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Cricket Ireland Announces Limited-Overs Squad For South Africa Series

Cricket Ireland on Wednesday announced the limited-overs squad for next month’s home fixtures against South Africa. Ireland and South Africa will lock horns in three ODIs and three T20Is, beginning July 11.

The three-match ODI series forms part of the ICC World Cup Super League and will be played at Malahide. The T20I series will be split between Malahide and Stormont. The three ODIs will be played on July 11, 13, and 16, while the T20I series will be played with the 1st match on July 19, then July 22, and the last match on July 24.

Ireland Cricket Team
Ireland Cricket Team (Image Credit: Getty)

Cricket Ireland Recalled All Rounder Curtis Campher For The ODI Series

Cricket Ireland recalled all-rounder Curtis Campher for the ODI series against South Africa after getting fit from his ankle surgery. Also getting their maiden T20I call-ups are middle-order batter William McClintock, Ben White, and keeper Neil Rock for the T20I series that follows.

Curtis Campher replaces Kevin O’Brien in the Ireland ODI side after the veteran all-rounder announced his retirement from the 50-over format, but he’ll feature in the T20I series.

Curtis Campher (Photo- Twitter)
Curtis Campher (Photo- Twitter)

Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, in an official release, said: “The World Cup Super League series against South Africa represents our first such fixtures on home soil, and while a tough challenge awaits, we are confident the squad we have selected provides Graham Ford and Andrew Balbirnie with plenty of options. The sustained improvement of George Dockrell’s batting has provided us solidity and experience in the middle order, while it has been great to see our bowling strike force performing well in recent IP50 matches and at the two recent T20 Festivals.”

Cricket Ireland will welcome back Curtis Campher into their squad for next month’s World Cup Super League series against South Africa following the ankle surgery he suffered. Cricket Ireland has handed a maiden international call-up to middle-order batsman William McClintock for the T20I series that follows.
Cricket Ireland has opted to stick with the majority of the squad that slipped to a 2-1 series defeat in the Netherlands last month, a result which has further damaged their prospects to qualify for the 2023 World Cup, but the return of Curtis Campher following an injury sustained while playing for Ireland Wolves earlier in the summer gives them an added advantage.
21-year-old left-arm spinner Graham Kennedy was preferred to the legspinner Ben White in the only other change from the group that toured the Netherlands. Gareth Delany, the leg-spinning allrounder, remains injured.

Cricket Ireland Retains William Porterfield In The Squad Despite Poor Outing Against Netherlands

William Porterfield, the senior top-order batter, is also retained in the squad despite managing only five runs in two innings in the Netherlands.

“With the recent ODI retirement of Kevin O’Brien, the value of having the experience of William Porterfield in the set-up is as crucial as ever, and his recent form at inter-provincial level has demonstrated that he is still hungry to succeed,” he added.

William Porterfield (Photo-AFP)
William Porterfield (Photo-AFP)

William Porterfield’s T20I and Test average are poor by standards but his  ODI average is slightly better at 30.34. In November 2019, an era in Ireland came to an end when William Porterfield announced that he was stepping aside from the roles of ODI and Test captaincy too after leading them in over 253 International games.

ODI squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

T20I squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, William McClintock, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.

World Cup Super League ODI series

  • 11 July: Ireland v South Africa, 1st ODI (Malahide)
  • 13 July: Ireland v South Africa, 2nd ODI (Malahide)
  • 16 July: Ireland v South Africa, 3rd ODI (Malahide)

T20I series

  • 19 July: Ireland v South Africa, 1st T20I (Malahide)
  • 22 July: Ireland v South Africa, 2nd T20I (Stormont)
  • 24 July: Ireland v South Africa, 3rd T20I (Stormont)
England, Ireland
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England Vs Ireland 2020, 1st ODI: ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Starts With England’s Comfortable Victory

The inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League starts with a comfortable victory by the latest World Cup winners England. In the opening game of the three-match home ODI series against Ireland at Southampton on Thursday (30th July), England registered a six-wicket victory with 133 balls left. With this victory, England have not only taken the 1-0 lead in this ODI series but also opened up their account in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League points table with 10 points.

After England decided to field first, Ireland were bundled out for just 172 runs in 44.4 overs. In reply, the hosts struggled in the beginning but reached the target in 27.5 overs after losing four wickets.

While the English left-arm pacer David Willey shined in the first innings, the right-handed middle-order batsman Sam Billings played the crucial role to chase that target comfortably. Meanwhile, the Irish debutant Curtis Campher was the standout performer for his side but he didn’t get enough support from his teammates.

England innings: Struggling on 78/4; Sam Billings and skipper Eoin Morgan rescued the hosts

Chasing down the target, England top-order batsmen failed to provide a strong start as it opened up a nervous moment in the hosts’ innings. In the very first over of the second innings, Ireland got a major blow as the right-arm pacer Barry McCarthy left the ground due to hamstring-like issue as he managed to deliver only five balls.

Opener Jonny Bairstow (2) was dismissed in the third over by the off-spinner Andy McBrine after the visitors successfully used the DRS on an lbw appeal. After scoring 24 runs, another English opener Jason Roy lost his wicket as this time the pacer Craig Young trapped him lbw.

James Vince strongly started his innings and scored 25 runs off 21 balls (5 fours), but just before the end of the first powerplay, he was caught behind as Young added another wicket in his account.

On his fourth ball, Irish debutant Curtis Campher dismissed Tom Banton for just 11 runs. At that stage, the hosts were struggling on 78/4.

However, the two middle-order batsmen, Sam Billings and the skipper Eoin Morgan then controlled that innings and slowly made the chasing comfortable for the side. They set up the 96 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket that helped the English team to chase down the target inside the 30 overs.

Sam Billings, England, World Cup Super League
Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Billings completed his third ODI fifty in 41 balls and remained not out on 67 runs off 54 balls (11 fours). Meanwhile, Morgan finished the game with a sixer as he was not out on 36 runs off 40 balls.

Ireland innings: David Willey registered his maiden ODI five-wicket haul, but debutant Curtis Campher scored a fifty

Earlier, England pacer David Willey provided a strong start for the hosts as Ireland were five-down for just 28 runs in the 7th over. Apart from the opener Gareth Delany (22), all other four Irish batsmen lost their wickets in the single-digits, including two ducks. Another Irish ODI debutant Harry Tector scored a nine-ball duck in that period. Out of those first five wickets, the left-arm English pacer Willey bagged four wickets.

David Willey, England, World Cup Super League
England pacer David Willey (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Then Kevin O’Brien and debutant Curtis Campher built up the 51 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. After scoring 22 runs, Kevin lost his wicket, while Simi Singh (0) also followed him soon after a dreadful run-out. At that stage, the visitors were battling on 79/7.

However, the debutant Campher didn’t lose his hope, rather than, he built up a strong eighth-wicket partnership of 66 runs with Andy McBrine. Campher brilliantly completed a half-century on his ODI debut in 103 balls. But soon after his 50 runs, McBrine lost his wicket on 40 runs. Barry McCarthy (3) and Craig Young (11) built up the little partnerships at the end while Campher remained not out on 59 runs off 118 balls (4 fours).

Curtis Campher, Ireland, World Cup Super League
Curtis Campher (Image Credit: Reuters)

On the other hand, Willey claimed his first ODI five-wicket haul after dismissing the last Irish batsman Young. The Player of the Match award winner Willey had the bowling figures of 8.4-2-30-5. Also, Saqib Mahmood (2/36) bagged two wickets while Adil Rashid (1/26) and Tom Curran (1/37) picked up one wicket each.