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I heard a rumour at the weekend that Peter Gillespie was going to be playing for Instonians in the NCU this season, any truth in it?
Didn't they do well !
The team in the Carribean have performed impeccably both on and off the field..huge credit must go to Adi for Irelands current meteoric rise within the game! What next for Ireland ?
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Shame about the Molins comments from Birrell, could have sidestepped the questions about his fitness etc. He was an excellent servant to the team and very much at the forefront of the revival of the international side. Will always remember his languid pulls and hooks onto the roof of the Stormont clubhouse in the fantastic West Indies win
glad to see the fnatasy league up and running shieldsy it should be good crack, have a good trip to the carribean boys im sure you will.
p.s gutted i am not on the player list , shame on you ha ha
Is that the full player list? lot of missing players also m mooney has signed for foxlodge.
Jonny, that is the 1st draft but it is not going to have every player, I have other things to do on a Monday as well as!
Fox Lodge now has more players than any other club!
When will the fantasy league be up and running?
I'll have the player lists up by the weekend
Should create a bit of chat for the bar!
Re Staffy & Team changes.
Hard to changing a winning (morally) side. Guys are performing well. The one man would be Whitey who I would shift up the order..the higher he has batted over the years the better his average (would like to see stats on this)...
I wonder does Adrian Birrell envisage making any changes to his team during this World Cup. I can't help feeling we have missed a trick during squad selection. Adi has picked the best cricketers in Ireland no question but his options are limited. I personally would have liked to have seen a left arm spinner in the team preferably Ralph Coetzee who would not have weakened the batting. The ability to take the ball away from the right handers would have complimented Kyle. I think we should maybe look at the batting order. International bowlers also find it difficult with the white ball bowling at left/right combination. Perhaps we should try Kevin O'Brien or Andrew White at 3 and drop Eoin Morgan down to 5. Just a suggestion. Any thoughts?
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Well Done Ireland so far and good luck tomorrow against England
Ireland Test Cricket debate.
Nobody seriously believes Ireland are in a position to play test cricket right now, but the point is we would like some sort of way of protecting our ODI status and players and have a roadmap for the future. Test cricket is the pinnacle for any cricketer and noone would begrudge a player that opportunity. However it is slightly galling listening to the English media going on about overseas players in Ireland team when the best batsman in the ICC qualifiers who took us to the World cup is now in the English ranks. For Ireland to continue to develop we must create lots more players capable of reaching county level but even a few reaching Test or ODI level.It is England taking these players which will keep Ireland in the dark ages. The debate about Ireland playing test cricket is not about structures, finance or capabilities but about how we can create and keep our very best players to compete at the highest level.
Agnew has really got on my nerves this last while, but if we can beat England on Friday it will be great to see his reaction. Going to be glued to the screen again, but have a football dinner to attend so might miss the best bit as Trent smacks Monty over long on to win the game!
Judging by the state of his shoulder he will have to do it one handed!
Great site, glad ive stumbled upon it.
Well Ireland in the Super 8s who would have thought it, what a performance against Pakistan, the much maligned bowling attack stepped up and simply blew away a talented batting line up then a sublime batting performance from O'Brien saw us home.
The game on Friday showed how difficult the future games are going to be as West Indies cruised home, really missed Trent I felt but who would rule out another shock this week against England. I for one will be glued to the Sky coverage and wil ldo my best to ignore the snide gibes from the commentators about Irelands adapted cricketers, maybe they should go look at the make up of their own sides
Ryan: Belief is the key. The Ireland team seems to believe they belong at this level. That is the hardest thing to instill and in this regard the whole Ireland management team deserve the most enormous credit. I really hope they can continue to perform and if one of the teams have an off day we can record another victory. Sky TV was at it again at the weekend. 'Matthew Hayden's fastest World Cup hundred eclipsed another Australian John Davison playing for Canada.' The inference is the Associate nations are incapable of producing a decent cricketer of their own.
Jonatan Agnew's assertion that Ireland v Bangladesh is a travesty instead of India v Pakistan shows that the real battle ahead for World Cricket is those who want a closed shop and those who want to expand the game globally. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a shock in the Super 8s it was Ireland beating England. Would it be too much to ask they stop patronising us then? Windsor Park. Croke Park. Can we add Providence Stadium , Guyana to the list of venues that shut up the English?