Inter-Provincial Championship

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Inter-Provincial Championship
Countries  Ireland
Administrator Cricket Ireland
Format First-class cricket (from 2017 onwards)
First tournament 2013
Tournament format Double round-robin
Number of teams 3
Current champion North West Warriors
Most successful Leinster Lightning (5 titles)
Most runs John Anderson (472)
Most wickets Max Sorensen (32)
Website http://cricketireland.ie
2018 Inter-Provincial Championship

The Inter-Provincial Championship is a four-day cricket tournament in Ireland, played between regional teams drawn from three of Ireland's five provincial unions. It parallels first-class cricket tournaments in other countries such as the County Championship of England and the Sheffield Shield of Australia. The tournament was held for the first time in 2013 across venues in Ireland.

Up to and including the 2016 tournament, the matches were not given first-class status. However, at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in October 2016, first-class status was awarded to all future matches, starting with the 2017 tournament.[1][2]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

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, amongst 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]

Format[edit]

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

Points Summary[edit]

Points are scored as follows:

  • Win – 16 points
  • Draw – 3 points
  • Tie – 8 points
  • Batting bonus points – 1 point for scoring 150, 200, 250 and 300 runs
  • Bowling bonus points – 1 points for taking 3, 5, 7 and 9 wickets
  • Bonus points only apply for the first 100 overs of each team's first innings
  • Over rate penalties also apply on a match by match basis for teams who fail to bowl their overs at the required rate

Teams[edit]

Three of Ireland's five cricket unions take part in the Interprovincial series; Munster Cricket Union and Connacht Cricket Union do not participate.

In the six years of its existence, the competition has been dominated by Leinster Lightning, winning the first five titles, including the 2017 competition, the first one treated as a first-class competition. In 2018, North West Warriors finally broke the Leinster stranglehold, winning their first Championship.

Team First Season Titles First Class Titles Most recent
2018
Leinster Lightning 2013 5 1 2nd
North West Warriors 2013 1 1 1st
Northern Knights 2013 0 0 3rd

Competition placings[edit]

2013 to Present[edit]

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

All-Time Records[edit]

(All records correct to end of 2014 season)

Highest Innings Totals[edit]

Score Team Opps Venue Date
501/4d Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Waringstown C.C. 27–29 August 2013
364 Leinster Lightning Northern Knights College Park 25–27 June 2013
324 Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Malahide 1–3 July 2014
319 Leinster Lightning North West Warriors College Park 14–16 May 2013
315/8d Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Waringstown C.C. 27–29 August 2013
312/4d Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Waringstown C.C. 12–14 August 2014

Lowest Completed Innings Totals[edit]

Score Team Opps Venue Date
105 North West Warriors Leinster Lightning Bready C.C. 20–22 May 2014
116 North West Warriors Northern Knights Eglinton C.C. 4–6 June 2013
119 Northern Knights North West Warriors Eglinton C.C. 26–28 August 2014
123 Northern Knights Leinster Lightning College Park 25–27 June 2013

Highest Scores in the Fourth Innings of the Match[edit]

Score Team Opps Venue Date Result
227 North West Warriors Leinster Lightning Malahide 1–3 July 2014 Lost by 65 runs
224 Northern Knights North West Warriors Eglinton 26–28 August 2014 Lost by 44 runs
176 Northern Knights Leinster Lightning College Park 17–19 June 2014 Lost by 157 runs
160/7 Northern Knights North West Warriors Eglinton C.C. 4–6 June 2013 Won by 3 wickets
157/2 Northern Knights North West Warriors Stormont 3–5 June 2014 Won by 8 wickets

Individual Records – Batting[edit]

Most Career Runs[edit]

Runs Innings Player Team
472 12 John Anderson Leinster Lightning
457 9 Nick Larkin Northern Knights
433 13 Chris Dougherty Northern Knights
371 7 Craig Ervine Northern Knights
339 10 Andrew Poynter Leinster Lightning
294 12 Andrew Riddles North-West Warriors

Highest Individual Scores[edit]

Score Player For Opps Venue Date
247* Nick Larkin Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Waringstown CC 27–29 Aug 13
131 Craig Ervine Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Waringstown CC 12–14 Aug 14
113 Andrew Poynter Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Waringstown CC 27–29 Aug 13

Most Runs Scored in a Season[edit]

Runs Innings Player Team Season
345 7 John Anderson Leinster Lightning 2013
244 3 Craig Ervine Northern Knights 2014

Individual Records – Bowling[edit]

Most Career Wickets[edit]

Wickets Matches Player Team
32 8 Max Sorensen Leinster Lightning
27 6 James Cameron-Dow Northern Knights
27 7 John Mooney Leinster Lightning
25 8 Eddie Richardson Leinster Lightning

Best Bowling in an Innings[edit]

Bowling Player Team Opps Venue Date
7/107 James Cameron-Dow Northern Knights North-West Warriors Eglinton CC 26–28 Aug 14
6/55 Tabish Khan[13] North-West Warriors Northern Knights Stormont 3–5 Jun 14
5/37 Craig Young North-West Warriors Leinster Lightning Bready CC 20–22 May 14
5/124 James Cameron-Dow Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Waringstown CC 27–29 Aug 13

Most Wickets in a Season[edit]

Wickets Average Player Team Season
18 16.94 Phil Eaglestone Northern Knights 2013
18 22.67 James Cameron-Dow Northern Knights 2014

Partnership Records[edit]

Highest Partnerships for each wicket[edit]

Wicket P/Ship Player 1 Player 2 Team Opps Venue Date
1st 169 Chris Dougherty Nick Larkin Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Waringstown CC 27–29 Aug 13
2nd 169 Chris Dougherty Craig Ervine Northern Knights North-West Warriors Osborne Park 30 Jul – 1 Aug 13
3rd 87* Craig Ervine Andrew White Northern Knights North-West Warriors Stormont 3–5 Jun 14
4th 192 Craig Ervine Andrew White Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Waringstown CC 12–14 Aug 13
5th 100 John Anderson Kevin O'Brien Leinster Lightning Northern Knights College Park 25–27 Jun 13
6th 76 Stuart Thompson Andrew McBrine North-West Warriors Northern Knights Eglinton CC 26–28 Aug 14
7th 62 Andrew McBrine Jonathan Thompson North-West Warriors Leinster Lightning Malahide CC 1–3 Jul 14
8th 104 Andrew Poynter Tyrone Kane Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Waringstown CC 27–29 Aug 13
9th 48* Tyrone Kane Max Sorensen Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Waringstown CC 27–29 Aug 13
10th 134 Max Sorensen Albert van der Merwe Leinster Lightning North-West Warriors Malahide CC 1–3 Jul 14

Seasons[edit]

First Class status granted in 2017

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 irelandcricketwebbly.com. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  11. ^ Cricket Ireland happy with progress of strategic plan Setanta Sports. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  12. ^ Ireland receive $1.5 m boost from ICC ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2013
  13. ^ "Tabish Khan". CricX. 14 September 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 

External links[edit]

  • [1]-official website