Ireland at home to Yorkshire
Ireland have been drawn at home to face Yorkshire in the opening round of the C & G Trophy. The tie will take place either on the 3rd or 4th of May, at a venue yet to be decided. Ireland have played Yorkshire on 3 previous occasions, all away from home, losing each time.
Trawling through the archives, I came across the game between the two in 1997 when a Darren Gough inspired Yorkshire recovered from 55 for 6 to score 249, and then dismissed the Irish for just 53. The report of the game is reproduced below. The only Irish players from that tie who figured in the Senior side this year are Ryan Eagleson and Kyle Mc Callan.
Yorkshire v Ireland. Nat West Trophy Round One. June 24th 1997
DARREN GOUGH produced his best one-day performance to wreck what at one stage seemed realistic hopes of an Irish victory. A destructive 46 from 47 deliveries, which effectively took the Yorkshire score out of range, turned out to be little more than an appetiser to the best figures by a Yorkshire bowler in the competition. After allowing himself a few minutes to savour his best score, the England fast bowler tore the heart out of the Irish resis- tance with seven wickets for 27 from 9.5 overs, bringing proceedings to a conclusion with the first hat-trick by a Yorkshireman in the 34-year history of the 60-over event. Ryan Eagleson, Greg Molins and Paul McCrum were Gough`s final victims as Ireland succumbed to the lowest score recorded against Yorkshire.
Any prospect of a Yorkshire visit to headquarters this autumn looked remote as a splendid pre-lunch spell by McCrum reduced York- shire to 55 for six in the 19th over. After a bizarre opening over by Eagleson, featuring four wides and the wicket of Anthony McGrath, McCrum settled into a 12-over spell which earned him the wickets of Martyn Moxon, Bradley Parker and Richard Blakey for only 26 runs. The recovery was underpinned by Craig White and Peter Hartley, who added 100 for the seventh wicket before Gough arrived to put on 79 in 12 overs with Hartley and take the game beyond Ireland`s reach.