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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.

NWCU Pakistan first test match

Pakistan Confirmed For Ireland’s First Test

NWCU Pakistan first test match

Ireland Vs Pakistan first test match

Ireland’s first men’s Test match will be on home soil against Pakistan from Friday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 15th, following an agreement between the two sides reached during the International Cricket Council meeting in Auckland.

Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June when they became the 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC and Cricket Ireland has since been looking for the right opponents for an historic first match.

“We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year,” CEO Warren Deutrom said. “It has been our wish to make our Test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team, so I’m delighted.”

Pakistan certainly fit the bill as a team who were top of the Test match rankings as recently as last year before slipping back after the retirement of captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan.

“There is a lot of work to do from now to ensure that it will be an occasion to remember but we, and I’m sure our players and fans, can’t wait to rise to it,” Deutrom added.

“We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket, the Pakistan team has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, and their agreement to be our opponent on this important occasion for Irish cricket is further evidence of their terrific support.”

Irish captain William Porterfield welcomed confirmation of the match saying: “It’s fantastic news for Irish cricket. It’s going to be a bit special and it’s always great to be a part of history.

“There’s a special affinity between ourselves and Pakistan going back to the 2007 World Cup and they’ve been regular tourists here over the past decade.

“Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and I know how much this game will mean to not only the players but all involved with Irish cricket. It’ll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time.

“It’s sure to be an incredible and emotional experience for all involved. I know how much this will mean to all the players and just how much we all will forward to our dream of being Test cricketers realised. I’m certain there will be an incredible atmosphere from both sets of fans who will be keen to witness a piece of history.”

The Irish venue for the five-day Test has yet to be confirmed, but a final decision will be announced in due course.

Graham McCrea

Graham’s Hilton Series adventure

Graham McCrea

Graham McCrea

The North West Cricket Union had a 13th man on the field throughout their recent Hilton Series in umpire Graham McCrea.

Undertaking a ‘working holiday’, Graham flew over to Newcastle to umpire, experience the Hilton Series and enjoy the hospitality of title sponsors Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

The Hilton Series brought umpires together from over a 70-mile radius as colleagues for Graham and shows the diversity of ‘local’ umpires who stand in the Hilton Series.  Monday saw Graham working with ‘Geordie’ umpire Harry Richardson, who always has a great sense of fun with the players.  Then onto Brian Morris on day 2, who recently umpired a ECB 2nd X1 county match, and known for his clear decision-making process.  While on the last day, Graham worked with Derek Watchman, the former secretary of the North Yorkshire South Durham Premier league, and an umpiring assessor for the ECB ACO.

David Bradley, the NWCU administrator added “it is to Graham’s great credit he flew over at his own expense to advance his umpiring experiences.  I know he had an enjoyable time, met some unique people, experienced a wide array of cultures that the NUSC is known for, and again like the players has helped the union receive nothing but praise for the quality of our tourist.  Graham’s umpiring was noted by the NUSC as ‘outstanding’, and I would like to congratulate him on that as praise is not cheapened at NUSC”.

Mr. Bradley further noted “it is hoped more union umpires will seek to advance their experience by undertaking exchange opportunities the union is establishing, and if any do wish to participate, then I encourage them to contact me personally for details.

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.

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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).

Warriors Rearguard Foils Lightning

O’Brien and Lazars Deny Leinster from first win

Oak Hill Cricket groundNIALL O’BRIEN and Steve Lazars dogged resistance denied Leinster Lightning victory on the final day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship game at Oak Hill.

The pair shared a fourth wicket stand of 132 in 36 overs, which occupied most of the morning session The duo showed all of their experience in denying a determined Lightning attack, for whom George Dockrell was the star performer.

O’Brien top scored with 87 from 192 balls (13 fours), while Lazars made a defiant 62 from 119 deliveries (11 fours).

Even after both were dismissed along with Andy McBrine, the Warriors middle order battled manfully, with determined resistance from Stuart Thompson (40), Johnny Thompson (25) and David Rankin (22). Craig Young even curbed his natural attacking instincts to use up what was to prove a crucial 36 deliveries.

Warriors were eventually dismissed in the 109th over, with Dockrell having the excellent analysis of 6 for 67 in a marathon effort, while there were two wickets apiece for Eddie Richardson and Peter Chase.

With a target of 167 in 17 overs, Lightning attacked from the off, but despite a brave effort could only manage 123 for 3 when the players shook hands on the draw – Jack Tector top scoring with an unbeaten 48.

Lightning lead the table by two points ahead of the Warriors and Knights.

All the teams are back in action tomorrow (FRI) in the IP20 Trophy, when the Warriors entertain Munster Reds at Eglinton, while the Knights have home advantage against Lightning at Shaw’s Bridge – both games get under way at 5pm.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship

Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors at Oak Hill, Day 3 of 3
North West Warriors 235 and 296 (108.4 overs; N O’Brien 87, S Lazars 62, S Thompson 40: G Dockrell 6-67)
Leinster Lightning 365-9 dec and 123-3 (16 overs; J Tector 48*, S Singh 27; S Thompson 2-17)

cricket Ireland Test status

Ireland Awarded Test Status

Ireland are Full Members of the ICC

cricket Ireland Test statusIrish cricket has received a tremendous boost after receiving confirmation from ICC of their successful application to be awarded Full Membership and Test status.

The historic decision was taken at the ICC Conference at the Oval in London today where both Ireland and Afghanistan were confirmed as the 11th and 12th Full Member countries in the top echelons of world cricket.

The news was welcomed by Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom, who along with his team has worked tirelessly over the past decade for Ireland’s elevation.

“It’s fantastic news for all involved with Irish cricket and I’d like to thank ICC and the members for the positive outcome,” said a clearly delighted Deutrom. “It’s obviously a great fillip for the game in Ireland, where we are striving to make Ireland not only a major nation in cricket, but also to make cricket a major mainstream sport in the country.

“Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport and it’s what we’ve all been aiming for. The players have been very clear in their stated objective of wanting to play at the very highest level of the game and it’s clearly a momentous day that we will be able to do that in the very near future,” added Deutrom.

“The sport has grown substantially since 2007, with participation levels quadrupling in that time. With the increased profile and revenue streams that will come with achieving Full Membership, this can only get even better as we invest in the sport throughout the country.

“I’d like to thank all those involved with Irish cricket for their drive, enthusiasm and energy over the years which has made this journey an ultimately successful one. We are all justifiably very proud today, but we see this not as the end of the road, but just the first step in taking our wonderful sport further and higher in the years ahead.”

Ireland captain William Porterfield is relishing the opportunity to lead Ireland in a Test match, which he admits would be ‘a bit special’. “It’s wonderful news for all of Irish cricket, with all the players already talking about playing in a Test match for the first time,” said Porterfield.

“We’ve all played in World Cups and achieved some memorable results along the way, but to play in a Test would be a bit special. You dream as a youngster growing up of playing at the highest level and for me the opportunity to lead Ireland in their first Test match would be an incredible experience.”

Cricket Ireland Chairman Ross McCollum outlined the next steps and the immediate future for Irish cricket.

“We are sincerely grateful to the ICC and its members for giving us this honour. It is a recognition of the quality of our teams over the years, male and female, of our talented administration, and of the strength of our domestic and club structures.

“It is also clearly a sign of the faith that the cricket community has in Ireland’s ability to help grow the global cricket economy through more people attending, watching or investing in our great sport.

“We can now commence discussions with several parties about staging our first Test while we look forward to the outcome of discussions around international cricket structures which will help us unlock increased commercial funding to assist in the development of the game.

“With Full Membership comes increased funding and we will look to invest that in all levels of Irish cricket. The Board of Cricket Ireland has already debated next steps for Irish cricket at a high level around strategy and immediate priorities.

“At this stage, it is unclear at what point increased funding will begin to flow down from ICC, but we shall get into that level of detail in due course.

“I’ve no doubt this date will be seen as a watershed moment for the sport, and I’d like to thank ICC once again for having the courage and foresight to broaden the game’s traditional horizons which can only be good for the sport.”

Cricket Ireland will host a press conference in the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) offices on D’Olier St Dublin 2, tomorrow, Friday 23rd June at 2pm.

In attendance will be Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom along with members of the Irish cricket teams (subject to availability), and Brendan Griffin, the recently-appointed Minister of State for Tourism and Sport.

Joyce Century Keeps Leinster in command on day 2

Ed Joyce Cricket IrelandED JOYCE’S 46th first-class century ensured Leinster Lightning maintained the upper hand on the second day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship match against North West Warriors at Oak Hill.

Joyce dominated Lightning’s innings, stroking 23 fours and two sixes as he top scored with 156 as Lightning posted 365 for 9 declared – a first-innings lead of 130.

Lorcan Tucker scored his maiden first-class half-century, hitting 56 from 119 balls (5 fours, 1 six) in a solid Lightning batting display.

Four players got into the twenties, with John Anderson making 29, and George Dockrell, Jack Tector and Simi Singh all scoring 27.

The Warriors attack battled manfully, with Andrew McBrine, Craig Young and David Scanlon all taking three wickets apiece.

With 17 overs to negotiate before the close of play The Warriors were soon in difficulty yet again, losing Irosh Samarasooriya, Ross Allen and Andrew Austin to finish the day on 44 for 3.

The Warriors face a daunting challenge to salvage anything on the final day, and much will depend on the experienced Niall O’Brien (16*) if they are to escape with a draw.

Play on Thursday gets under way again at 11am.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship

Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors at Oak Hill, Day 2 of 3

North West Warriors 235(87.2 overs; A McBrine 67, D Rankin 47: S Singh 3-59)and 44-3 (17 overs)
Leinster Lightning 365-9 dec (101.3 overs) E Joyce 156, L Tucker 56; C Young 3-70, D Scanlon 3-79, A McBrine 3-91

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