4 out of 4 in qualifiers

Entries come thick and fast in Irish cricket at the moment due to the compact nature of the CWC 2011 qualifying tournament. Ireland are now the only undefeated side in South Africa after another comfortable victory against Canada. The Maple Leaf’s were going nicely at 174-4 before some injudicious running and good work in the field from Ireland sparked a collapse and Canada subsided to 220 all out. Ireland’s top order struggled to 42-4 before an unbeaten partnership of 181 between Eoin Morgan and Keith O’Brien gave the tournament favourites a convincing 6 wicket victory.

Middlesex’s Morgan celebrated his call-up to England’s provisional 30 man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup (ahead of the England Test captain no less) with an assured 84 not out. While he may not make the final 15 (and Ireland’s chances will be all the better for that) it is recognition for the Dubliner after a successful county season in 2008 where he scored 915 runs averaging a smidge under 44 in the championship and helped them win the Twenty20 Cup. Ireland complete their group games on Wednesday against Namibia – the Namibian’s must win to have a realistic chance of staying in the tournament.

Match Summary Canada 220 (48 ov) Barnett 49; Rankin 2-36, Johnston 2-37 Ireland 223-4 (41 ov) K O’Brien 89*, Morgan 84*

  • Dewi

    Forgive me Dave but how can Mr Morgan play for 2 countries?

  • Mick Fealty

    Dewi,

    First up, England cricket team is the team chosen by the England and Wales Board. So technically, it is a two country team. Then two, the England and Wales board do not place the same tight playing restrictions on players from European Economic Area in the way they would on players from South Africa or Zimbabwe.

  • Dave Hartin

    Also, it is my understanding that if Morgan does not make the final squad he will still be eligible to play for Ireland in the tournament as he has not played for England yet. If he does make the squad, he will be an England player and therefore not eligible to represent Ireland until a period of time (a few years, I’m not definite how long) have elapsed since his last game for England cf Ed Joyce.

    The regulations about qualifying for a different international side than the one you were born in are on the ICC website, if I get time I’ll try and get a link.

  • fin

    roughy speaking, I believe its 7 years residency in their adopted country, the get out clause for Ed Joyce is he can play for his native country again 4 years after his last England game.

    Personally I think its shocking behaviour by the ECB, Ireland is the best associate member in the world and is developing well, however if the game is to develop we need to keep our best players (there are few enough Irish in the squad as it is). The ECB should work with Ireland to pressure counties into having a wee bit of respect for our national side.

    Joyce was treated badly by England (ok his form dipped a bit)and Morgan should learn from that. I’m hoping Morgan won’t make the final team and a good showing by Ireland in the WC might convince him to stay. Especially if Joyce gives up his English ambitions and returns.

  • Hi,

    Glad to stumble your article….Thanks for giving details about qualifying matches..keep it up thanks..
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