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Warriors Run Riot In Interpro Opener

Thompson, O’Brien & Gillespie pile on the runs for Warriors of Day 1

North-West-Warriors-V-Leinster-LightningA stunning unbroken 265-run partnership between Stuart Thompson and Niall O’Brien sends the North West Warriors into Day 2 of their Interprovincial Championship opener in a commanding position against Leinster Lightning at Pembroke.

It was a day of almost complete domination from Ian McGregor’s charges who having been put in to bat, struggled for an hour against the new ball before filling their boots in the next two-and-a-half sessions.

Much of the talk in the run-up to the match had been the inclusion of William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin in the North West side. The Ireland skipper, however, was one of two wickets for the home side in the opening exchanges- Porterfield not offering a shot to a ball from Tyrone Kane that nipped back and clipped his off stump.

David Barr made 16 before he fell to Peter Chase and then Aaron Gillespie did his reputation no harm at all with a quality half-century. The Strabane all-rounder batted superbly in the circumstances and had much of the hard work done when he cut one to Kevin O’Brien at point and was gone for 57.

That was 95-3 and game on again but what followed was a batting masterclass from Thompson and O’Brien.

These two built their stand patiently at first but gradually upped the ante and by the start of the final session were climbing into anything remotely loose from the bowling unit.

The final tally was 358-3 with Thompson unbeaten on a superb 136 (18 fours and 1 six) and O’Brien equally impressive in making 129* (13 fours, 1 six).

Head Coach McGregor is well aware that the reigning champions will be keen to bounce back straight away when action resumes on Wednesday morning but was equally adamant that his side would be ready for that.

“It’s just the first day of the first game in a long summer, but it is exactly the start we were after. I thought we were exceptional today and while Thommo and Nobby will deservedly get all the plaudits, I thought Aaron was excellent too.”

“We have to be careful tomorrow not to let our standards slip, but this group has worked hard over the winter, and this performance hasn’t happened by accident.”

“We have ten guys born and bred in the North West on our side today, and the other two might as well be, as they have bought into this from the start.”

“Today has taken the Warriors to a new level of performance, and while we can certainly enjoy it we have to do everything we can to make sure we maintain those standards”.

Action gets underway at Sydney Parade again at 11 am on Wednesday and Thursday.

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NW Warriors

D Barr             c Tucker b Chase 16

W Porterfield b Kane 2

A Gillespie      c K O’Brien b Chase 57

N O’Brien        not out 129

S THompson  not out 136

Extras 18 Total (3 wkts, 104 overs) 358

Fall: 1-7 2-26 3-93

Bowling:

T Kane            22-5-69-1;

P Chase          21-3-101-2;

K O’Brien        15-3-38-0;

G Dockrell       21-2-77-0;

S Singh           24-7-60-0;

J Anderson      1-0-3-0

North West Groundsman Job

Bready Seek Head Groundsman

Cricket Ireland are looking for a full-time Head Groundsman to manage the facility in Bready Cricket Club.

The applicant should be passionate and committed to delivering the highest standards of grounds maintenance creating a world class, enviable cricket pitch, and ensuring the long term maintenance and sustainability of the ground.

Based at the Bready Cricket Club and Centre of Excellence in Magheramason, the position will report into Bready Cricket Club Chairman of Grounds Committee.

The full job spec is available here

If this opportunity interests you, please email a CV and a covering letter addressed to Peter.McCartney@northwestcricket.com Please include “Head Groundsman” in the subject box of your email.

Closing date for applications is close of business Wednesday 6th December 2017.

Should you be successful in making the short-list following the application process, please note that interviews will take place the week commencing 11th December 2017.

Cricket Ireland North West cricket Union

Cricket Ireland Board Meeting

Cricket Ireland North West cricket Union

Cricket Ireland North West cricket Union

The Cricket Ireland Board met this week in Dundalk where a wide range of issues were discussed with the following outcomes.

1. Date of Test match

The dates of Ireland’s inaugural Test match as an ICC Full Member – against Pakistan – have been confirmed as Friday May 11th to Tuesday May 15th. A decision on the venue will be announced in the coming weeks.

2. Cricket Matters

The Board approved a number of recommendations relating to governance around the playing side of the game, as follows:

– The formation of a High Performance Committee (HPC) – a refinement of the High Performance Advisory Group, the committee will be responsible for the oversight and strategic implementation of men’s and women’s high performance areas – including selection – and will support as well as ‘check-and-challenge’ performance personnel. It will comprise internal and external expertise and report directly to the CI Board. The Chair of the Committee is former Director of the Irish Institute of Sport, Gary Keegan.

The full Committee is:
Gary Keegan – Chair; former Director of the Sport Ireland Institute of Sport
Alan Lewis – former Irish international cricketer and CI Board Director
Kyle McCallan – former Irish international cricketer
Jo Hopkins – former head of performance planning, Sports Institute of NI
Frank Sowman – CI Board Director; Chair, Leinster Professional Game Board
Richard Holdsworth – CI Performance Director

Richard Holdsworth, CI Performance Director, said: “This new Committee is a reflection of the need for specialised skills and experience in the modern, professional high performance sphere as Irish cricket develops as a fully-fledged Test nation. Having a stand-alone performance committee also reflects best practice in other major sports while we are delighted with the calibre of our first intake on the committee, comprising high-quality individuals from inside and outside cricket.”

– Men’s Squad Selection – the Board approved the uncoupling of the role of Chair of Men’s Selectors and the Independent Director for International Cricket. Richard Holdsworth said: “While not specified as a requirement, the last two Independent Directors for International Cricket have also been Chair of Men’s Selectors – a reflection of the calibre of the individuals rather than a governance requirement.  Given the rapid evolution of Irish cricket, the recent restructure in our selection committee and the development of the High Performance Committee (with its oversight of selection), the Board agreed it was now appropriate to remove a potential conflict by definitively uncoupling the roles.”

– Chair of Men’s Selectors – Having already served nearly 6 years as Chair of Selectors, Alan Lewis will hand over the role upon the appointment of a new Chair of Selectors, the process for which will commence in due course. The Board also approved the evolution of the position into a part-time paid position to reflect the greater quantity of fixtures to be played by the men’s senior, and A-team/Wolves/inter-provincial squads commensurate with Full Membership status. Ross McCollum, Chairman of Cricket Ireland paid tribute to Alan Lewis: “Alan, or Lewie as he is known to his hundreds of friends, has been an extraordinary servant of Irish cricket. Passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable, Lewie has overseen a period of great change in his 6 years as Chair of Men’s Selectors, and as much as anyone has played a vital, often unsung, role in steering us to Test cricket. He departs with our deepest thanks for a job extremely well done.”
– Irish Cricketers Association (ICA) – the Board also approved the request for official recognition by CI of the newly-formed Irish Cricketers’ Association, which represents the interests of cricketers in Ireland, and is a new member of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA)

3. Weather Mitigation for Major Matches

The Board received a series of recommendations from the Cricket Committee around attempting to mitigate the impact of poor weather at our major fixtures. Management was asked to investigate a number of measures including the sourcing of sufficient volunteers to support the ground curators; pooling of local club resources; dedicated staffing to properly coordinate the development, support and oversight of venues which are used for CI matches; and looking into the cost of reconstruction of outfields to support better drainage.

Warren Deutrom, CI Chief Executive explained: “Our washed-out ODI against West Indies in Stormont a few weeks back gave us much to ponder. On reflection, there is probably too much simple acceptance of bad weather affecting our games given our geography, and probably not enough being done to mitigate it. The fact it rained most of the afternoon and previous fortnight isn’t the point, rather it was the apparent lack of resource around getting play started when it was dry and sunny – which was nothing to do with Groundsman Phil McCormick, whose personal efforts were extraordinary.  We know we are being held to a higher standard now that we are a Full Member – we need to look in the mirror on this one, and it is an area in which we have a lot of work to do. The Cricket Committee has acted quickly to give us some recommendations for future action which we shall now take forward.”

4. Transitioning to Full Membership

The Board received a progress report on the work of the consultancy Inside Track, which has been engaged to support Cricket Ireland in its transition to full membership. Warren Deutrom said: “We have been working with Inside Track since early September on a consultation process with our stakeholders to identify our priorities for expenditure once ICC funding arrives in 2018. An online survey, one-to-one interviews and benchmarking with other Full Members and major sports will hopefully show us the path we need to follow in our full membership journey. The new funding is unlikely to satisfy all expectations, but we hope the insights of player and administrator alike will help us focus on our immediate priorities to hit the ground running

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Rob Cassell Looking Forward to Touring With Ireland Wolves

Rob Cassell Looking Forward to Touring With Ireland Wolves

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Ten years on from a previous visit to Ireland on retirement from playing, Rob Cassell returns to these shores with his wife and 10-month old son. Keen to live and work in this part of the world they had been discussing how and when it might what happen when Rob saw the Cricket Ireland role advertised.

“I knew of the potential growth of cricket in Ireland, so when I saw the role advertised, I was immediately interested. It was an absolute bonus that Test status was granted a few weeks after I was appointed,” Rob says.

All the touristy things were taken care of a decade ago and Cassell is more in favour of a “quiet life” now.

“We’ve only been here for two weeks and are loving it,” he says, “the Cricket Ireland staff and players have been so friendly and welcoming as have strangers walking along the coast in Malahide. The weather is not even that cold I even got sunburnt the other day!”

Whatever of the scorching temperatures in Malahide, the named storms around Belfast prevented any action against the West Indies in what would have been Cassell’s first game involved with Ireland. Instead, he’ll have to wait for the upcoming Wolves tour to Bangladesh to really get to work.

“It was a pity about the washout but I got to see a few of them warm up and bowl the day before. There is a lot to like with a good blend of experience and youth amongst the senior team. It was an enjoyable few days getting to meet all the players and staff.

“But I’m really keen to see the players perform in Bangladesh and get stuck into my role here. They will be physically and mentally challenging conditions for the players against some quality opposition so there is no better way to see how the players can adapt and cope with all that.

There is something about being on the road that helps a team bond so there’ll be plenty time to get to know all the players and staff,” Cassell continued.

The Irish bowling unit can expect to work hard in Bangladesh but Cassell isn’t expecting to walk in and crack the whip. “In my short time here I’ve already noticed there is some genuine desire and passion from the playing group to work hard and continually improve so there is no need to crack the whip just yet! I’d prefer to see the bowlers in matches before making too many suggestions or adjustments.”

Cassell will instead continue his successful coaching style of helping players find a method that works for him/her and not settling for merely being a good bowler. He is still searching for ways to do things better than the opposition – be it tactical or the way he trains.

“The best coaches I’ve seen in any sport have a never-ending search for improvement and constant reflection and refinement on ‘how can we do things better?’”, Cassell believes.

Cassell also described how he incorporates modern technology into his sessions. “When I’m working with the players I do use a few video and analysis apps and radar guns so I do think they can speed up a players learning and development if used well. Some players love seeing vision while others want to be told straight up so it’s about knowing how best to relay the information with each player.”

There are batch of talented fast bowlers who will soon come under Rob Cassell’s eye, some of whom guided the Under 19s to qualification for the ICC World Cup in New Zealand.

“I did hear about some of those names and have now seen some footage and gained some info from the Cricket Ireland underage coaches. I’m excited to see how they develop over the next few years,” Cassell says.
Indeed, Cassell is aware of the big few months coming up with the “Intercontinental Cup match and some World Cup qualifiers on the horizon and also the U19 World Cup so there’s plenty to keep me busy.”

There’s no doubting that Rob Cassell is well prepared for his role as Fast Bowling Lead with Cricket Ireland.
“I had spoken to a few other coaches who had either played or coached in Ireland and they all spoke highly of the place and people. I knew it was a obviously a constant battle with the climate and getting access to turf and indoor facilities but there are some exciting plans in place that should see a big improvement in facilities and resources within the next few months.

“I think the training facility in La Manga, Spain will be ideal for some Fast Bowling Camps with guaranteed sunshine and turf practice opportunities until the facilities are completed in Dublin.

“I had heard about the new First Class system which is a vital step and is key to us being successful as a Test nation. It will take some time to climb up the ICC rankings but hopefully this system will create some fierce competition for spots in the senior team and help fast track our youth,” he concluded.

Rob Cassell is involved in camp this week with the Ireland Wolves as they prepare for their 6-match tour to Bangladesh. His enthusiasm for developing and coaching the finest fast bowling talents in Ireland is infectious and beyond the current senior and senior academy squads, the Under 19 and 17 quicks should be mightily excited for the future.

Sion Mills Cricket club

From Sion Mills to Stormont – 1969 to 2017

 

Sion Mills Cricket Club

Sion Mills Cricket Club

Sion Mills Cricket Club is inextricably linked to two things: The Mill where 700 local people found work, and for whom the club was founded, and a single day in 1969 when a touring West Indies side were humbled by the “Gentlemen of Ireland”.

A number of Sion players made it on to the field that day, the most famous of whom was Ossie Colhoun. A fitter who worked in the mill, Ossie kept wicket for Ireland that day and represented Ireland on 87 occasions.

The other 699 staff in the mill were given the day off to watch the match and took advantage of the opportunity to see the West Indies in their back garden.

Sion Mills CC was always linked to the fortunes of the Mill as it was initially founded to provide recreation for the staff. In the ‘60s and ‘70s the Mill was thriving, the team was winning and the players were getting international recognition.

Sadly, the decline of the Mill signalled the beginning of the decline of the cricket club too. Not to mention, the football, tennis, bowls and handball that were all part of the haven of sport in Sion Mills.

I wasn’t alive when a team of household names from the Caribbean finished a test match at Lord’s in London and travelled via Belfast to Sion Mills, County Tyrone to play Ireland the next day.

However, the way in which the story of what transpired that day, has been passed from generation to generation and transcended cricket fans to make news all over the world, I sometimes feel like it’s a part of my history too.

Looking at the old video clips from the BBC and seeing batsman after batsman trudge back to the pavilion never fails to stir the spirit. While there recently, I made sure to stand in the same spot as the camera had been, while taking some photographs.

When I visited the club recently, I saw a club fighting hard to keep its’ head above water. And yet, the mantra of “There has to be a club here” survives.

Every member, every player and every officer is determined to keep their club alive. This is a club built on local values and family pride, fathers, uncles, grandfathers played for the club. One of the current squad drives from Ballina for every game.

This club will survive and may even thrive again through the hard work and dedication of the members, coaches and families in Sion Mills.

The club may have been founded for the workers of the Mill but it exists now for the people of the village.

It needs to continue for all the people who know very little about cricket but still say: “Sion Mills? Didn’t Ireland bowl the West Indies out for very little there in the ‘60s?”

Making cricket as mainstream as that story became would be fantastic for all the current club, provincial and international players in Ireland.

Our next opportunity to do so comes against the West Indies next Wednesday September 13th at Stormont. Will those of us lucky enough to be there next week be reminding our grandchildren about the time in 2017 when we beat the men from the Caribbean?

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Warriors Go With Youth For Final Game

The Warriors have named a mixture of youth and experience in their squad for their final Interprovincial fixture of the season- a 3-day match against Leinster Lightning starting at Bready on Wednesday (11 am).

One new face has made the 12- the rapidly improving Bready bowler Reece Kelly, while Brigade‘s Ryan Macbeth and Fox Lodge spinner Aaron Heywood could both add to their one appearance each so far.

David Barr keeps his place after an excellent summer while man-in-form Davy Scanlon looks sure to speahead the attack in a squad where Ian McGregor has opted to go without an overseas influence.

There’s still no Craig Young although Stuart Thompson, Johnny Thompson and Aaron Gillespie along with the Bready skipper will give Andy McBrine plenty of options against a quality Lightning side.

Niall O’Brien returns too and his presence is sure to give the batting a boost as the Warriors look for the win that would keep the Championship race open.

Just one change, David Delany in for Simi Singh, for the Leinster Lightning ahead of their two matches in two weeks which will decide the destination of the Hanley Energy Interprovincial Championship title for 2017.

The Northern Knights lead the way on 29 points but while the Leinster Lightning sit in third place on 21 points at the moment, they do have a match in hand on both the Knights and the North West Warriors.

The penultimate match of the IPC season takes place at Bready Cricket Club from Wednesday August 30th to Friday September 1st.

The Leinster Lightning are able to select a strong, settled squad for this match. The notable absentee is Simi Singh who is being rested, with a slight shoulder problem, in advance of Ireland’s clash with the West Indies. As a result, Clontarf’s David Delany receives his first call-up this year.

Hanley Energy IPC, North West Warriors v Leinster Lightning, Bready CC, Wednesday August 30th – Friday September 1st, 11am start

North West Warriors Squad;

A McBrine (capt) (Donemana)
R Allen (Eglinton)
D Barr (Brigade)
A Gillespie (Strabane)
A Heywood (Fox Lodge)
R Kelly (Bready)
R Macbeth (Brigade)
N O’Brien (Natwich)
D Rankin (Bready)
D Scanlon (Bready)
J Thompson (Brigade)
S Thompson (Eglinton)

 

Leinster Lightning squad;

John Anderson (c) (Merrion)
Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke)
Peter Chase (Malahide)
David Delany (Clontarf)
George Dockrell (v/c) (Dublin University / Leinster)
Ed Joyce       (Merrion)
Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union)
Eddie Richardson (North County)
Jack Tector (YMCA)
Sean Terry (The Hills)
Lorcan Tucker (w/k) (Pembroke)

Exciting Finale in Store For Haney Energy IP20

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NW-Warriors-Hanley-Energy-Launch-2017

The Leinster Lightning travel to Cork on Friday, hoping to secure their second piece of silverware of the season. Defeat against the North West Warriors last time out, brought the Warriors back into contention for the Hanley Energy IP20 Trophy.

The Lightning secured the IP50 Cup without playing last Sunday and will be keen to wrap up the Trophy on Friday evening. The game represents a final opportunity to secure the T20 title; having failed to pick up the one point required last time out against the North West Warriors in Merrion Cricket Club.

Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and Peter Chase have been held back by Cricket Ireland as a precaution in advance of the upcoming Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands. That means a recall for Merrion’s Tom Stanton and a first call-up this year for Stephen Doheny of Rush. Josh Little comes in to the squad for Chase.

The Munster Reds, meanwhile, have announced an unchanged squad ahead of their final game of the IP20 Series.

They’ll have Irish-selected opener Jack Tector on their side, while his brother Harry joins Aaron Cawley, Max Neville and Rory Anders in all securing Ireland’s place at the U19 World Cup next year. Their experiences in Jersey will stand to them no end.

The Clontarf duo of Robert Forrest and David Delany helped their team to Leinster T20 glory a few weeks ago, and will soon face Reds team-mates Cawley, Stephan Grobler, Gary King and Cormac Hassett in the All-Ireland semi-final at Lisburn on the 20th August.

The game begins at 5pm, and with free admission, a barbecue, refreshments, and plenty for the kids too.

While the Leinster Lightning are the firm favourites to wrap up this format on the back of last week’s IP Cup win, the North West Warriors will be hoping the Munster Reds make the trip to the Mardyke a difficult one for the Lightning.

Should the Lightning lose and the Warriors defeat the Northern Knights, the Warriors could yet win the Hanley Energy IP20 Trophy themselves.

Craig Young remains unavailable as his workload is managed, however Aaron Gillespie returns and Aaron Heywood retains his place courtesy of some big performances for Fox Lodge.

As the Northern Knights cannot win the IP 20 competition the selectors have decided to look at some of the Emerging Knights in this fixture. Included in the squad are: John Matchett, Mark Berry, Alex Haggan and Jamie Magowan.

An intriguing finale to the Hanley Energy IP20 is guaranteed.

Hanley Energy IP20, Munster Reds v Leinster Lightning, 11th August, Mardyke, 5pm.

Munster Reds Squad:

Stephan Grobler (Cork County)
Aaron Cawley (Cork County)
Yaqoob Ali (Co Kerry)
Cormac Hassett (Cork County)
Gary King (Cork County)
Jack Tector (YMCA)
Harry Tector (YMCA)
Jamie Grassi (North County)
Max Neville (Merrion)
Rory Anders (Phoenix)
David Delany (Clontarf)
Robert Forrest (Clontarf)

Leinster Lightning Squad

John Anderson (c) (Merrion)
Peter Chase (Malahide)
Gareth Delany (Leinster)
George Dockrell (v/c) (Dublin University / Leinster)
Stephen Doheny (Rush)
Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
Eddie Richardson (North County)
Simi Singh (YMCA)
Max Sorensen (The Hills)
Tom Stanton (Merrion)
Sean Terry (The Hills)
Lorcan Tucker (w/k) (Pembroke)

Hanley Energy IP20, Northern Knights v North West Warriors, 11th August, Belmont, (CIYMS CC), 5pm

Northern Knights Squad

James Shannon (Captain)
Adam Berry
Chris Dougherty
Shane Getkate
Alex Haggan
Gary Kidd
Robert McKinley
Jamie Magowan (Wicket Keeper)
John Matchett
Jacob Mulder
Nikolai Smith
Greg Thompson

North West Warriors Squad

Andy McBrine (c) (Donemana)
Ross Allen (Eglinton)
David Barr (Brigade)
Andy Britton (Brigade)
Ricky-Lee Dougherty (Donemana)
Aaron Gillespie (Strabane)
Aaron Heywood (Fox Lodge)
David Rankin (Bready)
Jonny Robinson (Brigade)
David Scanlon (Bready)
Johnny Thompson (Brigade)
Stuart Thompson (Eglinton)

Warriors Defeat Munster Reds | IP20

McBrine Leads Warriors to victory

In the Hanley Energy IP20 at Eglinton, An unbeaten half century from Andy McBrine was the catalyst for the North West Warriors’ 25-run win over Munster Reds.

The skipper’s 52 from 25 balls included 4 fours and a six from the last five deliveries of the home side’s innings that allowed them to post 142 for 5 from their 20 overs.

Spinner Harry Tector had earlier returned figures of 4-21 to reduce the Warriors to 62-5 after 12 overs before McBrine and his Donemana captain Ricky-Lee Dougherty added an unbroken 80 from just 49 balls late on.

David Rankin’s 26 and 19 from Graham Kennedy was the best of the top order, but the visitors’ reply started equally poorly as David Scanlon (3-19) picked up the wickets of both openers, Jamie Grassi and Jack Tector, in his first over.

Two wickets apiece for Johnny Thompson, Andy Britton and Steve Lazars then had the Reds reduced to 60-6 before David Delany threatened to haul them back into it.

The Clontarf man’s 25 along with Harry Tector (11) added 37 for the 7th wicket but once Delany was caught on the boundary by William McClintock off Andy Britton, the game was up.

Next up for the Warriors is Leinster Lightning at Bready on Sunday week in the 50-over format while it’s another four weeks now before both teams are back in T20 action.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20

At Eglinton,

NW WARRIORS 142-5 (20 overs; A McBrine 52*, D Rankin 26, RL Dougherty 24*, H Tector 4-21)
MUNSTER REDS 117 all out (17.4 overs; D Delany 25, D Scanlon 3-19, J Thompson 2-19, A Britton 2-24, S Lazars 2-27)

Cricket Ireland Celebrate Full Membership

Cricket Ireland Celebration

Warrens_explanation CRICKET IRELANDCricket Ireland today celebrated the ICC decision to grant Full Membership and Test Status at a gathering in Dublin where staff, players, union representatives, volunteers, sponsors and government officials heard of the ‘remarkable journey’ the sport has undergone to achieve acceptance in the top echelons of world cricket.

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom outlined just how rapidly the sport had developed in such a relatively short time, but emphasized that he saw the historic decision as just the beginning for the sport in Ireland.

“Last month, the night before our historic match against England at Lord’s I said that Irish cricket is crossing a Rubicon – yesterday, we crossed it!

“By becoming a [Test-playing nation and] full member of ICC, we have completed one stage of a journey that has taken Irish cricket from marginal and mostly ignored to one of the premier nations in the world’s 2nd biggest sport.

“And it is a journey that has been travelled with remarkable speed. Just 10 years ago our then-new corporate strategy outlined one of its key goals as the Ireland team being competitive in England’s county club competition.

“Every time we set ourselves a mountain to climb, we do so. We have always believed that the shame is not in failing to reach an ambitious target, but rather being afraid to try. And having proven our credentials to the world cricket community, we now have the opportunity to achieve an even bigger goal, which is to make cricket a mainstream sport in Ireland.

“In the last four years, we have rapidly realised that producing a competitive Test team is in fact only one part of a much bigger whole – that instead our goal needs to be broader and further reaching – that it needs to envision Ireland not just being a major force in cricket, but cricket being a major force in Ireland.

“Everywhere I look in Irish cricket, I see people with the talent and desire to succeed on the field of play, and off it. I see accomplished players, talented youngsters, dedicated volunteers, passionate administrators, generous sponsors and a growing profile. I see a desire for success, a burning self-belief and a willingness to innovate and embrace best practice. With all this in place, and the game finally ready to embrace change, where might we be in the next 10 years,” concluded Deutrom.

One of Ireland’s most senior international Ed Joyce also paid tribute to the tireless efforts of everyone who made the remarkable journey possible.

“We all owe a big debt of thanks to the players, volunteers, coaches and supporters that have brought us to this point,” said Joyce. “However this can’t be the end point of the journey and the really hard work starts now.
Joyce made his debut back in 1997 against Scotland, and is amazed by the transformation in the game during those two decades.

“When I started playing cricket for Ireland, the idea of us playing at test level was ridiculous so to be a small part of this journey makes me very proud.”

Joyce sounded a word of caution that there may well be testing times ahead with the elevation, but felt that solid foundations were already in place.

“Getting to the point where we’re consistently competitive could take a while and we have to be ready for that as well but hopefully this is the start of a special time for cricket in Ireland.

“We’ve achieved quite a lot with very little over the last decade so with the extra funding and fixtures that comes with yesterday’s announcement, we should be able to speed up our progress.”

He also congratulated Afghanistan, who were also given Test status, and hoped that other countries would follow suit in the coming years.

“I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Afghanistan too for their elevation. Their cricketing story is an incredible one and they deserve everything that is coming their way. Hopefully yesterday opens the door for more countries to get elevated status.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD expressed his delight at Cricket Ireland’s achievement of Test status. “This a great result for the hard work put in by many people over many years in developing Irish cricket.

“This development is a massive milestone for the sport in Ireland and is a landmark date as no other country has received full membership since Bangladesh in 2000. We can all be truly proud of what Cricket Ireland has achieved.”

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD , welcomed the achievement by Cricket Ireland , saying at the conference : “Irish cricket is now at the top table in world cricket and Irish fans can look forward with relish to seeing some great cricket fixtures in the coming years.

“In recent weeks, we have seen some wonderful cricket in the ICC Champions Trophy, ultimately won by Pakistan and the thought of Ireland competing against such top cricketing nations in Test cricket is an exciting prospect.”

Photos from the event can be viewed by clicking here

Hanley Energy IP20 Round 3

IP20 Continues this friday

North West Warriors Munster Reds IP20 EglintonAt the end of a momentous week for Cricket Ireland the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20’s continue in their usual Friday night slot.

The Northern Knights host the Leinster Lightning, at Instonians CC captained by James Shannon. Craig Lewis, Jamie Magowan, James McCollum and Lee Nelson have been added to the squad that played against the North West Warriors in Strabane. Stephen Bunting is unavailable due to injury.

The Lightning selectors have opted for a largely unchanged squad. Kevin O’Brien and Tyrone Kane return to the T20 squad having missed last week’s victory over the Munster Reds through injury. Andrew Balbirnie misses out with a reoccurrence of his hip injury sustained during the current 3-day match in Oak Hill.

Meanwhile at Eglinton the North West Warriors host the Munster Reds. The Reds make just one change with Morne Bauer unavailable. The Warriors make three changes to the team that drew with Leinster in the 3-Day championship match at Oak Hill this week.

At the halfway stage of the IP20 series Leinster Lightning lead the way with fourteen points, with the Northern Knights in third place with four points. Leinster Lightning defeated the Northern Knights in Dublin by seven wickets on the 9th June.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20

North West Warriors v Munster Reds, Eglinton, 5pm

North West Warriors

A McBrine (Donemana)
S Thompson (Eglinton)
C Young (Bready)
D Rankin (Bready)
W McClintock (Donemana)
J Thompson (Brigade)
A Britton (Brigade)
S Lazars (Coleraine)
RL Dougherty (Donemana)
G Kennedy (Ballyspallen)
D Scanlon (Bready)
R Allen (Eglinton)

Munster Reds

Stephan Grobler capt. (Cork County),
David Delany (National Academy/Clontarf),
Arslan Anwar (Co Kerry),
Muhammad Saddique (Cork County),
Yaqoob Ali (Co Kerry),
Robert Forrest (Clontarf),
Nicolaas Pretorius (Phoenix),
Rory Anders (National Academy/Phoenix),
Jamie Grassi (National Academy/North County),
Max Neville (National Academy/Merrion),
Harry Tector (National Academy/YMCA),
Jack Tector (National Academy/YMCA).

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