May 13, 2009

Ireland

Ireland and New Zealand in Twenty20 warm-up

Andrew McGlashan

Ireland and New Zealand will gain valuable practice ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 when they contest a warm-up match at Derby on May 27.

Irish Cricket chief executive Warren Deutrom said: “We’re delighted to be preparing for our ICC Twenty20 World Cup campaign against such masterly practitioners of the short-form of the game as New Zealand.

“Of course, the County Ground will be familiar to many of our county-based players as well as to our coach, Phil Simmons, who spent many summers just down the M1 at Leicestershire.

“We hope that the Derbyshire public comes out in droves during the half-term holiday to watch an excellent contest and, of course, Irish fans will be hoping this is the start of another terrific campaign when the team can once again create more than a few upsets and grab the cricket world’s attention.”

New Zealand team manager Dave Currie added: “New Zealand are grateful that Derbyshire has agreed to host this game against Ireland. It is an important part in our preparation for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup and we look forward to an exciting afternoon.”

The match will give the Derbyshire public the opportunity of seeing world international stars such as Brendan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Jessie Ryder and Daniel Vettori in action as well as checking on the progress of an Ireland side who stunned the world in 2007 by qualifying for the Super Eight stage of the World Cup. The match gets underway at 2pm.

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Posted by Ashik on (May 25, 2009, 11:59 GMT)

Hope Ireland beat India in the group stage and then march to next stage with Bangladesh.............Eagerly waiting to c so.............

Posted by Alwin rony on (May 18, 2009, 6:46 GMT)

Ireland may struggle against the test nations, but the irish side has many professionals playing in the best english counties. (excluding Eion Morgan, who recently betrayed the irish team according to me) and dont ever mis judge any minnows because its twenty 20 anything can happen. (dont forget what happened to Australia when they lost to zimbabwe )

Posted by Md. Mahamudul Hasan on (May 15, 2009, 8:14 GMT)

I'll look forward to see Ireland, fighting equally with Bangladesh. And I would look forward to see Bangladesh, repeating their game against India. See you Anto.

Posted by Sam on (May 15, 2009, 4:06 GMT)

Anto must be in lala land. Ireland will get dominated by everyone. I am not sure which other second tier teams made it but they may beat Canada, Scotland or Kenya. New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan and India are the best T20 teams and the ones to watch. Ireland! I played at the nets with a guy that played for Scotland and it was like high school level. Ireland got through to the Super 8's because the good teams got complacent and provided catching practice.

Posted by Anto on (May 13, 2009, 15:52 GMT)

Wouldnt surprise me in the least if Ireland beat Bangladesh in the group stages nd give New Zealand and India a run for there money....A few more shocks in Store!

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Andrew McGlashan
Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.

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