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  35. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:34:06 +0000</pubDate>
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  41. <description><![CDATA[<p>Harry Tector and Orla Prendergast take Player of the Year accolades at Irish Cricket Awards </p>
  42. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/winners-revealed/">Winners revealed</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  45. <p><strong>DUBLIN – Harry Tector and Orla Prendergast were the big winners at the 12<sup>th</sup> Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards on Friday night in Dublin, as they were respectively named Men’s and Women’s International Player of the Year for 2023.&nbsp;</strong></p>
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  48.  
  49. <p>Tector, 24, had an outstanding year, playing all three formats and achieving an ICC Ranking of 7<sup>th</sup> in the world for ODIs (the highest such ranking ever for an Ireland Men’s cricketer. He is currently playing franchise cricket in the Bangladesh Premier League. <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/players/ireland-men/harry-tector/">See player profile</a>.</p>
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  52.  
  53. <p>Prendergast, 21, had a breakout year after consistently showing promise since her debut in 2019. She was named 12<sup>th</sup> in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Team of the Tournament in 2023 after numerous eye-catching performances – and it wasn’t just her all-round skills that made her stand out, but a renewed confidence and positivity. Orla earned her first franchise cricket opportunity in 2023 when she played in the Caribbean Premier League. <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/players/ireland-women/orla-prendergast/">See player profile</a>.</p>
  54.  
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  56.  
  57. <p>Each winner received an engraved award designed to the iconic Irish brand, <em>Waterford Crystal</em> – an organisation that is proudly extending its generational links with cricket.</p>
  58.  
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  60.  
  61. <p>Presentations were also made on the night to recent international retirees, Mary Waldron, Shauna Kavanagh and Rachel Delaney, all who had long distinguished careers in the Irish jersey.</p>
  62.  
  63.  
  64.  
  65. <p>The evening also saw a special acknowledgement of Amy Hunter who was presented her medallion for being named the ‘ICC Women’s Player of the Month’ recently.</p>
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  73. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-full-award-winners-list"><strong>Full Award winners list</strong></h4>
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  77. <ul>
  78. <li>Kitman Labs Emerging Talent Award – Men: <strong>Chris de Freitas</strong> (Balbriggan)</li>
  79.  
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  81.  
  82. <li>Beauchamps Emerging Talent Award – Women: <strong>Freya Sargent </strong>(Clontarf)</li>
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  86. <li>Macron Volunteer of the Year: <strong>Dermot Ward</strong> (Ardmore)</li>
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  90. <li>Certa Smash It/It’s Wicket! Activator of the Year: <strong>Maria Van der Munckhof</strong> (Limerick)</li>
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  94. <li>SportsHub Coach of the Year: <strong>Robert Delaney</strong> (Mullingar)</li>
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  98. <li>Lord’s Taverners Groundskeeping Team of the Year: <strong>Matt Reed</strong> (Cork County)</li>
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  102. <li>Butlers Club Player of the Year – Men: <strong>Morgan Topping</strong> (Waringstown)</li>
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  106. <li>Butlers Club Player of the Year – Women: <strong>Mollie Devine</strong> (Fox Lodge)</li>
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  110. <li>Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket – in honour of John Wright: <strong>Alan Lewis</strong> (<a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/lewis-honoured/">see story</a>)</li>
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  113.  
  114. <li>Waterford Club Cricket Official of the Year – in honour of Paul Reynolds: <strong>David Caldwell </strong>(North West Cricket Union)</li>
  115.  
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  117.  
  118. <li>Arachas Club of the Year: <strong>Waringstown Cricket Club</strong></li>
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  121.  
  122. <li>HBV Studios Inter-Provincial Series Player of the Year: <strong>Neil Rock</strong></li>
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  126. <li>Evoke Super Series Player of the Year: <strong>Amy Hunter</strong><strong></strong></li>
  127.  
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  129.  
  130. <li>Business Plus International Men’s Player of the Year: <strong>Harry Tector</strong></li>
  131.  
  132.  
  133.  
  134. <li>Certa International Women’s Player of the Year: <strong>Orla Prendergast</strong></li>
  135. </ul>
  136.  
  137.  
  138.  
  139. <p>In addition, the Cricket Writers of Ireland inducted three former players into the Hall of Fame:</p>
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  142.  
  143. <ul>
  144. <li><strong>Inductee 1 (posthumas): </strong>Lucius Gwynn</li>
  145.  
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  147.  
  148. <li><strong>Citation: </strong>Lucius may have only received 11 caps for Ireland between 1892 and 1902, but he was widely regarded as the finest Irish batter of the 19th century. He scored 499 runs for Ireland, and his average of 39 on rough pitches, which was still the best average as late as the 1980s. He played in Ireland’s inaugural first-class matches striking five fifties against strong professional sides Surrey, South Africa and London County. Furthermore, Lucius won a rugby triple crown before he died aged 29 of tuberculosis..</li>
  149. </ul>
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  153. <ul>
  154. <li><strong>Inductee 2: </strong>Saibh Young</li>
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  156.  
  157.  
  158. <li><strong>Citation: </strong>Saibh earned 36 caps from 1991-2000. In her Test debut v Pakistan she had remarkable first innings figures of 10-9-1-0. She played at two World Cups and bowled Ireland to notable victories over Pakistan and England, even taking a hat-trick v England on her last appearance. She took 32 international wickets at 28.62, with a best of 4 for 24.</li>
  159. </ul>
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  163. <ul>
  164. <li><strong>Inductee 3: </strong>Kyle McCallan</li>
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  167.  
  168. <li><strong>Citation: </strong>Kyle earned 227 caps for Ireland between 1996-2009, taking 256 wickets and scoring 3,616 runs, including a century in his third innings. That was one of two centuries he hit on top of 11 half-centuries. A member of legendary 2007 World Cup team, Kyle batted everywhere from 1 to 11 for Ireland and had stellar club career with Cliftonville and Waringstown.</li>
  169. </ul>
  170. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/winners-revealed/">Winners revealed</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  176. <title>Top club?</title>
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  179. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Craig Easdown]]></dc:creator>
  180. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Feb 2024 13:23:19 +0000</pubDate>
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  184.  
  185. <description><![CDATA[<p>Club of the Year shortlist demonstrates growing strength of grassroots across Ireland</p>
  186. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/top-club/">Top club?</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  189. <p><strong>DUBLIN – Cricket clubs drawn from the five Provincial Unions &#8211; Connacht, Munster, Leinster, Northern, and North West &#8211; have been shortlisted for the prestigious <em>Arachas Club of the Year</em>&nbsp;award at tonight’s 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards.</strong></p>
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  191.  
  192.  
  193. <p>The award honours both on-field and off-field achievements, with clubs being nominated for consideration by each Provincial Union. Previous winners of the award include: <em>Cork Harlequins (2023),</em> <em>Bready CC (2022)</em>, <em>Limerick CC (2021), Pembroke CC (2020), Waringstown CC (2018), Waringstown CC (2017), and Cork County CC (2016).</em></p>
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  196.  
  197. <p>Speaking ahead of the awards, Participation Director for Cricket Ireland,<strong>&nbsp;Elaine Nolan </strong>said:</p>
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  201. <p><em>“Club cricket is the beating heart of Irish cricket and every year&nbsp;we have an incredible number of Clubs worthy of recognition. The Awards gives Clubs an opportunity to be celebrated and&nbsp;recognised through the many and meaningful contributions of members, volunteers, coaches, players, officials, and supporters across Ireland.</em></p>
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  205. <p><em>“This year, we are proud to present five exceptional nominations for Arachas Club of the Year, each representing the diverse fabric that continues to enrich grassroots cricket. We wish each of the nominees the very best of&nbsp;luck!”</em></p>
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  213. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-the-shortlist"><strong>THE SHORTLIST</strong></h4>
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  217. <p><strong><em>Adamstown Cricket Club (Cricket Leinster)</em></strong></p>
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  221. <ul>
  222. <li>Adamstown Cricket Club is one of the fastest growing club in Ireland. This club now has 3 full-time grounds,19 formal teams including 9 men’s teams, 9 youth teams and a women’s team</li>
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  225.  
  226. <li>The club has over 350 registered members with over 250 of those active in the game. The club has a thriving youth set-up having fostering close contacts with schools, development officers and the local community. Adamstown is the first club to recruit a full-time paid coach focused primarily on youth and female cricket development</li>
  227.  
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  229.  
  230. <li>Adamstown CC ,in partnership with Cricket Leinster and South Dublin County Council, has overseen the development of a made-for-purpose cricket ground in Airlie Park in the heart of Adamstown which was commissioned in December 2023. This is the first pre-planned, dedicated cricket ground in a South Dublin public park and is an important precedent for other such projects in the future</li>
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  233.  
  234. <li>Key members of Adamstown CC are also now fulfilling key leadership roles within the governance structure of the province as a whole, and at a National level. Meena Baskarasubramanian is a member of the National Equity, Diversity &amp; Inclusion Working Group, providing input to the National ED&amp;I Strategy with CI and the Irish Centre for Diversity</li>
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  237.  
  238. <li>2023 saw Adamstown Men’s 1st team win the CL Open Competitions League Division 5 whilst their Development team (Adamstown 8) won CL Open Competitions League Division 20</li>
  239.  
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  241.  
  242. <li>Adamstown CC won the CL Colts (U15) &amp; Cubs (U11) Leagues underpinning their growing strength at underage level. 12 players from Adamstown CC also represented Leinster at various underage IP levels in 2023 which was a break-through year for many of these young players</li>
  243. </ul>
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  246.  
  247. <p><strong><em>Ballyhaunis Cricket Club (Connacht Cricket Union)</em></strong></p>
  248.  
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  251. <ul>
  252. <li>2023 saw Ballyhaunis CC win the Connacht Senior League and Connacht Senior Cup, and finished runners-up in the Connacht T20 Shield</li>
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  256. <li>Ballyhaunis runs 2 teams and is building out a youth policy – its members are great advocates for the game throughout east Mayo and in the ex-pat Asian community</li>
  257.  
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  259.  
  260. <li>In existence since 1999, Ballyhaunis CC has been self-financing and represented the province in the National Cup in 2023</li>
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  263.  
  264. <li>Ballyhaunis CC is the epitome of a proactive organisation traveling 115 kilometres for every game</li>
  265. </ul>
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  268.  
  269. <p><strong><em>Brigade Cricket Club (North West Cricket Union)</em></strong></p>
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  272.  
  273. <ul>
  274. <li>Brigade CC has invested 8 years in the rebuilding of youth cricket at the club,&nbsp;forming additional senior teams and now operating with an established and supported player pathway</li>
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  278. <li>Brigade CC now fields 4 youth teams with a number of players in North West and Irish squads</li>
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  281.  
  282. <li>The club has a large U11&#8217;s base and is in the process of establishing Women &amp; Girls cricket at the club for the first time in its history</li>
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  285.  
  286. <li>To complement this, the club has upgraded its cricket facilities to host representative cricket at Warriors and Youth level</li>
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  289.  
  290. <li>The club has diversified its offer to the local community, establishing itself as a focal point for local football and hockey clubs to create a year-round sports community hub. The club now hosts community functions for local volunteer groups which has increased its foot fall and the exposure of cricket to a much wider demographic</li>
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  294. <li>On the field in 2023, the 1st XI won the North West Senior Cup, the North West T20 Senior Cup and were runners up in the North West Premiership. The 2nd XI won the North West League 1</li>
  295. </ul>
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  299. <p><strong><em>Cork County Cricket Club (Munster Cricket)</em></strong></p>
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  303. <ul>
  304. <li>Cork County Cricket club had an exceptional year winning both league and T20 competitions while also reaching the Munster Cup final which was shared due to weather conditions</li>
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  308. <li>The Club represented Munster in national youth competitions at U17s and U13s</li>
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  312. <li>There has been a big development drive in female participation in the club with a girls training session that should see them playing games in 2024</li>
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  316. <li>Cork County CC is entering into its 150th year this year with many more enjoyable and successful years to come</li>
  317. </ul>
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  320.  
  321. <p><strong><em>Waringstown Cricket Club (Northern Cricket Union)</em></strong></p>
  322.  
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  325. <ul>
  326. <li>Waringstown Cricket Club enjoyed a momentous year both on and off the pitch in 2023. On the pitch, the clubs first team continued to add to its many honours winning the NCU Gallagher Challenge Cup for a record 27th time and also capturing the LVS T20 Cup. The club also reached another Irish Senior Cup Final which was staged at their home ground</li>
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  330. <li>The club plays a very important role at the centre of the community in the small county Armagh village. More than a cricket club, it plays an extremely important role as a focal point for much of the local community for people to gather. Throughout the year, the club played host to a number of community engagement events celebrating all that is good about village life. 2023 saw the club commence plans to add to its facilities with the building of a hall to be used for indoor nets and community events. They have a clear plan for the future of the club and its growth across every aspect of the sport and its involvement at the heart of the local community.</li>
  331. </ul>
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  335. <ul>
  336. <li>Women&#8217;s cricket grew in 2023 attracting a new wave of members to further strengthen the conitinuing work in this area over the last five seasons</li>
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  340. <li>The U15 boys team won the NCU Premier League, the U13 boys team won the NCU Division 1 title and the U13 Development Cup, and the U11 boys shared the NCU Division 1 league trophy</li>
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  343.  
  344. <li>2023 also saw the club start a girl’s programme which it is hoped will grow to rival the boys equivalent over the next few years</li>
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  347.  
  348. <li>Perhaps the most outstanding aspect of the club in 2023 was the way in which its vast volunteer base came together to ensure that they played every one of their home matches despite the most horrendous weather during the most of the 2023 summer. The club was then given the honour of hosting the National finals weekend, with the Irish Senior and National Cups taking place at their ground on the weekend of 10 and 11 August 2023. Despite two days of extremely unsettled weather and significant additional challenges the club volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that both matches were played and that large crowds enjoyed the most fantastic two days of cricket and hospitality.</li>
  349. </ul>
  350.  
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  352.  
  353. <p>The Arachas Club of the Year award will be presented to the winning club at tomorrow night’s 12th Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards in Dublin.</p>
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  357. <p>Keep an eye on Cricket Ireland’s social media channels on the night to see who wins these prestigious awards.</p>
  358. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/top-club/">Top club?</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  367. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gerard Mulreaney]]></dc:creator>
  368. <pubDate>Thu, 15 Feb 2024 16:42:41 +0000</pubDate>
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  374. <description><![CDATA[<p>Alan Lewis to be honoured for Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket</p>
  375. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/lewis-honoured/">Lewis honoured</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  378. <p><strong>DUBLIN – A man of many hats &#8211; international cricketer, Board Member, selector, administrator, commentator and international Rugby referee &#8211; Alan Lewis will be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket award at the 12<sup>th</sup> Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards on Friday night.</strong></p>
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  382. <p>The annual Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards recognises and celebrates the best of Irish cricket, from grassroots all the way up to international. One of the headline awards is the <em>Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket, in honour of John Wright</em>.</p>
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  386. <p>The Award recognises individuals who are held in the highest regard within the Irish cricket community, having made a significant long-term contribution to sustaining and growing the reputation of cricket, growing participation and/or advocating for improvements in facilities and opportunities for players.</p>
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  389.  
  390. <p>Past recipients of this prestigious award have included former Cricket Ireland Presidents Dr Murray Power, Roy Torrens, Joe Doherty and Paul Reynolds.</p>
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  394. <div style="height:28px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
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  398. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-2024-award-recipient"><strong>2024 Award Recipient</strong></h4>
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  402. <p>Alan Lewis has made a massive contribution to Irish cricket over his lifetime, as a player, administrator, club official, sponsor, and Board member.</p>
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  406. <p>He represented Ireland at all underage and adult categories &#8211; including earning 121 caps for Ireland (between 1984 and 1997), captaining the National Men’s team on 35 occasions.</p>
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  410. <p>Alan made his senior international debut against the West Indies in Rathmines, Dublin, and went on to score 3,579 runs at an average of 28.63, with a top score of 136* against Wales in July 1990, one of four centuries he scored for Ireland.</p>
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  413.  
  414. <p>He also took 51 wickets, with best bowling figures of 4-21 against Scotland in July 1993.</p>
  415.  
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  417.  
  418. <p>Alan served a full term on the Board of Cricket Ireland as an Independent Director – and played a key role in shaping the transition to where the sport is to-day as part of his Board role.</p>
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  421.  
  422. <p>Alan served a full term as the last volunteer Chair of the National Selectors, dedicating countless hours of his time to oversee the growth and development of the Men’s National squad.</p>
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  425.  
  426. <p>He has also provided decades of sponsorship support to cricket via his family business, including long-term sponsorship for the Leinster Senior Cup and Leinster Premier League. He currently serves as a Director on the Cricket Leinster Board responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of cricket in Leinster, with a particular focus on the club game/grassroots cricket.</p>
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  430. <p>Alan has been a key driving force behind the YMCA Cricket Club which has prioritised the development of youth cricketers and has provided countless provincial and international players under his guidance, direction, and oversight (both male and female). The YMCA youth structure is regarded as a best practice example and Alan has led this project as overall Club Patron.</p>
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  433.  
  434. <p>Alan is also a highly respected cricket commentator and analyst for many broadcasts including BBC, Sky Sports, and Cricket Ireland livestreams.</p>
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  437.  
  438. <p>Born in Cork in 1964, and educated in St Andrews College in Dublin, Alan also played Rugby Union. However, after injury halted his playing career he turned to refereeing and established himself as one of the best referees in world rugby. He would go on to referee at the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups in Australia and France. &nbsp;</p>
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  440.  
  441.  
  442. <div style="height:25px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  443.  
  444.  
  445.  
  446. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-the-event"><strong>The Event</strong></h4>
  447.  
  448.  
  449.  
  450. <p>The 12th Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards on Friday night will see 16 award categories presented as follows:</p>
  451.  
  452.  
  453.  
  454. <ul>
  455. <li>Kitman Labs Emerging Talent Award – Men</li>
  456.  
  457.  
  458.  
  459. <li>Beauchamps Emerging Talent Award – Women</li>
  460.  
  461.  
  462.  
  463. <li>Macron Volunteer of the Year</li>
  464.  
  465.  
  466.  
  467. <li>Certa Smash It/It’s Wicket! Activator of the Year</li>
  468.  
  469.  
  470.  
  471. <li>SportsHub Coach of the Year</li>
  472.  
  473.  
  474.  
  475. <li>Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame</li>
  476.  
  477.  
  478.  
  479. <li>Lord’s Taverners Groundskeeping Team of the Year</li>
  480.  
  481.  
  482.  
  483. <li>Butlers Club Player of the Year – Men</li>
  484.  
  485.  
  486.  
  487. <li>Butlers Club Player of the Year – Women</li>
  488.  
  489.  
  490.  
  491. <li>Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket – in honour of John Wright</li>
  492.  
  493.  
  494.  
  495. <li>Waterford Club Cricket Official of the Year – in honour of Paul Reynolds</li>
  496.  
  497.  
  498.  
  499. <li>Arachas Club of the Year</li>
  500.  
  501.  
  502.  
  503. <li>HBV Studios Inter-Provincial Series Player of the Year</li>
  504.  
  505.  
  506.  
  507. <li>Evoke Super Series Player of the Year<strong></strong></li>
  508.  
  509.  
  510.  
  511. <li>Business Plus International Men’s Player of the Year</li>
  512.  
  513.  
  514.  
  515. <li>Certa International Women’s Player of the Year</li>
  516. </ul>
  517.  
  518.  
  519.  
  520. <div style="height:27px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  521.  
  522.  
  523.  
  524. <p><strong>Where to follow</strong></p>
  525.  
  526.  
  527.  
  528. <p>Keep an eye on Cricket Ireland’s social media channels on Friday night to keep abreast of all the winners.</p>
  529. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/lewis-honoured/">Lewis honoured</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  533. </item>
  534. <item>
  535. <title>Who will win?</title>
  536. <link>https://cricketireland.ie/news/who-will-win/</link>
  537. <comments>https://cricketireland.ie/news/who-will-win/#respond</comments>
  538. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Craig Easdown]]></dc:creator>
  539. <pubDate>Wed, 14 Feb 2024 16:23:38 +0000</pubDate>
  540. <category><![CDATA[International]]></category>
  541. <category><![CDATA[Irish Cricket Awards]]></category>
  542. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://cricketireland.ie/?p=43208</guid>
  543.  
  544. <description><![CDATA[<p>Shortlists revealed for International Players of the Year at the 12th Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards</p>
  545. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/who-will-win/">Who will win?</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
  546. ]]></description>
  547. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  548. <p><strong>DUBLIN – The shortlists have been revealed for the two big ‘international’ awards – International Men’s and International Women’s Player of the Year ahead of this Friday’s 12<sup>th</sup> Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards 2024 on Friday night.</strong></p>
  549.  
  550.  
  551.  
  552. <p>The 12th Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards 2024 will see sixteen award categories recognising players, coaches, volunteers, groundskeepers, match officials, and clubs for the contribution they make to the game in Ireland.</p>
  553.  
  554.  
  555.  
  556. <p>Two of the most prestigious awards on the night will be presented to the International Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year. The awards are peer-nominated, with players all awarding 3-2-1 rankings to their teammates. <strong></strong></p>
  557.  
  558.  
  559.  
  560. <p>Business Plus International Men’s Player of the Year shortlist (in alphabetical order)</p>
  561.  
  562.  
  563.  
  564. <ul>
  565. <li>Mark Adair</li>
  566.  
  567.  
  568.  
  569. <li>Curtis Campher</li>
  570.  
  571.  
  572.  
  573. <li>George Dockrell</li>
  574.  
  575.  
  576.  
  577. <li>Harry Tector</li>
  578. </ul>
  579.  
  580.  
  581.  
  582. <p><em>(Winner in 2023 – Josh Little)</em></p>
  583.  
  584.  
  585.  
  586. <p>Certa International Women’s Player of the Year shortlist (in alphabetical order)</p>
  587.  
  588.  
  589.  
  590. <ul>
  591. <li>Amy Hunter</li>
  592.  
  593.  
  594.  
  595. <li>Arlene Kelly</li>
  596.  
  597.  
  598.  
  599. <li>Gaby Lewis</li>
  600.  
  601.  
  602.  
  603. <li>Orla Prendergast</li>
  604. </ul>
  605.  
  606.  
  607.  
  608. <p><em>(Winner in 2023 – Arlene Kelly)</em></p>
  609.  
  610.  
  611.  
  612. <div style="height:21px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  613.  
  614.  
  615.  
  616. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-inter-provincial-series-and-super-series-player-of-the-year"><strong>Inter-Provincial Series and Super Series Player of the Year</strong></h4>
  617.  
  618.  
  619.  
  620. <p>There will also be awards for the Inter-Provincial Series Player of the Year and Evoke Super Series Player of the Year – after a thrilling season which saw Northern Knights win the Inter-Provincial double, while the Scorchers and Typhoons claimed a trophy apiece.</p>
  621.  
  622.  
  623.  
  624. <p>The shortlists for these categories are as follows:</p>
  625.  
  626.  
  627.  
  628. <p>Evoke Super Series Player of the Year shortlist (in alphabetical order)</p>
  629.  
  630.  
  631.  
  632. <ul>
  633. <li>Georgia Atkinson</li>
  634.  
  635.  
  636.  
  637. <li>Amy Hunter</li>
  638.  
  639.  
  640.  
  641. <li>Sophie MacMahon</li>
  642.  
  643.  
  644.  
  645. <li>Many-Ann Musonda</li>
  646. </ul>
  647.  
  648.  
  649.  
  650. <p>(<em>Winner in 2023 – Gaby Lewis</em>)</p>
  651.  
  652.  
  653.  
  654. <p>HBV Studios Inter-Provincial Series Player of the Year (in alphabetical order)</p>
  655.  
  656.  
  657.  
  658. <ul>
  659. <li>Shane Getkate</li>
  660.  
  661.  
  662.  
  663. <li>Liam McCarthy</li>
  664.  
  665.  
  666.  
  667. <li>Neil Rock</li>
  668.  
  669.  
  670.  
  671. <li>Morgan Topping</li>
  672. </ul>
  673.  
  674.  
  675.  
  676. <p><em>(Winner in 2023 – George Dockrell)</em></p>
  677.  
  678.  
  679.  
  680. <p><strong>Competition statistics</strong></p>
  681.  
  682.  
  683.  
  684. <ul>
  685. <li>Inter-Provincial Cup (IP50) Stats: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F3wflT7f&amp;data=05%7C02%7CCraig.Easdown%40cricketireland.ie%7C52e21a7d4700493657d208dc2d70abfb%7C02f2f7c0cce84f4291742b419e758222%7C0%7C0%7C638435209141672252%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=IgWiebLAJAdzmRJjqPbTSBBoFkfuFuAWURraATOKVpo%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://bit.ly/3wflT7f</a></li>
  686.  
  687.  
  688.  
  689. <li>Inter-provincial Trophy (IP20) Stats: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F3wadd1W&amp;data=05%7C02%7CCraig.Easdown%40cricketireland.ie%7C52e21a7d4700493657d208dc2d70abfb%7C02f2f7c0cce84f4291742b419e758222%7C0%7C0%7C638435209141678673%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=p9bsHfCImyNQhSx4vUMMfwnNuOCH%2Fdxsid2hWpGvKg8%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://bit.ly/3wadd1W</a></li>
  690.  
  691.  
  692.  
  693. <li>Evoke Super 50 Cup Stats: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F42BbsXX&amp;data=05%7C02%7CCraig.Easdown%40cricketireland.ie%7C52e21a7d4700493657d208dc2d70abfb%7C02f2f7c0cce84f4291742b419e758222%7C0%7C0%7C638435209141654992%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=4ge1HLMej9yMvVZRjAmTFu%2BijmW3sYQc2hdu%2Bet8uWM%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://bit.ly/42BbsXX</a></li>
  694.  
  695.  
  696.  
  697. <li>Evoke Super 20 Trophy Stats: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F49zdrhD&amp;data=05%7C02%7CCraig.Easdown%40cricketireland.ie%7C52e21a7d4700493657d208dc2d70abfb%7C02f2f7c0cce84f4291742b419e758222%7C0%7C0%7C638435209141665776%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=QynyjF86j9KxnQlF3HeE3U6pkh99ScK5N5a%2FAfQn24Q%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://bit.ly/49zdrhD</a></li>
  698. </ul>
  699.  
  700.  
  701.  
  702. <div style="height:20px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  703.  
  704.  
  705.  
  706. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-other-awards"><strong>OTHER AWARDS</strong></h4>
  707.  
  708.  
  709.  
  710. <p>Other award categories on the night:</p>
  711.  
  712.  
  713.  
  714. <ul>
  715. <li>Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame</li>
  716.  
  717.  
  718.  
  719. <li>Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket – in honour of John Wright</li>
  720.  
  721.  
  722.  
  723. <li>Arachas Club of the Year</li>
  724.  
  725.  
  726.  
  727. <li>Butlers Club Player of the Year – Men</li>
  728.  
  729.  
  730.  
  731. <li>Butlers Club Player of the Year – Women</li>
  732.  
  733.  
  734.  
  735. <li>Kitman Labs Emerging Talent Award – Men</li>
  736.  
  737.  
  738.  
  739. <li>Beauchamps Emerging Talent Award – Women</li>
  740.  
  741.  
  742.  
  743. <li>Waterford Club Cricket Official of the Year – in honour of Paul Reynolds</li>
  744.  
  745.  
  746.  
  747. <li>Lord’s Taverners Groundskeeping Team of the Year</li>
  748.  
  749.  
  750.  
  751. <li>Macron Volunteer of the Year</li>
  752.  
  753.  
  754.  
  755. <li>Certa Smash It/It’s Wicket! Activator of the Year</li>
  756.  
  757.  
  758.  
  759. <li>SportsHub Coach of the Year</li>
  760. </ul>
  761.  
  762.  
  763.  
  764. <div style="height:23px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  765.  
  766.  
  767.  
  768. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-where-to-follow"><strong>Where to follow</strong></h4>
  769.  
  770.  
  771.  
  772. <p>Keep an eye on Cricket Ireland’s social media channels on Friday night to keep abreast of all the winners.</p>
  773. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/who-will-win/">Who will win?</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  778. <item>
  779. <title>Jay away</title>
  780. <link>https://cricketireland.ie/news/jay-away/</link>
  781. <comments>https://cricketireland.ie/news/jay-away/#respond</comments>
  782. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Craig Easdown]]></dc:creator>
  783. <pubDate>Wed, 14 Feb 2024 14:50:38 +0000</pubDate>
  784. <category><![CDATA[Featured]]></category>
  785. <category><![CDATA[International]]></category>
  786. <category><![CDATA[Jay Shelat]]></category>
  787. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://cricketireland.ie/?p=43203</guid>
  788.  
  789. <description><![CDATA[<p>Jay Shelat heading to Women's Premier League with RCB</p>
  790. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/jay-away/">Jay away</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
  791. ]]></description>
  792. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  793. <p><strong>DUBLIN – Ireland Women’s performance analyst, Jay Shelat, is heading to India this week to join the support staff of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Women’s Premier League – the franchise cricket tournament starts 23 February 2024.</strong></p>
  794.  
  795.  
  796.  
  797. <p>Appointed to his current role with Cricket Ireland in 2019, Jay is primarily involved with the National Women’s side as a Performance Analyst. In addition to his current role Jay has been involved within the Irish U19 Boys / Girls and Ireland Wolves set up in similar capacity.</p>
  798.  
  799.  
  800.  
  801. <p>Cricket Ireland has given permission to Jay to take up the short-term opportunity. He joins the RCB in the second edition of the WPL – a women&#8217;s Twenty20 cricket franchise league in India. The competition goes from 23 February to 17 March 2024.</p>
  802.  
  803.  
  804.  
  805. <p><strong>Jay Shelat </strong>said:</p>
  806.  
  807.  
  808.  
  809. <p><em>“I’m really looking forward to this incredible opportunity to work at one of the biggest women’s franchise tournaments in the world.</em></p>
  810.  
  811.  
  812.  
  813. <p><em>“When I came across the opportunity to work with RCB, I spoke to Ed [Joyce] with the view of it being a potential career development opportunity. After interviewing and being offered the role, I joined up with RCB for the auction preparation and planning leading into the tournament.</em></p>
  814.  
  815.  
  816.  
  817. <p><em>“During the tournament I’ll be focusing on the analytics and tactics side, and should be with the team throughout the tournament, before returning home to begin preparations for Ireland Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier campaign.</em></p>
  818.  
  819.  
  820.  
  821. <p><em>“Thanks to Cricket Ireland for releasing me for the tournament and to RCB for giving me the opportunity to support the squad.”</em></p>
  822.  
  823.  
  824.  
  825. <p><strong>Key links:</strong></p>
  826.  
  827.  
  828.  
  829. <ul>
  830. <li>WPL website: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wplt20.com%2F&amp;data=05%7C02%7CCraig.Easdown%40cricketireland.ie%7Ce0fbc0fefe834856f9c308dc2d6b74b8%7C02f2f7c0cce84f4291742b419e758222%7C0%7C0%7C638435186769272028%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=KSuo3Y1k5rHE9rwm4746%2FCCWBISHTctNhLc8i%2Ftkgtk%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://www.wplt20.com/</a></li>
  831.  
  832.  
  833.  
  834. <li>RCB squad: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wplt20.com%2Fteams%2Froyal-challengers-bangalore-3513%2Fsquad%2520&amp;data=05%7C02%7CCraig.Easdown%40cricketireland.ie%7Ce0fbc0fefe834856f9c308dc2d6b74b8%7C02f2f7c0cce84f4291742b419e758222%7C0%7C0%7C638435186769282920%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=KjnUj3lhH80MKy4hNbapNijFKSN2eboAHW0ls%2FgqznY%3D&amp;reserved=0" class="broken_link">https://www.wplt20.com/teams/royal-challengers-bangalore-3513/squad</a></li>
  835. </ul>
  836. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/jay-away/">Jay away</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  840. </item>
  841. <item>
  842. <title>Welcome DMG Media</title>
  843. <link>https://cricketireland.ie/news/welcome-dmg-media/</link>
  844. <comments>https://cricketireland.ie/news/welcome-dmg-media/#respond</comments>
  845. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Craig Easdown]]></dc:creator>
  846. <pubDate>Wed, 14 Feb 2024 13:46:51 +0000</pubDate>
  847. <category><![CDATA[Featured]]></category>
  848. <category><![CDATA[Other]]></category>
  849. <category><![CDATA[Irish Cricket Awards]]></category>
  850. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://cricketireland.ie/?p=43195</guid>
  851.  
  852. <description><![CDATA[<p>New title sponsor for Irish Cricket Awards as Business Plus pads up</p>
  853. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/welcome-dmg-media/">Welcome DMG Media</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
  854. ]]></description>
  855. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  856. <p><strong>DUBLIN – The excitement is building ahead of the 12<sup>th</sup> annual Irish Cricket Awards on Friday night and a new title sponsor has been revealed for this pinnacle event on the Irish cricket calendar.</strong></p>
  857.  
  858.  
  859.  
  860. <p><a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdmgmedia.ie%2F&amp;data=05%7C02%7CCraig.Easdown%40cricketireland.ie%7C05b4a64574e74e5750a608dc2d58449c%7C02f2f7c0cce84f4291742b419e758222%7C0%7C0%7C638435104369648930%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=KJLJBMpzITZjRgBn0n%2BnLxIlBvpk%2BpL19Ih38xlyEBY%3D&amp;reserved=0">DMG Media</a> has padded up and gone into bat as Cricket Ireland’s Official Media Partner and will use its <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbusinessplus.ie%2F&amp;data=05%7C02%7CCraig.Easdown%40cricketireland.ie%7C05b4a64574e74e5750a608dc2d58449c%7C02f2f7c0cce84f4291742b419e758222%7C0%7C0%7C638435104369659385%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=eOfFQDDKyUpldg9gj1tjeMryMjQAwX%2BfdtZjraq6W%2FQ%3D&amp;reserved=0"><em>Business Plus</em></a> brand for the title of the Awards event: <strong><em>The</em></strong> <strong><em>12<sup>th</sup></em></strong><em> <strong>Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards</strong></em> <strong><em>2024</em></strong>.</p>
  861.  
  862.  
  863.  
  864. <p>The event will start at 7.30pm on Friday 16 February 2024 and will feature hosts Alan Cantwell and Isobel Joyce.</p>
  865.  
  866.  
  867.  
  868. <p><strong>Warren Deutrom</strong>, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:</p>
  869.  
  870.  
  871.  
  872. <p><em>“We are delighted to welcome Business Plus and DMG Media Ireland to the Irish cricket family and thank Paul Henderson and the team for their support for Irish cricket. To have a strong news-led brand partnering Cricket Ireland on the Awards gives a boost to this prestigious event, and we also thank the DMG Media team for their wholehearted support for women’s cricket, through their sponsorship of the Evoke Super Series.”</em></p>
  873.  
  874.  
  875.  
  876. <p><strong>Paul Henderson</strong>, CEO of DMG Media Ireland, said:</p>
  877.  
  878.  
  879.  
  880. <p><em>“The team at DMG welcomes the partnership with Cricket Ireland. Our brands are all about engaging audiences through great content, and our deep relationship with Cricket Ireland gives us endless opportunities to fulfil that. It is fitting that our event sponsor brand, Business Plus, is celebrating its 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year.&nbsp; We look forward to helping tell the story of Irish cricket and supporting the growth of the sport across Ireland for many more years to come.”</em></p>
  881.  
  882.  
  883.  
  884. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-awards"><strong>AWARDS</strong></h4>
  885.  
  886.  
  887.  
  888. <p><em>The</em> <em>12<sup>th</sup> Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards 2024</em> features sixteen award categories which recognise players, coaches, volunteers, groundsmen, officials, and clubs for the contribution they make to the game in Ireland.</p>
  889.  
  890.  
  891.  
  892. <p>Awards handed out on the night include:</p>
  893.  
  894.  
  895.  
  896. <ul>
  897. <li>Business Plus International Men’s Player of the Year</li>
  898.  
  899.  
  900.  
  901. <li>Certa International Women’s Player of the Year</li>
  902.  
  903.  
  904.  
  905. <li>Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame</li>
  906.  
  907.  
  908.  
  909. <li>Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket</li>
  910.  
  911.  
  912.  
  913. <li>HBV Studios Inter-Provincial Player of the Year</li>
  914.  
  915.  
  916.  
  917. <li>Evoke Super Series Player of the Year</li>
  918.  
  919.  
  920.  
  921. <li>Macron Volunteer of the Year</li>
  922.  
  923.  
  924.  
  925. <li>Sports Hub Coach of the Year</li>
  926.  
  927.  
  928.  
  929. <li>Arachas Club of the Year</li>
  930.  
  931.  
  932.  
  933. <li>Butlers Club Player of the Year – Men</li>
  934.  
  935.  
  936.  
  937. <li>Butlers Club Player of the Year – Women</li>
  938.  
  939.  
  940.  
  941. <li>Kit Man Labs Emerging Talent Award – Men</li>
  942.  
  943.  
  944.  
  945. <li>Beauchamps Emerging Talent Award – Women</li>
  946.  
  947.  
  948.  
  949. <li>Waterford Club Cricket Official of the Year</li>
  950.  
  951.  
  952.  
  953. <li>Lord’s Taverners Ireland Groundskeeping Team of the Year</li>
  954.  
  955.  
  956.  
  957. <li>Certa Smash It / It’s Wicket! Activator of the Year</li>
  958. </ul>
  959.  
  960.  
  961.  
  962. <div style="height:28px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  963.  
  964.  
  965.  
  966. <p>Live updates of the winners will be announced on Cricket Ireland’s social media channels.</p>
  967. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/welcome-dmg-media/">Welcome DMG Media</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  972. <item>
  973. <title>Hunter wins Award</title>
  974. <link>https://cricketireland.ie/news/hunter-wins-award/</link>
  975. <comments>https://cricketireland.ie/news/hunter-wins-award/#respond</comments>
  976. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Craig Easdown]]></dc:creator>
  977. <pubDate>Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:18:38 +0000</pubDate>
  978. <category><![CDATA[Featured]]></category>
  979. <category><![CDATA[International]]></category>
  980. <category><![CDATA[Amy Hunter]]></category>
  981. <category><![CDATA[Ireland Women]]></category>
  982. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://cricketireland.ie/?p=43190</guid>
  983.  
  984. <description><![CDATA[<p>Ireland's Amy Hunter named ICC Women's Player of the Month</p>
  985. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/hunter-wins-award/">Hunter wins Award</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
  986. ]]></description>
  987. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  988. <p><strong>DUBAI, UAE – Ireland Women’s Amy Hunter has today been named Women’s Player of the Month by the International Cricket Council.</strong></p>
  989.  
  990.  
  991.  
  992. <p>Hunter, 18, the talented wicketkeeper batter has enjoyed a successful start to 2024 with a set of fine performances with the bat. A quiet start in the ODI fixtures against Zimbabwe was followed by an explosive 101 not out in 66 balls in the first match, 77 not out from 57 balls in the second and 42 in the third, to secure a 3-0 win away from home. Her 220 runs in T20Is during the month came at a sensational strike rate of 144.73.</p>
  993.  
  994.  
  995.  
  996. <p>The Belfast-born international has appeared 52 times since making her debut for Ireland in 2021. She became a worldwide sensation when on her 16th birthday she struck an ODI century against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club &#8211; becoming the youngest player (men or women) ever to score on ODI century. Her century on the most recent tour remarkably saw her score a T20I century against the same opponent at the same ground – becoming only the 12<sup>th</sup> woman cricketer in history to score a century in both white-ball formats.</p>
  997.  
  998.  
  999.  
  1000. <p>Hunter was one of three shortlisted nominees for January, along with the Australian duo Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney.</p>
  1001.  
  1002.  
  1003.  
  1004. <div style="height:25px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  1005.  
  1006.  
  1007.  
  1008. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-the-voting-process">The voting process</h4>
  1009.  
  1010.  
  1011.  
  1012. <p>The three nominees for either category are shortlisted based on performances from the first to the last day of each calendar month. The shortlist is then voted on by the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world. The ICC Voting Academy comprises prominent members of the cricket fraternity including well-known journalists, former players, broadcasters and members of the ICC Hall of Fame. The Voting Academy submit their votes by email and hold a 90 per cent share of the vote. Fans registered with the ICC can vote via the ICC website, accounting for the remaining 10 per cent. Winners are announced every second Monday of the month on ICC’s digital channels.</p>
  1013.  
  1014.  
  1015.  
  1016. <div style="height:30px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  1017.  
  1018.  
  1019.  
  1020. <p><strong>Amy Hunter </strong>said:</p>
  1021.  
  1022.  
  1023.  
  1024. <p><em>“It’s an honour to win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for January. To be on a shortlist alongside two of the world’s best is something that I am immensely proud of.</em></p>
  1025.  
  1026.  
  1027.  
  1028. <p><em>“It’s been an amazing start to the year, with two convincing series wins against Zimbabwe. I am pleased to have been able to contribute to the team’s success and hope to continue&nbsp;to&nbsp;do&nbsp;so.”</em></p>
  1029. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/hunter-wins-award/">Hunter wins Award</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  1034. <item>
  1035. <title>Meet Orla&#8230;</title>
  1036. <link>https://cricketireland.ie/news/meet-orla/</link>
  1037. <comments>https://cricketireland.ie/news/meet-orla/#respond</comments>
  1038. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Cricket Ireland]]></dc:creator>
  1039. <pubDate>Thu, 08 Feb 2024 01:24:18 +0000</pubDate>
  1040. <category><![CDATA[Featured]]></category>
  1041. <category><![CDATA[International]]></category>
  1042. <category><![CDATA[Ireland Women]]></category>
  1043. <category><![CDATA[Orla Prendergast]]></category>
  1044. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://cricketireland.ie/?p=42911</guid>
  1045.  
  1046. <description><![CDATA[<p>Watch this brilliant video about our star women's all-rounder</p>
  1047. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/meet-orla/">Meet Orla&#8230;</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
  1048. ]]></description>
  1049. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  1050. <p><strong>Hear from Ireland Women&#8217;s star all-rounder like never before in this insightful video &#8211; thanks to our friends at Certa Ireland for their support in telling Orla&#8217;s story.</strong></p>
  1051.  
  1052.  
  1053.  
  1054. <div style="height:23px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  1055.  
  1056.  
  1057.  
  1058. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  1059. <iframe title="Meet....Orla Prendergast, Ireland Women&#039;s all-round superstar" width="800" height="450" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KUCgXLbNlk0?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  1060. </div></figure>
  1061.  
  1062.  
  1063.  
  1064. <div style="height:19px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  1065.  
  1066.  
  1067.  
  1068. <p><em><strong>Orla shares her past, present and future cricket journey ahead of the qualifier for the ICC Women&#8217;s T20 World Cup 2024 in Bangladesh.</strong></em></p>
  1069.  
  1070.  
  1071.  
  1072. <p>After facing a difficult decision between football or cricket, Orla made her international cricket debut just two months after her 17th birthday in 2019 and was rewarded shortly after with her first professional contract in 2020.</p>
  1073.  
  1074.  
  1075.  
  1076. <p>When making her choice, Orla, who played at under-17 level for Republic of Ireland football team, says being close to home and the ability to play in Ireland were influential aspects for her to consider. </p>
  1077.  
  1078.  
  1079.  
  1080. <p><em>&#8220;It was kind of a dual act for a long time between cricket and football and I probably preferred football for a large part of it. I was finishing school&#8221;</em>, Orla, 21, explains,<em> &#8220;and a lot of people were moving away with football and moving to England. I definitely wanted to stay close to home. Contracts were coming in [for] cricket at the time; you can stay at home and play in Ireland with those contracts, which was a big factor for me.&#8221;</em></p>
  1081.  
  1082.  
  1083.  
  1084. <p>In 2022, Cricket Ireland became the second sport in the country, following rugby, to grant full-time professional contracts to female athletes. This ground-breaking move signified a positive leap toward the future.</p>
  1085.  
  1086.  
  1087.  
  1088. <p>At present, 23 players under contract proudly wear the green jerseys of the Ireland Women&#8217;s Cricket team, symbolising their national representation and the ongoing dismantling of barriers for women in sports.</p>
  1089.  
  1090.  
  1091.  
  1092. <p>Certa, the largest fuel supplier in Ireland, is actively supporting Cricket Ireland&#8217;s endeavour to elevate women&#8217;s cricket and establish Ireland as a leading nation in world cricket. Serving as the title sponsor for the Ireland Women&#8217;s cricket team, Certa aspires to foster this momentum and aims to rally the nation to back the athletes as they aspire to qualify for the ICC Women&#8217;s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in Autumn 2024.</p>
  1093.  
  1094.  
  1095.  
  1096. <p>Qualifying for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is currently top of mind for Ireland&#8217;s Women&#8217;s cricket team, and in a post-pandemic world, the tour to Bangladesh would be a welcome experience.&nbsp;</p>
  1097.  
  1098.  
  1099.  
  1100. <p>Orla says that the shift back towards travel has enhanced her work life.&nbsp;</p>
  1101.  
  1102.  
  1103.  
  1104. <p><em>&#8220;Beginning my professional contract in the pandemic was interesting. [There was] a lot of training from home. We went a long time without going away on tour, which was definitely psychologically challenging for sure. </em></p>
  1105.  
  1106.  
  1107.  
  1108. <p><em>&#8220;[It&#8217;s] a very welcome transition out of the pandemic and back to normal sporting life. A lot of tours came up and a lot of trips away, which are always very enjoyable.&#8221;</em></p>
  1109.  
  1110.  
  1111.  
  1112. <p>Orla says that while athletes sometimes have to pay a personal price, playing sports at a professional level is a fantastic job, <em>&#8220;I&#8217;ve made a lot of sacrifices; I&#8217;ve missed my debs, my college graduation, my school graduation. A lot of family and friends&#8217; birthdays. It&#8217;s a great job to have and a pleasure to work at. Being part of the team is a great honour. We&#8217;ve got a great team, a great bunch of girls; they get along really well, day in, day out.&#8221;</em></p>
  1113.  
  1114.  
  1115.  
  1116. <p><em>“The Ireland Women’s cricket team have proven that they can compete with the best teams in the world and Certa is very excited about what they can achieve &#8211; hopefully at the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh this October,” </em>says Orla Stevens, Commercial Director at Certa Ireland.</p>
  1117.  
  1118.  
  1119.  
  1120. <p><em>“Cricket Ireland has done incredible work to attract and foster new talent and Certa is delighted to play its part in providing opportunities for young players like Orla to play professional cricket in Ireland and to achieve their full potential on the international stage.  These young players are constantly striving to push new boundaries and are fast becoming the new stars of Irish sport.”</em></p>
  1121.  
  1122.  
  1123.  
  1124. <p><em><strong>Certa&#8217;s ambition is to empower the team to continue pushing boundaries and to perform competitively against the top nations in women&#8217;s cricket. They are also working with Cricket Ireland to help the sport thrive from grassroots to elite level and to inspire young players to follow their dream of becoming professional cricket players in Ireland.</strong></em></p>
  1125.  
  1126.  
  1127.  
  1128. <p><em>Certa, part of the DCC plc, operates Ireland&#8217;s largest network of unmanned, pay@pump forecourts and home heating oil depots.&nbsp;</em></p>
  1129.  
  1130.  
  1131.  
  1132. <p><em>See certaireland.ie for more information. </em></p>
  1133.  
  1134.  
  1135.  
  1136. <p></p>
  1137.  
  1138.  
  1139.  
  1140. <hr class="wp-block-separator has-alpha-channel-opacity"/>
  1141.  
  1142.  
  1143.  
  1144. <p></p>
  1145.  
  1146.  
  1147.  
  1148. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" width="1000" height="523" src="https://cricketireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Cricket-Ireland-Certa-Breaking-Boundaries-Campaign-Image.jpg" alt="Cricket Ireland Certa Breaking Boundaries Campaign Image" class="wp-image-21651" srcset="https://cricketireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Cricket-Ireland-Certa-Breaking-Boundaries-Campaign-Image.jpg 1000w, https://cricketireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Cricket-Ireland-Certa-Breaking-Boundaries-Campaign-Image-300x157.jpg 300w, https://cricketireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Cricket-Ireland-Certa-Breaking-Boundaries-Campaign-Image-768x402.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></figure>
  1149. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/meet-orla/">Meet Orla&#8230;</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  1155. <title>Squad announced for Afghan series</title>
  1156. <link>https://cricketireland.ie/news/squad-announced-for-afghan-series/</link>
  1157. <comments>https://cricketireland.ie/news/squad-announced-for-afghan-series/#respond</comments>
  1158. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Craig Easdown]]></dc:creator>
  1159. <pubDate>Tue, 06 Feb 2024 14:09:52 +0000</pubDate>
  1160. <category><![CDATA[Featured]]></category>
  1161. <category><![CDATA[International]]></category>
  1162. <category><![CDATA[Ireland Men]]></category>
  1163. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://cricketireland.ie/?p=42907</guid>
  1164.  
  1165. <description><![CDATA[<p>Ireland Men's squad announced for the three-format Afghanistan series</p>
  1166. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/squad-announced-for-afghan-series/">Squad announced for Afghan series</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
  1167. ]]></description>
  1168. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  1169. <p><strong>DUBLIN – Selectors have named squads for Ireland Men’s multi-format series against Afghanistan starting in late February in the UAE.</strong></p>
  1170.  
  1171.  
  1172.  
  1173. <p>The tour will see the two sides face off in their second Test Match – the first Test in 2019 saw the Afghans come away with a <a href="https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/afghanistan-v-ireland-2018-19-1168107/afghanistan-vs-ireland-only-test-1168120/full-scorecard" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">seven-wicket victory</a>.</p>
  1174.  
  1175.  
  1176.  
  1177. <p>Andrew Balbirnie will captain the Test side, while Paul Stirling will captain the white-ball teams.</p>
  1178.  
  1179.  
  1180.  
  1181. <p>Stirling, the most recent of only 25 cricketers in history to have scored a century in all three formats, will also be available to play in the Test side. In addition, there are four members of the Test squad in line to make their Test debuts if selected – Matthew Foster, Barry McCarthy, Theo van Woerkom and Craig Young.</p>
  1182.  
  1183.  
  1184.  
  1185. <p>In the white ball squads, only Matthew Foster is uncapped.</p>
  1186.  
  1187.  
  1188.  
  1189. <p>The full fixture schedule is:</p>
  1190.  
  1191.  
  1192.  
  1193. <ul>
  1194. <li><strong>28 February – 3 March: </strong>Afghanistan Men v Ireland Men (Test Match; Abu Dhabi; 10am start time)</li>
  1195.  
  1196.  
  1197.  
  1198. <li><strong>7 March: </strong>Afghanistan Men v Ireland Men (ODI; Sharjah; 3.30pm start time)</li>
  1199.  
  1200.  
  1201.  
  1202. <li><strong>9 March: </strong>Afghanistan Men v Ireland Men (ODI; Sharjah; 3.30pm start time)</li>
  1203.  
  1204.  
  1205.  
  1206. <li><strong>12 March: </strong>Afghanistan Men v Ireland Men (ODI; Sharjah; 3.30pm start time)</li>
  1207.  
  1208.  
  1209.  
  1210. <li><strong>15 March: </strong>Afghanistan Men v Ireland Men (T20I; Sharjah; 8pm start time)</li>
  1211.  
  1212.  
  1213.  
  1214. <li><strong>17 March: </strong>Afghanistan Men v Ireland Men (T20I; Sharjah; 8pm start time)</li>
  1215.  
  1216.  
  1217.  
  1218. <li><strong>18 March: </strong>Afghanistan Men v Ireland Men (T20I; Sharjah; 8pm start time)</li>
  1219. </ul>
  1220.  
  1221.  
  1222.  
  1223. <p>The players departs Dublin on 18 February 2024 for a preparation camp ahead of the series.</p>
  1224.  
  1225.  
  1226.  
  1227. <div style="height:46px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  1228.  
  1229.  
  1230.  
  1231. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-the-squads"><strong>THE SQUADS</strong></h4>
  1232.  
  1233.  
  1234.  
  1235. <p><strong>Test squad</strong></p>
  1236.  
  1237.  
  1238.  
  1239. <p>Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie (capt), Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Matthew Foster, Graham Hume, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, PJ Moor, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young</p>
  1240.  
  1241.  
  1242.  
  1243. <p><strong>ODI squad</strong></p>
  1244.  
  1245.  
  1246.  
  1247. <p>Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Matthew Foster, Graham Hume, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Paul Stirling (capt), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young</p>
  1248.  
  1249.  
  1250.  
  1251. <p><strong>T20I squad</strong></p>
  1252.  
  1253.  
  1254.  
  1255. <p>Mark Adair, Ross Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Paul Stirling (capt), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young</p>
  1256.  
  1257.  
  1258.  
  1259. <p>The coaching and support staff are:</p>
  1260.  
  1261.  
  1262.  
  1263. <ul>
  1264. <li>Head Coach: Heinrich Malan</li>
  1265.  
  1266.  
  1267.  
  1268. <li>Batting/Wicketkeeping Coach: Gary Wilson</li>
  1269.  
  1270.  
  1271.  
  1272. <li>Pace Bowling Coach: Ryan Eagleson</li>
  1273.  
  1274.  
  1275.  
  1276. <li>Spin Bowling Coach: Chris Brown</li>
  1277.  
  1278.  
  1279.  
  1280. <li>Physiotherapist: Mark Rausa</li>
  1281.  
  1282.  
  1283.  
  1284. <li>Strength &amp; Conditioning Coach: Brendan Connor</li>
  1285.  
  1286.  
  1287.  
  1288. <li>Performance Analyst: Scott Irvine</li>
  1289.  
  1290.  
  1291.  
  1292. <li>Team Operations Manager: Chris Siddell</li>
  1293. </ul>
  1294.  
  1295.  
  1296.  
  1297. <div style="height:43px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div>
  1298.  
  1299.  
  1300.  
  1301. <p><strong>Andrew White</strong>, Selector for Ireland Men, said:</p>
  1302.  
  1303.  
  1304.  
  1305. <p><em>“We have played a lot of cricket over the last decade in this part of the world, so the conditions should be somewhat familiar to the players – albeit, predominantly in the white ball formats. While there has been a 12-week gap, the squad should carry some confidence and momentum into this series from the successful tour of Zimbabwe in December.</em></p>
  1306.  
  1307.  
  1308.  
  1309. <p><em>“</em><em>Preparations have been going well, the squad had a solid training camp in Spain last week and we will be sending the players to the UAE five days ahead of the upcoming series to acclimatise and train in Middle Eastern conditions.</em></p>
  1310.  
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  1313. <p><em>“I think it’s fair to say that our squad has gone through an enormous transformation since these two teams last met in a three-format series in 2019. Take the Test Match &#8211; only five of the starting XI in 2019 are in this squad, and while we have a younger age profile today than the 2019 side, it is fair to say that the XI going into this Test will likely be far more experienced and familiar with the rhythms and flows of multi-day cricket.</em></p>
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  1317. <p><em>“</em><em>While the Test squad is largely consistent with the squad that played in our last Test at Lord’s, left-arm orthodox spinner Theo van Woerkom comes in as an extra slow-bowling option should conditions warrant greater spinning variation. In the white ball formats, CSNI’s Mattew Foster has come in to the ODI squad, while Josh Little isn’t available for those fixtures on this occasion – Little, though, will join up with the T20I squad.</em></p>
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  1321. <p><em>“We also welcome Neil Rock back into the international set-up. Pebbles [Neil Rock] had a stellar year at domestic level in 2023, topping the run-scoring list in the inter-provincial 50-over competition, and third-highest in the inter-provincial T20 competition. His form has commanded a recall and we look forward to seeing him in Irish colours once more.</em></p>
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  1325. <p><em>“This series is a crucial one in our preparations ahead of a big summer, which includes the T20 World Cup. This is always a highly-anticipated contest and I would expect this to be a hard-fought series – one I’m very much looking forward to.”</em></p>
  1326. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/squad-announced-for-afghan-series/">Squad announced for Afghan series</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  1332. <title>History made</title>
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  1335. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Craig Easdown]]></dc:creator>
  1336. <pubDate>Sat, 03 Feb 2024 17:59:56 +0000</pubDate>
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  1338. <category><![CDATA[International]]></category>
  1339. <category><![CDATA[Kian Hilton]]></category>
  1340. <category><![CDATA[Oliver Riley]]></category>
  1341. <category><![CDATA[Under-19]]></category>
  1342. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://cricketireland.ie/?p=42871</guid>
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  1344. <description><![CDATA[<p>Ireland Under-19s Men's squad make history with win over New Zealand</p>
  1345. <p>The post <a href="https://cricketireland.ie/news/history-made/">History made</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cricketireland.ie">Cricket Ireland</a>.</p>
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  1348. <p><strong>BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa – Ireland Under-19s Men made history in their final game of the 2024 ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup, beating New Zealand by 41 runs (DLS) in a weather-affected game to finish in eight place overall, Ireland’s highest-ever position in the competition’s history.</strong></p>
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  1352. <p>The victory &#8211; the first-ever win by an Irish team over a New Zealand side at any level – capped off a tournament that means Ireland qualify automatically for the competition in 2026.</p>
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  1356. <p>Having chosen to bat first, the Irish side posted a competitive total of 267-9 from their 50 overs. The bowling unit then backed up the impressive batting display with an equally industrious bowling performance, led by Olly Riley (3-20) before nearby lightning halted play and the game never resumed with New Zealand behind the DLS par score.</p>
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  1360. <p>Coming into the game, Ireland had made one change to the side from the defeat to Pakistan on Tuesday, with Daniel Forkin coming in for Carson McCullough.</p>
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  1364. <p>After an impressive start by openers Ryan Hunter (24) and Jordan Neill (19), both batters were back in the pavilion inside ten overs. Too often in this tournament the Irish batters lost wickets in clusters, however, today was to be different with Gavin Roulston (82) and Player of the Match Kian Hilton (72) scoring a confident 129-run 3<sup>rd</sup> wicket stand.</p>
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  1368. <p>At 181-2 in the 36<sup>th</sup> over, New Zealand hit back – first removing Hilton with a reflex caught and bowled by Robbie Foulkes, then within the next five overs a further four more wickets fell, with the left-handed medium-fast pacer Ewald Schreuder the main protagonist.</p>
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  1372. <p>Watching on from the non-strikers end and fearing a collapse would not do justice to the platform laid by the earlier batters, Bready left-hander Roulston stepped up his scoring. His half-century came from 81 balls, but his next 31 runs came from 21 balls, with a knock that at one stage threatened to take the game away from New Zealand until Roulston holed out at deep midwicket in the last over &#8211; his highest score at Under-19 level. Ireland’s innings finished soon after with 268 the target set for New Zealand.</p>
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  1376. <p>In reply, Riley struck with the first ball of the eighth over taking the wicket of Luke Watson thanks to an excellent diving catch by Hilton at backward point. With New Zealand under scoreboard pressure early on Foulkes and JJ Nelson partnered up for 46 runs before Ireland took three wickets in the space of eight overs to take control of the game.</p>
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  1380. <p>Harry Dyer came back into the attack and removed Snehith Reddy (11) &#8211; thanks to the quick hands of Hunter behind the stumps &#8211; and New Zealand were reeling at 130-5. It was then that dangerous lightning in the immediate vicinity of the Manguang Oval became a safety concern for the umpires and play was suspended. After a delay of almost 90 minutes the game was called off by the umpires and Ireland celebrated a famous victory.</p>
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  1388. <h4 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-match-summary"><strong>MATCH SUMMARY</strong></h4>
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  1392. <p><strong>Ireland U19 Men v New Zealand U19 Men, Super Six Stage, U19 Men’s World Cup, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, 3 February 2024</strong></p>
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  1396. <p><strong>Ireland </strong>267-9 (50 overs; G Roulston 82, K Hilton 72; E Schreuder 4-46)<br><strong>New Zealand </strong>130-5 (32.1 overs; JJ Nelson 34, L Stackpole 33; O Riley 3-20)</p>
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  1400. <p><strong>Ireland Under-19s won by 41 runs (DLS Method)</strong></p>
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