Ireland’s William Porterfield and Paul Stirling in action during the InterContinental Cup match against UAE at Malahide. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Paul Stirling plays second fiddle with outstanding score of 146

Ireland’s William Porterfield and Paul Stirling congratulate each other in Malahide. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Bracewell’s first day in charge ends on 420 for three after being put into bat

Tim Murtagh (L) is back in the Ireland side after recovering from a hamstring injury. Photograph: Inpho

John Bracewell’s tenure set to begin in a four-day game at Malahide

In July’s qualifiers 14 nations will bid for six places at next year’s finals in India

Ireland to open their campaign on July 10th at Stormont against Namibia

Ireland’s Stuart Thompson (above),  Andy McBrine (42) and Stuart Thompson (41) made contributions which grew in importance as the day wore on. Photograph: Inpho

North West Warriors impress in Interprovincial Championship at Clontarf

Kevin Pietersen hit a career-best 326 not out for Surrey in their match against Leicestershire at The Oval as he continues to try and earn a recall to the England Test side.  File photograph: Tony Marshall/PA

Kevin Pietersen hits career-best 326 not out to boost hopes of Test return

England coach Peter Moores, whose tenure seems to be coming to an end, leaves Malahide Cricket Club after his side’s ODI against Ireland was washed out. Photograph: Getty

Cricket Ireland will offer free tickets to fans who attended washed out ODI at Malahide

Ireland captain William Porterfield: “Everything we are doing is about winning.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Ireland captain William Porterfield makes 200th appearance for his country

John Bracewell: “I’ve played the sit in a leather chair behind a big desk sort of thing and thought while it looks good, it might seem comfortable, I actually don’t feel good, it doesn’t feel natural to me. I’d rather have a hammer than a pencil.” Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

New Ireland cricket coach will take an observational role for Friday’s ODI against England

Pakistan are set to host Zimbabwe in a series of games at the Gaddafi  Stadium in Lahore in May, the first time a Test-playing nation has toured the country since 2009. Photo:  Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan is encouraging admits chief executive Warren Deutrom

Former New Zealand and Gloucestershire coach John Bracewell  has been named as the new Ireland coach. Photo:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ireland skipper William Porterfield looking forward to working with former coach again

Ireland captain William Porterfield will win his 200th cap at the forthcoming One-Day International in Malahide. Photograph: Rowland White/INPHO

William Porterfield to take his 200th cap at the Royal London One-Day International against England at Malahide on May 8th

Australian captain Michael Clarke says his side have yet to peak at the Cricket World Cup  despite beating India in the semi-final. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland set to battle it out for two places on offer at 2018 qualifier in Bangladesh

Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland Chief Executive, says the search for Ireland’s new head coach will be fast-trackd. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Former New South Wales coach Matthew Mott is likely to be sounded out

Ireland coach Phil Simmons looks set to take over the West Indies job. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

After eight years the Trinidad native looks set to depart for his former international side

Ireland captain William Porterfield celebrates his century with team-mate Gary Wilson during the World Cup Pool B match against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 101 pushed Ireland to an early exit

Ireland outhalf  Johnny Sexton gestures during the Six  Nations match against Wales  at the Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

‘We probably lost the battle in the air and we got slow ruck ball in that second half’

At 7’ 1” Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will present the Ireland batsman with a serious test in the Pool B encounter between the sides at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Photograph:   Fiona Goodall/AFP/Getty Images

Phil Simmons’s side look to repeat victory over Pakistan from 2007 in last pool game

Younis Khan wants Pakistan to beat Ireland as a tribute to former coach Bob Woolmer, who died the day after Pakistan lost to Ireland at the 2007 World Cup in Jamaica. Photograph:   Nigel Marple/Reuters

Former Pakistan coach died after Ireland’s shock World Cup win in Jamaica in 2007

Cricket Ireland have condemned an article in the Zimbabwe Herald which referenced John Mooney (above). Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

All-rounder John Mooney was referenced as an ‘alcoholic’

Alex Cusack of Ireland is congratulated by team-mates after getting the wicket of Zimbabwe’s Tawanda Mupariwa to secure a five-run victory during the World Cup Pool B game in Hobart. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

World champions India next up after tense last-over victory over Zimbabwe

Alex Cusack is congratulated by Ireland  team-mates Kevin O’Brien and Ed Joyce  after getting the wicket of Tawanda Mupariwa of Zimbabwe  to complete a five-run win in their Pool B World Cup game  at Bellerive Oval  in Hobart. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Alex Cusack’s heroics with the ball add to great knocks from Ed Joyce and Andrew Balbirnie

Ireland coach Phil Simmons believes his side have the edge over Zimbabwe ahead of the World Cup Pool B meeting between the sides in Hobart. Photograph:  Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Coach targets victory in World Cup clash after heavy South Africa defeat

Ireland’s Andy McBrine  celebrates after he dismissed South Africa captain AB de Villiers  during the World Cup Pool B match at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Ireland captain says squad must move on with Zimbabwe game on horizon

 AB de Villiers’s ability to play shots 360 around the crease makes him a very difficuly batsman to bowl to. Photograph:     Matt King/Getty Images

World’s No 1 batsman AB de Villiers in top form ahead of Tuesday’s Pool B game in Canberra

Ireland’s Gary Wilson in action against the UAE during Wednesday’s World Cup Pool B victory at the Gabba, Brisbane Cricket Ground. Photograph: Tertius Pickard/Inpho

Ireland coach to be interviewed for the position of West Indies manager

George Dockrell celebrates scoring the winning runs in Ireland’s two-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates at the Gabba. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

George Dockrell clinched a final-over victory in thrilling Cricket World Cup match

Andre Russell’s power hitting is a devastating weapon at the bottom of the West Indies order. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

West Indies come back from the dead as India set out to defend their title

 Jonathan Sexton played 66 minutes of Racing Metro’s 13-13 draw with Clermont Auvergne at Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Saturday’s Top 14 clash. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland outhalf is timed out attempting early penalty against Clermont Auvergne

 Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Niall O’Brien of Ireland celebrate the wicket of Darren Bravo of the West Indies during the  World Cup match at Saxton Oval  in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Category two storm set to hit Queensland base on Friday morning

John Mooney celebrates sealing an impressive Irish victory in New Zealand. Photograph: Chris Symes/Inpho/Photosport

Ireland are responsible for three of the five 300-plus chases in Cricket World Cup history

Niall O’Brien believes Ireland have a chance of an upset in the opening World Cup Pool B game against the West Indies in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA

Opening World Cup clash in New Zealand will set tone for campaign

Andrew Balbirnie and the Ireland squad enjoy a game of rugby during a squad training session at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, Australia.  Photograph: Barry Chambers/INPHO

Phil Simmons’s side look to put warm-up losses behind them for West Indies opener

William Porterfield, in his third tournament, will lead Ireland in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. (Photograph: Peter Parks /AFP/Getty Images)

Get to know the players carrying Irish hopes down under in the 2015 Cricket World Cup

Cricket Ireland’s  Craig Young, Kevin O’Brien and Max Sorensen. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

Answers to the vital questions about the format of the 2015 Cricket World Cup

Brett Lee has taken up a short-term deal with Cricket Ireland to act as bowling coach during Ireland’s World Cup warm-up period in Sydney. The 38-year-old Australian retired from all cricket last month. Photograph:  Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Australian fast-bowling legend agrees short-term deal for warm-up stages in Sydney

 Ireland will play their first Friday night Six Nations match away to Wales at the Millennium Stadium on March 3rd, 2017. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Six Nations fixtures announced for 2016 and 2017 include Friday game against Wales in Cardiff

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Afghanistan will also join 10 Full Member countries in direct qualification process for 2019 World Cup

Ed Joyce (left) pictured at College Park in Dublin with Ireland team-mates Kevin O’Brien and Craig Young  at the announcement that Tourism Ireland is to sponsor the international cricket team  for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. Photograph:   Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Bray left-hander feels in the form of his life ahead of third appearance in finals

Max Sorensen, Craig Young and Kevin O’Brien  at the announcement that Tourism Ireland will sponsor the Ireland team at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland team to wear Ireland.com logo in Australia and New Zealand

 Ireland coach Phil Simmons: had made four changes from the side that lost to Afghanistan on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Rained off tie against Scotland the first no result in a One-Day International held in the UAE

Max Sorensen has been called up to Ireland’s  Cricket World Cup squad in place of Tim Murtagh, who broke a foot in training. Photograph:  Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Middlesex opening bowler suffered fractured foot during training in Dubai

Ireland’s Niall O’Brien in good form against Scots. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leicestershire batsman had six partners during his time at the crease

William Porterfield will lead Ireland in next month’s cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Selectors stick with 15 players who have travelled to Dubai for tri-series against Scotland and Afghanistan

A proposed €2.5 million deal that would have seen Cuala GAA club develop and share grounds with Blackrock Rugby Club has been terminated. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAA club informs its members that proposed deal ‘would not be workable’

Jason Gillespie: ‘Ireland are ticking all the boxes: they’ve done well, they’ve punched well above their weight in limited-overs tournaments.’ Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

‘Here is a country that is ready to play international cricket and to have its own fully professional cricketers’

Andrew Balbirnie in action against the Netherlands in 2013. The Middlesex batsman scored his first international century against New Zealand ‘A’ recently.  Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Squad named for warm up ODIs against Afghanistan and Scotland in Dubai

Ireland all-rounder John Mooney  acknowledges the crowd after receiving a standing ovation for scoring 96 in a One-Day International against Scotland at Malahide.  Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish all-rounder has expressed his feelings on illness with honesty and insight

Stephanie Roche’s stunning goal for  Peamount United against Wexford Youths has been shortlisted for Fifa’s  Puskás Award for the best goal of the year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish player joins the like of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robin van Persie in Puskás Award nominations

 Kevin O’Brien: yesterday named the international player of the year in the Cricket Ireland awards. Photograph: Inpho

Qualification for 2019 event will see countries ranked ninth and 10th joining Associate nations in qualifier

Ireland captain William Porterfield has left the World Cup acclimatisation tour of Australia and New Zealand  “due to personal reasons”. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Cricket Ireland say player left World Cup acclimatisation tour for personal reasons

Shapoorji Pallonji Group make multi-million euro 10-year investment in Academy

Ireland’s Alex Cusack: Clontarf all-rounder in an 18-man Ireland panel for month-long acclimatisation tour. Photograph: Inpho

Cusack last played in May before undergoing back surgery; coach Phil Simmons hopeful he will play some of the games on second le(...)

ireland bowler Craig Young bowls  Scotland’s Hamish Gardiner on his way to taking five wickets on his ODI debut at Malahide.   Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Skipper Kevin O’Brien makes half-century in seven-wicket victory over Scotland at Malahide

Clontarf denied in RSA Senior Cup final at Castle Avenue

 The Hills’ Michael Baumgart celebrates with Cormac McLoughlin after reaching a century of runs at Castle Avenue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Clontarf’s hope of a hat-trick of trophies ended as visitors claim second Irish Senior Cup

Andrew Balbirnie:  his unbeaten 103 helped Leinster claim the reverse fixture at Milverton at the beginning of May. Inpho/Presseye/Rowland White

North West Warriors oppose at Strabane in attempt to upset title-chasing southern outfit

 Andrew White leads the team out against Sri Lanka to become Ireland’s most capped player with 227 caps. Photo: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

107-run victory wraps up the three-match series at Stormont with a game to play

On his record 227th cap for Ireland, Andrew White celebrates taking a wicket  with Andrew McBrine, who took the catch, and Nick Larkin in the one-day game against Sri Lanka ‘A’ at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph:  Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Sri Lanka ‘A’ total of 283 proves too much after poor start to run chase at Stormont

 Ed Joyce in action for Sussex. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

England selector admitted that there isn’t a more in-form player in English cricket

 Cricket Ireland have put on hold talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board over a potential tour of the country following an attack by Taliban militants at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.  Photograph: Rehan Khanepa

Attacks on Karachi airport sees proposed September trip deferred

A packed Malahide Cricket Ground last year for the visit of England. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Rowland White

Return to Malahide not ruled out after last September’s 10,000 sell-out for England visit

An Irish fan waits for the game between Ireland and Sri Lanka to start in Castle Avenue. Photograph: Presseye/Rowland White/Inpho

The ODI game against Sri Lanka in Castle Avenue was called off due to heavy rain

Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal celebrates with Ajantha Mendis after Ireland captain William Porterfield was caught by Kusal Perera off the spinner’s bowling during the RSA Insurance One-Day International in Clontarf. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Captain insists side can relegate horror batting show to distant memory

 Ed Joyce has been in outstanding form for  Sussex ahead of Ireland’s games against Sri Lanka in Clontarf this week. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Failure to drive home advantage has cost side against Test-playing rivals

 Ed Joyce: believes Ireland have an excellent chance against Sri Lanka as conditions will not be to their liking. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Ed Joyce is in line to face Sri Lanka for just the second time in a one-day international

Ireland skipper Isobel Joyce: her four overs went for just 17 runs. Photograph: Inpho

New Zealand opening pair benefit from some poor Irish fielding

Trent Johnson: is confident as the Irish women prepare to face New Zealand.

‘The girls are of a similar ability to what the guys were back then’

The Dutch players and backroom team celebrate after their stunning six-wicket victory over Ireland in Sylhet, Bangladesh that saw them qualify for the Super 10s stage of the World Twenty20. Photograph:   Barry Chambers/Inpho

Phil Simmons’s side knocked out of World Twenty20 after incredible run chase

Ireland’s Paul Stirling with physio Andrew Dunne and captain William Porterfield after picking up an injury against UAE. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Paul Stirling faces late fitness test on elbow injury ahead of game

Ireland all-rounder  Kevin O’Brien is positive ahead of UAE match.

After beating Zimbabwe, only two matches away from reaching next goal

Ireland’s Stuart Thompson lies on the ground after making his ground to secure the bye that gave Ireland a three-wicket win over Zimbabwe at the ICC World Twenty20 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Photograph: Surjeet/Inpho

Coach Phil Simmons happy with win over side he coached before taking Ireland job

Ireland spinner Andy McBrine celebrates with Gary Wilson  after taking a wicket in the World T20 first-round game against Zimbabwe  at  Sylhet in Bangladesh. Photograph: Surjeet/Inpho

Late wickets set up dramatic final over in opening World T20 encounter

Ireland’s William Porterfield in action against the West Indies in Sabina Park, Kingston. Photograph: Inpho/WICB

Simmons’s side lost a low-scoring second T20 against the West Indies by 11 runs in Kingston

Ed Joyce and Kevin O’Brien leave the pitch with the West Indies players after Wednesday’s victory. Photograph: West Indies Cricket Board.

‘It’s something that’s going to give us a lot of confidence going into the tournament in March’

Ed Joyce made an unbeaten 40 as Ireland beat the West Indies by six wickets at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Sabina Park proves happy hunting ground yet again

Ireland coach Phil Simmons and man of the match John Mooney with the ICC Intercontinental Cup after the victory over Afghanistan in December in Dubai. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Winner of next Intercontinental Cup will play-off against bottom ranked Test side

John Mooney pictured with Ireland coach Phil Simmons and the Intercontinental Cup trophy after his man of the match performance against Afghanistan in December’s final in Dubai. Photograph:  Barry Chambers/Inpho

All-rounder to return home from Trinidad on Tuesday

Andrew Poynter was the top scorer for Ireland with 54.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan star as Guyana win by 114 runs

A match-winning century from Andrew Poynter for Clontarf in last summer’s RSA All-Ireland Senior Cup Final helped his return to the Ireland senior squad. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Opening bowler and middle order batsman named in 15 for Caribbean trip

Irish cricketers celebrate with their fans after victory over Pakistan at Sabina Park during the World Cup in March 2007. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Two T20s and an ODI will extend stay in the Caribbean

Trent Johnston: On a two-year deal to coach the Ireland women’s team.

Retired international also part-time fast-bowling coach at Cricket Ireland’s National Academy

 Ireland’s man-of-the-match  John Mooney is congratulated in Dubai. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Intercontinental Cup title the third trophy of the year for Phil Simmons’ side

Ireland’s Trent Johnston had to leave the field after bowling two overs.  Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Trent Johnston hoping to return for last day as an international after leaving field early with an Achilles strain

John Mooney picked up his first five-wicket haul for Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup Final against Afghanistan  at the ICC Global Academy in Dubai. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Lead stretched to 164 over Afghanistan after unbeaten century stand

Ireland’s John Mooney bowling against Afghanistan on the first day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup Final at the ICC Global Academy in Dubai. Photograph:   Barry Chambers/Inpho

Poor batting performance sees side bowled out for 187 in Dubai

 John Mooney helped salvage something from a disappointing opening day for Ireland

Poor batting display from Ireland gives Afghanistan the upper hand in final

Ireland batsman John Mooney in action during the ICC World T20 qualifier semi-final against the United Arab Emirates at the Sheikh  Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Photograph:   © 2013 IDI/Getty Images

62-run victory earns fourth straight qualifier final for Phil Simmons’s side

Defending champions have won their last 16 games in T20 qualifier

Paul Stirling hit 77 from 46 balls and took four wickets as Ireland beat Hong Kong by 85 runs to qualify for the World T20 finals in Bangladesh. Photograph: Getty Images

Paul Stirling stars with bat and ball in 85-run victory in Abu Dhabi

Paul Stirling hit 77 from 46 balls and took four wickets as Ireland beat Hong Kong by 85 runs to qualify for the World T20 finals in Bangladesh. Photograph:  2013 IDI/Getty Images

Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien help set massive target in Abu Dhabi

Ireland captain William Porterfield made 33 off 17 balls in the victory over Uganda at the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: 2013 IDI/Getty Images

Victory on Sunday will seal qualification for Bangladesh T20 finals

Gary Wilson: Kept up his fine performances so far in the tournament. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Close wins over Canada and the United Arab Emirates

Gary Wilson top-scored with an unbeaten 53 in Ireland’s five-run victory over the UAE at the World Twenty20 qualifier in Abu Dhabi. Photograph:  Peter Muhly/Getty Images

Three wickets fall in final over in five-run win over UAE

Gary Wilson top-scored for Ireland in the World Twenty20 qualifier warm-up against Papua New Guinea in Dubai. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Six places on offer for World Twenty20 in Bangladesh

Trent Johnston at an Ireland training session at  Malahide Cricket Club last month. Photograph: Inpho

Emerging group includes 10 players capped at senior international level

Ireland batsman Kevin O’Brien launches a six during the  Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland at Castle Avenue. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Late breakthrough leaves home side two wickets away from win

Ireland skipper William Porterfield celebrates his half-century during the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Stormont. Photograph:   Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Lower order save Ireland in dramatic finish to World Cup qualifier

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