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Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Andre Cornelius Botha


Born September 12, 1975, Johannesburg, Transvaal


Major teams Ireland, Griqualand West


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium

Andre Cornelius Botha

Originating from South Africa and scored 52 from 89 on his one-day debut against England in June 2006 and also notched 56 in his third game against the Netherlands. He struggled with the bat in the 2007 World Cricket League but topped the Irish bowling averages with 13 wickets at 21.30. His 78 and 43 against Kenya were key to Ireland winning the Intercontinental Cup Final in 2005 and he continued his love affair with the tournament in February 2007 when, against UAE in a must win game his 157 was part of a competition record partnership of 360 with Eoin Morgan that set up a crushing win and put them in the final. He still struggled with the bat during Ireland's campaign in the 2007 World Cup, though he chipped in with five wickets.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:37 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Edmund Christopher Joyce


Born September 22, 1978, Dublin


Major teams England, Ireland, England Lions, Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex, Sussex


Nickname Joycey, Spud, Piece


Playing role Top-order batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Height 5 ft 10 in


Education Presentation College (Bray), Trinity College, Dublin


Relation Brother - A Joyce, Brother - DI Joyce, Sister - CNIM Joyce, Sister - IMHC Joyce

Edmund Christopher Joyce

An Irishman who always held ambitions to play at the very highest level, Ed Joyce was an important part of Middlesex's middle-order for a decade from his debut in 1999. Born in Dublin, and from a large family with four brothers and four sisters, Joyce was a star for Ireland at ICC Trophy level, scoring 758 runs in 14 matches between 2001 and 2005, at an average of 84.22. However, he completed his English residency qualification in 2005, and made his one-day debut against Ireland in 2006 before seemingly cementing his place with good performances in Australia and then against lesser opponents in the 2007 World Cup, although questions began to be raised about his fluency and he was discarded after England's dismal tournament. His county form was not enough to push his claims for a recall, and after an unhappy 2008 he severed his ties with Middlesex and moved south to Sussex where he revived his career with a prolific one-day season. He continued to develop as a batsman at Hove, averaging in the 40s in both first-class and limited-overs cricket in 2010. In the meantime, he also made clear his intentions to return to an international career with Ireland. He was named in an Irish pre-World Cup touring squad in October 2010 - more than five years after his last outing for Ireland - and shortly afterwards was granted special dispensation by the ICC to represent his country of birth at the tournament in February 2011.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:36 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name William Thomas Stuart Porterfield


Born September 6, 1984, Londonderry


Major teams Ireland, Gloucestershire, Ireland Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Warwickshire


Playing role Opening batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

William Thomas Stuart Porterfield

A compact left-hander, William Porterfield has been a key part of Ireland's rise to the top of Associate cricket and had long-been earmarked for a major role in the team.He took part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004 and then spent time at the ICC Winter Training Camp in 2006, later captaining Ireland A that year. He soon graduated to the full and provided a rock at the top of the order.


He began his one-day career in Hussey-esque style as he notched two early hundreds and he came back from the recent World Cricket League in Kenya as the tournament's second-highest scorer and averaged 110.66 in his five matches. An excellent 85 in the 2007 World Cup helped Ireland to famously beat Bangladesh and enabled him to earn a professional contract with Gloucestershire in county cricket.


With the drain of top-class batsman away from Ireland in search of higher honours - notably Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan - Porterfield's role is increasingly important especially now that he is also the leader of the strongest Associate nation.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Niall John O'Brien


Born November 8, 1981, Dublin


Major teams Ireland, Ireland Under-19s, Kent, Northamptonshire


Nickname Paddy


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper


Height 5 ft 7 in


Education Marian College Dublin


Relation Father - BA O'Brien, Brother - KJ O'Brien, Sister - CM O'Brien

Niall John O'Brien

A confident character and batsman, his combative nature earned him a one-match ban after an outburst at officials during an Intercontinental Cup game with Scotland. He also managed to incense Brian Lara when Ireland defeated the West Indies in 2004, in which he made 58. He was understudy to Geraint Jones at Kent for the 2006 season but Jones losing his England place had a knock-on effect and saw Niall released by the county. A revelation for Ireland in the 2007 World Cup, though, with two fifties and impressing with a remarkable composure for someone so inexperienced at international level. His calm, steady 72 helped Ireland pull of the biggest shock in World Cup history when they beat Pakistan, and a 63 against England underlined his ability, not to mention pluck. He joined the growing number of Ireland players in England for the 2007 season, signing for Northamptonshire.


He enjoyed considerable success at the county, being named as their Player of the Year at the end of the 2008 season and securing a three-year contract. After Nicky Boje relinquished the captaincy and Andrew Hall took up the position, O'Brien was named as his deputy. He was stripped of the position and banned from the team, however, for a breach of team disciplinary rules in June 2010. Although he was subsequently cleared at a disciplinary hearing and restored to the squad he no longer held the position of vice-captain and a fractured finger kept him out of action for most of the season.


Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:32 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Kevin Joseph O'Brien


Born March 4, 1984, Dublin, Ireland


Major teams Ireland, Ireland Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Middlesex 2nd XI, Nottinghamshire


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast


Relation Father - BA O'Brien, Brother - NJ O'Brien, Sister - CM O'Brien

Kevin Joseph O'Brien

Younger brother of Niall, the Ireland wicketkeeper, Kevin O'Brien wrote his name into Irish cricketing lore with a magical innings against England on a balmy March evening in Bangalore. Entering the fray with his team in a perilous position chasing a mountainous 327, he smashed a 50-ball century - the fastest in World Cup history - to set up a historic three-wicket win. Though that knock made his name, O'Brien had already established himself as a competent allrounder, bowling medium pace and batting in the middle order, in limited-overs cricket at Associate level.


He represented Ireland at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in which he racked up 241 runs and, laying down a marker for the future, also struck 35 from 48 balls against England on his ODI debut. Like many of Ireland's batsmen, he had a productive time in Kenya during the 2007 World Cricket League when he was their second-highest scorer with 263 runs at an average of 52.80, including a delightful 142 from 125 balls against the hosts. He was consistent with the bat in the 2007 World Cup and resourceful with the ball, though not devastatingly successful in either discipline.


He has since blossomed in both departments, and his name sits near the very top of both Ireland's ODI batting and bowling record lists. Although his record in Twenty20 internationals is modest to say the least, his remarkable innings against England spurred talk of the possibility of lucrative Twenty20 contracts for O'Brien, and he also remains on the lookout for a county contract.