Kobus Olivier: ‘Sport is something that can lift the mood. Ukraine is going to be devastated. They’ve lost young soldiers and civilians.’

Among a myriad of stories of devastated civilians in Ukraine is that of a South African cricket administrator. Kobus Olivier – who in a previous jo(...)

Gareth Delany has been ruled out of Ireland’s two T20 internationals against the USA after testing positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Pankaj Nangia/Inpho

Ireland have been hit by a number of Covid-19 disruptions for the five-match tour in the USA over the Christmas period. Six players and coaches have (...)

Zimbabwe batsman Sikandar Raza is run out by a combination of Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie  and wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker during the third World Cup Super league ODI at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Rowland White /Inpho/Presseye

Zimbabwe 131 (34 ovs) (C Ervine 57; A McBrine 3-26, J Little 3-33, S Singh 2-35) lost to Ireland 118-3 (22.2 ovs) (D/L target 118 from 32 ovs) (P Stir(...)

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie and head coach Graham Ford react after the second World Cup Super League match against Zimbabwe was abandoned at Stormont on Friday. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

2nd ODI: Ireland 282-8 (50 ovs) (W Porterfield 67, H Tector 55, A Balbirnie 40, P Stirling 33, L Tucker 32, G Dockrell 28; R Ngarva 3-52) v Zimbabwe. (...)

Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe acknowledges the crowd after bringing up his half-century during match one of the Dafanews International Cup ODI series between Ireland and Zimbabwe at Stormont. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Zimbabwe 266-7 (C Ervine 64, S Raza 59*; S Singh 1-22) beat Ireland 228 all out (W Porterfield 75, H Tector 50; R Muzarabani 4-29) by 38 runs. Irelan(...)

Ireland bowler Mark Adair celebrates after taking the final South Africa wicket in the World Cup Super League encounter in Malahide. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 290-5 (50 ovs) (A Balbirnie 102, H Tector 79, G Dockrell 45, A McBrine 30, P Stirling 27; A Phehlukwayo 2-73) beat South Africa 247 (48.3 ovs)(...)

Ireland opening bat  William Porterfield in action during the World Cup Super League game at Malahide on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 195-4 (40.2 ovs) (A Balbirnie 65, W Porterfield 63) v South Africa. No result William Porterfield showed Ireland what they have been missing (...)

George Dockrell in action during his innings of 40 during the third ODI against the Netherlands at the SV Kampong ground  in Utrecht on Monday. Photograph: Netherlands Cricket

3rd ODI: Ireland 163 (49.2 ovs) (H Tector 58, G Dockrell 40; F Klaassen 3-23, L van Beek 3-29), Netherlands 166-6 (45.5 ovs) (S Myburgh 74, M O’Dowd 3(...)

Craig Young took four wickets for 18 runs in the second ODI against the Netherlands in Utrecht. File photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Netherlands 157 (49.2 ovs) (M O’Dowd 36; C Young 4-18, J Little 4-39), Ireland 158-2 (43 ovs) (A Balbirnie 63no, P Stirling 52, H Tector 30no). Irelan(...)

 Andrew Balbirnie batting for  Leinster Lightning during the Cricket Ireland Inteprovincial Cup  match against the  North West Warriors  at Eglinton Cricket Club in Derry. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

At Eglinton CC: North West Warriors 231 (49.3 ovs) (A McBrine 72, N McGuire 53; D O’Halloran 4-44), Leinster Lightning 235-6 (48.5 ovs) (A Balbirnie 8(...)

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