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Cricket Ireland Logo.png
ICC membership granted 1993
ICC member status Associate with ODI status
ICC development region Europe
World Cricket League division One
European Cricket Championship division One
Captain William Porterfield
Coach Phil Simmons
First recorded match 10 September 1855 v Gentlemen of England at Dublin
One Day Internationals
ODI matches played 46
ODI wins/losses 17/20 (1 Tied/3 NR)[1]
Twenty20 Internationals
Twenty20 Internationals played 15
Twenty20 International wins/losses 7/7 (1 NR)[2]
First class cricket
First class matches played 141
First class wins/losses 38/41
List A cricket
List A matches played 155
List A wins/losses 41/94
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 5 (First in 1994)
Best result Won, 2009
Cricket World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2007)
Best result 8th
As of 1 September 2009

The Ireland cricket team is the cricket team representing both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland). Because of political difficulties, the Irish Cricket Union (ICU) was not elected to the International Cricket Council (ICC) until 1993, and qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 2007. The Irish Cricket Union is the governing body of Irish cricket. The Irish cricket team is an amateur one, with players forced to take time away from their full-time jobs to represent their country in cricket. Efforts have been made to professionalise the team although funding has been a difficulty. Despite the challenging financial environment, Cricket Ireland[3] has announced 13.01.2010 additional sponsorship funding to increase from two to six the number of full time professional players with partial funding for a further four county players.[4]

The first match played by an Irish team was in 1855. Since then, Ireland have gained a reputation for giant-killing. Ireland played their first One Day International (ODI) in 2006 against England. Since then, they have gone on to play 39 ODIs, resulting in 16 victories, 19 defeats, 3 no results, and 1 tie.[5] Ireland's greatest cricketing success to date was in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, where they achieved a tie against Zimbabwe and victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh, and ended the tournament ranked 10th overall in the official ICC rankings above Zimbabwe and Kenya.[6]

Ireland take part in the ICC Trophy, the European Cricket Championship (which they have won three times and hold the title of European champions), and the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which they have won consecutively three times since 2005 and are the current holders. The team also competes in the Friends Provident Trophy against English counties. Ireland is an Associate member of the ICC; Associates are the next level of team below those that play Test cricket. Due to their recent successes in the Intercontinental Cup and at the World Cup, they have been labelled the "leading Associate".[7] Ireland is currently one of the team's in Division 1 of Associate Members of International Cricket Council who has One Day International and T20 International status. After the tremendous success at International stage , Cricket Ireland has applied for Full Membership from the International Cricket Council. Ireland have recently won the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2008 and 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier and qualified for 2009 World Twenty20 and 2011 Cricket World Cup. Being a full member will allow Ireland to be a permanent One Day International and eventually granting them Test status.[8]




Early history

Cricket was introduced to Ireland by the English in the towns of Kilkenny and Ballinasloe in the early 1800s. In the 1830s, the game began to spread; many of the clubs which were founded in the following 30 years are still in existence today.[9] The first Irish national team played in 1855 against The Gentlemen of England in Dublin. In the 1850s, the Englishman Charles Lawrence was responsible for developing the game in Ireland through his coaching.[9] In the 1850s and 1860s, Ireland was visited for the first time by touring professional teams. Ireland's first match against Marylebone Cricket Club – the M.C.C. – was in 1858.[9]

The game increased in popularity until the early 1880s. The land war in the 1880s resulting from the Irish Land Commission and a ban on playing "foreign" games by the Gaelic Athletic Association set back the spread of cricket. The ban was not lifted until 1970.[9] Anyone playing foreign games such as cricket would be banned from the extremely popular Irish games such as hurling and Gaelic football.[9] Irish teams toured Canada and the USA in 1879, 1888, 1892, and 1909. On top of this, Ireland defeated a touring South African side in 1904.[9] Their first match with first-class status was played on 19 May 1902 against a London County side including W.G. Grace. The Irish, captained by Sir Tim O'Brien, won convincingly by 238 runs.[10]

Before 1993

After the 1902 tour of England, where four matches yielded one win, two draws and one loss, the Irish did not play first-class cricket again for five years.[11] Although the Irish had lost to the South Africans in 1894 – Ireland's first match against a Test-playing nation – Ireland defeated South Africa in 1904; it was the team's first victory against a Test side.[12] In 1909, the first annual first-class match between Ireland and Scotland was held. An annual match against the M.C.C. was arranged and held from 1924 onwards.[9]

The Irish played yearly first-class games with the Scots, only interrupted by wars, up until 1999, but all their other cricket was dictated by whenever touring international sides found it convenient to visit Ireland. However, they sometimes surprised Test nations in these games, winning by 60 runs in a three-day game in Dublin over the West Indies in 1928, for example; it was Ireland's first match against the West Indies.[12] In 1969, they defeated a West Indian side including Clive Lloyd and Clyde Walcott by nine wickets, after bowling them out for 25. The match was played at Sion Mills in County Tyrone.[13] This was the last time Ireland defeated a touring side until 2003 when they beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets.[14]

The Scots and the Irish were mostly competing with Sri Lanka for the title as best non-Test nation at the time – indeed, Ireland drew with Sri Lanka in a rain-hit first-class match in 1979, Ireland scoring a total of 341/7 in two innings while Sri Lanka made 288/6 in one innings. Ireland joined the ICC as an Associate member in 1993, a year before Scotland.[15]

ICC Trophy

As a member of the ICC in 1994, Ireland were allowed to compete in the ICC Trophy for the first time. They won three of their seven games to finish seventh in the tournament.[16] Three years later in Malaysia, they progressed to the semi-finals after a good showing in the group stage,[17] but lost by seven runs to Kenya.[18] They went on to lose the third place play-off with Scotland, thus missing a place at the 1999 cricket World Cup. The 2001 tournament in Canada showed the batting skills of Ed Joyce, who ended up with 359 runs at an average of 71.80 in eight innings with a highest score of 87.[19] Joyce, who had been signed by Middlesex two years earlier, could not save the team from a number of defeats, however. They lost to the USA by six wickets in the first match in Canada, and also lost to Denmark by 12 runs. In the end, the Irish lost five matches, finishing eighth in the tournament.[20]

The 2005 ICC Trophy, which was hosted in Ireland – the group stages in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the final stages in Dublin, Republic of Ireland – saw the Irish improve drastically. Ed Joyce's four years in county cricket, where he earlier in 2005 became the first batsman to hit 1,000 runs, gave him the experience to lift the Irish to big totals (he averaged 106 in four innings for Ireland), and even when he left for County Championship games with Middlesex, they managed to win, defeating Canada by four-wickets thanks to Peter Gillespie, who hit a career highest score in the ICC Trophy with 64 not out – his first fifty – to anchor their chase to 239. Earlier, South African-born Andre Botha had taken 4/47 runs.[21] In the final against Scotland, as they conceded a total of 324/9 after electing to bowl first. The return of Joyce did not help; even though he made 81 the Irish still lost the match by 47 runs.[22] Joyce later that year qualified to play for England, leaving the Irish cricket team. He is still hailed as one of the best players ever produced by Ireland.[23] Although Ireland lost in the final, they had secured their place at the 2007 World Cup as well as an extra $500,000 over the next four years from the ICC to encourage development of Irish cricket.[24]

Intercontinental Cup

With the introduction of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004,[25] Ireland received a chance to play first-class on a regular basis. The competition was split into four divisions, with the top team from each division progressing to a knock-out stage. Whilst they beat the Netherlands, Ireland lost their group match against Scotland in 2004 and failed to progress beyond the group stage.[26]

Ireland won their first ICC Cup title in October 2005 with a six wicket win over Kenya. An unbeaten century by Niall O'Brien, half centuries from Eoin Morgan, Andre Botha, and Jeremy Bray, along with four wickets each for Andrew White and Kyle McCallan were the principal contributions.[27]

For its third edition, the tournament was revamped. The number of participating teams was reduced from 16 to 8 and was divided into two groups in stead of four. This was done to ensure that the best Associate sides got the chance to play more first-class cricket and develop.[28] In May 2007, Ireland played in the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup against Canada. Ireland, led by Trent Johnston, emerged convincing winners by an innings and 115 runs at Grace Road, the four-day match concluding within two days. This made Ireland the first team to successfully defend the Continental Cup, confirming its current status as the most successful non-Test playing nation.[29] In August 2007, Ireland played Scotland and Bermuda in the first round of the 2007–2008 competition.

In November 2008, Ireland's Intercontinental Cup campaign drew to a conclusion. After having finished second in the round-robin stage of the competition, Ireland faced Namibia in the final. Ireland won by nine wickets under the captaincy of William Porterfield, securing their third consecutive Intercontinental Cup title.[30]

English county competition

Ireland compete against Essex at Castle Avenue.

Ireland, along with Scotland, has at times played in competitions for English county cricket sides, including the Benson & Hedges Cup and the Friends Provident Trophy (previously the C&G Trophy). Since there is no nationality restriction in county cricket, non-Irish players have competed for Ireland in these matches. For example Hansie Cronje of South Africa competed for Ireland in the 1997 Benson & Hedges Cup,[31] and more recently New Zealander Jesse Ryder played for Ireland in 2007.[32] In 2004, Ireland beat Surrey by five wickets in the C&G Trophy.[33]

For the 2006 season, the C&G Trophy was reorganised to include a round-robin stage instead of being entirely knock-out. Whereas Ireland had only one match guaranteed in the tournament before, they now had more fixtures against English county sides. For the 2006 tournament, they were bolstered by the signings of Saqlain Mushtaq and Shahid Afridi, the two overseas players they were allowed when competing in English domestic competitions. Ireland recorded one win in their nine matches.[34] Their victory was over Gloucestershire on 30 April by 47 runs.[35]

The C&G Trophy changed its name to Friends Provident Trophy for the 2007 season. In 2007, Ireland played in the Friends Provident Trophy against nine English county sides. Of those nine matches, they lost six and the remaining three matches were abandoned due to rain. They finished bottom in the South Conference of the trophy.[36]

For the 2008 season, the round-robin section of the trophy was changed from two divisions to three; Ireland were in the newly formed Midlands Division. In 2008, Ireland played eight games in the Midlands Division, winning one match with one no result and six losses. They finished fifth in the division which had five teams.[37] Ireland's four wicket victory over Warwickshire on 16 May was Ireland's first win in the competition against a county side for two years.[38] Captain William Porterfield anchored the innings with 69 runs.[39]

In 2009, Ireland inflicted Worcestershire's lowest ever one-day total (58 all out) in a 94-run Friends Provident Trophy group A win at New Road. Peter Connell did the most damage in taking 5-19. It was the first time that Ireland had bowled out a county for less than a hundred. This was Ireland only win in the group & they finished 5th & last with 4.0 pts. [40]

One Day Internationals before 2007

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As a result of their second place in the 2005 ICC Trophy, Ireland qualified for the 2007 World Cup and gained official ODI status until 2009.[24] Ireland's inaugural ODI was played in Belfast at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, on 13 June 2006 against England. It was the first time Ireland had played the full England side. Tickets sold well for the game, with a full house of 7,500 attendees. Marcus Trescothick scored a century as England, scoring 301/7 from their 50 overs, beat Ireland who made 263/9 from their allotment, including 52 from Andre Botha, the highest score of the Irish innings. Andrew Strauss, England's stand-in captain for the match, said "I thought [Ireland] played really well, and put us under pressure... Full credit to Ireland though who played really well, and showed what they're capable of".[41][42]

August saw them participate in Division One of the European Championship, against Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Scotland. The games against the Netherlands and Scotland had ODI status. In the tournament, and what was the team's second ODI, Ireland recorded their first ODI win, beating fellow Associates Scotland by 85 runs after man-of-the-match Eoin Morgan made 99.[43][44] Although the match against the Netherlands was a no-result, Ireland won the European Championship title.[45]

One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals


January 2007 saw the start of more than three months of almost constant cricket. First was a visit to Kenya, where they took part in Division One of the ICC World Cricket League. They finished fifth in the league after four narrow defeats and Kenya won the league.[46] Prior to the World Cup, the team participated in a high-performance camp in South Africa.[47]

World Cup

In August 2006, the Irish Cricket Union named their squad for the 2007 World Cup.[48] The team was managed by Roy Torrens. In the final 13-a-side warm-up matches before the World Cup, Ireland lost to South Africa, but only by 34 runs;[49] and beat Canada comfortably by seven wickets.[50]

Ireland's performance in their maiden World Cup in the 2007 tournament took many pundits by surprise.[6] Their first game was on 15 March when they tied with Zimbabwe, primarily thanks to Ireland's first ever World Cup century by man-of-the-match Jeremy Bray and economical bowling in the final overs by Trent Johnston and Andre Botha. From having required 15 runs from the last six overs with four wickets in hand, Zimbabwe were dismissed for 221 off the last ball of the innings with the scores level.[51] In their second match, played on Saint Patrick's Day, they beat the fourth-ranked team in the world, Pakistan, by three wickets, thus knocking Pakistan out of the competition.[52] These two results were sufficient to advance Ireland to the "Super 8" stage of the tournament. Their final group stage game was against the West Indies, where they lost by eight wickets.[53]

In the Super 8 stage, they lost their first four matches against England, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, but then recorded a 74-run victory against the 9th ranked team in the world and Test playing nation Bangladesh. As this was their second win against a full ICC member, Ireland have gained 'promotion' by way of recognition in the ICC's official one-day rankings. This list now consists of the ten full members, Kenya and Ireland.[6] Ireland was defeated in their final Super-8 match against Sri Lanka, by 8 wickets, with 40 overs remaining. The Irish team received a heroes welcome on 24 April 2007 in Dublin after a highly successful World Cup campaign.[54]

A documentary film, Breaking Boundaries directed by Paul Davey recounting the story of the World Cup campaign was released in 2008.[55]

Summer 2007

After the World Cup, former West Indies cricketer Phil Simmons took the role of team coach from Adrian Birrell.[56] India had agreed to play South Africa in a series of One Day Internationals in Ireland in June 2007, as a result of a 'neutral venue' contract clause for such matches between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian broadcaster Zee TV. But Zee TV turned it down, Nimbus Sports agreed to telecast the matches including India-Pakistan at Titwood, Glasgow, Scotland.[57] In addition to lucrative staging rights, Ireland also played one-off matches at Stormont against the two teams. Missing several players from their World Cup squad, Ireland lost both games.[58]

Ireland hosted a quadrangular tournament in Dublin and Belfast from 10 July to 15 July involving the West Indies, the Netherlands and Scotland. Ireland and the West Indies both won two games with their direct encounter being a no result due to rain. The West Indies were declared tournament winners because of a bonus point won against the Netherlands. Scotland and the Netherlands both lost two games while the match between the two was also rained out.[59] Ireland played three ODIs against test nations (two losses and a no result), and five ODIs in total, winning the two matches against fellow Associates Scotland and the Netherlands. A triangular ODI series in Scotland as well as the European Twenty20 Championship had to be cancelled due to conflicting dates with the quadrangular series.[60]


In March, Ireland toured Bangladesh, playing three ODIs against the hosts, losing all three of them.[61] In July, Ireland played a tri-series against New Zealand and Scotland in Aberdeen, Scotland and lost both matches.[62] Reigning champions Ireland hosted the European Cricket Championship (Division One) in late July and they won their third European title, winning every game, including the decisive encounter against Scotland by seven wickets. Ireland were captained by William Porterfield.[63]

In early August, Ireland hosted five other Associate nations at the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Belfast. Ireland recorded victories over Scotland and Bermuda in the pool encounters to reach the semi-final, where in a low scoring match on 4 August they defeated Kenya by four wickets with five balls remaining to advance to the final and secure automatic qualification to the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England. The final of the tournament was rained off and Ireland shared the title with the Netherlands.[64]

Later in August, Ireland played three ODIs at home against Kenya. Ireland won the first game, the second game could not be finished due to rain and the last match was completely washed out.[65] In October, Ireland visited Kenya for a tri-series of ODIs with the hosts and Zimbabwe. Only two of Ireland's four games in the round-robin stage could be played, the others were rained off. Ireland suffered defeat in their first match to Zimbabwe,[66] but won their second against Kenya.[67] Ireland failed to qualify for the final because of their lower run-rate than both Kenya and Zimbabwe.[68] The title was shared between the two teams as rain prevented the final from taking place.[69]


2009 ICC World Twenty20

At the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in August 2008, featuring Associate ICC members, Ireland made their Twenty20 International debut. Playing against Scotland, they won a low scoring match by four wickets.[70] After beating Bermuda in their second and final match of the group stages,[71] Ireland progressed to the knock-out round of the tournament. Ireland defeated Kenya in the semi-finals to secure a place in the final against the Netherlands.[72] The final was rained off and the teams shared the trophy.[73] Andre Botha finished as the Man of the Tournament.[74] By getting to the final of the tournament, Ireland qualified for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England in June 2009.

In the run up to the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, Ireland were deprived of batsman Eoin Morgan, similarly to Ed Joyce several years earlier, who was selected to play for England, making him ineligible to play for Ireland again.[75] Ireland played their first Twenty20 International against a full ICC member side on 8 June 2009. In their opening match of the tournament, Ireland defeated Bangladesh by four wickets and knocked them out of the tournament with Kevin and Niall O'Brien making quick runs to put Ireland back on track after their run chase wavered. It was their first victory against a full ICC Member and only their fourth Twenty20 International match.[76][77] Ireland progressed to the Super 8's stage of the competition and were in group F, alongside New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Ireland lost all three of their matches.

Summer 2009

The 3-0 series win over Kenya in July raised Ireland to 10th place in the ODI World Rankings, above Zimbabwe.[78]

Governing body

The Irish Cricket Union (ICU) – the governing body of Irish cricket – was officially founded in 1923, although its predecessor had been active since 1890.[9]

Flag of the Irish team

In common with a number of other Ireland sporting governing bodies, the Union was formed to represent cricket throughout the island of Ireland, rather than just the Republic of Ireland and in common with its counterparts for rugby union and field hockey, the Union therefore does not use the Irish tricolor, but instead employs its own flag, which is used by such bodies as the International Cricket Council to represent the team.[79][80] In 2007, it announced major changes to bring it in-line with the main cricket governing bodies.[81] After the World Cup, Irish cricket experienced a dip in success with poor results in the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy as many players were unavailable. The Irish cricket team was – and still is[82] – an amateur side and most of the players had full-time jobs with commitments conflicting with cricket.[47] After the World Cup there were delays in paying the players which resulted in them ignoring the press in protest to their treatment after an Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya.[47]

Warren Deutrom, the chief executive of the ICU, has stated that it wants to "seek actively to place Irish players into top-level cricket, by developing relationships with [especially] county cricket which will incorporate appropriate player release for Irish international duty, and feeder systems for developing Irish cricketers".[81] The reorganised ICU sought closer links with the English county teams, encourage the development of age group cricket, and to introduce a professional element into the Irish game. They also want to take the Ireland cricket team on winter tours more often.[81] In an attempt to prevent the game losing players to counties or other commitments such as jobs, it was suggested that central contracts should be introduced.[83] By June 2009, Trent Johnston and Alex Cusack were the only players to have central contracts with the ICU.[84]

Deutrom has commented that it is difficult for Ireland to become a Test team as Ireland have not received guidance on how it can be achieved. In June 2009, shortly before the start of the 2009 ICC Twenty20 World Cup in which Ireland defeated Bangladesh to progress to the second round of the tournament, he said "Ireland has proved itself head and shoulders above the rest of the associate nations. Yet we are bumping up against a glass ceiling".[85]

Tournament history

World Cup
  • 1975–1992: Ineligible (not an ICC member)
  • 1996–2003: Did not qualify
  • 2007: 8th (Super Eight Stage)
  • 2011: Qualified
Intercontinental Cup
ICC 6 Nations Challenge/World Cricket League
  • 2000: 3rd place
  • 2002: Did not participate
  • 2004: Did not participate
  • 2007: 5th place (Division One)
ICC Trophy/ICC World Cup Qualifier
  • 1979–1990 inclusive: Ineligible (not an ICC member)
  • 1994: Second round
  • 1997: 4th place
  • 2001: 7th place
  • 2005: 2nd place
  • 2009: Won
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
ICC World Twenty20
  • 2007: Did not qualify
  • 2009: Super Eight stage
European Championship
  • 1996: Won
  • 1998: 4th place (Division One)
  • 2000: 4th place (Division One)
  • 2002: 3rd place (Division One)
  • 2004: 2nd place (Division One)
  • 2006: Won (Division One)
  • 2008: Won (Division One)
Triple Crown
  • 1993: 2nd place
  • 1994: 3rd place
  • 1995: 3rd place
  • 1996: Won
  • 1997: 3rd place
  • 1998: 3rd place
  • 1999: 4th place
  • 2000: 2nd place
  • 2001: 4th place


The following table lists the players in Ireland's squad for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 still playing (Jeremy Bray and Kyle McCallan were in the squad but has since retired).[86] Players in bold were part of Ireland's 2007 World Cup squad.
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style ODI matches FC matches Notes Born
William Porterfield (c) 25 LHB OS 37 26 Plays for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Donemana, Northern Ireland, UK
Paul Stirling 19 RHB OS 6 6 Plays for Middlesex County Cricket Club Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Andre Botha 34 LHB RM 35 24 Johannesburg, South Africa
Alex Cusack 29 RHB RMF 20 7 Brisbane, Australia
Trent Johnston 35 RHB RFM 31 20 Former captain Wollongong, Australia
John Mooney 28 LHB RM 13 2 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Kevin O'Brien 26 RHB RMF 35 10 Plays for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Andrew White 29 RHB OS 32 16 Newtownards, Northern Ireland, UK
Niall O'Brien 28 LHB   33 71 Plays for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Gary Wilson 24 RHB   16 5 Plays for Surrey County Cricket Club Dundonald, Northern Ireland, UK
Peter Connell 28 RHB RMF 11 5 Dannevirke, New Zealand
Boyd Rankin 25 LHB RMF 20 14 Plays for Warwickshire County Cricket Club Derry, Northern Ireland, UK
Regan West 30 LHB SLA 10 18 New Plymouth, New Zealand


One Day Internationals

  • Ireland have won 17 of their 41 ODIs (0.85 win/loss ratio) as off 27 Aug 2009.
    • W17, L20, T1, NR3
    • 5 wins over both Kenya & Scotland are the most over any side.
    • Ireland have beaten 2 Test nations (Pakistan & Bangledash) in ODIs, both at the 2007 World Cup.
    • Irelands only tied ODI was against Zimbabwe, also at the 2007 World Cup.
  • Home record: 16 games - 8 wins, 4 losses, 2 aband., 2 n/r.
    • Ireland have never lost an ODI in Dublin: 7 games - 5 wins, 1 aband., 1 n/r;
    • Whereas their record in Belfast is: 9 games - 3 wins, 4 losses, 1 aband., 1 n/r.
  • Highest team total: 308/7 v Canada, 4 February 2007 at Jaffery Sports Club Ground, Nairobi, Kenya[87]
  • Best innings bowling: 5/14, Trent Johnston v Canada, 19 April 2009 at SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa[88]
  • Record Partnership Score: 227 by William Porterfield & Kevin O'Brien v Kenya, Nairobi, 2 Feb '07.

Most ODI runs for Ireland[89]

Player Runs Average
William Porterfield 1,150 33.82
Kevin O'Brien 884 31.57
Niall O'Brien 815 27.16
Eoin Morgan 744 35.42
Andre Botha 567 21.00
Andrew White 421 18.30
Jeremy Bray 401 28.64

Most ODI wickets for Ireland[90]

Player Wickets Average Best
Kyle McCallan 39 30.97 4/30
Andre Botha 37 24.97 4/19
Boyd Rankin 28 24.75 3/32
Trent Johnston 26 36.84 5/14
Dave Langford-Smith 25 31.88 3/32
Alex Cusack 21 21.19 3/15
Kevin O'Brien 18 42.05 3/30

Highest ODI score for Ireland[91]

Player Runs Opposition (Date)
Kevin O'Brien 142 Kenya, 2 February 2007
Jeremy Bray 116 Scotland, 30 January 2007
Jeremy Bray 115* Zimbabwe, 15 March 2007
Eoin Morgan 115 Canada, 4 February 2007
William Porterfield 112* Bermuda, 31 January 2007
William Porterfield 104* Kenya, 2 February 2007
William Porterfield 104* Canada, 19 April 2009
  • bold – still playing for Ireland

ICC Trophy/ICC World Cup Qualifier


  • Highest team total: 578/4 declared v Kenya, 11 October 2008, ICC Intercontinental Cup match at Gymkhana, Nairobi[95]
  • Highest individual innings:[96]
Rank Player Score Opponents Competition Date and Venue
1 Eoin Morgan 209* UAE ICC Intercontinental Cup 11 February 2007, Abu Dhabi
2 Jeremy Bray 190 UAE ICC Intercontinental Cup 25 February 2005, Windhoek
3 Andre Botha 186 Scotland ICC Intercontinental Cup 9 August 2007, Belfast
4 Niall O'Brien 176 UAE ICC Intercontinental Cup 23 October 2005, Windhoek
5 Niall O'Brien 174 UAE ICC Intercontinental Cup 6 March 2008, Abu Dhabi
6 Andre Botha 172 Netherlands ICC Intercontinental Cup 9 July 2008, Rotterham
7 Kevin O'Brien 171* Kenya ICC Intercontinental Cup 11 October 2008, Nairobi
8 Sir Tim O'Brien 167 Oxford University University match 26 May 1902, Oxford
9 William Porterfield 166 Bermuda ICC Intercontinental Cup 23 August 2007, Dublin
10 Andre Botha 157 UAE ICC Intercontinental Cup 10 February 2007, Abu Dhabi

Note: Ivan Anderson's 198* v Canada was in a non first-class match

Most first-class runs

Rank[97] Player Total Runs Matches Average
1 Stanley Bergin 1,610 27 34.26
2 Andre Botha 1,179 16 58.95
3 Bob Lambert 1,018 23 27.51
4 Jeremy Bray 998 12 52.53
5 Stephen Warke 966 13 43.91

Most first-class wickets

Rank[98] Player Total Wickets Caps Average
1 James Boucher 168 28 14.04
2 Alec O'Riordan 75 25 21.39
3 Dermott Monteith 70 19 18.96
4 Bob Lambert 67 23 23.03
5 Scott Huey 66 20 18.23

Twenty20 Internationals

Most Twenty20 runs for Ireland[99]

Player Runs Average
William Porterfield 255 18.21
Niall O'Brien 245 18.84
Gary Wilson 176 16.00
Alex Cusack 153 17.00
John Mooney 139 19.85

Most Twenty20 wickets for Ireland[100]

Player Wickets Average
Trent Johnston 19 15.00
Andre Botha 18 8.22
Alex Cusack 15 19.66
Peter Connell 10 15.60
Kyle McCallan 8 19.00

Highest Twenty20 score for Ireland[101]

Player Runs Opposition, Date
Alex Cusack 65 Netherlands, 13 Feb 2010
Niall O'Brien 50 Canada, 3 Feb 2010
William Porterfield 46 Afganistan, 1 Feb 2010
Niall O'Brien 40 Bangladesh, 8 June 2009
William Porterfield 40 Pakistan, 15 June 2009
Kevin O'Brien 39* Bangladesh, 8 June 2009
  • bold – still playing for Ireland

See also


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