Ireland welcome England to Dublin in ODI next year

Tue, Oct 26, 2010 3:30 PM

Cricket Ireland and RSA Insurance announce details of the RSA Challenge which will see Ireland take on arch rivals England in a One Day International in Clontarf, Dublin on Thursday, August 25th, 2011.

The announcement will see the Irish side renew rivalries with the English cricket team in what promises to be another mouth watering clash between the two nations. Ireland will be looking to avenge a 3 run defeat when the sides last met on Irish soil in Belfast in 2009.

The game will be hosted at Clontarf CC which was the venue for this season's spectacular event when the World Champions Australia won out after a tense battle which saw Ireland on top for much of the game.

If that encounter is anything to go by the Irish sporting public will be treated to a fantastic game and wonderful day out. Over 5,000 people attended that fixture and enjoyed the unique atmosphere created by the scenic surroundings of Clontarf along with a large worldwide TV audience.

Commenting on the announcement, Philip Smith, CEO RSA Ireland said: "People are still talking about the special day that was this year's RSA Challenge against Australia. We can promise yet another amazing day for all those that attend and look forward to the Irish team going one step further and turning their close encounters with England into a winning day for the team and supporters."

Announcing the 2011 RSA Challenge, Warren Deutrom, CEO Cricket Ireland noted: "Our matches against England are always special. We look forward to hosting household names including Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Graham Swann and not forgetting Eoin Morgan. We know that the progress we continue to make on the world stage means that we go into this game confident of taking the scalp of England to atone for the agonising 3 run defeat from our last encounter."

Ireland will meet England before that in the forthcoming World Cup in February and March, 2011. The tournament will evoke memories of Ireland triumphs in previous World Cups and the side will look to cement their place amongst the top 10 nations in the World with further wins over Test nations.

Referring to recent developments including the awarding of a major Irish government grant to allow Cricket Ireland develop a new facility at Malahide, Warren Deutrom commented: "Ireland continues to make massive strides in International cricket both on and off the field. Our recent announcement of plans to develop a new International stadium at Malahide will see us bring that venue on stream over the next year or so. To have a purpose built venue and facilities for major internationals in Dublin to add to our existing ODI venues shows the long-term growth plans for the game in Ireland."

The 2011 RSA Challenge is the latest in a series of top class International cricket in Ireland. Past RSA Challenges have included games against England, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other leading nations for both the men's and women's teams.

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