Inter-Provincial Trophy

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Inter-Provincial Trophy
Countries  Ireland
Administrator Cricket Ireland
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2013
Last tournament 2017
Tournament format Double round-robin
Number of teams 4 as of 2017
Current champion Leinster Lightning
2017 Inter-Provincial Trophy

The Inter-Provincial Trophy is a Twenty20 cricket tournament in Ireland 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 was added in 2017.

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.[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]

Format[edit]

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.

Teams[edit]

According to Richard Holsworth'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.[11][12] Munster were added for the 2017 season.[13]

Team First Season Titles
North-West Warriors 2013 1
Leinster Lightning 2013 4
Northern Knights 2013 0
Munster Reds 2017 0

Competition placings[edit]

2013 to Present[edit]

Season Winner Second Third Fourth
2013 Leinster Lightning Northern Knights North-West Warriors
2014 North-West Warriors Leinster Lightning Northern Knights
2015 Leinster Lightning North-West Warriors Northern Knights
2016 Leinster Lightning North-West Warriors Northern Knights
2017 Leinster Lightning North West Warriors Northern Knights Munster Reds
2019

All-Time Records[edit]

(correct to 3 Aug 14)

Team Records[edit]

Highest Innings Totals[edit]

Score Team Opps Venue Date
192/5 (20) Leinster Lightning North-West Warriors Bready CC 21 Jul 13
177/4 (20) Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Pembroke CC 21 Jun 13

Lowest Completed Innings Totals[edit]

Score Team Opps Venue Date
78 ao North-West Warriors Northern Knights Pembroke CC 21 Jun 13
86 ao North-West Warriors Northern Knights Bready CC 21 Jul 13
92 ao North-West Warriors Leinster Lightning Bready CC 21 Jul 13

Individual Records - Batting[edit]

Most Career Runs[edit]

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 Scores[edit]

Score Player For Opps Venue Date
77 Nigel Jones Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Comber 16 Jul 13
73 David Rankin North-West Warriors Northern Knights Bready 6 Jul 14

Most Runs Scored in a Season[edit]

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

Individual Records - Bowling[edit]

Most Career Wickets[edit]

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 Innings[edit]

Bowling Player Team Opps Venue Date
4-0-22-4 Peter Eakin Northern Knights North-West Warriors Bready CC 6 Jul 14

Most Wickets in a Season[edit]

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

Partnership Records[edit]

Highest Partnerships for each wicket[edit]

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 Jul 14
2nd 82 Jason Milligan David Rankin North-West Warriors Northern Knights Bready CC 6 Jul 14
3rd 70 Nigel Jones Lee Nelson Northern Knights Leinster Lightning Comber 16 Jul 13
4th 58 James Shannon Lee Nelson Northern Knights North-West Warriors Comber 16 Jul 13
5th 70 Andrew McBrine Jonathan Thompson North-West Warriors Northern Knights Comber 16 Jul 13
6th 51* Kevin O'Brien John Mooney Leinster Lightning North-West Warriors Bready CC 21 Jul 13
7th 32 Stuart Poynter Stephen Moreton Leinster Lightning Northern Knights Comber 16 Jul 13
8th 21 Lee Nelson Shane Getkate Northern Knights North-West Warriors Comber 13 Jul 14
9th 14 Barry McCarthy Fintan McAllister Leinster Lightning North-West Warriors Bready CC 6 Jul 14
10th 18 Andrew McBrine Gareth Burns North-West Warriors Leinster Lightning Pembroke CC 21 Jun 13

Seasons[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  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.