Anthony Ireland (cricketer)
|Full name||Anthony John Ireland|
30 August 1984 |
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast medium|
|ODI debut (cap 87)||24 August 2005 v New Zealand|
|Last ODI||19 March 2007 v West Indies|
|Only T20I||28 November 2006 v Bangladesh|
|Domestic team information|
|2011–2012||Middlesex (squad no. 88)|
|2012||→ Gloucestershire (loan)|
|2013–||Leicestershire (squad no. 88)|
|Source: Cricinfo, 27 September 2013|
Anthony John Ireland (born 30 August 1984) is a cricketer from Zimbabwe. A tall fast bowler, he relies on bounce and swing, and performed consistently during his tenure with Zimbabwe, taking 38 wickets in just 26 matches at a healthy average of 29.34. He was one of many talented white Zimbabweans to leave the team due to the situation of the ZCU and the country, to pursue careers in English domestic cricket, where he has represented Gloucestershire and Middlesex before joining Leicestershire for the 2013 season.
Ireland made his ODI debut against New Zealand at Bulawayo on 24 August 2005 where he took the wickets of both Stephen Fleming and Chris Cairns. He performed consistently with the ball, being one of the few prospects on the Zimbabwe team, after the exodus of players like Gavin Ewing, Andy Blignaut, Henry Olonga, Andy Flower and Tatenda Taibu. However, even with his performances Zimbabwe cricket continued on its downturn, as they gradually became weaker and weaker as an international side.
He toured the West Indies with the Zimbabwean team but broke his left hand in practice. Although he recovered, he struggled to adapt to the West Indian conditions, as Zimbabwe were thrashed 5-0 by the hosts. A regular member of the side in 2006, he was selected in the 2007 Cricket World Cup squad and returned to the Caribbean, taking a wicket in each of his games.
Zimbabwe was at an all-time low at this point in time, and Ireland, soon after Zimbabwe were eliminated from the 2007 Cricket World Cup, retired from international cricket. He explained his decision in an exclusive interview with Cricinfo. He felt he was wasting his talents for a poor side, in a country in political turmoil, and felt that he should pursue his cricket elsewhere, and so Anthony Ireland went to England.
Cricket in England
Playing in the United Kingdom, Ireland enjoyed a successful season in 2004 for club teams Belvoir CC and Belton Park CC, before returning to Zimbabwe. He played for the PCA Masters against Gloucestershire in a game before the England vs Pakistan Twenty20 international, at Bristol. He has since played for Thornbury Cricket Club in the south west of England.
Retiring from international cricket after the 2007 World Cup, he signed a two-year deal with Gloucestershire under the Kolpak agreement. With Gloucestershire, he has had a number of significant impacts with the ball, taking 7/36 against Leicestershire, and match figures of 7/110 against the same side, while taking wickets whenever called upon. He has since been a regular in the Gloucestershire team, along with the likes of Jon Lewis and Steve Kirby. He recently returned briefly to Zimbabwe to play in the Twenty/20 tournament for the Southern Rocks, taking 3 wickets in his only game.
He signed for Middlesex in 2010 in a contract that would take him to the end of the 2013 season. He was not able to gain a regular spot in the Middlesex team and returned to Gloucestershire on 20 August 2012.
Ireland's finest tail end batting resistance
Along with the ball, Anthony Ireland is also capable with the bat. Anthony Ireland along with Ian Saxelby played an extraordinary rearguard innings vs Middlesex to ensure an unlikely draw-22 overs for 27 runs-and both left the field on the shoulders of Jon Lewis and Chris Taylor to a rousing standing ovation.
Career Best Performances
as of 27 September 2013
|ODI||8*||Zimbabwe v Kenya||Bulawayo||2006||3-41||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh||Harare||2006|
|T20I||2*||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh||Khulna||2006||1-33||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh||Khulna||2006|
|FC||29||Middlesex v Essex||Chelmsford||2011||7-36||Zimbabwe A v Bangladesh A||Mirpur||2006|
|LA||27||Leicestershire Foxes v Somerset||Taunton||2013||4-16||Zimbabwe A v Kenya||Harare||2005|
|T20||23||Leicestershire Foxes v Yorkshire Vikings||Leeds||2013||4-11||Leicestershire Foxes v Derbyshire Falcons||Derby||2013|
- "Ireland: "I cannot work with such people" interview".
- Cricinfo - Ireland: 'I cannot work with such people'
- Anthony Ireland Quits International Cricket at zimcricketnews.com
- "Gloucestershire sign Zimbabwe ace". BBC News. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "Anthony Ireland leaves Gloucestershire for Middlesex". BBC News. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- "Anthony Ireland rejoins Gloucestershire from Middlesex". BBC News. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- "Ex-Gloucestershire bowler Anthony Ireland signs one-year deal with Leicestershire". This Is Bristol. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
- "Sykes, Ireland, Robson and Wells sign new deals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 December 2013.