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The Ireland cricket team is the cricket team representing all of Ireland. Because of political difficulties, the Irish Cricket Union (ICU) was not elected to the International Cricket Council (ICC) until 1993, and qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 2007. The Irish Cricket Union is the governing body of Irish cricket. The Irish cricket team is made up of both professional cricketers and those who earn their living outside the sport. Cricket Ireland, which succeeded the Irish Cricket Union as the sport's governing body in the country, introduced contracts for its players in 2009, and as of the 2011 Cricket World Cup 13 players have full-time contracts. The first match played by an Irish team was in 1855. Since then, Ireland have gained a reputation for giant-killing. Ireland played their first One Day International (ODI) in 2006 against England. Highlights in Ireland's cricketing history include beating a touring West Indies side in 1928, 1969, and again in 2004, progressing to the second round of the 2007 World Cup – in which they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh and tied with Zimbabwe – and beating England in the 2011 World Cup. Cricket was introduced to Ireland by the English in the towns of Kilkenny and Ballinasloe in the early 19th century. In the 1830s, the game began to spread; many of the clubs which were founded in the following 30 years are still in existence today. The first Irish national team played in 1855 against The Gentlemen of England in Dublin.
Latest Results
5th OneDay : Ireland v New Zealand at The Village New Zealand 344/6 (50/50 ov); Ireland 154 (39.3/50 ov) New Zealand won by 190 runs 4th OneDay : Ireland v Bangladesh at The Village Ireland 181 (46.3/50 ov); Bangladesh 182/2 (27.1/50 ov) Bangladesh won by 8 wickets (with 137 balls remaining) 2nd OneDay : Ireland v New Zealand at The Village New Zealand 289/7 (50/50 ov); Ireland 238 (45.3/50 ov) New Zealand won by 51 runs Ist OneDay : Ireland v Bangladesh at The Village Bangladesh 157/4 (31.1/50 ov) No result 2nd OneDay : England v Ireland at Lord's Cricket Ground England 328/6 (50/50 ov); Ireland 243 (46.1/50 ov) England won by 85 runs
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