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News: Ireland lose to England…

But contrary to my expaectations, given that Ireland were without Eion Morgan and O Brien, it was a very very good effort by the Irish. I mentioned in one of my previous blog entries a long time back that I consider an ODI standard to be one where while chasing, the second team can at least manage to make 80% of the runs. Ireland managed to do much better than that with chasing down 87% of the target, and avoiding an Aus v Nam type farce that did so much harm to the development of cricket in associates cause.

I havent as yet read the report on how successful the event was, and how much the crowd enjoyed, but at least the Ireland team did their job in ensuring that in a future such event, people would come out again to back the team.

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  1. Ram
    June 13, 2006 at 10:55 am

    Yes, a good show by Ireland considering they were without those 2 key players. To get to 263 chasing down 302 was a really good effort..I guess they just lost it because of their inexperience in handling crunch situations like the last 10 overs of England’s innings.

    Now this fight shown by Ireland should really encourage those 7000 or so fans who’re seeing such quality cricket on their soil for the first time to start following cricket with renewed vigor. It’s also good considering that most of these fans were the natives and NOT Barmy Army fans who generally make up a significant portion of the crowd wherever England tour or play.

  2. Cuen Lucas
    June 13, 2006 at 11:28 am

    A great effort by the Irish, a pity that Andrew White and Kevin O’Brien got out when they did, because both were looking good for well earned fifties.
    There are a lot of positives that the Irish can take out of this game and move forward with, and the type of score that they posted will do a lot to help the image of the associates in general. 🙂

  3. June 13, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    I agree – it was a great effort by the Irish and all the associate nations should be proud of the way Ireland played.. They might even have won the game with Morgan and O’Brien…

    Let’s hope this performance inspires Netherlands, Scotland and Kenya who have ODIs against full member countries shortly..

  4. Ram
    June 13, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    I now wonder, given Ireland’s performance against England, why they have not been quite succesful in the C & G trophy this year! I guess the non-performance of their overseas imports Afridi and Saqlain has hurt them quite badly. Hopefully, the experience these Irish players would’ve gained from this ODI by playing in front of a huge crowd should give them a good standing in the runup to the big event in 8 months time!

    Who knows? They are in a group with 3 Test nations, 2 of whom they’ve defeated in the last 3 years and only lost to the 3rd nation by the narrowest margin of 1 wicket

  5. June 13, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    Ram,

    As far as I know, it was Scotland that lost to Pakistan by 1 wkt in 2003, and not Ireland.

    Secondly, there was no Pieterson, no Hoggard, no Flintoff and no Simon Jones. So it was not a full scale English team. So we should not get carried away.

    But Ireland need to schedule more and more games against Bangaldesh, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Netherlands. Thats the only way they can get the attention they deserve, and perhaps retain their top class players.

  6. June 14, 2006 at 3:35 am

    Hey Nasir,

    I have written an article about the whole Ed Joyce situation and the Irish players and I believe that you and your readers would be interested to read it…

    So have a look at the article, it could be found at this address:-
    http://caughtbehind.com/blog/where-is-the-justice

    Cheers!

  7. Ram
    June 14, 2006 at 6:55 am

    Nasir…First, thanks for correcting me about Scotland losing to Pakistan by 1 wicket.

    Second, yes we’ll know England were without those 4 key players but given the fact that Ireland have been losing to counties fairly comfortably in the C & G trophy, I think this performance by Ireland without two of their players was indeed an encouraging sign.

    Yes, I agree that more cricket against Test teams seems to be the only way these Associates are going to improve and gain the attention of their public.

  8. Ram
    June 14, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    The performance of both the Irish Cricket Union and the Irish cricket team in this ODI seems to have generated a feel-good factor about the game in the country as evidenced by the following articles:

    http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000027/002737.shtml

    http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000027/002738.shtml

    http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000027/002739.shtml

    http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000027/002740.shtml

    This is good news for the game in a country where cricket has to compete with much more powerful sports like soccer and rugby for popularity and federal funding. While this ODI would’ve converted a few cricket-followers in the country into enthusiasts, sustaining their enthusiasm for the game is going to be the biggest challenge for the ICU because an ODI or Intercontinental Cup match against a fellow Associate nation or a C & G trophy match isn’t going to be anywhere near as popular as this ODI!

    Ideally, the ICU should look to capitalize on this feel-good factor by marketing strategies such as releasing DVDs of this ODI, merchandising of the national team’s apparel, more coaching clinics for school kids, greater publicity campaigns for their C & G trophy and Intercontinental Cup matches, all of which should hopefully raise the profile of the sport thereby bringing in more money in the long run.

  9. June 14, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    or….. invite Bangladesh for a 3 match series…..

  10. Ram
    June 14, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    Nasir…..most certainly yes, if that can bring in the crowds (and therefore money) for Irish cricket!

    Btw, Did the ICU make any money from TV rights for this inaugural ODI?

  11. June 14, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    i dont think so…… i think that they ‘gave’ the tv rights to whoever was the taker for free……. it will be a while before Irish broadcasters are bidding to get the rights 🙂

  12. Ram
    June 15, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    Just to add to my previous comment on how the ODI has generated a feel-good factor about Irish cricket, the readers forum on Cricket Europe website is flooded with about a hundred messages over the last couple of days from fans who seem to’ve thoroughly enjoyed their day out at cricket!

    One such fan there pointed out that had the ODI taken place on a Thursday or Friday, the crowd attendance could’ve been easily doubled because he believed that only about a fifth of cricket fans were out there at the venue to support the national team! If what he said was indeed true, the ICU can probably look at organizing future ODIs on a Thursday or Friday so that the revenue can be maximized..

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