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News: SA brush aside Ireland as well….

The scorecard will probably look like it was a decent enough match…. but the reality is that Ireland were only in the game till they 45/0….. after that, it all went downhill and Ireland were always looking for other milestones…..crossing 100…… losing by less than 50 runs etc…….

Cusack was comfortable…….. is he born in Aus/ raised in Ire category player, or a John Davison type? Not sure about that.

Anyway….. Ireland just had 2 of its 3 ODIs against test nations, and unfortunately, neither were they competitive, and nor did the crowds really show up…… neither was the weather good………..

Lets see what Scotland will do, and lets see what all 3 associates will do against the WI team that was just beaten by Derbyshire (by 100 runs?) in a 20 20 match ………

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  1. Rich B
    June 25, 2007 at 5:55 am

    I thought Ireland did ok considering most have been working full time jobs since they got back from the Caribbean. The introduction of semi-pro contracts can’t come soon enough for them, hopefully in time for the quadrangular series, matches which should be much closer contested.

    The match against South Africa was supposed to be sold out, but it seems the 5 hour delay for the waether kept a lot of people away.

    Cusack is Australian raised and has recently qualified to play for Ireland.

  2. Ram
    June 25, 2007 at 6:48 am

    Rich B,

    what level cricket has he played in Australia?…Though he played well after struggling early on, the fact that he isn’t a part of the first choice Irish XI makes me wonder that he may not’ve played much above Grade 2 or 3 in Aus…Clearly, doesn’t look the same league as the rest of them…

    Btw, will the ICU earn enough from the Ind-SA series to hand out semi-pro contracts so soon?…This article http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/299513.html estimates that Sco and Ire require about $1 million each annually…

  3. Suji5
    June 25, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Well, with news that kenya are close to getting one year contracts, the Irish and Scottish are now feeling they are been left behind.

  4. Tom Lewis
    June 26, 2007 at 4:36 am

    I think the Irish can be pretty proud of what they achieved in these matches with more or less an A side. The turning point against south Africa was when Kenny Carroll unfortunatly slipped when well set. When they are training regularly and have a full strength side the irish are very competitive.
    On the subject of Alex Cusack he was born and raised in Australia but both his parents are Irish and he has contributed alot for his club in Ireland. I don’t think he played a great standard in Australia, which demonstrates how his game has developed since arriving in Ireland

  5. farhan
    June 28, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    to be honest its tough for the slow pace game of cricket to attract most people’s interest.why dont irish stop playing cricket and opt for other interesting games such as soccer or rugby which is already populer there ,cricket is game of only asian subcontinent,and it shoould be left for those nations only

  6. June 30, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Farhan….. can you explain why golf is so popular in the US? or why Tour De France is followed like crazy?

    On top of that, baseball is actually, within any given minute, less of a ‘happenning’ sport than cricket…….

    I dont think that slow pace has anything to do with it……. I dont think that length has anything to do with it either…… obviously, you will not be promoting a cricket to first timers by showing them a slow single session in a test match…….

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