First Class Cricket for Malahide Today

The sporting focus this morning both here and across the Irish Sea will be on Malahide where Ireland take on England in a one day cricket international on home soil for the first time in four years.

In 2015 the weather was not kind with only 18 overs of play possible amid increasingly heavy rain.

This time though the forecast is fair and a crowd of nearly 10,000 will be on site in Malahide to enjoy the game and the atmosphere of the match.

Among them will be President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins as well as British ambassador Robin Barnett and a host of guests from around the cricket, sporting and business community.

It is the start of the international season and a big game for both sides. England host the One Cricket World Cup which will take place involving ten teams and 48 matches starting on May 30th so will see this is an importantant prep game.

Ireland missed out but are set for one of their busiest ever periods with a tri nation series against Bangladesh and the West Indies coming straight off the back of this match.

Games against England in any sport are always of interest and today is no different with fukll live coverage on Sky Sports this morning from 1030 AM.

Irishman Eoin Morgan retains the England Captaincy and that adds extra spice when he faces his opposite number William Porterfield. England give a debut to 24 year old Jofra Archer who benefitted from a rue change which entitles him to switch from West Indies alleagiance, where he was born and brought up to England under a three year residency rule.

They will be without star player Alex Hales though who was kicked off the team after an incident of recreational drug use which was seen to be counter to the culture and values of the team.

Both of those stories have created major interest in English media but now it is time to play.

Representatives from Woods Entertainment and GS Holdings will be present through the day as well. They are the organisers and backers of the Euro T20 Slam which will bring the fizz and spectacle of T20 cricket to Malahide in September and which was launched in Dublin this week.

Sport for Business will be at Malahide where we are hosting the day’s events for Cricket Ireland and will be updating on social media throughout.


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