Inter-Provincial Cup

The Inter-Provincial Cup is a limited-overs cricket tournament in Ireland between the three leading cricketing provinces of Ireland. The tournament was held for the first time in 2013 across venues in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Up to and including the 2016 tournament, the matches were not given List A status. However, at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in October 2016, List A status was awarded to all future matches.[1][2]

Inter-Provincial Cup
Countries Ireland
AdministratorCricket Ireland
FormatList A (from 2017 onwards)
First edition2013
Tournament formatDouble round-robin
Number of teams3
Current championLeinster Lightning
Most successfulLeinster Lightning (5 titles)
Most runsKevin O'Brien (353)
Most wicketsAlbert van der Merwe (11)
2019 Inter-Provincial Cup
WebsiteCricket Ireland

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

The Ireland cricket team have had huge success recently on the international level which has boosted the popularity of the game in the country. They had earned the reputation of a giant killer after upsetting teams like Pakistan and Bangladesh (2007 Cricket World Cup), and England (2011 Cricket World Cup). Their good performances in major international tournaments meant that Cricket Ireland openly started bidding for Test match status to the International Cricket Council.[3] Nevertheless, one of the main stumbling road blocks for Ireland from getting to play the pinnacle of the game was a lack of a first-class cricket infrastructure at home, among other things. As early as August 2011, Cricket Ireland announced plans of a domestic first-class tournament.[4] In January 2012, Cricket Ireland announced the ambitious 'Vision 2020' plan which announced the establishment of a first-class structure by 2015 and achievement of Test status by 2020. It also began work on a cricket academy to find talented players across the country and improving grass-roots cricket in the country. For the first time professional contacts, with central, A, B, and C were established. Plans for Test status were established partly to stem the flow of their star cricketers moving away to England in hope of playing Test cricket such as Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan and Boyd Rankin.[5][6][7][8][9][10] According to Richard Holdsworth in an interview with Setanta Sports, CI are pleased with the strategic progress that had been made as of November 2012.[11] In December 2012, Ireland got a $1.5m boost as increased funding from the ICC to establish elite domestic competitions in the country.[12]

FormatEdit

The tournament is played in a double round-robin format, with each team playing each other twice, once at home and once away.

Points summaryEdit

Points are scored as follows:

  • Win - 4 points
  • Tie or no result - 2 points
  • Loss - 0 points
  • Bonus point - 1 point awarded to a team winning a match with a run rate equal to 1.25 times that of the losing team

TeamsEdit

According to Richard Holdsworth's interview to Setanta Sports, three teams would initially participate in the tournament, Leinster cricket team, Northern cricket team and North West cricket team as Munster and Connacht were considered still quite far away from fielding a competitive team for provincial tournaments. They were also given a separate limited overs names much similar to the systems in England and Australia, i.e., like Nottinghamshire Outlaws and South Australia Redbacks. In this case, the names are Leinster Lightning, Northern Knights and North West Warriors.[13][14]

Team First season Titles 2019 position
Leinster Lightning 2013 6 First
Northern Knights 2013 1 Second
North West Warriors 2013 0 Third

Competition placingsEdit

2013 to presentEdit

Season Winner Second Third
2013 Northern Knights Leinster Lightning North West Warriors
2014 Leinster Lightning Northern Knights North West Warriors
2015 Leinster Lightning Northern Knights North West Warriors
2016 Leinster Lightning Northern Knights North West Warriors
2017 Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Northern Knights
2018 Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Northern Knights
2019 Leinster Lightning Northern Knights North West Warriors

All-time recordsEdit

(All records correct to end of 2014 season)

Team recordsEdit

Highest innings totalsEdit

Score Team Opps Venue Date
285/4 (50) North West Warriors Leinster Lightning The Hills CC 3 May 2014
272/6 (50) Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Malahide CC 1 June 2013
260/8 (50) Leinster Lightning North West Warriors The Hills CC 6 May 2013
259/7 (50) Northern Knights Leinster Lightning The Hills CC 6 May 2013
254/7 (38) Leinster Lightning North West Warriors The Hills CC 3 May 2014
254/9 (50) Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Waringstown CC 14 September 2014

Lowest completed innings totalsEdit

Score Team Opps Venue Date
120 ao North West Warriors Northern Knights Coleraine CC 26 May 2014
123 ao North West Warriors Leinster Lightning Malahide CC 1 June 2013

Individual records - battingEdit

Most career runsEdit

Runs Innings Player Team
353 5 Kevin O'Brien Leinster Lightning
277 8 John Anderson Leinster Lightning
238 7 Lee Nelson Northern Knights
229 7 Andrew Balbirnie Leinster Lightning

Highest individual scoresEdit

Score Player For Opps Venue Date
124* Andrew Poynter Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Waringstown CC 14 September 2013
111* Kevin O'Brien Leinster Lightning Northern Knights The Hills CC 6 May 2013
103* Andrew Balbirnie Leinster Lightning North West Warriors The Hills CC 3 May 2014

Most runs scored in a seasonEdit

Runs Innings Player Team Season
221 3 Kevin O'Brien Leinster Lightning 2013
206 4 Andrew Balbirnie Leinster Lightning 2014

Individual records - bowlingEdit

Most career wicketsEdit

Wickets Matches Player Team
11 7 Albert van der Merwe Leinster Lightning
9 5 David Simpson Northern Knights
9 7 Andrew McBrine North West Warriors

Best bowling in an inningsEdit

Bowling Player Team Opps Venue Date
10-1-31-4 Andrew Riddles North West Warriors Leinster Lightning Strabane CC 21 September 2013
10-0-31-4 Tyrone Kane Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Leinster CC 20 September 2014

Most wickets in a seasonEdit

Wickets Average Player Team Season
7 23.43 Max Sorensen Leinster Lightning 2013
6 15.00 Albert van der Merwe Leinster Lightning 2014

Partnership recordsEdit

Highest partnerships for each wicketEdit

Wicket P/Ship Player 1 Player 2 Team Opps Venue Date
1st 118 Ben Ackland John Anderson Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Malahide CC 1 June 2013
2nd 80 Jason Milligan Niall McDonnell North West Warriors Leinster Lightning The Hills CC 3 May 2014
3rd 59 Nick Larkin James Shannon Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Waringstown CC 10 August 2013
4th 118 John Anderson John Mooney Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Leinster CC 20 September 2014
5th 187 Andrew Balbirnie Kevin O'Brien Leinster Lightning North West Warriors The Hills CC 3 May 2014
6th 79 Andrew White Adam Dennison Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Leinster CC 20 September 2014
7th 82 Iftikhar Hussain/David Rankin Andrew Riddles North West Warriors Leinster Lightning Strabane CC 21 September 2013
8th 91 Jonathan Thompson Ricky-Lee Dougherty North West Warriors Northern Knights North Down CC 15 July 2013
9th 71* Kevin O'Brien Fintan McAllister Leinster Lightning North West Warriors The Hills CC 6 May 2013
10th 31* Andrew Poynter Yaqoob Ali Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Waringstown CC 14 September 2014

SeasonsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ireland domestic competition awarded first-class status". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Ireland's Inter-Provincial Championship awarded first-class status". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  3. ^ ICC to consider Ireland's bid for Test status ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  4. ^ Ireland plan first-class structure ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  5. ^ Ireland unveil Test cricket vision CricketEurope4.net. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  6. ^ CI reveals ambitious plans aimed at receiving Test status Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  7. ^ Ireland map out path to Tests ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  8. ^ Ireland's Boyd Rankin retires to play Test cricket for England Cricket Country. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  9. ^ Ireland calls for Test status to 'halt exodus' ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  10. ^ Rankin retires, Holdsworth calls for Test status Archived 12 April 2013 at Archive.today irelandcricketwebbly.com. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  11. ^ Cricket Ireland happy with progress of strategic plan Archived 9 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine Setanta Sports. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  12. ^ Ireland receive $1.5 m boost from ICC ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  13. ^ North-West announce shortlist for name Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  14. ^ NCU confirm team name for 2013 Interpros Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 9 March 2013

External linksEdit

  • [1]-official website