Celtic Rivals To Meet at Malahide

14 Mar

From Cricket Ireland

Ireland will lock horns with traditional celtic rivals Scotland in a three-match one-day international series in Dublin later this summer.

The teams first played each other way back in 1888, and have tussled for supremacy ever since. 

The 2014 games are scheduled for the new international ground at Malahide on September 8,10 and 12. 

The sides have played 12 one-day internationals against each other since gaining ODI status following the 2005 ICC Trophy final in Dublin. 

Scotland have won only three times, including a remarkable victory in 2011 when an inspired innings from Richie Berrington saw the home side chase down 320 in Edinburgh to win by five wickets. 

The two most recent of Ireland's nine wins came in the ICC World Cricket League last September in Belfast when last man Tim Murtagh struck two boundaries to snatch a final-over thriller before a more comfortable seven-wicket victory in the second game. 

Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said: "This series will serve as ideal preparation for both teams ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. 

"The games are always played tough but fairly and are certain to provide wonderful entertainment for the spectators. Scotland have enjoyed a recent renaissance and that can only be good for Associate cricket as a whole." 

After failing to qualify for the 2011 World Cup, Scotland have recently returned to form in the 50-over game winning the ICC World Cup qualifier in New Zealand, under the joint stewardship of Craig Wright and former England star Paul Collingwood. 

"It's great news that these fixtures are confirmed against our close rivals and friends," said Cricket Scotland Chief Executive Roddy Smith. "Historically Scotland versus Ireland has always been pretty closely contested, with our record run chase in 2011, before Ireland got revenge last summer. 

"These three matches will mark the start of a busy period for both teams running up to the World Cup in February. I'm sure both teams will be looking to make a statement of intent, and they will be great games to watch." 

Further details regarding admission and ticket details will be announced in due course.


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