Author Archive | Dave Hartin

Honours even in Intercontinental Cup as Under-19s prepare for plate QF

Honours even in Intercontinental Cup as Under-19s prepare for plate QF

Ireland’s senior and under-19 cricket sides are both in action in warmer climes at the moment: the 1st XI have resumed their ICC Intercontinental Cup schedule in Sri Lanka against a fast improving Afghanistan side while the juniors have been blooded against some of the best sides in the world in the Under-19 World Cup more…

Candystripes ejected from League of Ireland

Bad news for fans of Derry City FC this evening as after a crisis meeting with the League of Ireland their contract to play Premier Division football has been terminated. The ongoing financial crisis which has led to the non-payment of players and other creditors for the past few weeks may soon lead to a more…

Batting wobbles but Ireland favourites

Batting wobbles but Ireland favourites

With 104 overs left to bowl, Ireland remain in control of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya at Eglinton. Ireland bowlers were held up by the Kenyan tail who added a vital 92 runs to their overnight total to leave Ireland with a useful but not commanding 1st innings lead of 73. After being more…

Ireland in control against Kenya

Ireland in control against Kenya

Quick update for Slugger’s cricket fans (I’m working all weekend so it’s a little tardy). After Paul Stirling‘s maiden first class ton yesterday and a welcome return to form for Bray, Ireland pushed on this morning on day two of their opening ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya in Eglinton with West and McCallen adding more…

Here we go again…

Believe it or not it’s ICC Intercontinental Cup time again! Ireland’s cricketers must prove themselves against the best of the rest starting with Kenya at Eglinton this morning. No Rankin, Porterfield or Niall O’Brien (on county duty or injured) available so Gary Wilson keeps wicket plus a new cap for paceman Andrew Britton of Fox more…

Rankin returns as Irish face Sri Lanka

After two heavy defeats to world champions India and New Zealand, today Ireland face a Sri Lankan side who have already eliminated the Australians from the competition in comprehensive fashion and whipped the Pakistanis in their last game. Sanity appears to have returned to selection with Boyd Rankin replacing Peter Connell and Andrew White in more…

Ireland beaten in dead rubber

Just a quickie. Ireland lost to India in their final group game in the World Twenty20 this evening. On a damp evening at Trent Bridge with Niall O’Brien and Trent Johnston missing the gulf between the sides was apparent as Zaheer Khan took 4 wickets and Ireland struggled to 112-8 from their 18 overs. India more…

What a day...

What a day…

Many thanks to one P Baker for keeping my seat warm as I soaked up the atmosphere and (a little) sunshine at Trent Bridge yesterday. What a day it was as Ireland booked their place in the Super Eight phase of the ICC World Twenty20. It wasn’t a surprise – the Irish out fought and more…

Ireland prepare for Twenty20 clash

Ireland prepare for Twenty20 clash

After an undeniably exciting start to the ICC World Twenty20 this weekend, Ireland prepare to enter the fray tomorrow in Nottingham with a crucial game against Bangladesh. Due to a rather strange format (what’s new?) the Irish side know that if they win the game, they take their place in the Super Eight phase of more…

Ireland thump Worcestershire

Finally! Having gradually improved their performances throughout the Friends Provident campaign, the Irish signed off from the tournament by putting the full-timers from Worcester out of the competition in extraordinary fashion at New Road. Having been asked to bat first by Vikram Solanki, Ireland were deep in the mire at 75-6 and only a stand more…

Ireland chasing 317 against the Hawks

Just a quickie – if you’re working late at your desk and t’internet police will let you, if you’re having withdrawl symptoms after the test ended early or if you’re just bored, you can listen to Ireland chasing a mammoth score against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl here. Seems like Kevin O’Brien (soon to be more…

Chances not taken as Irish lose again

A much improved performance from the Irish cricket team but the same end result against Leicestershire. After losing the toss and being asked to bat at a rain affected Grace Road, Ireland struggled early on and were reduced to 44-3 before a partnership of 110 between teenager Paul Stirling and Keith Kevin O’Brien lifted the more…

Ireland crash to heavy defeat

Harsh lessons continue for Ireland’s cricketers as Nottinghamshire gave the boys a bit of a pasting at Trent Bridge today. Having conceded 346 (a Notts record; the unfortunate Keith Kevin O’Brien responsible for 52 in just 4 overs) Ireland were never in the hunt and ended up losing by 134 runs. Ireland prop up the more…

Morgan selected by England for ODI and T20 squads

Morgan selected by England for ODI and T20 squads

Congratulations to Middlesex and Ireland left hander Eoin Morgan who has been selected in the final 15 man England squad for the upcoming one-day series against the West Indies and the World Twenty20. The 22 year old Dubliner who played 23 ODIs for Ireland averaging a healthy 35 with the bat now moves into an more…

Ireland win CWC 2011 qualifier

Ireland win CWC 2011 qualifier

Ireland have once again underlined their status as the best non-Test playing cricketing nation in the world after a comprehensive victory over Canada in Centurion. William Porterfield is developing a reputation as a lucky skipper at the toss and when he called correctly, it was no surprise that the Canadians were asked to bat first more…

Under strength Ireland lose to Kenya

Under strength Ireland lose to Kenya

In the final round of matches in the Super Eights of the CWC qualifiers, an Irish side resting some key individuals has lost to Kenya in Pretoria. Having already sealed a World Cup place and a place in the final, Phil Simmons rested Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack and Boyd Rankin – Eoin Morgan will return more…

Ireland successfully qualify for Cricket World Cup 2011

Ireland successfully qualify for Cricket World Cup 2011

It’s been another unpredictable day in South Africa in the Super Eights of the CWC 2001 qualifiers. Shock results have been the norm since the end of the first round – thankfully Ireland were not involved in an upset today and qualified for their 2nd Cricket World Cup Finals after beating The Netherlands in Pretoria. more…

Almost there...

Almost there…

The United Arab Emirates felt the full force of Irish cricketing wrath in Johannesburg today. After a loss to Afghanistan on Saturday described by coach Phil Simmons as “complacent” a reaction was likely and it arrived in the form of Ireland’s bowling attack. Boyd Rankin and Peter Connell tore into the UAE top order to more…