The Winning Ireland Cricket Team

Ireland Cricket Team return home after Cricket World Cup

The Ireland Cricket Team

Ireland Cricket Team Squad arrive home St Patrick’s Day following their departure from the Cricket World Cup.

The squad will arrive into Terminal Two of Dublin Airport at 6.40am on the morning of Tuesday 17th March. The Irish Cricket team narrowly missed out on qualification for the quarter-finals on net run rate following their loss to Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.

Why not go along and give the Boys in Green a huge welcome home after a memorable Cricket World Cup which saw them win three matches – including victories over test nations West Indies and Zimbabwe.

The next opportunity to see Ireland in action will be on Friday May 8th when they take on England at Malahide in front of 10,000 spectators! Book your tickets early at
Isobel Joyce, Cricket Ireland

Ireland beat West Indies in great start to Cricket World Cup

Ireland beat West Indies in a four-wicket Victory.

Posted by Vivek Kumar On February 16, 2015

Ireland yet again took the Cricket World Cup by storm as a brilliant batting display secured a four-wicket victory over the West Indies in Nelson, New Zealand on Monday.

Set a formidable target of 305 after letting their opponents break free from an early stranglehold, Ireland showed the strength of their batting line-up as Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O’Brien, with an undefeated 79, got Ireland home with 25 balls to spare.

Just like in Bangalore four years ago, Ireland chased down a total of over 300 and yet again it was John Mooney that hit the winning runs after Ireland suffered a little wobble in the sight of the finishing line.

Ireland now own three of the six 300-plus run chases in World Cup history after they also chased down a huge score to beat the Netherlands in Kolkata in 2011.

Paul Stirling scored a century that day at Eden Gardens and the Middlesex opener was again key to the chase against the Windies, with his knock of 92 coming off 84 balls.

Joyce took advantage of the short boundaries at the Saxton Oval to make his 84 runs off 67 balls, while Niall O’Brien was coolness personified in bringing Ireland home, his unbeaten 79 coming off just 60 balls.

Having won the toss and inserted the West Indies, Ireland then reduced their opponents to 87 for five in the 24th over, with left-arm spinner George Dockrell taking three wickets.

A knock of 102 from Lendl Simmons, a nephew of Ireland coach Phil Simmons, helped rescue the Windies’ innings and he put on 154 for the sixth wicket with Darren Sammy to help them finish on 304 for seven from their 50 overs.

Ireland Cricket Team now bid to make Quarter Finals.

Ireland will now target victory over fellow Associate side UAE in Brisbane next week as they bid to make the quarter-finals.

Isobel Joyce, Cricket Ireland

Joyce leads Ireland Ladies Cricket Team to Cricket world Twenty20 Finals

Isobel Joyce produced a Player of the Match performance

Joyce leads her young Irish side into the finals of the ICC World Twenty20, which will be held next April in Bangladesh.

Joyce scored an unbeaten 72 from 64 balls (6 fours) as Ireland posted 136 for 5 in the rain delayed encounter at YMCA.

The Irish skipper shared a crucial 80 run second wicket partnership with 17 year-old Kim Garth which laid the foundations for an impressive Irish batting performance on a slowish outfield following heavy rain.

Garth made a run a ball 31, but her dismissal saw Ireland fail to push on in the final overs, when a total of 150 looked to be within their grasp.

The Dutch women were always in contention in their reply, inspired by an excellent innings from Helmien Rambaldo. She made an unbeaten 58 from 54 balls (3 fours) and looked to be steering her team to the third qualification slot.

The game turned in Ireland’s favour thanks to two pieces of inspirational fielding. Firstly, Cecelia Joyce held a steepling catch on the boundary to remove the dangerous Tessa van der Gunn (20), and crucially, 13 year-old Lucy O’Reilly ran out Heather Siegers (29) to put Ireland back on top.

The Netherlands needed a boundary from the final ball but managed just a single as Ireland prevailed by just two runs – Laura Delany holding her nerve in those final anxious deliveries.

A fantastic game of cricket and a super advert for the Women’s game, played in front of a large crowd at YMCA, who deserve special praise for hosting the game in such trying and difficult conditions.

Women’s World Cricket Twenty20 Qualifiers 3rd-4th place play-off

At Claremont Road, YMCA

Ireland 136-5 (20 overs, Isobel Joyce 72*, Kim Garth 31, Marloes Braat 2-24) beat Netherlands 134-4 (Helmien Rambaldo 58*, Heather Siegers 29, Tessa van der Gun 20) by two runs.

Cricket Ireland Ladies Team celebrate. The Irish skipper shared a crucial 80 run second wicket partnership

by Cricket Ireland


Australia’s national cricket captain to earn $6 million a year

Michael Clarke, Cricket Australia

Australia’s national cricket captain to earn $6 million a year

Michael Clarke, Australia’s national cricket captain set to earn up to $6 million per year from cricket’s new TV rights deal.

Michael Clarke is the $6 million man thanks to a bold half-billion dollar television deal finalised with Channels Nine and Ten on Monday.

Michael Clarke, Australia’s national cricket captain waves cricket bat and helmet

The national cricket captain becomes Australia’s highest paid sports star based in this country, earning more than an entire NRL playing roster.

Nine will keep international cricket after finding $400 million over five years while Ten will pay $100 million for the Big Bash across the same period, creating a war chest for Cricket Australia to take on the AFL and NRL.

Cricket Australia also receives $500 million in media rights from other sources including India, England, Champions League T20 and International Cricket Council television dividends.

So complex was the new television deal, which forced Nine to pay over the odds to ensure its 36-year association with cricket, that the network and Cricket Australia signed off just 50 minutes before Monday’s 5pm deadline to match Ten’s audacious bid.

This puts cricket in the big boys club of Australian sport alongside the AFL and NRL following their billion dollar television deals over the past two years.

Clarke will earn about $2.5 million from Cricket Australia this year, with personal sponsorships, endorsements and the IPL more than doubling his income.

A dozen Australian cricketers now earn more than $1 million a year with the minimum contract for the top 20 players $235,000 plus six figure tour fees.

In Australia, players receive $14,000 per Test, $5,600 a one-day match and $4,200 for a Twenty20 international. Even modest state cricketers who play in the Big Bash can earn more than $100,000 a year.

Cricket is now primed to redouble its pursuit of the best teenage athletes in the country, a battle it has been losing to the AFL in particular over the past two decades.

The revamped eight-team Big Bash, with its free-to-air exposure, will be a central plank in highlighting career paths for young players which could land them lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20 contracts even before they play for Australia.

CA believes it has clawed back some ground on the football codes, with the major bonus keeping former Australian under-19 captain Mitchell Marsh when he was being scouted by AFL clubs.

The highly talented all-rounder scored 39 from just 19 balls during a Champions Trophy warm-up match against the West Indies in Cardiff on Saturday night.

Cricket Australia has already fired its first shot in pursuit of the best by more than doubling the amount what it pays the highly successful women’s team, meaning the best female cricketers in the country can earn $70,000 to $80,000 a year

An increase in girls and young women playing has seen cricket’s grassroots participation leap to 950,000, with a target of 1.2 million within two years.

This also includes an increasing number of migrants from diverse backgrounds.

CA is using special marketing contracts to connect with Australia’s south Asian population, awarding them to Pakistani refugee Fawad Ahmed and New South Wales bowler Gurinder Sandhu. Born in Blacktown to Indian parents, Sandhu is the first player of Indian heritage to represent New South Wales.

Article by Fox Sports Austrailia


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