What's the format of the ODI World Cup qualification series? Ireland is top of the table and plays Afghanistan again this week (4 times?). Please explain!
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam - I will either find a way or make one
Fortis et hospitalis - Brave and hospitable
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I'm sorry I missed this on radio 4 this morning, a 30 minute documentyary on Irish Cricket. Unfortunately it's not on playback so if anyone can somehow get a copy I'd love to hear it.
Kevin O Brien's century for Ireland against England in the 2011 World Cup was the fastest of all time. Irish cricket fans had waited at least a hundred years to celebrate such a victory.
Before the game there had been precious few victories, but also precious few supporters and players to celebrate them. But after the match cricket fans in Ireland slowly started a whispering chorus of texts, tweets and emails, as the enormity of their team's achievement spread from the few who understood, to the masses who didn't.
On the state broadcaster RTE's main tea time show, their chief political correspondent finished a very serious report about the ongoing coalition talks and suddenly broke into an impassioned monologue to listeners:
'I don't know if you remember the Norwegian commentator the night when Norway beat England? He started shouting 'are you listening Maggie Thatcher?'. Well -.are you listening Geoffrey Boycott? Are you listening Mick Jagger? Are you listening Oliver Cromwell? Our boys just thrashed you at cricket!'
It was an extraordinary moment. Cricket had crashed into the national consciousness.
Ireland may have the third oldest cricket club in the world - Phoenix cricket club in Dublin - but in the centuries since it was established, there have been concerted efforts to ban it and relegate it to the bottom of Ireland's sporting fixtures. Viewed as unpatriotic and a colonial imposition, the GAA - the national sporting association - banned its members from playing or watching 'foreign sports'. Playing cricket became a political decision.
In Over the Boundary, Kevin Connolly tells the story of how cricket batted its way into Ireland's sporting arena.
Producer: Rachel Hooper
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4
World Twenty20 starting tomorrow... WHOOP!
Ireland warm-up with another victory.
Seriously... we're not a test nation why?
And as luck would have it I will be relaxing with my post-All-Ireland hangover with Ireland v Windies. CMON!
DID YOU NOTICE A SIGN OUTSIDE MY HOUSE...?
Ireland won't get test status mainly because there isn't a domestic four-innings (aka first class) competition, and secondly due to lack of political clout like Bangladesh's.
On the other hand, test cricket is declining pretty much everywhere bar England, Australia and up to a point South Africa. So limited overs may eventually become dominant anyway.
Trying to End Hypocrisy?
It's partly because too many Irish cricketers are happy to go off to play for Eng.& Wales with all their multinational mercenaries.
More importantly, is the W.Indies game at 1500 hrs. IST today.
Rate our chances as 40-60 at best...
live stream anyone.........please
Did you ever notice that in every painting of Adam & Eve, they have belly buttons. Think about that...take as long as you want.
Match abandoned so Windies go through, though we fell short anyway I think.
Didn't we go out of the last T20 WC in the same way? England had set us a beatable score but we never got to bat. Something like that anyway.
It's a sh*te concept anyway...
Ireland almost certain victors in the UAE - 589/7 against the hosts current total of 56/1.
You mean in terms of being not able to play Tests?
Played in a game last weekend. We made 99 ao. The opposition made 100 for 9 wickets off the last ball. Never played in a game like that before. When we totted their book though at the end it only came to 99 but we gave them the win because they probably could have made 2 off the last ball. Very few sports can actually come to ends like that (the miscounting aside).
Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.