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Ireland’s test of character leaves Kevin O’Brien confident they can compete | Andy Bull

Century-maker proud of team’s grit in first five-dayer against Pakistan but says new blood is needed to cement progressThe O’Brien boys used to play at the Ashes in the back garden. During the summer they would stage long one-on-one Test matches, each …

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Ireland’s moment in the sun comes just as it is setting on Test cricket

Malahide on Saturday saw the first Irish Test XI take to the field, against Pakistan, but the game was far from a sellout and they have only 16 more Tests planned for the next five yearsNorth Richmond Street, being blind, is a quiet street. There is no…

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Imam-ul-Haq helps Pakistan dash Irish hopes of unlikely win in maiden Test

• Pakistan 310/9(d) & 160/5, Ireland 130 & 339• Azam and ul-Haq hit half-centuries; visitors win by five wicketsIreland came up short in their bid to pull off a miracle in Malahide as they were beaten by five wickets in an enthralling inaugural…

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Gary Wilson lauds openers’ ‘big balls’ as Ireland battle on against Pakistan

• Pakistan 310-9, Ireland 130 & 64-0• Wilson makes 33 at bat despite suspected elbow fractureGary Wilson praised Ireland’s openers for displaying “big balls” after following on against Pakistan, having shown serious courage himself in making an unb…

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Ireland make flying start in historic first Test before Pakistan fight back

• Pakistan 268-6 v Ireland • Two wickets each for Murtagh, Rankin, ThompsonSoon after 10am, the Irish players gathered together on the outfield while the chair of selectors, Andrew White, set down a scruffy cardboard box full of handsome new caps. He h…

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Ireland make flying start in historic first Test before Pakistan fight back

• Pakistan 268-6 v Ireland • Two wickets each for Murtagh, Rankin, ThompsonSoon after 10am, the Irish players gathered together on the outfield while the chair of selectors, Andrew White, set down a scruffy cardboard box full of handsome new caps. He h…

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Ireland lose €75,000 after historic first day of Test cricket is washed out

• Not even a coin toss for Test against Pakistan• Ireland chief executive calls Test cricket a ‘loss leader’After years of waiting, nothing came. Ireland’s first day of Test cricket, against Pakistan, was a washout. It passed without even so much as a …

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Ireland savour their first big Test as Pakistan arrive for historic encounter

Anticipation is high for the nation’s debut appearance in long-form international cricket just outside Dublin on FridayThe day before the start of play they were still putting the finishing touches to Test cricket’s newest venue, the modest, pretty lit…

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Afghanistan hold nerve to beat Ireland and reach Cricket World Cup

• Ireland 209-7; Afghanistan 213-5; Afghanistan win by five wickets• Ireland miss out on World Cup for the first time since 2003Afghanistan have pipped Ireland to a place at next year’s World Cup after edging home in their all-or-nothing encounter in H…

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Ireland hope to avoid falling victim to slimmed down Cricket World Cup | The Spin

In March 10 sides will fight for two remaining places at the 2019 tournament and in-form Ireland face a tough battle to qualifyOn Thursday, Ireland play a Northerns/Easterns XI in Pretoria. This is the opening skirmish in a battle of the utmost importa…

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England v Ireland: second one-day international – live!

10.42am BST

England resist the temptation to change a winning team, which is understandable but perhaps harsh on Moeen Ali. Ireland make one change, bringing in Barry McCarthy for Stuart Thompson, one seamer for another. You may not have heard of McCarthy, but he has two four-fors in ODIs, which is two more than Mark Wood, for all his pace, has in 50-over cricket.

10.36am BST

Heads, says William Porterfield, and heads it is. He opts to have a bowl, for obvious reasons: “it’s a bit cold, and there’s a bit of cloud around”. Eoin Morgan confirms that he would have done the same.

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England v Ireland: second one-day international – live!

10.42am BST

England resist the temptation to change a winning team, which is understandable but perhaps harsh on Moeen Ali. Ireland make one change, bringing in Barry McCarthy for Stuart Thompson, one seamer for another. You may not have heard of McCarthy, but he has two four-fors in ODIs, which is two more than Mark Wood, for all his pace, has in 50-over cricket.

10.36am BST

Heads, says William Porterfield, and heads it is. He opts to have a bowl, for obvious reasons: “it’s a bit cold, and there’s a bit of cloud around”. Eoin Morgan confirms that he would have done the same.

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England v Ireland: first ODI – live!

11.56am BST

13th over: Ireland 64-2 (Porterfield 5, Balbirnie 15) Plunkett comes on at the other end, and he swiftly finds the edge of Balbirnie’s bat. The ball flies straight to that non-existent second slip again, and off for a second successive four, the first having gone in a similar direction, but more deliberately. The bowler looks miffed.

11.51am BST

12th over: Ireland 54-2 (Porterfield 4, Balbirnie 5) The first bowling change sees Ball replace Wood and he delivers the ball of the day so far, angled into the left-handed Porterfield and moving away off the seam, just past the bat. Lovely stuff, that.

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Top-table seat a dream come true but Test status not the holy grail for Ireland | Ali Martin

Although the green light to become a Test-playing nation is expected in June the priority for ambitious Ireland is to make cricket a major sport at home

In recent years the prospect of playing Test cricket has inched from the grasp of Ireland like the grapes hanging over Tantalus but this year the dream looks set to become a reality. The two-match one‑day series in England that begins on Friday is both a historic first visit and perhaps the last time the men in green will be seen here in their current guise.

Associate members of the International Cricket Council since 1993 and given one‑day status in 2006, Ireland are buoyed by the news that came out of the board meeting of the governing body in Dubai last week. Subject to approval in June, the path will be cleared for them, and most likely Afghanistan, to apply for Test status and begin a new era at the top table.

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England bank on Mark Wood’s firepower to torpedo Ireland hopes of shock

The Durham bowler’s selection for the two-match ODI series reflects the need for someone who can snatch wickets via extra pace at the Champions Trophy

For the first time England have an ODI series against Ireland. The series lasts for only two matches but this is a landmark of sorts and allows England, at home, preparation for an international summer devoted to white-ball cricket until July.

Meanwhile the Irish always relish the chance to upset the odds (when last in Dublin for a match the wifi code in the press box was Bangalore2011). On Friday the two teams meet at Bristol; on Sunday they are at Lord’s, where only a handful of tickets are still available.

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Sam Curran may seal England ODI place against Ireland on back of IPL absentees

• Selectors keen to see Surrey’s 18-year-old all-rounder close up
• Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes will stay with franchises and miss May series

Sam Curran could be a surprise beneficiary of the recent English success in the Indian Premier League auction, with Surrey’s teenage all-rounder now in line for an England call-up to face Ireland in two ODIs in May in the absence of Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.

Related: Thangarasu Natarajan’s Punjab deal the latest product of IPL’s dream factory | The Spin

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ICC’s World T20 plan leaves Ireland, Netherlands and co as mere footnote | Andy Bull

Preservation of the most successful nations at the top of the game is irking those scrapping below – where getting your voice heard is a challenge in itself

For all its accomplishments, it seems there are still one or two little things the International Cricket Council struggles with. Like staging major international events, and supporting the development of the sport around the world. Which is unfortunate, since these are really the only two things it needs to do, and essentially comprise all four components of the ICC’s official ‘mission statement’:

Provide a world class environment for international cricket

Deliver ‘major’ events across three formats

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Ireland end disappointing World T20 campaign with Netherlands defeat

• Netherlands 59-5 (6.0) beat Ireland 47-7 by 12 runs
• Ireland end World T20 tournament without a win

Ireland ended their disappointing World Twenty20 campaign with a 12-run defeat to the Netherlands in a match reduced to six overs a side on account of rain in Dharamsala. Ireland were already out of contention to qualify for the Super 10 stage after a shock defeat to Oman was followed by a washout against Bangladesh and Will Porterfield’s side failed to chase 60 and finish with a morale-boosting triumph.

Related: The Agenda: England women launch World T20 bid and Every hat-trick in sight

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Ireland’s World Twenty20 hopes dashed by Bangladesh abandonment

• Bangladesh 94-2 off eight overs; rain denies Ireland chance to reply
• Ireland fail to qualify for Super 10 stage against Test sides

Ireland are out of the ICC World Twenty20 after heavy rain prevented a result in their match against Bangladesh in Dharamsala. The rain relented temporarily to allow William Porterfield’s team to start a contest already reduced to 12 overs per side.

But after Tamim Iqbal powered Bangladesh to 94 for two in only eight of those overs, rain and lightning returned.

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Ireland stunned by Oman in World Twenty20 opener

• Ireland 154-5; Oman 157-8; Oman won by two wickets
• Oman score 14 runs in Max Sorensen’s final over to claim victory

Ireland suffered a shock two-wicket defeat against Oman in their ICC World Twenty20 opener in Dharamsala.

William Porterfield’s men were unable to defend 154 for five, and 14 runs in Max Sorensen’s final over, as Oman marked their debut in a global tournament by sealing a nail-biting success with two balls to spare.

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