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Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland

Dublin

9th Apr 2021

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today released a revised fixture schedule for the men’s Inter-Provincial Series 2021.
While all matches are subject to approval from sporting and health authorities on both sides of the border, approval has been given from both Sport Ireland and Sport NI to restart training at the inter-provincial level (under strict protocols), and it is anticipated that on-field action will proceed as scheduled below.
Speaking about the revised schedule, Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said:
“With no competitive club cricket expected in the Republic in the short term due to COVID-19 government directives, we have made several revisions to the 2021 Inter-Provincial Series to ensure our men’s national players are as prepared as possible before the World Cup Super League matches in early June.”
“This new schedule maximises playing time for our players that will be heading to The Netherlands for the those key matches, and we sincerely appreciate the support of those clubs who have been able to accommodate these changes.”
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01/05/2021
IP50
Leinster Lightning vs North West Warriors
Pembroke
10:45
04/05/2021
IP50
Leinster Lightning vs Northern Knights
Pembroke
10:45
06/05/2021
IP50
North West Warriors vs Munster Reds
Eglinton
10:45
16/05/2021
IP50
Northern Knights vs Leinster Lightning
The Green, Comber
10:45
18/05/2021
IP50
Northern Knights vs North West Warriors
Stormont
10:45
20/05/2021
IP50
Leinster Lightning vs Munster Reds
Pembroke
10:45
21/05/2021
IP50
North West Warriors vs Northern Knights
Bready
10:45
22/05/2021
IP50
Munster Reds vs Leinster Lightning
MCU Region
10:45
25/05/2021
IP50
North West Warriors vs Leinster Lightning
Eglinton
10:45
27/05/2021
IP50
Munster Reds vs Northern Knights
MCU Region
10:45
10/06/2021
IP50
Northern Knights vs Munster Reds
Stormont
10:45
15/06/2021
IP50
Munster Reds vs North West Warriors
MCU Region
10:45
18/06/2021
IP20
Leinster Lightning vs Munster Reds
Pembroke
18/06/2021
IP20
Northern Knights vs North West Warriors
Pembroke
19/06/2021
IP20
Leinster Lightning vs Northern Knights
Pembroke
19/06/2021
IP20
Munster Reds vs North West Warriors
Pembroke
20/06/2021
IP20
Leinster Lightning vs North West Warriors
Pembroke
20/06/2021
IP20
Northern Knights vs Munster Reds
Pembroke
25/06/2021
IP20
North West Warriors vs Northern Knights
Ready
25/06/2021
IP20
Leinster Lightning vs Munster Reds
Bready
26/06/2021
IP20
North West Warriors vs Munster Reds
Bready
26/06/2021
IP20
Northern Knights vs Leinster Lightning
Bready
27/06/2021
IP20
North West Warriors vs Leinster Lightning
Bready
27/06/2021
IP20
Northern Knights vs Munster Reds
Bready
17/09/2021
IP20
Northern Knights vs North West Warriors
NCU Region
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17/09/2021
IP20
Leinster Lightning vs Munster Reds
NCU Region
18/09/2021
IP20
Northern Knights vs Leinster Lightning
NCU Region
18/09/2021
IP20
North West Warriors vs Munster Reds
NCU Region
19/09/2021
IP20
Northern Knights vs Munster Reds
NCU Region
19/09/2021
IP20
Leinster Lightning vs North West Warriors
NCU Region

Craig Easdown Cricket Ireland

Dublin

9th Apr 2021

DUBLIN – A new three-year Strategic Plan released today by Cricket Ireland aims to strengthen Irish cricket from grassroots to international levels – with a particular focus on supporting the club game, increasing opportunities for women and girls, and introducing new mass participation programmes to position the sport for a period of growth across Ireland.
The Plan, titled: “Creating a Cricket Island” sets out a staged approach to growing the game of cricket across Ireland. The next three years will see a consolidation of the sport’s achievements over the last decade, strengthening the foundations of the sport, and positioning cricket for a planned period of growth from 2024-2031.
Amongst the key headlines of the Strategic Plan, Cricket Ireland will aim to:
Roll out three new national participation programmes to engage kids and provide schools with resources, training and access to advocates for the game;
Significantly increase opportunities for women and girls to play cricket - including new programmes, club supports and increasing the visibility of the women’s game;
Invest in the performance pathway and further support men’s and women’s international squads to seek on-field success and regular world cup qualification;
Work with Provincial Unions to ensure every club across Ireland has a development plan that reflects the needs and capacity of the club;
Implement a sustained investment in coaching to increase the number and skills of those involved;
Deliver proactive programmes that further increase diversity and inclusion – aiming to make cricket one of the most welcoming sports in Ireland; and
Improving training facilities within Provincial Unions and to progress the National Stadium project at the National Sports Campus in Dublin.

WILLIAM DALE

Belfast

8th Apr 2021

Sad to see on the list of recent transfers that 6 players are exiting Downpatrick .
What is the current situation?
A once great club and I loved playing at Downpatrick and some epic encounters are in my memory bank.
Hope things improve at Strangford Avenue.

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

5th Apr 2021

Incredibly sad news about the tragic death of David Edwards - an absolute gentleman and a fine ambassador for Derriaghy. Condolences to his family in particular and the wider cricket community at Queensway

Response

Ed...
Very sad indeed Andy. Condolences to his family and the Deriaghy club.
JCH
JK

Andy Kennedy

snowy Buckna

5th Apr 2021

Interesting to read on the CI site £130k for car leasing! Barry makes some interesting points!!

Gilbert Alexander

Lurgan

3rd Apr 2021

having played with Jim Carson at donacloney I am not surprised to read that Jack is making such progress

Jason McCullough

Ards

3rd Apr 2021

As I sit here this morning I was reflecting on the good book and the hope that it provides all at Easter. Rev Rea says a new season is in the air. God’s blessings to all my friends. Does anyone know if the NI programme fair is on this year? Jason

Response

Ed...
Yes plans Jason, as soon as the Govt. gives the go-agead. Happy Easter too.

Michael Shannon

The Gibba

2nd Apr 2021

Great to see Waringstowns Jack Carson named in Wisdens six under 23 players to watch on the county circuit ! A very talented young player that has all the tools to make it to the very top. Sure many of a certain age will remember his father- an outstanding 1st eleven player for the Cloney and great person as well. A big loss to NCU and Irish cricket but I like many others wish him all the best.

Response

Ed...
Great to hear you Michael. I agree with both. Jack appears to have the talent and of couse, he's a chip of the old block! LOL

Paddy O`Hara

Greenisland Co Antrim.

31st Mar 2021

A merger ? With the news about Claremont Road, what about a merger between YMCA and CIYMS ?

James Smith

Belfast

26th Mar 2021

Any rumours floating about regarding more club mergers, and clubs trying to find clubs to merge with ?

Response

Ed...
'James,' you are now the rumour agent? You must have a reason to ask this question!

Craig Easdown Cricket Ireland

Dublin

26th Mar 2021

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today announced that William Porterfield and Gary Wilson have respectively been appointed in coaching consultancy roles within the national set-up. Additionally, Porterfield has been appointed as Assistant Coach for the North West Warriors, which he will combine with his playing role.
Porterfield appointments
William Porterfield, current centrally-contracted player and former international captain, has today been appointed as a Consultant Fielding Coach for Ireland. He will work across senior men’s and women’s teams, and will additionally work within the national pathway system. This new role will be combined with his playing role within the senior squad.
Porterfield has concurrently been appointed by the North West Cricket Union as Assistant Coach with the North West Warriors, working alongside newly appointed Head Coach, Gary Wilson. This role will also involve working with the Emerging Warriors squad and pathway players in the NWCU. Similar to his national coaching role, Porterfield will combine these provincial coaching duties with his existing playing role with the Warriors.
Wilson appointment
After his retirement from professional cricket last week - and his subsequent appointment as Head Coach of the North West Warriors - Gary Wilson has today been appointed as a Consultant Wicket-Keeping Coach for Ireland, working across senior men’s and women’s teams, and will additionally work within the national pathway system.

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

25th Mar 2021

Thanks Stuart - just picking up on the media coverage of golf clubs getting a few million between them.

C Boomer

Dromore ( Co Down )

25th Mar 2021

It's only right & proper that local cricket along with other major, provincial sporting bodies received welcome financial support from the Government Dep. of Sport, ( though it appears some golf & soccer clubs have been particular well endowed ) but what I'd like to know is if any cricket clubs that applied, were turned turn much needed revenue or if not, received mere 'tuppence-worth?'
Point being, these grants/awards were based on last year's 'loss of earnings/profits' due to Covid-19 restrictions, compensation as it were, yet, I note that several junior clubs with lesser facilities ( bar, own ground etc ) are not on that published list of those that received remuneration, and as such begs the question, is it once again another case of the rich remain so, the poor as usual, go without?
NCU take note - Excuse the pun, forget soil sampling, grassroots will shoot up green blades naturally, but Grassroot cricket needs financial assistance in the form of greenbacks as opposed to nitrogen additive!

Stuart Catterson

Cregagh CC

24th Mar 2021

Andy, clubs had to apply for the SportNI Sustainability Fund. It wasn't a general grant like in 2020. If you didn't ask you didn't get. Why so many clubs are not on the list of awards only they can answer.

Response

Ed...
I agree.

Andy Kennedy

Sunny Buckna

24th Mar 2021

Sustainability grants - 13 clubs from NW, 9 from NCU. Just sayin’ like!

Response

ed...
22 from Ulster. Good work at the clubs.