With nothing new to satisfy our hunger, the sports fan has been delving back into the past for entertainment and enlightenment. The two-part RTE documentary, Boys In Green, has been watched a million times in a week. It was fascinating to see men like Mick McCarthy, Packie Bonner and Niall Quinn, then mere players, now key stakeholders in Irish football.
Kevin O'Brien ended a seven-year winless run against Afghanistan in dramatic style with a six from the last ball of a Super Over as Ireland squeezed to victory in the third and final T20 international in Greater Noida, India.
Paul Stirling scored his seventh T20 half-century in 12 months but Ireland could not mark their 1,000th game with a win in Greater Noida, India yesterday as Afghanistan continued to dominate in the short format with an 11-run D/L victory in the first of a three-match series.
Eimear Richardson and Paul Stirling were the major prize winners at the Irish Cricket Awards on Friday night. Voted on by their peers, all-rounder Richardson took 16 wickets at an average of 9.56. It was Stirling's second time winning the men's award, and came after he broke the world record for T20 runs scored in a year.
After a year of often convulsive change, Cricket Ireland can look forward to 2020 with a bit of optimism as green shoots start to emerge. The main woes in 2019 surrounded money after a series of serious setbacks, some self-inflicted. And while some sports can rely on a state dig-out, others have to make do.
Andy Balbirnie will lead Ireland into the T20 World Cup in Australia this autumn with renewed confidence after seeing his young side claim an excellent 1-1 draw, with one game abandoned, from their three-match series in the West Indies.
GARETH DELANY smashed four huge sixes off consecutive balls in St Kitts on Saturday night as Ireland posted a competitive 147-9 against the West Indies only to see the second T20 international washed out by persistent rain.
Paul Stirling brought his own heat to the spice island of Grenada yesterday with a blistering 95 from 47 balls and it was just enough to give Ireland a nail-biting, four-run victory over the West Indies and a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 international series.
Andy Balbirnie was within millimetres of recording his first victory as Ireland skipper only to see it twice slip away as the West Indies won a thrilling second one-day international by one wicket with a ball to spare in Barbados.
Andy Balbirnie has laid the blame for Ireland's opening defeat in their one-day international series firmly on the shoulders of himself and his fellow top order batsman and he wants a big improvement in this evening's second match against the West Indies in Barbados.
Ireland were forced to announce the loss of a second Test match in three days yesterday when a proposed tour of Sri Lanka in February was postponed indefinitely because the hosts have been unable to interest a TV broadcaster.
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