some momentum, but he and captain Andrew Balbirnie were happy to set a platform. After 11 overs the pair were scoring at just over and just under a run a ball respectively, with Ireland’s run rate just under six. What followed was extraordinary.

    Stirling bringing up fifty with a lofted drive off Burl seemed to signal a change in approach. He swept Wellington Masakadza fine for four before Balbirnie slog-swept for six, with a pair of fours from the skipper off Luke Jongwe in the next over keeping the runs flowing. Stirling then went straight down the ground, with a checked follow-through still sending the ball way back over the sightscreen.

    Balbirnie picked out the man on the deep point rope, departing for 31, but by now there was no stopping Stirling. Shane Getkate started quickly, striking his third and fourth balls for four, but in general he was content to hand to strike to Stirling and watch the carnage unfold from the non-striker’s end.

    Even with two overs to go, it was open to debate whether Stirling would have time to reach three figures. But so brilliantly did he pace his innings that he careered past the landmark in the penultimate over, ending with a flourish. The 19th over was plundered for 25 runs, Stirling striking two sixes and two fours, interspersed with a pair of wides, and reaching three figures with an ambled single to deep square leg. He celebrated in trademark understated style, with a gentle raise of the bat and the helmet staying in place. There was work still to be done, and he finished the innings with 10 runs off the last two balls.

    In all, 66 runs had been taken off the last four overs. Stirling’s hundred - the third by an Ireland player in T20Is after Kevin O’Brien’s hundred against Hong Kong in 2019 and Gaby Lewis’ century against Germany at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Region Qualifier last week - was the second-longest in the format by any player, one ball behind Aaron Finch’s 76-ball 172, also against Zimbabwe in 2018.

    A disciplined bowling performance meant Zimbabwe never came close to chasing down the target. Stirling was given the new ball, but travelled for 14 as Wessley Madhevere struck him for three consecutive boundaries, but Mark Adair, one of three changes to the side, struck with his second delivery, Balbirnie claiming the catch at mid-off. Josh Little, another player recalled, also struck in his first over, and in similar fashion, a miscue finding the hands of Balbirnie close in on the off-side.

    The required rate remained just out of reach of the tourists, though they battled gamely. Their struggles are perhaps best shown by the fact that no partnership lasted longer than three overs. Ben White, bowling stump to stump, struck twice through the middle, Regis Chakabva dismissed lbw and Milton Shumba bowled after missing a slog-sweep. The others in the middle order fell to Shane Getkate, with Dion Myers holing out to O’Brien at long on and Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe’s captain, seventh to fall, bowled leg stump.

    Adair and Little cleaned up the tail, the former ending with three wickets and the latter with two, and the final wicket coming via a run-out. Stirling was named Player of the Match, with victory secured by 40 runs.

    The two sides meet again at the same venue tomorrow at 3pm for the fourth match of the series, with Ireland leading 2-1.


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    Congratulations, Ireland.

    Impressive win.


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    They are developing a nice Cricket Culture. Winning against teams like SA and Zimbabwe at home , decent crowds in the stadium. Hope Ireland Cricket continues to grow.

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    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, William McClintock, Neil Rock(w), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young

    Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Regis Chakabva(w), Dion Myers, Craig Ervine(c), Milton Shumba, Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

    Zimbabwe have won the toss and have opted to field


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    whethers its international or global domestic white ball cricket (odi, T20 etc..) have to say Paul stirling is one batsmen i enjoy seeing play. Seems to have a good cricketing brain but also such a good timer and striker of a cricket ball. Thing he should got more appreciation then he does.

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    Another stellar showing from Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling laid the platform for a match-winning total in the fourth T20I over Zimbabwe, with Ireland’s seamers combining to seal an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series with one game to play.

    O’Brien and Stirling have both been in excellent form this series, with the former notching a half-century in Ireland’s series-levelling win in the second T20I, and the latter making his maiden T20I century in the third match. This time it was a joint effort that did the damage, an 89-run stand setting the tone for a dominant performance in all departments by Ireland.

    Today it was O’Brien who took the attack to Zimbabwe, with Stirling happy to play the foil. The senior man got off the mark with a four, flicking Blessing Muzarabani, playing his first game of the series, off his pads, and also hit the first six of the game, cries of ‘shot’ ringing out from the dugout as Donald Tiripano was launched over long-off.

    Stirling wasn’t exactly becalmed, punching RIchard Ngarava for a trio of boundaries, but it was O’Brien who ended the powerplay with a flourish, crashing Muzarabani for three fours in a row and giving Ireland 57-0 after six overs.

    A boundary in each of the next four overs ensured Ireland ticked over, and when the partnership was finally broken, O’Brien holing out to long-off from the first ball of the second half of the innings, Andrew Balbirnie carried on the momentum. While he and Stirling consolidated through the next two overs, a sweep and then a slog-sweep for four and six off Wessley Madhevere got Ireland going again, the skipper racing to 17 off eight balls.

    A top-edge from Stirling was caught by Craig Ervine at mid-off, but Ireland were ready to launch. Shane Getkate deposited his third ball for six and Balbirnie hit consecutive fours, and with five overs to go, Ireland were 134-2, and eyeing up a huge score.

    Zimbabwe, hampered by an injury to Ryan Burl, one of their star performers this series, in the warm-up, fought back gamely, ensuring that Ireland fell four runs short of their total in the third T20I, having looked set for plenty more.

    Overs 16-18 cost just 18 runs and contained the wickets of both Getkate and Balbirnie, before some fast running and fast hands from William McClintock, playing his first innings for Ireland, and George Dockrell, who crashed the penultimate ball of the innings for six, ensured momentum was with the hosts heading into the interval.

    Mark Adair was the star with the ball. In the third game of the series he struck with his second ball of the game, and he went one better here, enticing Tadiwanashe Marumani to offer a return catch with his first ball before striking twice in his second over, each time bouncing back after being hit for a boundary the previous delivery.

    The dismissal of Dion Myers, stumps splayed by a leg-stump yorker, demonstrated Adair’s skill and form.

    Craig Young returned to reduce Zimbabwe to four down inside the powerplay, Madhevere chipping tamely to mid-on, and Ireland never let the advantage slip.

    There was a proud moment for Neil Rock, who showed good hands and even better awareness, noticing Tiripano overbalancing to claim a sharp stumping, his first in international cricket, off Shane Getkate, who struck again to remove Wellington Masakadza lbw.

    Between those dismissals came the wicket which effectively decided the game. Craig Ervine battled hard for his 28, but when he picked out long on off Simi Singh, there was little left to come.

    Adair clean bowled Muzarabani to seal his career-best figures in the format, and the Player of the Match award, and though some lusty last-wicket hitting massaged the margin somewhat, the victory, by 64 runs, was still Ireland’s biggest against a Full Member in T20Is.

    The two sides meet again at the same venue on Saturday at 3pm for the fifth and final match of the series, with Ireland leading 3-1.

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    Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Wesley Madhevere, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Regis Chakabva(w), Dion Myers, Craig Ervine(c), Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, William McClintock, Shane Getkate, Neil Rock(w), Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Craig Young

    Zimbabwe have won the toss and have opted to bat

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    ZIM 1/0 (1.2) CRR: 0.75


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    Zimbabwe won a last-ball, low-scoring thriller in the final men’s T20 International against Ireland, but the hosts claimed a 3-2 series win.

    The tourists won the toss and elected to bat, but struggled from the off, with Mark Adair continuing his fine form with the ball. The seamer has made a happy habit of picking up early wickets, striking with his second and first ball in his second-to-last and last appearances respectively. Today he had to wait until his fourth delivery to earn reward, but added a second immediately. Andrew Balbirnie claimed a good catch in the ring to see off Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, while a sharp inswinging yorker was too good for Regis Chakabva first up, striking the wicketkeeper flush on the boot. Adair couldn’t convert the hat-trick opportunity, but Ireland were off to a fine start.

    While they would only claim two more wickets in the innings, the tone had been set for a tight bowling display. Wessley Madhevere toiled through the powerplay for little reward before top-edging Josh Little for a 19-ball nine, but Craig Ervine, at the other end, had begun what would end as the ultimate captain’s knock fluently. He cut each of Adair and Little to the boundary before plundering Shane Getkate for 10 runs in two balls, driving him straight for four before swinging handsomely over deep midwicket for six.

    He and Dion Myers constructed the game’s defining partnership, scoring 58 runs at almost exactly a run a ball. While the stand contained just five boundaries, they ensured Zimbabwe would at least have something to bowl at. Milton Shumba attempted some invention after Myers holed out off Adair to Little, flicking creatively over backward point for four, but Ireland bowled tightly, conceding no boundaries in the final two overs, and seemed to have the upper hand at the interval. Four of the five bowlers used conceded under a run a ball, including Andy McBrine, playing his first T20I since March 2017, but immediately getting to grips with the demands of the shortest format.

    Zimbabwe battled back in reply, starting with perhaps the ball of the day from Player of the Match Luke Jongwe to trim Kevin O’Brien’s bails, a sharp off-cutter coming back between bat and pad. Balbirnie’s stay was a short one, worth just four before he edged Donald Tiripano behind, but a memorable one too, the captain overtaking William Porterfield into fourth place on the list of most men’s T20I runs for Ireland.

    Paul Stirling, who would go on to be named Player of the Series, seemed to have carried on his same fluent form, smashing a pair of fours and a six in his 13-ball stay, but chipped Jongwe to cover to open the door for Zimbabwe. Harry Tector then edged to slip for nought as Ireland finished the powerplay four down.

    William McClintock had hit the last two balls of the first six overs to the rope, to rapturous applause from the home crowd, but fell not long after, top-edging Richard Ngarava to Point. Then the fightback began in earnest, with Neil Rock and Getkate putting together Ireland’s biggest partnership of the day. Though it was worth only 36, in a tight game it felt crucial, and so nearly was. Rock was the early aggressor, chipping down the ground and then towards long-off, neither time attempting to overhit the ball. Getkate then got in on the act, smashing a slower ball back over Tripano’s head for six.

    At 85-5, needing 40 runs from the last eight overs, the game seemed Ireland’s to lose, but Zimbabwe wrested back momentum, both set batsmen falling in quick succession. Wellington Masakadza trapped Getkate in front before Rock picked out deep square leg off Jongwe. The next three overs passed without another wicket falling, but also without a boundary being scored, and as the required rate climbed, the pressure mounted. Eventually it told, McBrine looking for a big shot but finding the fielder deep in the leg-side to give Tiripano a third.

    When Adair was run out from the first ball of the penultimate over, the game seemed done. Ireland still needed 18 runs and had just one wicket in hand. But Craig Young and Little ensured one final twist, with Young striking six and a pair of twos to leave nine needed from the last. Little managed three off the first four, leaving Young requiring six off two, and then six off one. But it wasn’t to be. Ngarava held his nerve, and Zimbabwe were the victors.

    Paul Stirling was named Player of the Series.


    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men, 5th T20I DafaNews Cup, Bready, 4 September 2021

    Zimbabwe 124-2 (20 overs; C Ervine 67, D Myers 26; M Adair 3-23)
    Ireland 119 (20 overs; N Rock 22, P Stirling 19; L Jongwe 3-29)

    Zimbabwe won by 5 runs (Ireland won series 3-2)


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    Ireland looked the better team, still Zimbabwe were playing their younger players and considering it was an away tour, they will be ok with a 3-2 scoreline.

    ODIs might be a lot closer with zimbos playing their senior players.

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    Good to see.
    Anyone seen much of Mark Adair, when they played against England in a test, i remember seeing the commentators say he had potential, his figures look good in this series.

    Also, has George Dockrell become a batting all-rounder, does he bowl much any more?

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    Ireland and Zimbabwe are set to clash in a three-match ICC Cricket World Cup Super League (CWCSL) series, with the first game set to be played on Wednesday, 8 September.

    Overview:

    Ireland vs Zimbabwe, first ODI
    Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
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    Zimbabwe come into the game on the back of a thrilling five-run win in the fifth T20I against Ireland. Though the series was lost for the visitors at that point, they will be delighted with the efforts of the bowlers who defended 124 runs.

    Currently placed at the bottom of the CWCSL table with just one win in six games, Zimbabwe will hope that they can climb a few spots over the course of the series.

    Ireland, meanwhile, are seventh in the standings and a win in the first ODI will see them leapfrog West Indies and Pakistan to the fifth spot. They were dealt an injury blow ahead of the start of the series with Curtis Campher ruled out due to an ankle injury. Shane Getkate, who was impressive in the T20I series against Zimbabwe, has been named as the replacement in the 15-member squad.

    Remember the last time:

    Ireland completed a 3-0 clean sweep at home the last time the two teams clashed in an ODI series.

    In the first game, Ireland bowled brilliantly to restrict Zimbabwe to 191 and comfortably chased the total down with six wickets in hand and over eight overs to spare.

    The second game was a much closer affair as Zimbabwe came very close to winning but fell short by just five runs. Ireland posted 242 batting first on the back of fifties from openers Paul Stirling and James McCollum. Half-centuries from Sean Williams and Ryan Burl went in vain as Mark Adair successfully defended 14 runs in the last over.

    The hosts completed the whitewash with a four-wicket win in what turned to be yet another thriller. A century from Craig Ervine and some impetus from Burl at the death helped Zimbabwe set a target of 255. In response, Andrew Balbirnie struck his fifth ODI century before late fireworks from Shane Getkate and Adair sealed the game for Ireland.

    What they said:

    Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland captain): "Really nice to win a series (T20I) against a team like Zimbabwe. We know what to expect when we come against them next week in the one-dayers. Looking forward to that."

    Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe captain): "When you score runs, you get the confidence, that's what we are lacking at the moment. We didn't have a good series but this win is very important just for the team morale, to take into the ODI series next week."


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    Teams:

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker(w), Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little

    Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva(w), Craig Ervine(c), Dion Myers, Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

    Ireland have won the toss and have opted to field

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    Ireland slipped to a 38-run defeat in the first game of the World Cup Super League series against Zimbabwe, despite a strong top-order display and a constricting performance from spin duo Andy McBrine and Simi Singh.

    Chasing 267 to win, the hosts’ chase got off to a steady start, Paul Stirling and William Porterfield content to bide their time and lay the platform rather than attempting to hit out with the fielding restrictions in place, progressing to 34-0 at the end of the powerplay.

    The approach looked to have paid off as the pair began to open their shoulders, with Stirling drilling Luke Jongwe for a straight six to assert his dominance. He fell for 32, dismissed lbw by Wellington Masakadza, with Andrew Balbirnie following not long after for 12, bowled through the gate by Wessley Madhevere, but another solid stand between Harry Tector and Porterfield ensured Ireland stayed in the ascendancy.

    The pair added 71 for the third wicket at a good rate, with a slog-swept six by Tector off Sean Williams taking Ireland past 150 in style. However, a stroke of strange fortune changed the contest, with Porterfield caught for 75 after a juggle and rebound off the shoulder of Dion Myers, and from there, Ireland struggled to recover. At that point, Ireland needed just over a run a ball, but without any other batter getting set - none of those to come in after Tector managed more than 15 - the rate began to spiral.

    Tector forged a lone hand, and while he was at the crease there was some hope. But he fell immediately after passing fifty, a top-edge off Williams pouched by Blessing Muzarabani at short third man, and Ireland soon slid to 228 all out, with Muzarabani taking four of the last six wickets to fall. Having at one point been 187-3, the collapse read 41-7, with Zimbabwe left victorious.

    Earlier, a topsy-turvy innings had seen Zimbabwe start and finish strong, only to be pegged back through the middle by a pair of miserly spells from Ireland’s frontline spinners, Singh and McBrine.

    Craig Young struck early, removing Regis Chakabva caught at second slip in the fifth over with just 14 runs on the board, but Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine combined to put on the most fluent stand of the day. The first full over of their partnership cost just one run, but from then on they scored at least one boundary per over.

    The end of the powerplay brought no let up, with overs 11-13 costing 34 runs, and Taylor striking the first six of the day straight down the ground. A scoreboard error prompted him to celebrate 50, though he had only 49 to his name; the introduction of Singh ensured he would never reach the milestone, the off-spinner enticing the Zimbabwean to pick out the fielder in the deep.

    The innings shifted with the dismissal, and McBrine’s entrance further halted Zimbabwe’s progress. He dismissed Myers in his first over, the No.4 top-edging an attempted lap, and between them, McBrine and Singh proceeded to spin a web around the Zimbabwe batting effort. Apart from a brief riposte from Sean Williams, who pulled and reverse-swept a pair of boundaries off consecutive Singh balls, there was near total control, with just 39 runs scored in the 16 overs in which they bowled in tandem. Singh ended with the slightly more economical figures, bowling two maidens and conceding just 22 runs, while McBrine conceded 26 runs but no boundaries in his 10 overs.

    Williams immediately cashed in when pace was introduced, striking a pair of boundaries in Little’s sixth over, though the left-armer struck back in his next over, Williams bottom-edging an off-cutter onto his stumps.

    That dismissal brought Sikandar Raza to the crease, and the all-rounder wrested another shift in momentum Zimbabwe’s way. Aided by brisk cameos from Madhevere and Luke Jongwe, his 38-ball half-century helped Zimbabwe take 76 runs from the last seven overs, lifting the total to 266-7. It would prove to be plenty.

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men, 1st ODI DafaNews Cup, Stormont, 8 September 2021

    Zimbabwe 266-7 (50 overs; C Ervine 64, S Raza 59*; S Singh 1-22)

    Ireland 228 (48.4 overs; W Porterfield 75, H Tector 50; R Muzarabani 4-29)

    Zimbabwe won by 38 runs (Zimbabwe leads series 1-0)



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    Great to see a full strength Zimbabwe team with Taylor, Williams, Ervine, Raza, Muzarabani and Chakabva all playing.

    Much needed WSL points there for Zimbabwe.

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    Cricket Ireland today announced an 18-player provisional squad that will travel to the ICC T20 World Cup in October.

    The 18-player squad will be refined to 15 core players plus three (travelling) reserves in early October in line with ICC tournament registration dates.

    THE SQUAD


    Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin OBrien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.


    THE FIXTURES

    T20 World Cup - Round 1


    18 October: Ireland v Netherlands (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; starts 10am GMT)

    20 October: Ireland v Sri Lanka (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; starts 2pm GMT)

    22 October: Ireland v Namibia (Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah; starts 10am GMT)


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    IRE 282/8 (50) CRR: 5.64
    Rain stops play

    ==

    Ireland:

    William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua LittleBench:Neil Rock, Barry McCarthy, Graham Kennedy, Curtis Campher

    Zimbabwe :

    Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava


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    For that they need better drainage system

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