Ireland News 2014
Rao salutes summer of progress Rao salutes summer of progress ( ) ZZZZ9:58 amZZZZ
Rao however had faith not only in his own ability but also a belief that he could bring together a select squad of young NW cricketers and give them the direction they needed to take their game to the next level.
Chase makes dream debut for Durham Chase makes dream debut for Durham ( ) ZZZZ3:21 pmZZZZ
Malahide paceman takes five wickets on debut to help Durham ease relegation worries while putting serious dent in Notts title hopes.
Ireland Women's squad for South Africa series Ireland Women's squad for South Africa series ( ) ZZZZ3:30 pmZZZZ
Ireland's women cricketers will look to cap a successful season when they play South Africa in a three game T20 Series next week in England.
Chase makes Durham debut Chase makes Durham debut ( ) ZZZZ11:42 amZZZZ
Peter Chase makes senior debut for Durham against Nottinghamshire.
Kamtekar puts Downpatrick in a spin Kamtekar puts Downpatrick in a spin ( ) ZZZZ11:21 amZZZZ
Indrajeet Kamtekar takes five wickets as Carrickfergus ease to 8 wicket win against Downpatrick in O'Neills Ulster Shield final.
Rush too strong for Eglinton in U11 final Rush too strong for Eglinton in U11 final ( ) ZZZZ6:43 pmZZZZ
Rush beat Eglinton by 9 wickets in the Under 11 All Ireland final.
McBrine spins Warriors to narrow win against Northern Knights McBrine spins Warriors to narrow win against Northern Knights ( ) ZZZZ2:05 pmZZZZ
Andrew McBrine took 5 for 52 to spin his NW Warriors side to a hard fought 44 run win against The Northern Knights in their Newstalk Inter-Provincial clash at Eglinton.
What can cricketers learn from Our Rory? What can cricketers learn from Our Rory? ( ) ZZZZ10:09 pmZZZZ
What lessons can cricketers learn from the genius that is Rory McIlory?
YMCA win U15 All Ireland trophy YMCA win U15 All Ireland trophy ( ) ZZZZ9:04 pmZZZZ
YMCA Under 15's clinched their fourth trophy of the season after beating Bready by six wickets at Magheramason to win the All Ireland trophy.
And then there were 19 And then there were 19 ( ) ZZZZ9:55 pmZZZZ
Six months out from the World Cup, there appears to be only 19 players in with a chance of going to the finals.
Simmons on West Indies radar for top job? Simmons on West Indies radar for top job? ( ) ZZZZ6:44 pmZZZZ
Gibson left “by mutual agreement” on the eve of the West Indies home series against Bangladesh with former captain and current team manager Richie Richardson taking over on an interim basis.
England clash just the ticket for Simmons England clash just the ticket for Simmons ( ) ZZZZ8:53 pmZZZZ
National Coach Phil Simmons has promised fans a "day to remember" when Ireland face England next May.
Holdsworth hails European clean sweep Holdsworth hails European clean sweep ( ) ZZZZ6:25 pmZZZZ
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth, as a former ICC European Regional Manager, knows the importance of success at these tournaments if Ireland is to achieve its quest for Test status by 2020.
Balbirnie signs new two year deal with Middlesex Balbirnie signs new two year deal with Middlesex ( ) ZZZZ12:35 amZZZZ
Andrew Balbirnie has signed a new two year contract with the famous London club.
McBrine targets winter of work McBrine targets winter of work ( ) ZZZZ10:39 amZZZZ
The 21-year old always had loads of potential but the last two seasons have seen him gone from a serious prospect to a seriously talented cricketer.
Death of Jim Simpson Death of Jim Simpson ( ) ZZZZ10:13 pmZZZZ
The sad passing of former North-West Cricket Union Chairman Jim Simpson will be felt throughout Irish cricket, not least around the Eglinton area where Jim lived for many years.
Chase called into Durham ranks Chase called into Durham ranks ( ) ZZZZ5:35 pmZZZZ
Irish International fast bowler Peter Chase has been registered to play for Durham in the upcoming County Championship game with Lancashire.
North v South Matches 2014 North v South Matches 2014 ( ) ZZZZ10:39 pmZZZZ
The South had much the better of the annual encounters winning both the Under 11 and 12 games and being in a dominant position in the Under 14 game when rain brought a premature halt to proceedings at Stormont.
Rearrangement Sunday beckons Rearrangement Sunday beckons ( ) ZZZZ6:10 pmZZZZ
THE O’Neill’s Ulster Cup Final, will take place on what must now be known as Rearrangement Sunday.
Bobby Rao at 60 Bobby Rao at 60 ( ) ZZZZ3:01 pmZZZZ
Bobby Rao, nobody in cricket from Secunderahad to Strabane ever called him anything other than this variation of his childhood family nickname of Bobjee, was a remarkable all round cricketer.
Southern squads to play North Southern squads to play North ( ) ZZZZ1:28 pmZZZZ
Southern U11 and 14 squads announced while Under 12's will be announced following training day at Phoenix.
Northern youth squads announced Northern youth squads announced ( ) ZZZZ1:50 pmZZZZ
The following Northern sides have been named for the annual North v South fixtures on Tuesday 12 August.
Bray confident of Irish batting talent Bray confident of Irish batting talent ( ) ZZZZ1:37 pmZZZZ
THE first player to score a century for Ireland at the World Cup finals believes the squad that heads to his homeland of Australia early next year has the batting talent to better his individual score.
Johnston returns to his roots Johnston returns to his roots ( ) ZZZZ6:06 amZZZZ
Trent Johnston has accepted a coaching job with Cricket New South Wales and will begin a two-year contract with the Australian side in September.
Ireland to tour Australia and New Zealand Ireland to tour Australia and New Zealand ( ) ZZZZ6:56 amZZZZ
Ireland are to play eight games in both Australia and New Zealand as part of a month long tour to aid their World Cup preparation.
Our man Down Under ready for cricket Our man Down Under ready for cricket ( ) ZZZZ1:50 pmZZZZ
Ireland’s Ambassador to Australia, Noel White, visited the headquarters of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Melbourne recently.
Race to get on the plane Race to get on the plane ( ) ZZZZ4:39 pmZZZZ
It cannot have happened too often that the players not selected for an Ireland international have more to feel good about than those chosen but at Stormont on Wednesday that will be the case.
Ireland players on trial Ireland players on trial ( ) ZZZZ1:53 pmZZZZ
On Wednesday Ireland begin a series of three fifty over matches against Sri Lanka A which for many in the home squad will be pivotal in determining their chance of heading to Australasia next February.
Batting Masterclass: One click away Batting Masterclass: One click away ( ) ZZZZ1:39 pmZZZZ
Having a one to one coaching session with one of the worlds greatest batsmen, its every aspiring cricketer's dream.
Young guns for it Young guns for it ( ) ZZZZ12:58 amZZZZ
Craig Young may have played only one game on Ireland’s tour of the Caribbean but suggest to him that it was a disappointing return and the Bready pace bowler snaps back with a surprising reply.
O'Brien blitzes Red Steel to win over Antigua O'Brien blitzes Red Steel to win over Antigua ( ) ZZZZ12:12 amZZZZ
Kevin O'Brien hit an unbeaten 90 from 49 balls to lead Red Steel to a 9 wicket win over Antigua.
Malahide and Stormont to host England and Australia Malahide and Stormont to host England and Australia ( ) ZZZZ1:28 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland have confirmed Malahide and Stormont as the host venues for their ODI's against England and Australia in 2015.
Dunn deal for Ireland? Dunn deal for Ireland? ( ) ZZZZ10:05 amZZZZ
Pleasing irony that Ireland have targeted a product of England’s development programme – Matthew Dunn, a 22-year-old fast bowler with Surrey.
Shannon keen for Irish return Shannon keen for Irish return ( ) ZZZZ8:16 pmZZZZ
Ireland A were in action against MCC at Malahide but it is the absence of one name from the squad, rather than the names included, that catches the eye.
Associates facing uncertain future after big 3 power grab Associates facing uncertain future after big 3 power grab ( ) ZZZZ5:00 pmZZZZ
THE Big Three – India, England and Australia – are now, formally, in charge of world cricket with the ‘promise’ they will work more closely with the smaller cricket nations in their regions! Whether it will be put into practice, however is more uncertain.
Slog Sweeping all across Ireland Slog Sweeping all across Ireland ( ) ZZZZ9:40 pmZZZZ
It’s actually a remarkably simple concept, two blokes in a studio each week, nattering about basically everything in Irish cricket.
Expansion essential in thrust for Test status Expansion essential in thrust for Test status ( ) ZZZZ5:49 amZZZZ
The tri-cornered tournament — also played over 50- and 20-over formats — is clearly limited in scale.
Getkate relishing second chance Getkate relishing second chance ( ) ZZZZ11:26 pmZZZZ
For Shane Getkate anything is a bonus after his near-death experience three years ago this month, but the new Northern Knight is determined to take advantage of his “second life”.
Warren Deutrom interview Warren Deutrom interview ( ) ZZZZ1:21 pmZZZZ
Last week I had the great pleasure of spending a few hours in the company of Warren Deutrom, CEO, Cricket Ireland and I can assure you the time flew.
Graeme growing into first class role Graeme growing into first class role ( ) ZZZZ9:35 amZZZZ
Forgotten man of Irish cricket hoping five star performance for Gloucestershire can put him back into the minds of the Irish selectors.
Ireland tour of Pakistan derailed Ireland tour of Pakistan derailed ( ) ZZZZ9:13 amZZZZ
Ireland were all set to become the first team to tour Pakistan in six years before this week’s terrorist attack on Karachi airport.
Ireland desperate for meaningful World Cup preparation Ireland desperate for meaningful World Cup preparation ( ) ZZZZ4:19 pmZZZZ
Cricket Ireland were prepared to send their squad to Pakistan this year to give them meaningful preparation ahead of the World Cup finals next February and March.
Determined White looking for recall Determined White looking for recall ( ) ZZZZ6:02 pmZZZZ
Andrew White is determined to win his place back in the Ireland team - and he has an extra special reason.
Successful start for Bray in Danish role Successful start for Bray in Danish role ( ) ZZZZ9:27 amZZZZ
Former Ireland international Jeremy Bray will be coaching Denmark at World Cricket League Division 4 in Singapore next month.
McGregor position not ratified by NW McGregor position not ratified by NW ( ) ZZZZ11:25 pmZZZZ
The North West Warriors have effectively sacked their own international selector!
Get them on the plane Get them on the plane ( ) ZZZZ6:23 amZZZZ
Craig Young and John Mooney stake claims for a place inn the World Cup squad.
Dockrell joins the record breakers Dockrell joins the record breakers ( ) ZZZZ8:42 pmZZZZ
GEORGE Dockrell has become only the sixth Irish-born cricketer to take 100 first-class wickets when he returned 2-26 for Somerset against Durham at Taunton.
Batting mad Batting mad ( ) ZZZZ10:04 amZZZZ
How Ireland spinner George Dockrell combines study with cricket.
Feast after famine Feast after famine ( ) ZZZZ10:47 amZZZZ
After this year's virtual famine of international fixtures for Ireland there will be a feast for home cricket fans in 2015 with the visits of both England and Australia.
O'Brien relishing the task as he rejoins Surrey O'Brien relishing the task as he rejoins Surrey ( ) ZZZZ10:42 amZZZZ
Having made an impact in his short stint at Surrey last year, O'Brien is looking forward to a longer stint in the competition.
O'Brien confirms Surrey return O'Brien confirms Surrey return ( ) ZZZZ2:06 pmZZZZ
Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien returns to Surrey for the first part of their T20 Blast campaign which starts on Friday.
England and Australia confirm Irish fixtures England and Australia confirm Irish fixtures ( ) ZZZZ8:20 amZZZZ
Irish cricket has been handed a massive boost with the news that both Australia and England have agreed to play one-day internationals here as part of their 2015 itineraries.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder Absence makes the heart grow fonder ( ) ZZZZ7:25 amZZZZ
The lack of home international games makes this summer one of the quietest ever for Irish fans.
Back to school for Joyce Back to school for Joyce ( ) ZZZZ12:22 amZZZZ
Ed Joyce was back on his home turf on Wednesday – turning a sod of finest Wicklow loam as work got under way on the new artificial pitch at his old school.
Ireland on sponsor search Ireland on sponsor search ( ) ZZZZ11:41 pmZZZZ
Cricket Ireland have begun the process of searching for a new title sponsor in time for next year’s World Cup after RSA confirmed their seven-year affiliation will conclude at the end of 2014.
Joyce signs new Sussex deal Joyce signs new Sussex deal ( ) ZZZZ9:57 pmZZZZ
Ed Joyce has signed a new two-year extension to his contract, which will see him stay at Hove,until at least the end of the 2016 season.
Boyd Rankin back on Irish radar Boyd Rankin back on Irish radar ( ) ZZZZ4:51 pmZZZZ
Boyd Rankin could be back in the green of Ireland for the World Cup next year, Cricket Ireland chief Warren Deutrom believes.
Newstalk sponsor Inter-Pro Series Newstalk sponsor Inter-Pro Series ( ) ZZZZ1:45 pmZZZZ
Newstalk 106-108 fm have been unveiled as the new sponsor of the 2014 Interprovincial Series
Joe Doherty elected President of Cricket Ireland Joe Doherty elected President of Cricket Ireland ( ) ZZZZ5:00 pmZZZZ
Joe Doherty has received the highest honour in Irish cricket, being elected President of Cricket Ireland at the AGM held in Dundalk.
Stirling scores hundred against Middlesex Stirling scores hundred against Middlesex ( ) ZZZZ8:27 pmZZZZ
Paul Stirling scores unbeaten century against his employers Middlesex.
Versatility the key for Balbirnie Versatility the key for Balbirnie ( ) ZZZZ6:51 amZZZZ
Irish all-rounder Andrew Balbirnie hoping to become the latest Irishman to make a name for himself at Middlesex.
Joyce at the double Joyce at the double ( ) ZZZZ1:14 amZZZZ
Ireland's star batsman Ed Joyce scored his second century of the match at Edgbaston, the first time he has achieved the double.
Bats off to O'Neills Bats off to O'Neills ( ) ZZZZ11:39 amZZZZ
O'Neills have been unveiled by Cricket Ireland as the new sponsor of three Ulster competitions in a two year deal.
Route to Test cricket opens up for Ireland Route to Test cricket opens up for Ireland ( ) ZZZZ4:21 pmZZZZ
Ireland are in pole position to play their first Test match in 2018.
Test cricket for Ireland? Test cricket for Ireland? ( ) ZZZZ4:19 pmZZZZ
Ireland could be playing Test cricket in Malahide within five years if it wins through the competition confirmed by ICC in Dubai.
Ireland v England Test match on the cards? Ireland v England Test match on the cards? ( ) ZZZZ4:29 pmZZZZ
An inaugural England-Ireland Test match at Lord's has become a foreseeable reality after the International Cricket Council specified its pathway to the top table for associate members.
Meritocratic pathway for Test cricket? Meritocratic pathway for Test cricket? ( ) ZZZZ1:46 pmZZZZ
The ICC Board approved the introduction of an ICC Test Challenge which will take place every four years between the lowest ranked Test team and the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
Ten Minute Toughness Ten Minute Toughness ( ) ZZZZ1:03 pmZZZZ
With the new cricket season fast approaching many players will have put themselves through a tough pre-season - but have they considered the mental aspects of their game?
Kevin O'Brien interview Kevin O'Brien interview ( ) ZZZZ3:18 pmZZZZ
Irish cricket all-rounder Kevin O’Brien, most famed for his quick fire 113 runs against England in 2011, spoke with The Edition following Ireland’s early exit from the ICC World Twenty20 last month.
O'Brien excited by Trinidad return O'Brien excited by Trinidad return ( ) ZZZZ9:31 amZZZZ
Kevin O'Brien relishing Trinidad return.
Joyce no April Fool Joyce no April Fool ( ) ZZZZ9:26 amZZZZ
Ed Joyce scored his 32nd first class hundred and passes 14,000 runs in the process.
Lane takes coaching role with Middlesex Lane takes coaching role with Middlesex ( ) ZZZZ11:03 pmZZZZ
Middlesex County Cricket Club announce the appointment of former England Women’s Cricket Head Coach, Mark Lane, as Director of the Middlesex CCC Central Academy.
Niall O'Brien column: Special day for Ireland Niall O'Brien column: Special day for Ireland ( ) ZZZZ1:24 pmZZZZ
This is a special day for Ireland all around the world and that stretches as far as Bangladesh with our first World T20 match.
Smith unlikely to wear the shamrock Smith unlikely to wear the shamrock ( ) ZZZZ5:29 amZZZZ
The holder of the dual citizenship Smith has announced he would not be playing for Ireland but that has not stopped the Cricket Ireland (CI) to think of hiring his services in future.
Jimmy Ellis: the actor who loved cricket Jimmy Ellis: the actor who loved cricket ( ) ZZZZ6:21 pmZZZZ
Cricket Ireland President Robin Walsh and the Belfast-born actor James Ellis who died at the week-end were good friends, not least through their mutual love of cricket.
Smith unlikely candidate for Ireland Smith unlikely candidate for Ireland ( ) ZZZZ6:20 pmZZZZ
South African captain Graeme Smith bowed out of international cricket this week, which some fans have suggested is merely a prelude to his ultimate ambition of playing for Ireland.
Batmen documentary shortlisted at the Irish Film and Television Awards Batmen documentary shortlisted at the Irish Film and Television Awards ( ) ZZZZ4:22 pmZZZZ
The acclaimed documentary on Irish cricket has been shortlisted for the Sports Documentary award.
From three lions to lambs From three lions to lambs ( ) ZZZZ9:57 amZZZZ
From wearing the three lions on his shirt to rearing new born lambs in Bready - Boyd Rankin.
IACUS holds AGM IACUS holds AGM ( ) ZZZZ11:08 amZZZZ
The Irish Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers met on Saturday last for their annual general meeting and seminar.
Romance still alive for Joyce Romance still alive for Joyce ( ) ZZZZ9:43 amZZZZ
Romance is a moveable feast for an international sportsman. Francesca Georgiou-Harris knows that, which is why she had her Valentine’s night out on the 13th this year.
Waller confirms Irish ambitions Waller confirms Irish ambitions ( ) ZZZZ8:35 pmZZZZ
Nathan Waller confirms Irish aspirations stating he's not interested in representing Zimbabwe at T20 World Cup.
Ireland seeking selectors Ireland seeking selectors ( ) ZZZZ9:41 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland are looking for volunteer National Selectors to help identify the next generation of Irish internationals capable of performing on the world stage.
Road to Test cricket open Road to Test cricket open ( ) ZZZZ9:40 pmZZZZ
Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has expressed his surprise but delight at the prospect of Ireland playing Test cricket within five years.
Getkate proving big hit Down Under Getkate proving big hit Down Under ( ) ZZZZ11:52 amZZZZ
The 22 year-old, who featured in three Under 19 World Cups for Ireland between 2008-12, has been in scintillating form with the ball for his club Waratah-Mayfield.
Ireland cautiously optimistic after Big 3 power grab Ireland cautiously optimistic after Big 3 power grab ( ) ZZZZ9:41 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland has responded cautiously to the announcement of sweeping reforms by the International Cricket Council after a board meeting in Singapore
Young guns for Irish success Young guns for Irish success ( ) ZZZZ9:35 pmZZZZ
Craig Young reflects on an exciting 12 months in his cricketing career.
O'Brien brothers included in IPL auction O'Brien brothers included in IPL auction ( ) ZZZZ10:44 amZZZZ
Kevin and Niall O'Brien both included in IPL auction list.
Deutrom welcomes prospect of Test cricket Deutrom welcomes prospect of Test cricket ( ) ZZZZ3:22 pmZZZZ
Warren Deutrom has said that he is satisfied that the intentions of ICC and the “Big Three” is to ensure that there is meritocracy in cricket and that a clearly defined pathway to Test cricket will be created to achieve this.
Hat-trick for Ireland at ICC Europe awards Hat-trick for Ireland at ICC Europe awards ( ) ZZZZ12:24 amZZZZ
Ireland win three categories as the ICC Europe awards are announced.
Strange dismissals in international cricket Strange dismissals in international cricket ( ) ZZZZ8:15 amZZZZ
We once again delve into the archives - back this time to 2002 and a look at strange and unusual dismissals in international cricket.
Ireland Test dream moves closer? Ireland Test dream moves closer? ( ) ZZZZ10:04 amZZZZ
Ireland's dream of test cricket at Malahide will come a step closer if the International Cricket Council adopts a radical new plan for organising the game.
The Long Walk to Freedom The Long Walk to Freedom ( ) ZZZZ7:59 amZZZZ
The Long walk to Freedom-How cricket helped smash Apartheid.
Niall O'Brien given honorary role with ACF Niall O'Brien given honorary role with ACF ( ) ZZZZ1:24 pmZZZZ
The board is comprised of cricket luminaries such as Michael Holding, Ian Chappell, Alvin Kallicharran, Damien Martyn, Nathan Bracken, Stuart MacGill and Niall O’Brien.
Contract boost for Murtagh Contract boost for Murtagh ( ) ZZZZ1:14 pmZZZZ
Tim Murtagh signs three year deal extension with Middlesex.
Porterfield looks to Sri Lanka for inspiration Porterfield looks to Sri Lanka for inspiration ( ) ZZZZ12:08 amZZZZ
William Porterfield is calling on his Ireland team to draw inspiration from Sri Lanka as they continue their quest to gain Test status from ICC.
The other whitewash The other whitewash ( ) ZZZZ8:47 amZZZZ
When the English team left these shores, it was the general opinion not only that they were practically the best all round combination that the country could produce... but that they were a really fine side.
Nerves ruined my Test debut Nerves ruined my Test debut ( ) ZZZZ4:51 pmZZZZ
Boyd Rankin on how nerves and cramp meant he had a Test debut to forget in the Ashes.
Dream still alive for Rankin Dream still alive for Rankin ( ) ZZZZ9:27 amZZZZ
Last week Rankin realised an ambition, making his Test debut against Australia in front of a capacity crowd at the SCG and was immediately dismissed by all and sundry as a one-cap wonder.
Irish Cricket's Best XI (2) Irish Cricket's Best XI (2) ( ) ZZZZ9:23 amZZZZ
The people, plays and key decisions that brought a Cinderella sport into the mainstream.
Ghosts of Christmas Past Haunt England Ghosts of Christmas Past Haunt England ( ) ZZZZ7:29 amZZZZ
We examine the horror show of England's Ashes.
Boyd Rankin column 5 Boyd Rankin column 5 ( ) ZZZZ2:12 pmZZZZ
It's our last chance of saving face in the Ashes series and we are more determined than ever to get that Test win.