Ireland look set to retain ICC Intercontinental Cup

Thanks to regular commenter esmeraldavillalobos for reminding me that Ireland’s cricket team have been in action again, and in a city I used to know quite well. The final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which Ireland currently hold, started at Leicester’s Grace Road ground today – the first day of a potential 4 day test against Canada. Ireland have one [or more – Ed] hand on the cup already having dismissed skittled Canada all out for 92 runs, they ended today’s play on 250 for 3. Their World Cup experience seems to be telling, although they were favourites, and there was a Intercontinental record, and an Irish record too, set with the opening partnership of Jeremy Bray and William Porterfield making 202 runs before Bray was caught with 146 runs to his name. Scorecard here

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  • Unless there’s a deluge in Leicester for the next two days, there’s no way this is going to four days. Great result by the lads, although Canada have been woeful of late.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    If anyone is around Leicester, as far as I’m aware it’s free to get in – why not pop along and see Ireland win something at cricket? Who needs Rankin and N O’Brien? Trent picks up 4-12 – I don’t care who the opposition is that’s some performance.

    Remember Canada beat Kenya over 4 days to get this far who have full ODI status. Weather is set fair over here Sammy and yes, Canada are pretty crap at present.

  • smcgiff

    Ireland is in an odd place right now. Too good for the Intercontinental cup and not yet good enough for Inter county cricket.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Yikes! 305/7! Was there a hat trick of LBW’s or summat? Healthy lead but getting up to 400 would have been better.

  • Pete Baker

    4 wickets in 5 balls, apparently.. and yes, a hat-trick.. All LBWs.

  • Tochais Síoraí

    Piece in the Sunday Tribune Business section about how it would be good to have Trent J on the next Irish trade mission to India & Pakistan.

    (Then again, maybe they should leave him out of the Pakistan bit)

  • esmereldavillalobos

    352 all out. England style collapse losing 7 for 55 and surrendering an impregnable position for a merely commanding one. Good innings from Eoin Morgan.

    This should all be over in 3 days with an Irish win but stranger things have happened…

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Whoops! Canada 43-3 – fat lady warms up for a win inside 2 days…