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The Inter-Provincial Trophy is a Twenty20 cricket tournament between the four leading cricketing provinces of Ireland. The tournament was first held by three provinces in 2013, across venues in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. A fourth province, Munster Reds was added in 2017.

Inter-Provincial Trophy
Countries Ireland
AdministratorCricket Ireland
FormatTwenty20
First edition2013
Latest edition2019
Tournament formatDouble round-robin
Number of teams4 as of 2019
Current championLeinster Lightning
2019 Inter-Provincial Trophy

Contents

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3][4][5][6][7][8] 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.[9] In December 2012, Ireland got a $1.5m boost as increased funding from the ICC to establish elite domestic competitions in the country.[10]

FormatEdit

The tournament is held as a double round-robin format with each team playing each other twice, once at its home ground and the other leg away.

TeamsEdit

According to Richard Holsworth's interview to Setanta Sports, three teams would initially participate in the tournament, Leinster, Northern and North West, representing the three historically strongest provincial unions in Irish cricket, as Munster and Connacht Unions were considered still quite far away from fielding a competitive team for provincial tournaments.

They were also given a separate limited overs brands or names familiar to supporters of the systems in England and Australia, Leinster Lightning, Northern Knights and North West Warriors.[11][12] Munster were added for the 2017 season, choosing to play under the name Munster Reds.[13]

Team First season Titles
North West Warriors 2013 1
Leinster Lightning 2013 5
Northern Knights 2013 0
Munster Reds 2017 0

Competition placingsEdit

All-time recordsEdit

(Correct to 3 August 2014)

Team recordsEdit

Highest innings totalsEdit

Score Team Opps Venue Date
192/5 (20) Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Bready CC 21 July 2013
177/4 (20) Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Pembroke CC 21 June 2013

Lowest completed innings totalsEdit

Score Team Opps Venue Date
78 ao North West Warriors Northern Knights Pembroke CC 21 June 2013
86 ao North West Warriors Northern Knights Bready CC 21 July 2013
92 ao North West Warriors Leinster Lightning Bready CC 21 July 2013

Individual records - battingEdit

Most career runsEdit

Runs Innings Player Team
194 6 Nigel Jones Northern Knights
187 7 David Rankin North West Warriors
171 6 Andrew Poynter Leinster Lightning
154 7 James Shannon Northern Knights

Highest individual dcoresEdit

Score Player For Opps Venue Date
77 Nigel Jones Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Comber 16 July 2013
73 David Rankin North West Warriors Northern Knights Bready CC 6 July 2014

Most runs scored in a seasonEdit

Runs Innings Player Team Season
133 4 Nigel Jones Northern Knights 2013
113 4 Pat Collins Leinster Lightning 2013

Individual records - bowlingEdit

Most career wicketsEdit

Wickets Matches Player Team
11 6 Peter Eakin Northern Knights
10 6 Eddie Richardson Leinster Lightning
10 7 Andrew White Northern Knights

Best bowling in an inningsEdit

Bowling Player Team Opps Venue Date
4-0-22-4 Peter Eakin Northern Knights North West Warriors Bready CC 6 July 2014

Most wickets in a seasonEdit

Wickets Average Player Team Season
9 4 Eddie Richardson Leinster Lightning 2013

Partnership recordsEdit

Highest partnerships for each wicketEdit

Wicket P/Ship Player 1 Player 2 Team Opps Venue Date
1st 119 Stuart Thompson David Rankin North West Warriors Leinster Lightning Bready CC 6 July 2014
2nd 82 Jason Milligan David Rankin North West Warriors Northern Knights Bready CC 6 July 2014
3rd 70 Nigel Jones Lee Nelson Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Comber 16 July 2013
4th 58 James Shannon Lee Nelson Northern Knights North West Warriors Comber 16 July 2013
5th 70 Andrew McBrine Jonathan Thompson North West Warriors Northern Knights Comber 16 July 2013
6th 51* Kevin O'Brien John Mooney Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Bready CC 21 July 2013
7th 32 Stuart Poynter Stephen Moreton Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Comber 16 July 2013
8th 21 Lee Nelson Shane Getkate Northern Knights North West Warriors Comber 13 July 2014
9th 14 Barry McCarthy Fintan McAllister Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Bready CC 6 July 2014
10th 18 Andrew McBrine Gareth Burns North West Warriors Leinster Lightning Pembroke CC 21 June 2013

SeasonsEdit

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ ICC to consider Ireland's bid for Test status ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  2. ^ Ireland plan first-class structure ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  3. ^ Ireland unveil Test cricket vision CricketEurope4.net. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  4. ^ CI reveals ambitious plans aimed at receiving Test status Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  5. ^ Ireland map out path to Tests ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  6. ^ Ireland's Boyd Rankin retires to play Test cricket for England Cricket Country. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  7. ^ Ireland calls for Test status to 'halt exodus' ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  8. ^ Rankin retires, Holdsworth calls for Test status irelandcricketwebbly.com. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  9. ^ Cricket Ireland happy with progress of strategic plan Setanta Sports. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  10. ^ Ireland receive $1.5 m boost from ICC ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  11. ^ North-West announce shortlist for name Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  12. ^ NCU confirm team name for 2013 Interpros Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  13. ^ "Munster boost for inter-pro series?". CricketEurope. Retrieved 7 January 2017.