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

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)

irish crickets senior and national cup

Senior Cup Washed Out In North West

Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup

irish crickets senior and national cup

This weekends heavy rain caused the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup ties between Coleraine & Waringstown, Bready & Pembroke, and Donemana & The Hills were abandoned and will be replayed on Sunday 18th of June

Meanwhile, In the National Cup, holders Rush beat Killyclooney by 9 wickets

There was no play possible in the game between Newbuildings and Knockharley, while Strabane were already through after they defeated Cregagh last week.

The quarter-final draws for both competitions will take place later today following the conclusion of the Cricket Ireland Board meeting.

Irish Senior Cup Second Round results

Instonians v Brigade at Shaw’s Bridge.

Instonians won by 114 runs (DLS)
Instonians 203-2 (38 overs; A White 86*, Nik Smith 53, S Getkate 30*)
Brigade 107 (23.4 overs; C Dixon 41, J Thompson 30; R McKinley 5-7, Nat Smith 2-31)

Coleraine v Waringstown at Sandel Lodge.

Match abandoned
Waringstown 97-3 (28.3 overs; J Hall 56*, G Thompson 25*)

Bready v Pembroke at Magheramason.

Match abandoned
Bready 33-0 (11.4 overs)

Donemana v The Hills at The Holm.

Match abandoned
Donemana 6-0 (2 overs)

Hanley Energy First First class Game Toss

Eglinton Host Inaugural First Class Game

Eglinton Host Inaugural First Class Match

For many a cricket fan the date, May 30th 2017, will live long in the memory. Delayed slightly by the rain, the first ball was bowled in a domestic First Class match between the North West Warriors and the Northern Knights. An historic occasion of that there is no doubt.

Craig Young was the man determined to write his name in to the history books across all the ‘firsts’ on the 30th. Taking the new ball he not only bowled the first ball of the first over, he bowled the first maiden, and to crown it all he took the first wicket with the last ball of his over.

This was the beginning of an outstanding bowling display from the Bready seamer who finished with his best first class figures of 5-37. Young was ably supported by his fellow international Stuart Thompson who took 3-32 as the Knights were dismissed for 130.

The only resistance coming from the skipper James Shannon who watched the wickets fall at the other end before he was the last man out for 71. A fine example of a captain’s innings in difficult circumstances.

The Warriors didn’t have it easy in their first dig and were 23/3 before Andy Mc Brine and Niall McDonnell, with 30 each, took them to a first innings lead of 37. Not before Nathan Smith had claimed 4-34 himself as the wickets continued to tumble apace.

This pace increased if anything when the Knights came back out to bat. Reduced to 19/5 there was a wonder of how many they would make the Warriors chase for victory. This was mainly down to the contribution of another Bready bowler, this time David Scanlon. He would finish with 5-29 but his spell after lunch should really have been the telling difference in this match.

Contributions from Shane Getkate, Greg Thompson and 43 not out from Robert McKinley left the Warriors chasing 125 for victory. They had a maximum of 23 overs to chase the victory on Day 2 and will they rue not going for it or be happy with the draw?

Day 3 started with the Warriors needing 77 runs with 8 wickets in hand but not a ball could be bowled due to the inclement weather. After three days, it was a draw and 11 points to the Warriors, 10 points to the Knights.

There were 5-fors from Craig Young and David Scanlon and a great innings from James Shannon. However, it’s probable that after being under pressure during most sessions of play, that the Knights left Eglinton a little happier for seeing the rainclouds move in.

For a complete fixture list of upcoming Hanley Energy Inter Provincial championship please see here


Hanley Energy InterPro Series 2017 Launch

Cricket Ireland Launch the Hanley Energy InterPro Series 2017


Players from Leinster Lightning, NW Warriors and the Northern Knights met today at the official launch of the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial series which gets under way on Monday when defending champions Leinster Lightning take on North West Warriors at The Hills (10.45am).

Lightning start the strongest of favourites to make it a treble of clean sweeps, given the strength and depth of their squad – which includes no fewer than 11 senior internationals for the opening clash.
Ed Joyce is poised to make his Lightning debut in the fixture after he made the decision to limit his county career with Sussex in order to concentrate on Irish inter-provincial cricket – a major factor being the enhanced first-class and List-A status that the games will have this season.
Senior Irish international George Dockrell admitted that the elevation of the games by the ICC was a development welcomed by all the participants. “It’s absolutely fantastic for all the players that the competition will have first-class and List-A status,” said Dockrell. “It gives it that extra step, that certificate of approval. It’s a great step forward for Irish cricket to get that tick from ICC that our games are worthy of first-class status and hopefully keeps us on the right track to get Test cricket.

Dockrell accepts that Lightning are favourites to retain their titles but realises that the other Unions will be challenging hard.

We have fantastic depth with talented cricketers not just in the team but in the entire squad. There are some tremendous young cricketers in the Leinster set-up who are all challenging hard for places and that keeps the pressure on the senior players. I think it’s great that we have an inter-provincial side that has that level of class throughout it. It’s good that we also have these younger players who have played in international competitions like U19 World Cups knocking on the door, and along with the likes of Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien, Peter Chase, Andy Balbirnie and myself who have played first-class cricket. It’s a good blend which can only help the standard of cricket in the region and beyond in Irish cricket as a whole,” added Dockrell.
We’ll certainly be targeting another treble but it’ll be one step at a time. We were pushed last year by both the Warriors and Knights in some close games but came out the right side. I think it’s important we don’t become complacent and keep our foot on the gas and try to be as clinical as possible. We know if we play 100% to our potential then we can win those three trophies, but it certainly won’t be easy.”
The first game of the campaign is at The Hills, a venue which makes Lightning feel right at home.
It’s always a great pitch there, a super setting for cricket and there should be a decent crowd. Every time we’ve played the Warriors there has been a good game and I’d expect the same again on Monday. We have a fully fit squad to choose from and everyone is raring to go. We just can’t wait for the season to get under way, to get out there and hopefully get the first win.”
In another new initiative, Munster Reds will participate for the first time in the event, playing in the T20 Trophy, a decision welcomed by Dockrell.
I think it’s great for Irish cricket. We know the game is growing in Ireland, with more and more teams all around the country, and it’s very welcome to have a team from Munster, who have produced some very good cricketers in recent years. It’s great that these guys have a chance to play against the best cricketers in the country, and I know everyone is looking to playing against them,” concluded the Leinster left-armer.
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth echoed Dockrell’s sentiments, and was confident the growth and elevation of the tournament would be an unqualified success.
2017 will be a historic year for the Inter-Provincial competitions,” said Holdsworth. “First time participants, Munster Reds, are now playing in the Hanley Energy IP T20 Trophy, which had List A status granted late last year by the ICC.”

It will give a much greater focus to the T20, with two matches now taking place simultaneously – mainly on Friday evenings – across the four Provinces. These developments will hopefully help to improve Ireland in this format ahead of the next year ICC World T20 Qualifier. Cricket in Munster will receive a great boost which will aid the development and promotion of the game in the Province.

The IP50 Cup will continue with three teams and now has List A status also, whilst for the first time in the of history Irish Cricket, the 3-day Championship will have First Class status, which we anticipate both the players and the public will now hold in higher regard.”
Clive Gilmore, CEO of Hanley Energy was delighted to be sponsoring the series for the third year saying: “Hanley Energy are proud to sponsor for the third year running the Inter-Provincial Series 2017. Having achieved first-class status by ICC makes this one of the most historic events on the Irish cricket calendar.
With a strong sense of optimism, I wish all participating teams every good wish for what is guaranteed to be an exciting Inter-Provincial season.
For details of the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series, please visit
Leinster Lightning v NW Warriors, Monday May 1 at The Hills (10:45am)
John Anderson (Captain – Merrion), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), Peter Chase (Malahide), George Dockrell (Leinster / Dublin University), Jamie Grassi (North County), Ed Joyce (Merrion), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Josh Little (Pembroke), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Eddie Richardson (North County), Simi Singh (YMCA), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Sean Terry (The Hills).

Andy McBrine (Capt) (Donemana), Andy Britton (Brigade), Ricky-Lee Dougherty (Donemana), Aaron Gillespie (Strabane), Steve Lazars (Coleraine), Gary McClintock (Donemana), Niall O’Brien, David Rankin (Bready), Irosh Samarasooriya (Bready), Johnny Thompson (Brigade), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Craig Young (Bready).

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