England set to host Ireland in Bristol next year in a piece of cricketing history

July 04 2016

England will host Ireland for the first time in an international fixture next summer – with the two countries set to contest two Royal London One-Day Internationals at Bristol and Lord’s.

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England will host Ireland for the first time in an international fixture next summer – with the two countries set to contest two Royal London One-Day Internationals at Bristol and Lord’s.

The two-match series will create cricketing history as Ireland have never before taken on England in this country.

The fixtures will kick off the 2017 international season with Bristol’s Brightside Ground hosting the first encounter on Friday, May 5 and Lord’s staging the second match on Sunday, May 7.

The two countries enjoy close cricketing ties with Ireland hosting England for their inaugural one-day international ten years ago in Belfast – a match the visitors won by 38 runs. For Bristol the ties are even closer with several Irish players including captain William Porterfield having honed their cricketing skills in the city and current Ireland Head Coach, John Bracewell an adopted Bristolian having spent several years as Director of Cricket for Gloucestershire.

GCCC Chief Executive Will Brown said: “We are hugely honoured to be chosen as the host venue for such an historic event and look forward to welcoming both teams and their supporters to the Brightside Ground next May. With close links to the current Irish squad and a strong Irish family in and around Bristol we couldn’t be more excited.”

ECB Director, England Cricket Andrew Strauss, who led England in Ireland’s inaugural ODI back in 2006, added: “We’ve been hugely impressed by the major strides Irish cricket has made in the last decade and all their players will be savouring the opportunity to play a full one-day international at the Home of Cricket for the first time, as well as taking on England at Bristol.

“Ireland’s past performances in ICC Cricket World Cups have shown just how competitive they can be in the 50-Over format; they will definitely provide our one-squad with a tough test ahead of next summer’s ICC Champions Trophy and I’m sure both these games will be great cricketing occasions with a strong Irish presence in the crowd at each venue.”